It seems like nowadays you can’t turn on your television without seeing a commercial with some celebrity hocking some company’s latest and greatest yogurt. One week it’s all about switching to a yogurt with an emphasis on your “digestion health” and the next all about the all-natural “Greek”. However you endorse it, celebrity backed or not, yogurt is definitely something we all should add into our every day routine. Not only is it high in nutrients and low on fat, but it is also something that is great to have in your fridge on its own or to use as the secret ingredient to your new favorite recipe!
The health benefits of yogurt are quite extensive. Yogurt has active cultures in it that will allow good bacteria to access your body and fight many different possible ailments that could affect your gastrointestinal health: colon cancer, diarrhea, constipation, lactose intolerance, etc. Yogurt is also full of calcium and gives you a good source of dairy that has been shown to lower high blood pressure in some situations.
With summer quickly approaching, there will be countless opportunities to entertain and show off yogurt’s versatility. Yogurt is the best item to always have in your fridge for your go to summer ingredient. Tzatziki is a deliciously light yogurt based Greek appetizer. It is incredibly versatile and can be used for a dip, a sauce or even eaten on its own. It is great with a vegetable crudité; pita chips, along side hummus or even served on top of grilled meat.
2 Cups Yogurt (Greek or Labna)
2 Lemons –Juiced and Zested
2 Tablespoons Fresh Dill -chopped
2 Tablespoons Italian Parsley –chopped
3 Cloves Garlic –minced
1 Medium Cucumber – seeds removed, skin on
2 Tablespoons White Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
½ Tablespoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Split cucumber in half, remove seeds with spoon, and leave skin on. Then using a cheese grater, carefully grate cucumber. (You can do this right over the bowl.)
Chop dill, parsley and garlic. Add to yogurt along with lemon juice/zest and vinegar.
Season with salt and pepper
Chill. (Allow to chill for as long as possible to allow flavors to marry)