Yogurt is not just for snack time anymore! Check out the health benefits of this nutritional powerhouse, and enjoy these 19 tasty ways to add its natural goodness to your family's diet.
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Yogurt: A Delicious and Nutritious Ingredient
Yogurt is perhaps one of the most popular kitchen staples among families with children, and for good reason! Modern packaging makes it a convenient and quick snack item, and tasty, kid-friendly flavors makes it a great way to fit dairy into your child's diet.
But yogurt has much more to offer than simple convenience. It's a nutritional powerhouse that boasts plenty of calcium and phosphorus, two nutrients vital to bone growth and strength.
Yogurt can also improve digestive health. Many types contain live active cultures, which are beneficial bacteria that are believed to improve nutrient absorption, beef up immune systems, and enhance digestion. These bacteria can also inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
Aside from its impressive health benefits, yogurt is also a smart ingredient to use for its other qualities. Swapping low-fat or fat-free yogurt in for higher calorie items such as cream or mayonnaise creates a healthier dish without sacrificing flavor or texture.
Here are some creative ways to incorporate the creamy goodness of yogurt into your family's next meal. Their tummies (and taste buds) will thank you.
Use it as a Sandwich Condiment
Replacing high-calorie mayo with yogurt on a sandwich, such as Eamonns R.L.T., allows you to cut the fat and keep the tangy flavor.
Blend it into a Smoothie
Mixing fresh fruit with yogurt in a smoothie is a clever way to add natural sweet flavor without adding excess sugar.
Mix Up a Marinade
Marinating proteins in yogurt is an amazing way to tenderize and lock in moisture. We promise you this Tandoori Chicken will be extra juicy. Serving with a yogurt-based sauce known as raita is an appetizing way to add even more of the goodness of yogurt into your family's diet.
Whip up a Creative Snack
Here's a simple yet creative way to get your kids excited about snack time. Adding yogurt and fruit to their favorite packaged Teddies will create a wholesome and balanced treat.
Shake up Jell-O
Regular Jell-O gets a healthy punch of flavor when yogurt is added. The creaminess plays up the tart fruitiness of the gelatin.