A Cup of Yogurt a Day to Keep the Doctor Away?
Nutritionally, many foods are a “mixed bag,” but others are just about perfect. What’s one of these super foods? Try plain old yogurt. It has quickly become a favorite snack food for the health conscious because it comes in both low-fat and nonfat varieties and is rich in calcium, potassium, riboflavin, magnesium, and phosphate. A single cup of fat-free yogurt contains 50 percent more calcium than the same serving size of milk, providing a third of your recommended daily requirement. Since it’s lactose-free, yogurt also provides a dairy alternative for people who are lactose intolerant. You may like a little crunch, so try mixing in ½ cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch or 6-12 almonds (It’s about portion control-especially with nuts. Too much of a good thing is still too much!).
Go for the Greek!
Greek yogurt, a Mediterranean diet staple, is strained to remove most of the whey (liquid) in the sheep’s or cow’s milk it’s made from — and this results in a creamier consistency and richer taste than regular yogurt. Plus, it has about 50 percent more protein. Add some banana slivers or sliced strawberries, and you’ve got a delicious mega-healthy snack!
My favorite brands are Oikos & Fage 0%. I like to mix ½ cup greek yogurt with ¼ Udi’s granola & 1 cup fresh fruit (sliced strawberries, blackberries & blueberries just this am!)