Yogurt

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Flickr: Dvortygirl

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Foods Included

Fat-free yougurt, Low-fat yogurt, Greek style yogurt, Goat's milk yogurt, Sheep's milk yogurt, Soy yogurt, Almond milk yogurt, Coconut milk yogurt

Description

Yogurt is a fermented milk product that is high in protein. Greek yogurt is much thicker and is strained in a cloth, paper bag, or filter to remove the whey. It has a consistency similar to sour cream. Yogurt can also be made with soy and nut milks, like almond and coconut milk.

Buy It

  • Check the "best by" date on the container to make sure it's still fresh.
  • Avoid yogurts that have artificial colors, flavorings, or sweeteners; it's better to add fresh fruit to plain yogurt.

Store It

  • Always keep yogurt in the refrigerator in its original container.
  • Use by the "best by" date.

Cook It

  • Make yogurt dips for either fruit (add vanilla and cinnamon) or vegetables (add herbs or garlic).
  • Create yogurt parfaits by layering yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola in a glass.
  • Top yogurt with fresh fruit and nuts for breakfast or a snack.
  • Yogurt can also be used as a substitute for sour cream.

Why It's Great

  • Calcium is good for bone health. Combine high calcium foods with with foods that contain Vitamin D for better absorption.
  • Proteins are building blocks for our bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. They provide a variety of nutrients that are essential for health and maintenance of your body. Greek style yogurt has higher concentration of protein.
  • Phosphorus is present in every cell in the body.  It helps with the formation of bones and teeth.
  • Riboflavin is a B vitamin that helps our body change carbohydrates into energy and is important for body growth and eye health.
  • Probiotics help keep our digestion healthy.

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