Yogurt can be a healthy and natural part of your diet as well as a yummy “treat”. One of the main health benefits of yogurt, besides the vitamins, minerals, protein and calcium, are the probiotics.
Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in our guts and help to promote better digestion and improve our immune systems. Here are some creative ways to incorporate the creamy goodness of yogurt into your menu.
1. Frozen berry yogurt cups
Homemade frozen berry yogurt cups are a healthy makeover of the store bought ones! These yogurt cups are so tasty and simple to make.
– 450 g yogurt (natural, low-fat)
– 2 tbsp. orange zest
– 250 g berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
Line a 12-hole muffin tin with 12 paper cases. Mix together the yogurt and orange rind in a large bowl. Cut all large strawberries into pieces so that they are similar in size as the raspberries and blueberries. Add the fruit to the yogurt, then spoon into the cases. Freeze for 2 hours, or until just frozen and serve. Enjoy your tasty cups!
2. Smoothie with plain greek yogurt & cocoa powder
Fresh fruits, cocoa powder, and yogurt make a healthy and fruity smoothie. Adding a cocoa powder will make this smoothie extra special.
– 4 cups of water
– 1 tsp. chia seeds
– 1 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
– 1 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
– 1 medium banana
– 2 tsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
Put water in blender…blend in the yogurt, berries, banana, chia seeds and cocoa. Blend or liquefy until smooth. Ice cubes may be added too. Bon appetit!
3. Refreshing Indian lassi
This is a refreshing, tasty lassi, a standard drink in India. You can prepare it with all kinds of fruits. It is great to drink after eating curry, as a refreshing drink or as a snack.
– 200 g fruits of your choice
– 200 ml yogurt
– 100 ml milk or water
Prepare all the ingredients. Put all your ingredients in a blender and blend for about 2-3 minutes. Pour into glasses over ice, and it’s done. You can keep the lassi in the refrigerator for a day or so. Enjoy.
4. Chocolate frozen yogurt recipe
This refreshing yogurt is not only the perfect treat, but it is also real probiotic goodness.
– 4 cups plain, unsweetened yogurt
– 1/4 cup cocoa powder
– 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Use a stand blender or an immersion blender to combine all 3 ingredients until the cocoa is thoroughly dissolved. Taste the frozen yogurt mixture, and adjust the sweetness, if needed. Bon appetit!
5. Yogurt with rum-raisin sauce
Discover the most natural frozen yogurt with the most delicious sauce. The easy light dessert that is really good!
– Stevia, to taste
– 2 tbsp. water
– 2 tbsp. olive oil
– 1 1/2 tbsp. whole-grain flour
– 1 1/4 cups 2% low-fat milk
– 1/3 cup raisins
– 1/2 tsp. rum flavoring
– 3 cups low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl over medium heat; cook for about 3 minutes stirring occasionally. Mix flour and milk in a small bowl and stir with a whisk. Add milk mixture and raisins to the pan, and stir well. Cook for about 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and mix in rum flavoring. Serve over frozen yogurt. Enjoy.