Healthy Living in the North

Foodie Friday: the high protein super snack you should consider

I have to say, I love yogurt – but I’m picky about it! It has to taste good, be creamy and rich, but not too sweet. All my children like yogurt and it disappears from our house at an alarming rate. But I don’t really mind; after all, it’s a good, protein-rich snack.

Bowl of yogurt with cup of tea.

Try eating yogurt with granola or flax seeds for breakfast, mix it with fruit for a smoothie, or enjoy it as a snack by itself!

Yogurt has been around for a long time and is thought to have originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BCE. It was eaten widely prior to the 19th century in India, the Russian empire, and south east and central Europe. Yogurt is created by heating milk to just below the boiling point and then cooling it slightly and adding bacterial culture. The mixture is then kept warm for 4-12 hours to allow the bacteria to break down some of the lactose in the milk to lactic acid.

I have often been asked how to pick a good yogurt. My first piece of advice: taste matters a lot. My other tip would be to look at the sugar content; it can vary widely from virtually none to the equivalent of nine teaspoons of sugar in a little container! Try to pick a lower sugar yogurt. I often recommend staying away from the 0% fat yogurts because they often add more sugar or sweeteners to them to off-set the lower fat content. When it comes to fat content, I tend not to worry about it that much; dairy fat hasn’t been shown to be much of a health problem, if at all.

After you have found your preferred yogurt –  enjoy! It’s a very versatile food. You can eat it with granola or flax seeds for breakfast, mix it with fruit for a smoothie, or enjoy it as a snack by itself. How do you like your yogurt?

Rebecca Larson

About Rebecca Larson

Rebecca works in Vanderhoof and the surrounding communities as a dietitian. She was born in the north and returned after her schooling. Rebecca loves tobogganing with her daughter in the winter, gardening and camping in the summer and working on her parents cattle ranch in her spare time.

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  1. Thanks for a great write up on yogurt. I enjoy yogurt for many purposes including as a topping for borscht, chili and even curried food. I will often mix it with cucumber, chives and cilantro and it tastes sooo good! It is a very good replacement for sour cream.

  2. Christy Wootten says:

    I prefer plain yogurt (Astro Balkan style is just milk and bacterial cultures) with no added sugars or starches then I add my own flavours so I can control how much sugar is in it. It is good with fruit, granola, homemade jam, and even chai spice.

  3. Yogurt! I can’t think of a better way to start any time of day…
    Recently I added chia seeds to my list of favorite trendy health foods. In the evening I place a small quantity of chia seeds in a jar and cover with milk. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning the chia has created its own pudding by soaking up the milk. Then I mix this pudding with my Greek yogurt…And fruit! Yum!

    When buying yogurt another thing that I like to look for is the protein content- the higher the better if you are an active person.
    Happy, healthy days ahead!

  4. Thanks for the recommendation. Nice blog :)

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