Nothing cools a hot and humid afternoon like a bowl of chilled yogurt – homemade or packed. I love to have a serving of spiced or sweetened chilled yogurt as a snack on a summer day. The best part about yogurt, or curd, is that it can be transformed into so much in such a little time; and with minimum effort. Moreover, it is much healthier than the other junk most of us munch on when we’re troubled by hunger pangs.
Here are 7 benefits you can get from a bowl of Yogurt:
- Yogurt with active cultures helps digestion
- Pro-biotic yogurt boosts immunity
- For diabetic women, having yogurt with active cultures regularly can discourage vaginal infections (consult your physician before trying this out)
- Yogurt is rich in calcium and thus helps prevent Osteoporosis
- A few studies show that Yogurt consumption reduces the risk of high blood pressure
- As I pointed above, snacking on low-fat Yogurt helps cut your calorie intake
- While you may not be aware of it, having yogurt regularly makes hair healthy
Didn’t I say you can transform Yogurt into so much more?
Here are 4 brilliant Yogurt recipes to brighten up your meal:
A blend of fresh fruit and yogurt yields popsicles with attractive color and taste that can be cherished by kids and adults alike. Popsicles are also an awesome way to beat the heat in summers. So the next time your kids want to eat something nice, why not create these colorful and healthy fruit and yogurt popsicles?
Check out an easy recipe for Yogurt popsicles here.
Smoothies are a recommended drink for a healthy and good start to the day. They’re the perfect solution to kill those morning hunger pangs. You can have your dose of daily nutrition with just one glass of a fruit and yogurt smoothie. And the best part is, there is a new variety you can try everyday because there’s no limit to creativity when it comes to smoothies. So why not try one today?
Here’s an easy Yogurt smoothie recipe.
Cucumber & Mint Raita
Raita is an important part of Indian meals and comprises primarily of salted yogurt with added spices such as red chili powder and roasted cumin powder. A number of fruits and veggies can be added to raitas to make them interesting. While I’m sure many of you would have tried this awesome raita recipe, if you haven’t you don’t know what you’ve been missing out on. Whisk it up as an accompaniment to your meal today and feel the difference.
To read the recipe, click here.
Dips teamed up with fried and baked snacks make for the perfect appetizers. Be it for a fun dinner night with friends, or casual evening snack time, dips are the ideal companions for salads, chips, and other snacks. And did you know yogurt is an all-time favorite ingredient for making dips? Well now you do. So the next time you have some extra yogurt, mint, and avocados (per chance), whip up this dip and store in the refrigerator in advance!
Here’s the recipe for this easy yogurt dip.
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