Much has been said about yogurt – a delicious food with smooth, creamy texture, known for its health properties. Some people eat yogurt in the morning, between meals or at the end of the day, and for a good reason – yogurt integrates wonderfully in our daily menu throughout the day.
In this post I will explain when and how you should eat yogurt, and more importantly, its effects on our diet during every meal in which we eat it.
Starting the Day
Breakfast has rightly received the honorary title “the most important meal of the day”. Eating breakfast regularly is positively associated with children’s health and better achievement at school. Eating in the morning improves concentration and cognitive faculties (memory in particular), increasing the ability to deal with study materials.
In order to make breakfast more versatile and nutritious, we have many delicious and nutritious ways to combine yogurt at the start of the day. Muesli lovers can add to their yogurt cup granola and freshly-cut fruit: apples, pears, banana, strawberries, some nuts or almonds, and a drop of honey or date syrup. This way they benefit from the nutritional values of both yogurt and fruits.
An Energy Boost in Midmorning and Midafternoon Meals
It is the interim meal that provide energy to our body. Eating every 3-4 hours during the day helps keep our concentration and alertness levels through a continuous supply of vital energy to the brain. One of the best ways to pre-prepare a nutritious and healthy interim meal is to stock up on healthy flavored yogurts, sandwiches, vegetables and fruits.
You’re back home, the day is almost over and you want to prepare a light nutritious supper? Yogurt is a great product to include in dairy suppers, whether eaten with a spoon, added to pies and savory pastries, or mixed with eggs (scrambled eggs, pancakes). Yogurt can easily be made into a dip, too: Just add some seasoning and it instantly becomes another great variety option, which can be dipped with vegetables, pretzels, whole-wheat salted crackers, and more.
Meals for the Physically-Fit
It is highly recommended to include physical activity during the week as part of a healthy lifestyle, and you are advised to make sure you eat the right meals before and after each workout session. The combination of carbohydrates and quality protein makes yogurt the preferred and recommended meal after a workout.
It is worth remembering that the meal which precedes your workout is just as important – it is recommended to eat a light meal that contains proteins and carbohydrates before you exercise, in order to provide the body with energy and “building blocks” for muscle tissues. Yoghurt combined with fruits, for example, can provide the energy and protein intake required before starting such an activity.
Diverse Range with Healthy Extras
Since it is recommended to make room for yogurt on the table at every meal, you can diversify and add different nutritional values and flavors to it each time. This can be done in many ways; for example, with extras such as ground flax, oats, whole-grain cereal, granola, walnuts or chopped almonds, and freshly-cut fruit.
Those who want to add a touch of sweetness to yogurt can do so with a teaspoon of jam, honey, two grated chocolate cubes or a crumbled whole-wheat biscuit.
Savory flavor enthusiasts can also find solutions, of course – whole wheat pretzels, bagels or cracker bits.
Do you have any ideas for other interesting extras and uses? Please share them with us.