D's Dish On Healthy Eating

Nutritious Should be Delicious!

REAL MEALS: Fruit and Greek Yogurt

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One of my favorite summer breakfasts to eat on the patio. 1 1/2 cup fresh fruit with 3/4 cup greek yogurt.  Fage 2% greek yogurt is my go to because it has twice the protein of other yogurts, all natural ingredients and tons of live probiotic cultures which are great for our digestive system. Most greek yogurts have twice the protein of regular yogurt, but check the labels. All this protein will keep you full longer. The flavor of the yogurt is a bit plain because there isn’t any extra junk added. For this reason I drizzle honey overtop.  After eating this for a while flavored and low fat yogurts taste very artificial.

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More on probiotics:

Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that naturally inhabit out gastrointestinal tract and assist in digestive processes.  Probiotics help to keep a balance of “good bacteria” in our guts to prevent “bad bacteria” from dominating leading to bacterial infection. This can happen after antibiotic therapy.  Probiotics may especially be helpful for individuals with diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, irritable bowel syndrome )IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), yeast infections, urinary tract infections.  Our gastrointestinal tract plays an important role in immunity and therefore it is thought that probiotics may also reduce incidence or severity of cold, flu, allergies and certain immune related skin conditions including eczema.

Good sources of probiotics can be found in foods like yogurt, kefir, unpasteurized sauerkraut, miso soup, tempeh, sour dough bread, naturally fermented pickles (without vinegar), kombucha tea and are regulated for safety by the FDA.  Probiotic supplements are not regulated, but are generally thought to be safe.  As always, I recommend food sources rather than supplements. If considering probiotic supplements you should speak with your doctor or a registered dietitian. Those with weakened immune systems due to cancers, chronic disease; the elderly and young children should avoid probiotics as they may do more harm than good.

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