Healthy Children - November 2013


Healthy Food: Add Yogurt to Your Daily Diet


Yogurt is a healthy food. It:


  • Is a good source of protein.
  • Contains calcium and potassium.
  • Has B vitamins and minerals.
  • Contains live cultures called probiotics.


Yogurt has many uses. Try it for breakfast with fruit.  It makes a great snack.  Use it in recipes
- sauces, soups, dressings and desserts.  Substitute it for sour cream, mayonnaise, oil, butter and cream cheese.


Greek yogurt is an especially good fat substitute. It is a thick and creamy product once the liquid is strained and removed. This process increases the protein content and usually decreases the carbohydrates.  Lactose intolerant people may digest Greek yogurt more easily.


You can easily make your own yogurt in an inexpensive yogurt maker.  Boil milk, mix in some yogurt, and place it in your yogurt maker. In 8- 12 hours, your yogurt is ready to enjoy.


Yogurt Stuffed Sweet Potato
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1 tsp. of honey or brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Mix and use as a topping/or your baked sweet potato.


Yogurt-Cucumber-Mint Sauce
-great on grilled meats or as a vegetable dip.
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1 small cucumber- peeled, seeded and chopped or grated
2 - 4 tbsp. Fresh mint
2 tsp. chopped green or red onion
½ tsp. cumin powder
1 clove minced garlic or garlic powder to taste
1 tbsp. Lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste.