How many times have you said, or heard anyone else say “healthy foods are either too expensive or don’t taste good”? We all want to be health conscious and for the most part try to be. However, even in the best of intentions it either comes down to the taste or the expense for some. What if I told you that there’s something out there that tastes great, comes in a variety of flavors, but also is also very inexpensive? Something that you can get great health benefits from as well as lose weight? Would you try it?
Greek yogurt is high in protein, lower in carbs, and lower in sodium content than regular yogurt. Studies have shown that people who ate just 3 servings of fat-free Greek yogurt daily lost 22% more weight and 66% more body fat than those who just cut calories.
Yogurt promotes vaginal health, intestinal heath, enhances immunity, & lowers blood pressure. Greek yogurt has “friendly bacteria”. This friendly bacterium is a probiotic that is found in foods such as yogurt that help strengthen the immune system. Probiotic means “for life”. Yogurt is the most probiotic containing food out there.
Women who get yeast infections can benefit from these bacteria. People suffering from ulcers can also get relief from the healthy bacteria in Greek yogurt. Don’t get me wrong, you should still take the medications prescribed by your doctor but adding Greek yogurt to your diet will also aid in not only healing the ulcer or yeast infection but help keep any recurrence at bay. However, be sure to talk to your doctor about any medical conditions you may have and eating any kind of yogurt.
According to the Center for Applied Special Technology, there are studies to see if probiotics can help in preventing kidney stones, treating infectious diarrhea and diarrhea in children in third world countries. There’s an article in Caring.com which states that probiotics in Greek yogurt is a powerful agent in fighting chronic pain. It is also a great source of Vitamin D…if you’re like me and don’t like to be out in the sun that much this is a great alternative.
Greek Yogurt has been around for thousands of years. In Greece, newlyweds eat yogurt with walnuts and honey for prosperity. They also believe it’s an aphrodisiac.
There are many varieties & flavors of Greek yogurt available in our grocery stores, health food stores, even in gas stations. For those who would like to make their own at home try culturesforhealth.com/greek-yogurt-starter. There are other great starters on that site as well.
So, I challenge those that, like myself… used to say “healthy foods don’t taste good or are too expensive”: go out and try this creamy, sweet, and delicious snack for all the health benefits it provides. Lose weight and gain a healthier immune system.
Greek Yogurt Smoothie
- 6 ounces Blueberry Greek Yogurt
- 1 banana
- 4 frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 4 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients, blend on high until smooth.