I’ve mentioned before that one of my all-time favorite snacks is yogurt.
Creamy and filling… and I can jazz it up to satisfy my cravings.
I always start with plain yogurt, without added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
It’s the perfect base.
When I’m in the mood for a little sweetness, I’ll add a little stevia or monk fruit sweetener, and a handful of fresh or frozen berries… or even a few dark chocolate chips if I want something a little more decadent.
If I want some crunch, I’ll top it with some pumpkin seeds or nuts.
Really, the possibilities with yogurt are endless.
When you make your own yogurt creation, be sure to stick with healthy add-ons.
Because it would be a shame to ruin such a healthy treat.
You see, yogurt is made fermenting milk with a yogurt culture.
And fermented foods… like yogurt… are loaded with good bacteria.
You know… probiotics… that support healthy digestion.
If you’re not a big milk drinker (I’m not), yogurt is one way to get a good amount of calcium.
Just one cup of low-fat, plain yogurt gives you 12 grams of calcium… nearly ONE THIRD of your RDI.
Yogurt also a great source of protein.
To keep your muscles strong, and your energy up, protein is an absolute must… especially for us folks over 50.
Research shows yogurt can even help keep your weight in check.
When compared to high-fat snacks like crackers and chocolate, high-protein snacks like yogurt were found to improve appetite control, make you feel fuller longer and reduce the number of calories you each day.
For an added boost of protein, I like to add a scoop of my Patriot Power Protein™ to my yogurt. Each serving delivers 15 grams of high-quality protein… and just 100 calories.
Plus, if I bring this snack with me when I’m out and about, you should see the kids’ faces when I’m enjoying what looks like green pudding. If they only knew how good it was for you…
Now, while there are literally hundreds of yogurt options on grocery store shelves, most aren’t worth your time or money.
Because they’re loaded with added sugar.
And you know how I feel about sugar.
It’s addictive. It’s bad for you. There’s really not much good that comes from it.
Instead, take some time to read the labels.
Look for a plain, unsweetened brand with less than 15 grams of sugar per serving.
(Lactose is naturally present in yogurt, so a cup will always have some sugar in it.)
Add some of your favorite fruits or nuts to a cup and you have a near-perfect snack.
Smooth, creamy… spoonfuls of deliciousness.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance