5 Holiday Uses for Yogurt–A Flu-Fighting Food

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Not sure about the flu shot? Fight back with food instead! Welcome back to 5 Flu-Fighting Foods–a 5-week series that will arm you with recipes to stay healthy this season!

I’m excited to be joining the following 5 amazing bloggers in hosting this series:
 

Nikki @Christian Mommy Blogger
Mindy @The Purposed Heart
Anne @Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy
Leigh Ann @Intentional by Grace
Rachel @Day2Day Joys
 
I can’t believe today is the final installment of this series! I’ve had a blast creating and finding new recipes for these flu-fighting foods:

Today’s flu-fighting food is yogurt! I absolutely LOVE yogurt. I grew up eating it all the time, but I had no idea what a super food it is until just a few years ago. 

Yogurt is chock full of probiotics, which balance out the flora in your gut. For more information on probiotics, check out this post. Learning a little bit about them is a MUST for your health!


Yogurt also can:

  • lower bad and raise good cholesterol levels,
  • lower body fat,
  • give a calcium boost to your bones,
  • boost your immune system, and 
  • much more! (source)


It is BEST to consume plain yogurt, but if you don’t like the taste, you can always sweeten it with honey or fresh or frozen fruit. Homemade organic yogurt is also best, but I will admit, I buy Stonyfield Farms organic yogurt (and earn free yogurt through their points system!). 

Homemade yogurt is on my list of homemade foods to tackle, but I haven’t gotten there yet. (Especially since the majority of our house is dairy free right now…and the one person who isn’t {hubby} doesn’t like yogurt!)

In lieu of a recipe this week (OK, I had all intentions of remaking this in some fashion, but it flopped…totally flopped!), I thought it would be fun to give you a list of 5 ways to incorporate yogurt into your holiday celebrations:

1. Take a yummy probiotic pumpkin dip to a party. Serve with fresh apples or gingersnaps!

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2. Make a cheesy green bean casserole with Christmas dinner, and sub yogurt for the sour cream. 

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3. Make and eat a yogurt parfait on Christmas morning (or the day after, when you’re feeling really full and want something light!). 

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4. Instead of topping your desserts with cool whip, top with plain yogurt. It will give it a tart taste that will cut the sweetness. 

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5. Stir some into a creamy potato soup or top the soup with it, cheese and chives. Makes for a great dinner on a seasonally cold night!


What are your favorite uses for yogurt?

Be sure to check out the great yogurt recipes and tips shared by the other amazing homemakers hosting this series!
Apple Pie Smoothie: A Probiotic Flu Fighter@The Purposed Heart 

Probiotics 101 @Day2Day Joys 
Yogurt: A Flu-Fighting Food @ Intentional by Grace
Yogurt Pudding: A Flu-Fighting Food@ Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy

Now it’s your turn! All 6 of us co-hosts enjoyed reading your mouth-watering garlic recipes last time! My top 3 favorites were:

*Be sure to visit the other co-hosts in this series to see who they picked as their favorite posts last time!


*I’m linking up with: Real Food WednesdayFoodie WednesdayTuesdays at the TableTasty TuesdayMelt in Your Mouth MondayWhat’s Cooking WednesdaySlightly Indulgent TuesdaysRecipes I Can’t Wait To TryWhatever Goes WednesdayTurning The Table ThursdayCooking ThursdayFull Plate ThursdayFrugal Food ThursdayFight Back FridayFood Trip FridayFresh Bites FridayFriday FoodFresh Food FridayFoodie FridayFreaky FridayFoodie Friday

Link up your delicious yogurt recipes below! Merry Christmas! Be on the lookout for some more link-ups in the new year! :)


There are only two guidelines for participation:
1. Your recipe must be a YOGURT recipe. Any entry submitted that does not include yogurt will be deleted.
2. Please link your posts back to one of the hosting blogs. This way your readers can have access to all of the other great garlic recipes as well!

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