Did you know it is Yogurt Week? Well it is! It is actually the first one of its kind. The Yogurt Council is celebrating the wonders of yogurt this week, and has asked me to highlight my yogurt recipes – and come up with a few new ones.
Yogurt is already very popular in Britain. The Yogurt Council tell us that one in five Britsh people eat yogurt every single day!
This week is yogurt week – and it couldn’t be better weather for trying out some chilled yogurt recipes!
An Ancient Food – A Modern Phenomonen
But it hasn’t always been like that…..I don’t think I had yogurt much as child in the 1960s. In fact I think the first yogurts I had were maybe in France. They were becoming more widely available in Britain in the 1970s but generally as flavoured desserts. Apparently Strawberry yogurt is still the most popular today, despite there being over 400 flavours available on Britain’s supermarket shelves!
And yet yogurt was hardly a new thing in the 1960s – it is believed that the first yogurt was made between 5,000 and 20,000 years ago!
Yogurt is an easy and ideal dessert for summer days. Light and lower calorie than cream or ice cream it offers some cooling indulgence without the guilt. Personally I tend not to buy the fruit yogurts or otherwise flavoured desserts as they have too much sugar and other additives and not enough fruit. I buy natural yogurt and add my own flourishes.
A favourite dessert for me is simply fruit with a couple of spoonfuls of yogurt. Large pots of natural yogurt can be bought very cheaply and you can always choose between low fat, no fat or the slightly more indulgent whole milk yogurts.
If you are making ice cream, consider just using yogurt rather than cream. It makes a lovely ice dessert with plenty of creamy texture without overdoing the fat and calories. Try this Berry Frozen Yogurt recipe.
An alternative is to use a mix of cream and yogurt as in this Apple Crumble Ice Cream
Not Just Desserts
And yogurt is not just for desserts. It is also a great way to cool down a curry, add some creaminess to soup or create a lighter white sauce.
Health Benefits of Yogurt
Yogurt is good for you! Always a bonus when something you love is also really good news for your body. Yogurt is full of vitamins and minerals particularly B vitamins, calcium, iodine, phosporus and potassium. It is recommended as a food to eat as often as every day should we wish.
Yogurt is of course very versatile – it is marketed both as a health product, especially the probiotic one a day yogurts as well as an indulgent dessert. There aren’t many foods that cut across that spectrum!
Yogurt is also used as a cream substitute to have with any hot or cold pudding.
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