And, I remember when I ask for someone one of my closes, about their usual daily snacks. At the start of the list comes the packed, unhealthy names…
This discussion often leave me with so unhealthy stuff
And it’s not right.
So, I found Snack time doesn’t have to be unhealthy. There can be healthy and tasty ways of snacking for all. Here is my secret healthy ingredient to make healthy and portable nutrient-rich snacks that are a great low-calorie.
Yogurt is one of my favourite foods and so versatile. It’s creamy, delicious, healthy and comes in all sorts of flavours you can blend into a variety of snacks. It makes a healthy, filling snack any time of day. Greek yogurt has a thicker texture and more protein and probiotics.
Yogurt and yogurt-based snacks are quick and easy and I feel good continuing to eat them because the carbohydrates and protein keep them fueled through their various activities. Plus, it is an affordable, nutrient-rich snack that continues to support their growing muscles and bones.
1. Yogurt Tzatziki dip
Stir together plain yogurt, chopped cucumber, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, chopped fresh mint and chopped fresh thyme. Serve dip with pita bread or crunchy veggie sticks.
2. Peanut butter Yogurt dip
Stir together peanut butter, vanilla yogurt and cinnamon for an easy peanut butter yogurt dip, pair it up with sliced banana or apple.
3. Yogurt Parfait
For rushed mornings, quick afternoon breaks, or pretty much any busy time at all, this combo is a no-brainer. Top yogurt with low-fat granola and fresh fruit and chopped nuts for a speedy snack.
4. Yogurt Pesto dip
Combine 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt with ½ cup pesto (homemade or store-bought, basic basil or variety of your choice), and mix until smooth. Pair it with roasted vegetables, whole wheat pasta or use as a dipping sauce for chicken, fish, or steak. Spread it on a sandwich, use it as a base for dressing — the possibilities are truly endless because this rockstar sauce goes with pretty much everything.
Tex-Mex lovers swear by this dip for creamy, tangy guacamole. Just add a dollop or two of Greek yogurt to your favourite guac recipe and wait for the rave reviews. Bonus: it helps stretch the avocados, for those times when unexpected (or super-hungry) guests show up.
Can check the recipe here :
6. Nutella Yogurt
Another easy spread. Add a spoonful of Nutella to a cup of plain Greek yogurt. Sweet, chocolaty, and full of protein — sounds like the perfect snack to us! You can use this mix as a dip for your favorite fruit, too.
7. Overnight Oats
Oats are usually eaten for breakfast (hence the name), but they’re a great snack anytime you need a protein boost. In a bowl, mix together rolled oats, Greek yogurt. After that, the sky’s the limit — add nut butter, seeds, honey or maple syrup, cinnamon, fresh or dried fruit, granola, or even chocolate chips for some flavor and texture. Cover the mixture and let it sit in the fridge overnight or for a few hours until the oats begin to soften.
8. Frozen Yogurt-Covered Berries
Stay cool with these frozen snacks. Dunk pieces of fresh fruit in Greek yogurt (hint: skewering small berries with a toothpick makes it less messy) and spread out on a baking sheet. Store in the freezer for 15 minutes or until hard. This works with any variety of berries.
9. Fruit Yogurt Popsicles
A homemade version of that store-bought yogurt popsicle, but so much healthier, made with your own blend of favorite fruit and yogurt.
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10. Spinach-Power Smoothie
Refuel your tiring evening with this smoothie full of calcium, iron-rich spinach and flaxseed (for a healthy dose of that Omega-3s). Blend up ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt with 1 cup milk (of your choice), 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 2 cups spinach, 1 banana, 3 strawberries, and 1 teaspoon flaxseed.
What are your favorite ways to eat yogurt?
By Priyanshi Bhatnagar