Aside from being an easy snack for the office, yogurt is chocked full of ingredients that help your body run smoothly, no matter what age you are.
Although yogurt has been a staple in the health food world for what seems like an eternity, it has made a comeback in a big way with society's newfound love of greek yogurt. Now, people eat yogurt with a variety of tweaks and alternations to make it their own: with oats and grains sprinkled on top, honey drizzled in, and all and any fruit for added flavour and health benefits.
Whether you eat it plain, low-fat, greek, frozen, from a tube or a bottle, or in your smoothies, yogurt has health benefits beyond what you may think. Read on to find out what the good stuff is that makes up yogurt.
1. The probiotics.
You know yogurt has probiotics because every commercial for yogurt says that, but what does it actually mean? In the simplest of terms, probiotics are good-for-you bacteria. They help in regulating your digestive system and decreasing gas, diarrhea and bloating. Research has even suggested that probiotics can aid in boosting your immune system, weight management and reduce the risk of cancer.
2. The calcium.
Just like all products in the dairy family, yogurt is a great source of calcium, which plays a huge role in many health benefits. Calcium plays a primary role in the development and maintenance of healthy and strong bones and teeth. It is also important for blood clotting, healing wounds and maintaining a normal blood pressure. Some yogurts contain vitamin D, which helps the small intestine absorb calcium to its fullest potential, so finding those yogurts or pairing yogurt with foods high in vitamin D is highly beneficial.
3. The proteins.
Plain yogurt made from whole milk is a highly rich source of protein. The proteins in yogurt can increase the absorption of minerals, promote lower blood pressure and aid in weight loss.
4. The vitamins.
Yogurt made with whole milk contains every single nutrient the human body needs, although the way it is made and ingredients used can alter the levels of the vitamins and nutrients in the yogurt. Yogurt contains vitamin B12, which keeps your nerved and red blood cells healthy and can only be found in foods originating from an animal. Vitamin B2, or riboflavin, is also in yogurt. This helps the body convert carbohydrates into glucose, or 'food into fuel.'
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Counteract this season’s shorter and often darker days with one of these bright ideas.
Today marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Although the days are slowly going to get longer, winter is just getting started. If you’re like us, you spend more time indoors this time of year cuddled up under blankets reading a great book or binge watching TV. Set the mood for cozy days in by bringing more light into your space. From a pendant made from a basket to a fairy light garland and a mason jar candle holder, we’ve rounded up our favourite DIY lights from Pinterest.
Perched on a mantel, strung on a wall or draped across a dresser, these leafy lights will add a soft glow to any space. Find the instructions at Homey Oh My.
String a garland of mini lights across a wall and clip black and white images to the wire using mini clothespins. We love how Li-Chi Pan used it as an alternative to a traditional headboard.
Transform a woven basket into a pendant light in a few simple steps. Suspended above a dining table, it adds a BLAH. Find out how Emily Henderson made this one here.
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The warm, heady spices of pumpkin pie shine through in this crisp, golden granola. If you close your eyes, it's kind of like eating pie for breakfast!
Individual frittatas make a great grab-and-go breakfast. Reheat them in the microwave or, wrapped in foil, in the oven. To change it up during the week, sandwich a warmed frittata in a toasted English muffin.
There's just enough cornmeal in these fluffy golden pancakes to give them a lovely, toothsome bite without being heavy and dense. Enjoy them with your favourite topping.
Here's a simple flavour twist on a Canadian muffin favourite – blueberry lemon. These muffins will have you jumping out of bed all week long. The glazed muffins are best enjoyed within 24 hours.
This quick bread, chock-full of carrots, raisins, coconut, walnuts and banana, is great to have on the counter for a quick breakfast fix.
Oat flour has a mild, slightly sweet and nutty flavour that makes these pancakes a satisfying breakfast. Find oat flour in health food stores or make your own.
Kids will love these breakfast pockets; they might even love helping to make them. Pizza dough is stretchy and tacky, so be sure that your work surface and hands are well floured to make the rolling process easy. Serve with salsa, ketchup or hot sauce. For best results, reheat frozen pockets wrapped in foil in the oven or toaster oven.
You probably have all of the ingredients for these puffy pancakes in your fridge and pantry right now! And since they're both delicious and quite quick to make, they're an ideal last-minute brunch dish for any season.