It’s somewhat of a curse to be the only true yogurt lover in the family and know all of the health benefits that come from this superfood. It makes it my job to try my best at getting my family to try it or to find ways to sneak it into their diets.

Yogurt is a convenient snack and coupons are usually plentiful, which make it less costly too. Grab a container out of the frig and a spoon and you’re good to go. It’s easy to pack to take along to work or school for lunch or a quick snack.

There are a variety of flavors and textures available, from whipped to custardlike to smoothies. If you want to cut down on the sugar you could buy the fruit on the bottom yogurt and only eat the yogurt for just a hint of flavor and sweetness, or you could control the amount that you stir in. Buy plain yogurt and add your own honey, fruit and nuts for a nutritious snack. Add yogurt to your own homemade smoothies. My favorite is Greek-style yogurt. It’s more thick and tangy than regular. You can find fat-free to full-fat, conventional and organic. There are soy alternatives too. Look for tons of choices in the dairy section of your local supermarket, but don’t forget to check out the organic dairy section as well for a lot of other options.

Yogurt contains some awesome stuff. The prebiotics and probiotics in yogurt are good for your gut! They help keep everything balanced and can even affect immunity and the absorption of minerals. In order to get the health benefits from yogurt make sure the yogurt you buy contains live active cultures. It’s also a good source of protein, which helps keep you feeling fuller. Calcium and B vitamins are in there too.

This summer try freezing your own homemade smoothies into popsicles. You can put a stick or a spoon into a container of yogurt and freeze it just like that. Don’t forgot about tubes of yogurt. Kids and adults alike find them fun to eat.

There are ways you can use yogurt as a substitute for foods that just aren’t as good for you. Use yogurt instead of sour cream to top a baked potato or chili. Flavor it and use it as a dip for fresh fruit. Cut down on your mayo use by making your own spread and using half yogurt. Add greek or strained yogurt to recipes in place of some of the fat.

Sometimes it’s tough trying a new food or suggesting a new food to your family. Remember that it usually takes several tries to get to like a new food. Never give up too soon on something that is such a benefit to your health!

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