Yogurt is a great value snack food, not just in terms of money, but in terms of being quick, easy, tasty and quite healthy. Consider these yogurt facts:
- Yogurt is a good source of Calcium and Vitamin D. This can help build strong bones in children and prevent osteoporosis in adults.
- Yogurt with active cultures provides digestive benefits. For example, Dannon Activia contains a probiotic culture called Bifidus Regularis®. This active culture helps maintain good digestive health and can be beneficial to those who have occasional irregularity.
- According to WebMD, studies have indicated that consuming yogurt may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and may discourage vaginal yeast infections.
- Yogurt is a good source of lean protein: A cup of Dannon Activia provides on average around 4-5 grams of protein. If you are dieting, that protein may help you feel fuller, preventing cravings and keeping you from eating too much. It also provides on average around 12-15 grams of carbohydrates, which makes it a pretty good exercise recovery food as well. I’ll discuss that further in a follow up post next week.
- Yogurt tastes good! I’m liking my Dannon Activia Strawberry that I was given in order to prepare this post. Hint, toss in a handful of frozen raspberries to make it extra tasty!
One of the additional things that I like about yogurt is its portability. The cups fit well in a lunch pack, so I can take a cup to work with me to add to a meal or to eat as a snack. This helps assure that I get a good amount of healthy protein, calcium, and maintain digestive health all in one shot. Another trick is to combine yogurt with a high fiber food. This adds another digestive health benefit, and works well as either a balanced light breakfast or as a more hearty snack. For example, I like to mix a high fiber cereal into my yogurt to add some crunch and provide additional fiber. I also noticed on the Dannon website that they make a fiber version of their yogurt.
As far as healthy snacks go, yogurt is hard to beat! Dannon Activia is currently running a fourteen day challenge where you can try Activia for two weeks and, if you don’t love it, you can be reimbursed for the cost of the yogurt. For more info on that, or on Activia in general and its health benefits, click the logo below.
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