Three things you didn’t know about yoghurt

As you already know, yoghurt is a dairy wonder that’s beneficial for your health in many ways.

Rich in calcium and an excellent source of high-quality protein, this nutrient-rich, all-star food is delicious no matter how you eat it – whether it’s on its own or in smoothies.

However, there are a couple of facts about yoghurt I bet you didn’t know – I’m letting you in on three of them.

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Three surprising health benefits of yoghurt

#1: Yoghurt improves your digestion

That’s right – this creamy stuff can easy all of your tummy troubles! The probiotics AKA friendly bacteria in yoghurt helps balance the microflora in your gut, which in turn helps with digestion and keeps you regular, according to culinary and nutrition expert Robin Plotkin (RD). Considering 80% of your immunity lies in your gut, it goes without saying that maintaining optimal gut health is key to a strong immune system and excellent overall health.

#2: Yoghurt is great for your heart

One of the most surprising reasons to heart yoghurt? It keeps your ticker healthy! According to associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Alvaro Alonso, eating low-fat and fat-free yoghurt may also help lower your risk of developing high blood pressure. The special proteins, calcium, magnesium and potassium in yoghurt contribute to this blood pressure-lowering effect.

#3: Yoghurt can do wonders for your skin

Forget those pricy skin treatments to perfect your problem skin. According to dermatologist Hema Sundaram, yoghurt is rich in lactic acid, which is a component in some in-office chemical peels. Lactic acid is a super-gentle exfoliator that sloughs dead cells of the top layers of the epidermis, which helps clear up blemishes and discolourations as well as smooth out wrinkles.

And there you have it – three awesome health facts about yoghurt! Do you know of any others?

This banana berry yoghurt snack makes for a great post-workout eat

This tasty and easy-to-prepare banana berry yoghurt snack is the perfect post-workout eat. It’s packed with nutrients that’ll boost and replenish your energy levels quickly after an intense workout. Enjoy!

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Banana berry yoghurt snack

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup fat-free Greek yoghurt (plain)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat blueberry yoghurt (you can also acai yoghurt)
  • 1/2 fresh banana, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tsp raw honey

Directions:

  1. In a Mason jar or deep bowl, layer the Greek yoghurt, blueberries, blueberry yoghurt, then banana.
  2. Enjoy immediately with a spoon.

This skinny peanut butter yoghurt dip is the perfect healthy comfort food

You know the feeling… Perhaps boredom has set in at work, or stress is affecting you at the end of the day. Perhaps you’re just plain hungry, and only something sweet and creamy will do. Don’t give in to sugary, fattening snacks! Instead, whip up the easiest, creamiest treat you’ll ever make: Skinny peanut butter yoghurt dip!

 

This dip has all of the sweet, nutty goodness you’re craving, with a dose of clean-eating Greek yoghurt for a scrumptious, smooth texture. I like my dip with chunky peanut butter for a satisfying crunch.

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What makes this peanut butter yoghurt dip healthy

Peanut butter is high in both protein and dietary fibre. It’s a great food to eat to stay full and satisfied without added sugar. Greek yoghurt is lean and protein-rich, and has a tang that’ll give your dip a special kick.

How to make your own peanut butter yoghurt dip

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yoghurt

1/4 cup natural peanut butter (crunchy is recommended)

Method:

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl, then refrigerate until you’re ready to eat it.

Serve the dip with your favourite fruit or veggie. I love it with wedges of green apple!

Homemade yoghurt masks to solve three common complexion concerns

There’s nothing quicker and easier than whipping up a yoghurt mask to treat your main complexion concerns. The recipes I’m sharing with you today are all great remedies and are sure to get your skin clear and glowing in no time!

 

As your base for each mask, use half a cup of Greek yoghurt. Thanks to its fatty acids, antibacterial properties and probiotics, the breakfast staple helps keep skin soft and glowing. Just make sure it’s the flavour-free, full-fat stuff, because it’s richest in skin-saving proteins and lipids.

 

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Yoghurt masks for three common skin problems

For dull skin

Add in: Honey, lemon and cinnamon

This trifecta sloughs off dead skin cells and boosts circulation for instant radiance. Combine a tablespoon each of raw honey and freshly-squeezed lemon juice with yoghurt. Add a dash of cinnamon, then blend well. Slather it on (avoiding the eye area), then wipe off with a warm facecloth after 20 minutes. Feeling tingly? Don’t worry – that’s the cinnamon bringing oxygen-rich blood to the surface of your skin to give you a beautiful glow.

For dry skin

Add in: Olive oil and avocado

The fatty acids in this powerful pair help skin retain water for a soft, supple look and feel. Scoop out half of the avocado’s flesh and mash it up until it’s lump-free. Blend it with yoghurt, then stir in one tablespoon of olive oil to form a paste. Apply the concoction to your face and neck and relax for 15 minutes while the mixture pumps moisture into your skin. Rinse off with cool water.

For acne-prone skin

Add in: Banana and turmeric

The potassium-rich fruit slows down blemish-causing bacteria growth, and a spoonful of spice can help curb oil production. Mash up the banana until it forms a lump-free pulp, then stir in the yoghurt. Then, add a dash of turmeric powder. Apply the mask and let it sit on your skin for at least 15 minutes to de-gunk your pores. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Six healthy ways to jazz up your yoghurt

I’m all about yoghurt these days, but it can get pretty monotonous if your morning yoghurt routine doesn’t budge from the usual accoutrements. But not to worry – I’ve got some delicious ways to top off and blend up your creamy goodness, transforming it into a whole new healthy treat! Enjoy!

