Sometimes eating healthy can be boring. Also, I don’t care what anyone says I personally think yogurt is disgusting but I know I need to eat it. Why? Because I need more probiotics in my life, and I also need to get the other benefits yogurt has — I’ve been seriously lacking! My body is not only my temple but right now Hanna depends on me and my body as she is strictly breastfed so I need to think of her as well!
I am currently breastfeeding and with that comes eating. Of course I have been struggling with eating. I am a snacker, always have been but up until recently I haven’t really cared because I was always able to maintain a decent weight that I was comfortable with, and didn’t really have to watch what I ate.
That has changed now though. Ever since giving birth to Hanna I feel like, and look like, I haven’t lost much weight. That isn’t really a big deal, it takes time — did you know it takes the body 1 whole year to recover from giving birth? So, trying to rush the weight loss isn’t really ideal. However, letting my body just try to deal with the breastfeeding, extra eating to ensure milk production is flowing, and not able to exercise as much as I’d like to I’ve had to seriously stop and look at the food I’m eating.
I’ve always hated yogurt. I’ve always thought it tastes like curdled milk, or sour food. I just couldn’t ever stomach it. My headaches started to come back as I was eating much healthier recently, walking more and getting a ton of water in take while also cutting back on caffeine and I realized I really don’t get probiotics in my diet. It was time, I had to give in a start eating yogurt.
I did it, I took the plunge and you guessed it, I gagged. It was gross, but I try to eat at least one yogurt a day. I’ve started adding stuff to it like dried fruit, fresh fruit, nuts, and even granola. It has really helped me get the right idea when snacking and keeping it down hasn’t been as challenging. My kids love yogurt, so there was no reason for me to loathe it so much.
Although, I still really feel it’s disgusting I find adding extras really helps.
What to add to yogurt
- Dried fruits – Strawberries, Cranberries, Cherries, Coconut, Blueberries, Pomegranate, Apricots
- Goji berries
- Cereal Chunks
- Maple Syrup, Honey
- Chia Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Flax Seeds, Pomegranate Seeds
- Coconut Flakes
- Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews, Pecans, Peanuts
Why should you add more yogurt to your diet?
- Yogurt is easier to digest than milk, so it may help if you have a sensitive gut
- Yogurt can boost your immune system
- Yogurt, if you are a woman can prevent/decrease yeast infections
- Yogurt is a great source of calcium
I’m not sure if its just me, but I’ve suffered with migraines basically my whole life. I’ve also been on a medication nightly for them since I was a teen, and nothing else has seemed to help ease them up but having caffeine and junk when I feel one coming on. Well, since introducing yogurt into my diet things have been completely different. I’ve not only not had a migraines since but any headache I have, it gets cut right in half when I have a cold glass of water and grab a yogurt! I firmly believe it is due to the calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium in the yogurt. If your diet is lacking like mine is, and to be breastfeeding on top of it — then it would help you too!
The human body needs to have a good amount of “good” bacteria in the digestive tract, and yogurts are made using active good bacteria. One word you will hear often when talking about yogurt is probiotics. Probiotic, which means “for life” refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts.
I love adding walnuts in between layers of my yogurt, and then adding some dried fruit in between as well as on top with some granola! It also looks really gorgeous too, doesn’t it?
If you are anything like me and know your diet is lacking, or you suffer from migraines/headaches. Give this a try. I know a lot of people love yogurt, but I personally cannot eat it without adding to it, and usually there is more fruits and other things like nuts in the bowl than yogurt but I make sure to get at least 1 serving per day, and I’ve noticed quite a difference. Start with plain, unsweetened yogurt and sweeten it yourself with fruit, a small amount of pure maple syrup or honey then add in fruits and other fun treats to make it more appealing to—you! I do unsweetened plain or I buy the ones with fruit when I’m in the mood!
As always, I’m not a doctor — if you have questions or concerns be sure to see your health care professional…
Do you like yogurt? Do you add anything to yours to make it a bit tastier?