A cup of yogurt is proof positive that when it comes to healthy and tasty food, big things often come in little packages. Yogurt packs a powerful punch, whether you’re looking for a treat to toss into your child’s lunch bag or a snack to stash in your office fridge.
Most of us have heard that eating yogurt is an excellent way to get calcium, and a calcium-rich diet can help slow bone loss and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. But yogurt’s calcium levels are just the beginning of a long list of nutritional benefits. Yogurt is a source of magnesium and B vitamins. It offers a lot of protein without a lot of calories, which makes it ideal for weight-loss plans. In fact, yogurt provides such a high source of protein – as much as 20 percent of the recommended daily protein intake – that the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers it an alternative to meat in its school lunch program.
Yogurt is made by combining a dairy product with bacteria – good bacteria that help fight against harmful bacteria in our intestinal tracts. Many yogurt varieties contain even more beneficial live and active bacteria that are thought to boost immune function.
This versatile food can be incorporated into your diet in countless ways. Any variety can be used to top off granola, added to smoothies and used in place of some of the liquid in desserts or baked goods. Reduced-fat or 0% fat plain yogurt is a great way to save calories and fat when used in place of mayonnaise or sour cream in dips and dressings.
Whether it’s rich and creamy or light and tangy, there are yogurt flavors to suit the taste buds of everyone on your shopping list. For an easy way to go big on nutrition – but not on price – make the yogurt section of our Dairy Department one of your routine stops whenever you’re at Schnucks.