Yoghurt Combos You Need to Try
Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savoury, here are just five ways to spice up that cup of plain yoghurt to make it a tasty part of a healthy eating plan health eating plan.
Whether you like them fresh or frozen, a mix of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries can sweeten up a cup of plain yoghurt in a flash. Berries are a good source of antioxidants and fibre, which help prevent diseases such as cancer and heart disease. In one study,1 researchers looked at 93,600 women for 18 years and found those who included the most berries in their diet (three or more half-cup servings a week) were 34 percent less likely to suffer from a heart attack than women who ate the least amount of these healthy fruits. Enjoy this blend first thing in the morning or after a workout to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep hunger at bay.
Spices can add an interesting pop of flavour to your yoghurt. Try cinnamon, ginger and clove for a spicy treat. Or, mix cinnamon and apple slices into your yoghurt for a creamy, apple-pie inspired dessert. As a bonus, cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar2 and control appetite. A dash of pumpkin pie spice will transport you to your favourite autumn holiday in a snap!
Cucumbers and Dill
When you’re craving something savoury, mix diced cucumbers and dill into yoghurt and enjoy it like a dip with carrot sticks, celery, and other raw vegetables. Dill has a very strong flavour and adding cucumber to the mix can add texture to your healthy dip. You could also serve this as a topping with chicken or other lean proteins for a flavourful boost.
Vanilla, raspberry, or even butterscotch sugar-free syrup can turn any cup of plain yoghurt into a sweet treat without the guilt. Just a few drops of syrup is all it takes to sweeten up your snack to your liking. Add fresh fruit or cacao nibs to the mix to enjoy as a healthy dessert that's perfect for any season.
If you’ve always been a fan of yoghurt with fruit on the bottom but don’t want all the excess sugar added to many pre-made cups of fruit yoghurt, mash up your favourite fruit to mix with plain yoghurt instead. After all, it is recommended3 that you fill at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal, so these will help you create a healthy balanced diet. Use a mortar and pestle to mash up bananas, peaches, kiwi, or pineapple for a refreshing twist. Play with different fruit combinations to really make it your own!
Bonus Ways to Eat Yoghurt as Part of a Healthy Eating Plan
- Substitute plain yoghurt as a healthful replacement for sour cream
- Add a scoop of plain or vanilla yoghurt to a breakfast smoothie
- Use yoghurt as a fruit or vegetable dip
- Marinate chicken in Greek yoghurt
With its powerful protein and probiotic4 properties, yoghurt is an essential staple when it comes to weight loss tips for women, and it’s wonderful fuel to help you get through your full body workout at Curves. As we’ve seen, it’s versatile, too! So, enjoy yoghurt daily as part of a weight loss eating plan.