What you’ll save at the store:
Making your own yogurt at home can reduce your grocery bill by several dollars. When you make it yourself, the total cost of your yogurt comes to less than 50 cents a pint!
Using homemade yogurt as a substitute for other products (like sour cream, and mayonnaise) also means less to buy at the store.
Also, by making your own, you’ll have plenty of homemade yogurt and whey on hand to use in all kinds of recipes. The whey that is strained off of homemade yogurt can be used to make cultured, or lacto-fermented foods (like sauerkraut, or pickles), and it is also fantastic for baking with.
The Health Benefits of eating Yogurt often:
The benefits of yogurt are numerous! Did you know yogurt…
- builds stronger bones
- enhances immunity
- reduces the risk of high blood pressure
- promotes intestinal health
The list keeps growing the more I learn about yogurt. I’ve just realized another benefit…my kids eat it and they love it! In fact it is probably the healthiest thing my kids eat. I feel good knowing all the nutritional benefits they are getting from it everyday.
The Nutrition in Yogurt:
Homemade yogurt is a delicious, low calorie, nutrient dense food packed with all sorts of beneficial bacteria, vitamins, and minerals. It’s a great way to start out your day, get over a mid-day slump, or even end your evening off right.
A high protein breakfast, such as a cup of yogurt and fruit, or a yogurt smoothie, can boost your energy and keep you going all day. When you need a quick mid-day snack, the protein in yogurt is good for curbing your appetite and leaves you with a satisfied, full feeling, not to mention it tastes about ten times better than junk food!…especially when you add yummy maple syrup and coconut sprinkles to it.
It is also a tasty way to add more calcium, protein, phosphorus, and potassium to your diet. Did you know that a cup of yogurt has as much calcium as a banana?
You are also getting riboflavin-vitamin B2, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid-vitamin B5, iodine, molybdenum, and zinc; all lesser known, but vital nutrients.
Benefits of Probiotic Yogurt:
Yogurt could be cherished for it’s nutritional value alone, but an even greater benefit of yogurt is it’s live bacteria. It might seem gross to know that you are eating millions of live bacteria, but those little guys are super good for you.
All those “friendly” bacteria are extremely beneficial to your body. A healthy level of good bacteria can establish healthy intestinal flora that helps prevent imbalances in the body’s yeast levels. Beneficial bacteria also promote digestive health and boost the immune system.
Probiotics helps to treat and prevent conditions such as:
- inflammatory bowel disease
- colon cancer
- lactose intolerance
- diarrhea and constipation
- urinary tract infections
- vaginal infections
Be sure to only buy yogurt that contains live and active cultures. Look for the National Yogurt Association’s Live and Active Cultures (LAC) seal. This seal identifies products that contain a significant amount of live and active cultures.
Also, check the date on the label for the freshest yogurt you can get. The closer you are to the “sell by” date the less beneficial bacteria will be left in your yogurt.
That’s another advantage of making yogurt at home, it will be fresher than any yogurt you can buy at the store…So What Are You Waiting For? Let’s Start Making Some Yogurt!