We often have great intentions about incorporating certain foods into our daily lives, but then can’t quite figure out how to do it. Enter the wonder vehicle – yogurt!  I know, it may sound a little odd, but I use yoghurt as a vehicle for other nutrients on a daily basis. Read on to find out more.

Maybe you’ve read about the anti-inflammatory action of turmeric, or how good having ground flax seeds every day would be for you, or you have this jar of prebiotic powder and can’t figure what to do with it. How do you actually eat some of this stuff?

If you have a smoothie a day, that can be a great vehicle for these kinds of foods, but now its winter, smoothies are less popular – and they require getting the blender out (!!!).  So think of using yogurt instead. Just a spoon to stir up the add-in and you are ready.

Last week I mentioned one example of using yogurt with turmeric and cumin in it as a spiced topping for cauliflower fritters.  But there are many foods you can add.

Type of yogurt

You can choose whatever type of yogurt you like – plant based such as almond or soy, or dairy from sheep, goat or cow. Whichever you choose, the best choice is organic. And choose a plain yogurt. No added sugar or flavorings.  

Now we add some goodies to the yogurt and it acts as a vehicle to ensure we eat them every day (or at least most days).  Get into a routine of having your yogurt at a certain time of day whether it is for breakfast, a snack, dinner or dessert. And it can be more than one meal. 

Here are some options of add-ins and I hope they will encourage you to think of some others. 

Infographic showing ways of using yogurt as a vehicle for other foods from CALMERme.com

 

How to use these – make in advance or use straight away

Some of these ‘yogurts plus add-ins’ you make and enjoy straight away. For example, if you are having breakfast of berries plus yogurt, just mix in your 2 Tbs flaxseeds, scoop of prebiotic powder, and 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon into your 6oz yogurt pot and pour it on top of your berries. Similarly, if you are adding protein powder or your daily supplements. 

But the spiced yogurts you can make a larger quantity in advance and keep it in the fridge to use in smaller amounts throughout the week. For example, I often add 1/2 tsp each of turmeric, cumin, and coriander to a 16 oz pot of yogurt. I then use 1-2 Tbs at a time in a sandwich, dolloped on soup, or instead of ketchup.  

 The sweeter spiced version can be enjoyed either way.  

It doesn’t matter how you use it or what you add. Just start thinking of yogurt as a vehicle for these difficult to eat powders or liquids. And change it up each week. 

Yogurt as a vehicle this week

Can you commit to trying one of these this week? Do you have something lurking in your cupboard that you were meaning to eat regularly but just couldn’t figure out how to eat it?  Give it a try in yogurt and let me know how you get on.

Will eating 2 tablespoons turmeric yogurt daily reduce your pain and inflammation level and get you away from using mayonnaise or ketchup? Could this lead to a permanent lifestyle change with health benefits? 

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