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Plain yogurt: Why it's so good for you, plus recipes

Plain yogurt: Why it's so good for you, plus recipes

Author: Canadian Living

Food Tips

Plain yogurt: Why it's so good for you, plus recipes

Plain yogurt is a wonderful fridge gem - you can get low-fat or fat-free versions of this versatile ingredient, but even full-fat yogurt is lower in fat than sour cream!

Health benefits of plain yogurt
Yogurt is rich in calcium, which is important for bone health. It's an ideal breakfast food because it's also a good source of protein, which keeps you energized and feeling full longer. Look for brands with live active bacterial cultures – they're beneficial to your digestive system.

How to store yogurt
Once opened, yogurt should typically be used within a week.

Add a few yogurt recipes to your weekly menu!
Yogurt is a tangy topping for baked potatoes or soup. The possibilities are endless: Mix it with fruit and honey for breakfast (or a healthy dessert), add it to a marinade, use it as a base for a dip or sauce, or blend it into a fruit smoothie. Flavoured yogurts can contain additives and excessive sugar, so buy plain yogurt and jazz it up yourself – that way, you can control what goes into it.

Plain yogurt recipes: Dressings and dips

Leafy Mushroom and Tomato Salad with Herbed Yogurt Dressing
The yogurt in this dressing gives a wonderful tang to the salad.

Chicken Peach Salad With Yogurt Dressing
Bits of red pepper and cucumber, and chunks of peaches and chicken, all tossed together with fluffy rice, make a delicious low-fat, make-ahead dish.

Endive and Sprout Salad with Honey Yogurt Dressing
Fresh endive lettuce and alfalfa sprouts spring to life with a sweet honey-yogurt dressing. A great salad recipe!

Yogurt Dill Dip with Carrots and Radishes
Mix Balkan-style plain yogurt with some fresh dill, and garlic for an excellent veggie dip.

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Plain yogurt recipes: Sides and mains

Grilled Asparagus with Curried Yogurt Dressing
Simple, grilled asparagus gets a delicious boost with this ginger- and green onion-tinged curried yogurt dressing.

Parsnip Oven Fries with Yogurt Curry Dipping Sauce
These delicious, can't-get-enough parsnip fries are the perfect baked snack to enjoy with company.

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken
Marinated with a tangy yogurt, oregano and lemon juice sauce, this recipe for grilled chicken is one to try!

Quinoa Dolmades with Tahini Yogurt Sauce
This is a vegetarian take on a traditional Greek and Turkish finger food. Grape leaves are available at Middle Eastern, Greek, Italian and most supermarkets.

Plain yogurt recipes: Cakes and muffins

Lemon Yogurt Loaf
This easy recipe is one to keep! With a simple glaze, this delicious yogurt loaf is bestseller in the making for your next bake sale.

Blueberry Yogurt Muffins
To use frozen instead of fresh blueberries, keep them frozen until the last moment and fold them in with as few strokes as possible in the day. This sweet and crunchy combination is best sprinkled on plain or vanilla yogurt.

Yogurt Bran Muffins
Get everyone off to a healthy start with a batch of these nutritious muffins.

Apricot Orange Yogurt Muffins
A great holiday treat, this yogurt muffin recipes is easy to make, but special in its own way!

Lemon-Yogurt Coffee Cake
This muffin recipe is sure to satisfy a sweet craving. The usual 1/2 cup (125 mL) of butter in a cake like this has been reduced. Serve warm.

Plain yogurt recipes: Frozen delights

Fruity Yogurt Smoothies
These frosty fruity beverages make a great start to the day or a delicious midmorning snack. Using frozen fruit makes them extra smooth and creamy.

Yogurt Fruit Pops
Frozen pops made with fresh fruit taste better and are a healthier choice than the commercial variety. The paper muffin-cup liners help catch drips.

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