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Κυριακή, 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Why You Should Eat Greek Yogurt

Greek Yoghurt Pannacotta with Roasted Rhubarb

Greek Yoghurt Pannacotta with Roasted Rhubarb

Rich, timeless and very nutritional

Made of fresh milk curdled and then fermented by means of bacteria, yoghurt has always been one of the finest products of the Greek farming tradition since the ancient times. Thick, creamy and super tasty, the Greek yoghurt is made of pure sheep’s milk in small dairy units. In larger ones, they usually make yoghurt with fresh cow’s milk, be it skimmed or semi-skimmed. They also add ingredients favouring health and growth for kids, or make it with strained cow’s milk (with the fat included ranging from 0%-10%) and milk cream, or even pair it with fruits and cereals as a desert to boost its nutritional capacity.

Over the past few years the Greek strained yoghurt has conquered the world, marking a startling increase in sales in Europe and North America. The Wall Street Journal recently referred to this increase as nothing less but a “craze”!

In the best of health

Indispensable in the daily diet of kids and grownups alike, the Greek yoghurt is an easily digestible food with a very high nutritional value. Rich in calcium, phosphorus, complex B vitamins and proteins, the Greek yoghurt is a valuable ally of the kids in building up a strong body with a reinforced immune system, while it helps everybody’s bowel and overall health.

Wonderful anyway

The Greek cuisine and the Greek yoghurt have been flirting for centuries. They have met in rice dishes and in spicy tidbits. They have made love on grilled and fried vegetables, meatballs and grilled meat. They have lain amorously as dressing on salads, chicken or beef dishes, as well as béchamel sauce. They have seasoned salty pies, while their offspring, made with garlic and cucumber, is famous worldwide as tzatziki.

In some areas of Greece, yoghurt is served for fresh summer soups. Sweet and tender as it is, it has seduced honey, spoon sweets, fresh and dry fruits with its divine taste and special texture.

Easy to make

Making your own yoghurt is… a piece of cake! No preservatives and stabilizing substances needed, which means it will be fresh, tasteful and healthy anytime.

-1lt of milk
-1 rich spoonful of readymade yoghurt
And follow these 5 steps:
1. Heat the milk until it swells. Stir to prevent it from sticking at the bottom.
2. Take it off heat and leave it to reach 45°C.
3. Thin out the ready-made yoghurt in cold milk and then add it to the pot with the heated milk. Stir with a wooden ladle while doing so. Pour the final blend into a clay pot.
4. Cover the clay pot to help it keep its temperature and leave it there for 3-4 hours without moving it.
5. Once cold, keep it refrigerated and consume it within 10 days.
Rich, thick and delicious, Greek yogurt is more than just a grab-and-go snack that you eat with a spoon when your tummy starts grumbling. This creamy, dreamy dairy product does more than just curb your hunger. Here are just a few of the health benefits of Greek yogurt.

Greek yogurt is loaded with protein

According to Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D., author of Read It Before You Eat It, digging into a cup of Greek yogurt can deliver as much protein as eating meat. "Greek yogurt has double the protein of most regular yogurts," the New York-based nutrition expert explains. "An 8-ounce cup has as much protein as a 3-ounce chicken cutlet!" In addition to being a key nutrient in building and maintaining your muscle mass, including protein in every meal can also keep you full longer.

Greek yogurt is a tasty source of calcium

Just because calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, it doesn't mean you can slack off on getting enough in your diet. Greek yogurt is a great source of calcium, which is key in bone and teeth health as well as heart and nerve function. Since calcium levels can vary from yogurt to yogurt, be sure to read labels so you know exactly how much of the mineral you're getting.

Greek yogurt is good for your gut

If you're trying to boost probiotics in your diet, dig into more Greek yogurt. Probiotics can not only improve your digestive health and keep the bacteria in your gut healthy, they can also boost your immune system and keep you well. Make sure the Greek yogurt you choose has "live and active cultures" on the label.

Greek yogurt is indulgent

Thicker than traditional yogurt, Greek yogurt swirled with ripe, juicy fruit and a little honey is akin to a decadent dessert made with heavy cream and sugar. When you're craving comfort food, Greek yogurt can satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your diet. However, Taub-Dix warns that not all yogurts are diet-friendly. "Some yogurts can be like candy in a cup, so check the sugar content on the label before you buy," the nutrition expert adds.
Greek yogurt is versatile

Taub-Dix encourages you to reap the health benefits of yogurt all day long. She says, "Greek yogurt can really satisfy your hunger and it therefore makes a great midday snack, but because it's also so versatile, you can have it with fruit and cereal at breakfast, have it with a salad at lunch, make a yogurt smoothie as a snack or add it to your salad dressing at dinner." The more often you can include healthy foods in your meals, the healthier your diet with be.

Greek Yoghurt Pannacotta with Roasted Rhubarb

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