Eat More “Yogurt”

It seems that yogurt has established a reputation in the U.S., as being only for females. Since when did yogurt become liken to the color pink? There is no such thing; food is food, and what matters is whether or not it is healthy. I believe that if more men eat yogurt they will have less stomach upsets or gastrointestinal stress. Men are often featured in commercials as having heartburn and indigestion. Could adding more yogurts to one’s diet help combat a lot of it? YES!! This is not to say that if you eat a burger and get heartburn, a spoonful of yogurt will get rid of it. Yogurt should be eaten on regular basics. Granted, a lot of yogurts on the market today are loaded with refined sugar, which counteracts its’ job. It is best to purchase sugar free plain yogurt. I personally prefer the full fat Greek yogurt, as I don’t believe in purchasing anything that says reduced or fat free. Yogurt is not only good for limiting the growth of yeast in the body; it is very beneficial for maintaining a healthy digestive system for everyone. It could even protect against salmonella, noro and other gastrointestinal viruses due to the fact that “good” yogurt contains a healthy amount of Lactobacillus.

Lactobacillus is a friendly bacterium that lives in our intestines. Medicines, chemicals, and the western diet rob us of the benefits of this necessary bacterium via destroying some or all of it. When that happens we have gastrointestinal distresses, and viruses invade more easily.

Many men may hate the taste of yogurt. But there are many different things that can be done with it. You can make delicious smoothies. A simple one is:

 

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  •  1 tsp vanilla,
  • A dash of peanut butter

Note: You may add honey, but careful, you may get a little sleepy!

 

Or try this recipe:

 

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (vanilla yogurt is a good base, or add your own vanilla)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2  cup blueberries
  • 1/2  cup strawberries
  • 1  small banana
  • 2 cups of ice

 

Or this:

  • 1 ripe medium banana
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4  cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4  cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • 1 cup sliced fresh peaches or banana slices

Preparation:

  1. Cut banana into chunks.
  2. Put banana and yogurt in a blender with peaches, orange juice and wheat germ.
  3. Add cracked ice.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Serve immediately in tall glass.

 

Or how about the classic Strawberry and Banana:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy or almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons stevia (optional)

 

And there you have it. Just remember, you cannot go wrong with yogurt and banana. Also, full fat Greek yogurt makes a great substitute for many recipes instead of sour and/or heavy cream (ex., nachos, which I love). But personally, I feel if you are taking “anything” for medicinal purposes, it is best to take it in its’ purest, natural form without mixing or enhancing it in any way. However, it is better to enhance, than not to take or eat it at all.

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