2. Yogurt (with NO added sugar)
Yogurt is full of essential nutrients including calcium, which maintains healthy teeth and bones. Yogurt is also high in B vitamins, which increase energy, boost cognitive function, elevate mood, encourage healthy skin and nails, and support the immune system and nervous system. Yogurt contains crucial minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, which regulate your blood pressure, keep your bones healthy, and boost your metabolism.
Yogurt is super high in protein. Protein-rich foods like yogurt can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Protein helps keep your appetite in check by signaling to the brain to let you know you’re full. Greek yogurt, in particular, is especially high in protein and beneficial for weight loss.
Numerous studies have confirmed that people who eat yogurt regularly tend to weigh less than people who don’t. Yogurt that doesn’t contain added sugar tends to be low in calories but high in nutritional value. The protein in yogurt helps you feel full so you eat less overall while still getting the nutrition you need to stay healthy.
Some kinds of yogurt contain “live and active cultures,” also known as probiotics. Probiotics support a healthy digestive system and a strong immune system.
Always check the label to be sure the yogurt you select doesn’t contain added sugar. Some types of yogurt are high in added sugar, which can lead to health problems like diabetes and obesity. A plain, unsweetened yogurt that contains probiotics is your best bet.
Plain yogurt doesn’t need to be bland! Add some fun and flavor to your yogurt by mixing in healthy toppings like fruit or granola. My personal favorite is plain Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries and raspberries. Yum!