With foods like kombucha, kimchi, and miso leading the latest health trends, it can be easy to forget one of the most common sources of probiotics: good old-fashioned yogurt.
Just one serving of yogurt is a significant source of potassium, phosporous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, vitamin B5, and vitamin B12. While Greek yogurt is packed with double the protein and less sugar than regular yogurt, both are a great source of both calcium and protein. And don’t shy away from the good-for-you milkfat: whole milk yogurt, full of fat-soluble nutrients, may be better for you than non-fat and low-fat.
Be on the lookout for the words “live and active cultures” on your yogurt—which will be most brands you can find in stores—to know they contain good bacteria that help regulate the digestive system. These bugs help keep out the harmful microorganisms and
Aside from all the healthy goodness, yogurt can be deliciously incorporated into your meal any time of day, from creamy salad dressings to taco or fajita toppings and, of course, frozen yogurt. Use it creatively to add a healthier twist to recipes that traditionally use cream or heavier toppings. Whether it’s classic, Greek, Australian, or Icelandic-style, we believe in eating yogurt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Here are nine recipes to incorporate yogurt into any meal:
1. Plain yogurt
It’s a classic for a reason: one of the most versatile ways to eat yogurt is plain in bowl—ready to be paired with granola, fruit, nuts, honey, chia seeds, and more. We recommend using unflavored yogurt with no added sugars, making your own flavors with inventive toppings. See how to Make Your Own Yogurt.
Yogurt-based smoothies are good for a boost at any time of day—whether it’s at that 5 am wake-up call or after a 9 pm gym session—but they are especially useful for those on-to-go moments. Throw together this easy recipe and be out the door in 10 minutes. Get our Healthy Blueberry Smoothie Recipe.
Dips are notorious for sneaking calories and junk into an otherwise healthy snack like chopped veggies. With a yogurt-based dip, pack in good-for-you probiotics and protein to your dipping. This recipe is perfect for the Superbowl or your next dinner party. Get our Yogurt Dipping Sauce with Lemon and Basil Recipe.
Yogurt sauce is an excellent way to make a moist, flavorful salmon steak. It’s simple, light, and easy—pairing perfectly with a healthy side of steamed vegetables. Get our Cedar-Planked Salmon with Herbed Yogurt Sauce Recipe.
You’ll be surprised at how versatile this 5-minute recipe can be: use it with fries, burgers, or calamari. With just four ingredients and some salt, it can be used to on any sandwich with would normally call for heavy mayonnaise. Get our Garlic-Mint Yogurt Spread Recipe.
Pita and yogurt spread is a classic combo, and for good reason. This healthy Mediterranean meal uses a refreshing yogurt sauce with cooked lamb, but we recommend making a double serving of the sauce for dipping. Get our Lamb Pitas with Cucumbers and Yogurt Sauce Recipe.
This recipe uses Mediterranean spices and fresh yogurt dip for an easy and healthy appetizer—make 30 meatballs in just 30 minutes. Perfect for dinner parties or Superbowl viewing, the sauce can be made up to one day in advance. Get our Lamb Meatballs with Lemon-Cumin Yogurt Recipe.
Yogurt adds a nice creaminess to this curried turkey salad. Light, healthy, and easy to prepare, this is an ideal make-ahead recipe to bring to work or school all week. Use it in a sandwich or over greens. Get our Curried Turkey Salad Recipe.
No yogurt recipe list is complete without a good frozen yogurt recipe, and this is one of our favorites. Using fresh blackberries, this homemade frozen yogurt hits the ideal balance of tangy goodness and fruity sweetness. Get our Frozen Yogurt with a Blackberry Swirl Recipe.