 

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Six exciting ways to eat your yoghurt

#1: Oats

If you typically top your yoghurt with granola, switch it up with rolled oats. It’ll cut down on the fat and sugar without cutting down on the crunchy texture.

#2: Blueberries

So simple yet so delectable! Just toss some fresh blueberries into your yoghurt and you’ve got yourself a fibre- and probiotic-packed bowl of goodness.

#3: Almonds

Have you tried almonds in your bowl of yoghurt or yoghurt smoothies? Just a handful is enough for a great punch of protein. You may be surprised at how delicious it is!

#4: Apples

Whether you go the vanilla and honey route or simply cinnamon, apples and yoghurt are a match made in health heaven.

#5: Protein powder

Add a cup of yoghurt and a scoop of chocolate (or any other flavour of your choice) protein powder to your blender and blend until smooth. Can you say pudding for breakfast?!

#6: Melon

All you have to do is slice a fresh melon in half, pour your yoghurt into one half and tuck in! It’s a beautiful and yummy breakfast (plus there’s no bowl to clean afterwards!).

Four things you have in your kitchen that you can use to lighten your skin

Dull or dark skin is usually a result of too much sun exposure, environmental pollution, poor lifestyle choices, stress, or prolonged use of chemical-based cosmetics.

 

Many of us work hard to achieve fair and flawless skin. The market’s flooded with skin-lightening lotions and potions. But most of these products are brimming with harmful chemicals that can ultimately damage your skin! Oftentimes, they’re really expensive, too.

 

You can save yourself some time and money by using these effective natural remedies to lighten and brighten up your complexion. The best part? You probably already have most, if not all, of them in your kitchen!

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Four ways to lighten your skin naturally

#1: Plain yoghurt

Yoghurt, a by-product of milk, contains many nutrients that your skin will just love. It also contains lactic acid, which has natural bleaching properties. Try one of these remedies, which are suitable for any skin type:

  • Gently rub plain yoghurt onto your skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Do this once daily for several weeks for a noticeably lighter complexion.
  • Mix one tablespoon of plain yoghurt with one teaspoon of raw honey. Apply the mixture to your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. Do this daily to improve your skin tone and brighten your complexion.
  • Add two drops of lemon juice to some oatmeal and plain yoghurt to form a thick paste. Apply the paste as a face mask. Leave it on for up to 20 minutes, then rinse off with cool water. Use this mask whenever your skin requires some moisture.

#2: Fresh oranges

Yup, you guessed it – the most important ingredient in skincare is vitamin C! That’s why oranges are great for your skin – because they’re abundant in this vitamin. Plus, they have bleaching properties that can lighten up your skin tone. You can use oranges in these different ways to whiten your skin:

  • Combine two tablespoons of fresh orange juice and a pinch of powdered turmeric. Apply the mixture to your face and neck before bed. Wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes. Do this daily. PS: You can use this mask on your hands and legs, too!
  • Grind dried orange peels into a powder. Mix one tablespoon of the powdered peels with one tablespoon of plain yoghurt to make a paste. Apply the paste to your skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with cool water. This will help lighten sun spots and other marks on your face. Don’t do this more than twice a week.

#3: Lemons

The acidic property in lemons works as a very effective bleaching agent for skin. Plus, the high content of vitamin C in these fruits encourages new cell growth. There’s no wonder they’re great for achieving a radiant complexion! Here’s how to use lemons on your skin:

  • Dip a clean cotton ball in fresh lemon juice and apply it directly to your face. You can even rub a cut lemon directly over dark areas of your face and allow the juice to stick to your skin. Leave the juice on for at least 30 minutes, then rinse your face with cool water. Do this once daily. This remedy is amazing for preventing the development of scars on your face.
  • Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with a bit of powdered milk and raw honey. Apply the mixture to your skin. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse your face with warm water. Do this daily or every other day.

#4: Aloe vera

Aloe vera can alleviate pigmentation problems and restore your skin’s original colour. Hyperpigmentation is one of the main causes of an uneven skin tone. If you don’t have your own aloe plant, you can buy aloe vera gel at the supermarket or pharmacy. This is how you can use aloe to cool down your skin and help with skin cell regeneration:

  • Cut the outer layers of an aloe vera leaf. Squeeze out the thick, jelly-like substance. Apply the jelly thoroughly to your skin. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. Do this at least twice daily for two weeks for best results.

Important to note: When you use any of these remedies, be sure there aren’t any open wounds on your skin. Although natural, these remedies are pretty strong and may sting or inflame broken skin.

How to use banana, honey and yoghurt on your skin for a clear and radiant complexion

I love using banana and honey on my skin. Banana always leaves my skin feeling and looking fresh, while honey helps keep it hydrated and glowing. Yoghurt, on the other hand, contains lactic acid, which has natural skin-whitening properties. So, you can only imagine why I just love this super simple banana, honey and yoghurt face mask recipe!

 

If you’re looking to freshen up your skin and even out your skin tone, try this home remedy for yourself. It’s quick and easy to mix up! Enjoy!

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Banana, honey and yoghurt face mask recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp organic raw honey
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt

Method:

  1. Mash the banana using a fork.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mashed banana with the honey and yoghurt. Mix well.
  3. Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing your skin with warm water. You can apply it to your neck too, if you like.
  4. Pat dry your skin with a clean towel. Finish up the treatment by massaging a small dollop of coconut oil into your face.

The result? Fresh, hydrated skin! Use this mask two or three times a week and you’ll start seeing results within a month.