Yogurt, Your All-Natural Chill Pill (Plus Top Recipes With Yogurt)
More good news about fermented foods and the microbiome. Recent research suggests that the beneficial bacteria in yogurt may have a calming effect on the brain. Of course, a "calming effect" can't explain the guy who burned down his yogurt factory to keep it out of the meddling hands of new investors. There's such a thing as loving yogurt too much. So let that be a warning. And enjoy these top-rated yogurt recipes responsibly!
PRO TIP: For the probiotic benefit, choose yogurt with active or live cultures. Also, marinating meats with yogurt is great, but heat from the grill or oven will kill the beneficial bacteria. So make a little yogurt sauce to serve with cooked yogurt-marinated meats.
"Perfect summer smoothie for a post-workout boost," says megan.
"A great summer fruit salad. The yogurt sauce is light and delicious with a definite zing of honey," says lutzflcat. "Don't add the sauce to the fruit until you're ready to serve."
The secret to the avocado dip is Greek-style yogurt. "It's a bit more sour than regular plain yogurt," explains Carolin. "The dip fits perfectly with grilled salmon."
Experiment with different flavors of yogurt and different seasonal fruit.
"Absolutely delicious!" raves tottiemoonie. "I never thought to use yogurt in a salad dressing, but it gives a wonderful light flavor with less calories than using all mayo."
Here's a fresh berry parfait with creamy yogurt and crunchy granola. It's always delicious for breakfast and makes a healthy snack or tasty dessert, too.
Grilled chicken pairs up with a light-and-tangy, fresh cucumber yogurt sauce.
Seasoned fried chickpea patties combine with a dill, cucumber, and yogurt sauce. Stuff the falafel inside pita pockets with plenty of yogurt sauce and chopped tomatoes.
The secret here is Key lime-flavored Greek yogurt. "Oh yeah, this is a good one," says lutzflcat. "I make a lot of breakfast smoothies, and it's been a while since I've rated one 5 stars, but this one is deserving."
A healthier take on mac and cheese, this one combines cauliflower with creamy Greek yogurt, cheese, and seasonings.
The Health Benefits of Eating Yogurt
But wait, yogurt's calming effect isn't the half of it. This short video explores more health benefits of eating yogurt: