Use Greek Yogurt For A Super Healthy and Delicious Dessert
Enjoy This Dessert Recipe Often - It's Guilt-Free
Want to be healthy and still top off dinner with an easy, healthy and delicious dessert? Of course you do. This wonderful yogurt dessert recipe is chocked full of antioxidants. Guilt-free, it can also be used as a snack or meal replacement.
And with today's busy lifestyle, it's quick and easy to make, and certain to be one of your favorites. You can make this recipe early in the day and keep it in the fridge for a later time. Children love to help prepare this greek yogurt dessert. It's a great way to teach them about nutrition too.
Ingredients For Healthy Greek Yogurt Dessert
Higher quality ingredients will bring a better taste to this recipe and will be healthier as well.
The following list can be purchased at most supermarkets. Just remember to take along your cloth/canvas shopping bags to reduce the use of harmful plastic bags. This is what you'll need:
- Greek vanilla yogurt
- Fresh blueberries, stawberries and any other fruit you prefer including purple grapes or bananas.
- shelled sunflower seeds
- Whipped cream or coolwhip
- Serving bowls
- Gather all the ingredients together.
- Carefully wash all your fruit thoroughly. Use a colander for berries so that they can drain.
- Cut all fruit into bite size pieces except for the blueberries and grapes as they are already the right size.
Step 2 and 3
- Fill dessert bowels or goblets with 1/2 to 3/4 full of Greek style Vanilla Yogurt. If you prefer, plain yogurt may be used. You can also use half greek and half regular (like yoplait) yogurt to make it go further. Greek yogurt costs a little more but is a thicker consistency.
- Add and mix fruits gently into the yogurt. Experiment with different varieties of fruits such as bananas (high in potassium) or kiwi.
- Finally, top with a few sprinkles of sun flower seeds, or you can mix the seeds right into the yogurt. Feel free to get creative by replacing sun flower seeds with walnuts (high in omega-3) or almonds. If you are a whipped cream lover, add a dollop of whipped cream or cool whip - and there you have it.
Here you have an easy and super healthy dessert or snack that is filling and delicious.
Try These Toppings and Tips For This Yogurt Dessert
- It's fun to let children and guests build their own yogurt sundaes. Begin with filling parfait glasses with layers of vanilla yogurt and strawberry yogurt. Leave room at the top of the glass for toppings.
- Fill small bowls with a variety of toppings. Granola, fruits, nuts, chocolate chip cookie pieces, whipped cream and favorite cereals are some suggestions.
- Be sure to add small serving spoons for each topping. This prevents little germs from traveling from hand to hand.
- Allow your family and guests to select whatever they like as they build their individual sundaes.
- Be sure the yogurt is good and cold before serving.
I like to set my serving bowls in the freezer to give them a nice cold chill just before placing them on the table or serving tray.
I also go the extra mile and place the dessert spoons in the freezer. It's just a nice touch and guests feel a little extra special. And they are.
Nutritional Benefits of Greek Yogurt
We need to have a healthy amount of good bacteria in our digestive tract, and many yogurts are made using active, good bacteria. One of the words you’ll be hearing more of in relation to yogurt is probiotics. Probiotic, which literally means ''for life,'' refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts.
The only yogurts that contain probiotics are those that say "live and active cultures" on the label
Yogurt comes from milk. So yogurt eaters will also get a dose of animal protein (about 9 grams per 6-ounce serving), plus several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium. In addition:
- Yogurt May Help Prevent Osteoporosis
- Yogurt May Reduce the Risk of High Blood Pressure
Yogurt with active cultures may help certain gastrointestinal conditions, including:
- Lactose intolerance
- Colon cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- H. pylori infection
- Yogurt With Active Cultures May Discourage Vaginal Infections
- Yogurt May Help You Feel Fuller
Eat Yogurt Often
If you're watching your sugar intake you may want to try some of the sugar-free yogurts that are available. I found a low carb brand that I am happy with.
If your palate doesn't jump for joy when trying yogurt, just add it to a nice, delicious smoothie.
The important thing is to include at least 3/4 cup every day to reap the many benefits that this wonderful food offers.
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© 2010 Audrey Hunt