For people who consume animal products and dairy, yoghurt is one of the most underrated and simple health foods out there that packs a serious punch – particularly if you choose a variety such as Greek yoghurt or one that is full of probiotics. Yoghurt can be made through any time of milk, be that full, skim, or low-fat dairy and animal milk, or nut milks for vegetarian and vegan varieties. Whichever one you choose, the healthiest options are those that are as natural as possible, with little to no additives, from sugar to artificial flavouring. While the ranges will vary depending on which one you choose, yoghurt is typically a great source of calcium, protein, and “good fats”, making them a great way to stay full as well as keep your bones strong, and can also help your digestive system for a happy gut, thanks to the amount of “good bacteria” it can contain through its probiotics content. Some types of yoghurt – particularly those containing higher levels of vitamin D – are also good for boosting the immune system, and it has even been suggested to help benefit heart health. Since it helps to keep you full for a long time, yoghurt has been included in many weight-loss dietary plans.
How do you use it?
While yoghurt is delicious eaten on its own, or with a drizzle of honey and some granola or fruit and berries, it can also be used in countless other recipes. Blend it into dips for a creamy, delicious texture, from guacamole and hummus to tzatziki, or ranch dip, or create sauces and dressings with it (which are delicious when not just used as dips but also used as stuffing for items like loaded baked potatoes), from lighter versions of Caesar dressing and creamy sauces, including even curries and tandoori marinade. In fact, when used as a marinade, yoghurt can add a juicier quality to the meat, be it chicken kebabs or Buffalo wings. Meanwhile, yoghurt can also make a great additive to lighter bread, cakes and other baked goods, pancakes and waffles, or pizza dough alternatives, as a great way of thickening them up, or it can be whisked into desserts such as mousse and pies. The possibilities are endless.
Yoghurt also contains skin-saving benefits – thanks to its lactic acid content, it can work as an excellent means of natural and gentle exfoliation that keeps skin looking younger and fresher. It’s for this very same reason that yoghurt can also be used as a chemical-free cleaner that can be used to polish items like brass back into its original shine.