My mom and I were chatting about recipes last night, as we often do, and she reminded me about a yogurt recipe I used to love as a child. To be honest, I am not really a dairy person anymore because I don’t digest it well. But my family loves it, and, in small amounts, I do too. It got me thinking about all the different things you can do with yogurt.
Yogurt comes in so many consistencies – creamy to ﬁrm to frozen. It is packed with protein (particularly greek yogurt) and it has millions of healthy probiotics. You can even make your own yogurt!
Unfortunately, a lot of the brands on the market add sugar and preservatives to their yogurt. But, if you forgo the premixed and buy plain, you can easily add whatever ingredients you want, choose what kind and how much sweetener to add, and enjoy a totally healthy treat! All you need is a container of organic, plain yogurt (in your desired consistency) and a blender.
Here are some yogurt concoctions ideas to get you started:
• Creamy Yogurt Parfaits– You can use just about any type of berries in this. My favorites are strawberry banana, mango pineapple, and blueberry banana. No sweetener needed! Then layer or top with some chopped nuts or homemade granola. Pistachios are particularly yummy on this!
• Oatmeal Soaked Yogurt – put your oats (steel cut or rolled) into plain yogurt and soak in the fridge overnight. By morning, the oats are soft and chewy and full of healthy probiotics. No cooking necessary! I like to add a little maple syrup, shaved almonds and chia seed to mine.
• Yogurt Popsicles – My son’s favorite afternoon snack. Any fruit combination works for these. I even blend spinach and kale into them and you can’t taste it. Pour into popsicle molds (I bought mine on amazon) and freeze.
• Tzatziki Yogurt Dip – Greek yogurt works best for this. In a bowl, mix yogurt, dill, lemon juice, garlic and shaved cucumber. Adjust seasonings as desired. This is great as a cheese or sour cream replacement. I like to put this on top of baked or sweet potatoes, or use as a veggie dip. And it is fast to whip up for unexpected guests!
• Healthy Frozen Yogurt – you can buy the frozen plain greek yogurt at the store as the base for this. Let it soften just a bit on the counter. Then put in the blender with a little vanilla extract and some stevia drops. After blended, stir in chopped cherries and mini dark chocolate pieces (I like to get the 70% cacao bars and chop them myself). Put in a container and refreeze.