Lauren Jagnow

5 Good-for-You Yogurt Recipes: Cheap & Healthy Foods

healthy foodWe must admit, the phrase “nonfat plain yogurt” is not especially exciting. In fact, for many of us, nonfat plain yogurt was a food we avoided at all costs when we were kids. However, as we (and our palates) have matured, we’ve discovered that plain yogurt is a great addition to a range of delicious and exciting dishes.

 

Low in calories and high in protein, calcium, vitamin B12 and potassium, yogurt can be enjoyed on its own or as a part of main dishes. A staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking, yogurt can also replace less healthy ingredients (such as sour cream) in many popular recipes. Furthermore, as the folks at Good Food on a Tight Budget point out, nonfat plain yogurt is very affordable.

 

Is your inner child still saying no to plain yogurt? No problem. We’ve got some irresistible recipes that feature this healthy, adaptable ingredient. From a sweet and nutty yogurt-zucchini bread with walnuts to a hearty grilled chicken with cucumber yogurt sauce, each dish takes full advantage of the flavor and texture of yogurt, and these recipes are healthy to boot. Perhaps even more importantly, these recipes taste fantastic. We can guarantee that after sampling any of these dishes, you’ll never dare call yogurt boring again!

 

 

 

Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

 

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Grilled chicken breasts get a flavor boost from creamy yogurt and a mix of cucumber, mint and onions. Serve this alongside steamed rice for a quick and delicious dinner.

 

 

 

Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts

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This sweet bread is a great for breakfast or as a snack later in the day. To make the bread even healthier, you can replace the sugar with agave syrup or maple syrup.

 

 

 

Fresh Yogurt Cheese

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Who knew making cheese could be this easy? All you need is one carton of yogurt, herbs and 24 hours in the fridge to create a smooth, creamy spread for crackers (and a healthy snack).

 

 

 

Mixed Fruit with Yogurt Topping

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Enjoy this fresh and sweet dish as a breakfast or as a light dessert. Be sure to choose the best seasonal fruits for a truly delicious treat.

 

 

 

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

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No need to go out for ice cream when you can make your own frozen treats at home. This frozen yogurt is just as tasty as ice cream but is a much healthier choice.

 

 

 

What’s good for you and good for your wallet?

Check out our list of the Top 10 Cheap & Healthy Foods!

 

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