March is Nutrition Month and Pilates-Pro wants you to be the know about more than just Pilates. We’ll be highlighting several super-foods throughout the coming weeks – foods that truly need to be a part of any healthy diet. Along the way, we’ll be offering some helpful tips and recipes making it easy to add a nutrition spike to any one of your daily dishes. Next time your clients ask you about nutritional advice, tell them about super-foods!
Today’s super-food is an old – but underappreciated – standby: Yogurt.
Yogurt is loaded with vitamins like potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc and vitamin B5 just to name a few. And, aside from being a virtual powerhouse of vitamins, yogurt also contains healthy fats, protein and probiotics – an organism that serves as support to the groups of constructive bacteria in your body – helping boost your immune system and even providing protection against cancer.
The good news is yogurt doesn’t have to be reserved as a breakfast or snack food anymore. Here are two ways you can incorporate yogurt into any meal. Hey, one is even kid friendly and guaranteed to have them asking for more.
Tzatziki Sauce. Although hard to read, Tzatziki is a delicious cucumber and yogurt sauce commonly found in Greek dishes. It goes perfectly with chicken or vegetables and can easily be used as a dip or sandwich spread in place of mayo.
Just mix drained Greek yogurt with pureed cucumber, garlic, lemon juice and dill and you’re done! You can find a more detailed recipe with step-by-step directions here.
Yogurt Popsicles. This fun dessert is a great way to get kids to enjoy the all benefits of yogurt or just quell that sweet-tooth craving after a healthy meal.
Start off by taking your favorite yogurt (flavored or plain) and mixing in some honey or Agave nectar as a natural sweetener. Then, mix in some fresh or frozen berries of your choice. Place the mix into a popsicle mold with a tongue depressor for a handle. If you don’t have a mold, try using an ice cube tray or plastic cup with tooth picks for the handle.
Then, just pop it in the freezer and a few hours later you have a healthy, vitamin packed dessert.
Yogurt truly is a super-food and one we hope you can make a little more room for in your daily diet. If you have any tips or recipes for yogurt-based foods, be sure to share them. We want to hear from you!