There are plenty of reasons to incorporate yogurt into your diet. Not only does it offer several important nutrients including protein, calcium, and vitamin D, but it contains live culture, or probiotics, which can enhance the gut microbiota.
There are multiple ways that you can enjoy yogurt that go beyond simply diving into the container with a spoon!
Here are my TOP 5 ways to enjoy this decadent and creamy treat:
Parfait: Create a yogurt parfait by adding layers for your favorite fruits, granola, and nuts. Other add-ins include: chia or flax seeds, dried fruit, low-sugar cereal, peanut butter, and coconut flakes!
Smoothie bowl: Simply blend yogurt and your favorite frozen fruit until smooth, pour into a bowl and top with fresh fruit, nuts, chia seeds and coconut flakes.
Frozen Yogurt bark: Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Using a small offset spatula, spread the yogurt in an even layer, about 1/4 to 1/3-inch thick. Top with chopped fruit (I personally enjoy chopped strawberries or blueberries) and granola. Freeze until firm. Break into shards and keep frozen until ready to serve!
Replace Mayo: Yogurt is a healthy and tasty alternative to mayonnaise. It works great in egg salad, potato salad, chicken salad and tuna salad. Yogurt has a distinctive tang that contrasts nicely with the richness of these dishes, plus it has fewer calories and less fat!
Chocolate Mousse: Simply mix yogurt, chocolate protein powder and peanut butter (optional) and store in the fridge or freezer for a healthy treat!
Try a yogurt suggestion above or get creative and find a recipe that works for you! Fortunately, yogurt is incredibly versatile, so there’s sure to be at least a few ways it will please even the pickiest of eaters.