Yogurt has got to be one of my all-time favorite snacks, especially when frozen! Yogurt is packed with protein, probiotics and lactic acid…attributes that make it a healthy snack and a great ingredient in homemade health and beauty products. I’ve even found a few NEW uses for plain yogurt!
First of all, let’s talk about choosing a yogurt. When making face masks and other beauty products, choose a plain, whole-fat yogurt. You want all of those fats and oils to treat your skin. If you’re looking for a snack, however, I would choose a plain Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has nearly twice the amount of protein of regular yogurt. It also has about half the sugar, carbs, and sodium.
Whichever yogurt you have on hand…here are some creative ways to use it you might not have thought of before!
This Yogurt and Honey Face Mask exfoliates your skin, heals blemishes and even brightens complexion. Plus, it’s made with only four ingredients that you probably have in the kitchen!
Fade Age Spots
Because of the lactic acid, plain yogurt is one of these 10 home remedies for age spots.
Yogurt also makes a great remedy for sunburns! Spread a thin layer of whole-fat yogurt on your skin, let it sit for at least 10 minutes, and then take a cool shower to wash it off. The yogurt soothes the sunburn and feels cooling, while the probiotics and enzymes actually start to heal sunburns.
Ease Tummy Troubles
Because yogurt has probiotics, eating it regularly will keep your digestive system regular and your immune system strong. Click here to learn more about probiotics.
Canker Sore Remedy
The bacteria in yogurt helps fight canker sores, so eat just a few spoonfuls of yogurt everyday to keep canker sores away!
A Tasty Snacks For Kids (And Kids At Heart!)
Add just a few simple ingredients, and freeze the yogurt in little dots for a quick, healthy and tangy treat! Get the recipe here.
Frozen Yogurt Blueberry Kabobs
Skewer some blueberries, roll them in yogurt, and freeze the whole stick for a healthier take on a popsicle – the blueberry kabob!
Quick & Easy Fruit Dip
Mix Greek yogurt with your favorite chocolate syrup for a quick and easy fruit dip.
Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
Peel a cucumber, slice it lengthwise, and scoop the seeds out. Dice the cucumber, add it to 1 cup of yogurt, some minced garlic, a bit of fresh dill, and squeeze in some lemon juice to make your own tzatziki sauce! It’s a great veggie dip, chicken marinade, or even a spread for sandwiches!
To make your own cheese with yogurt, place some plain yogurt in a colander with 4 sheets of cheesecloth, and put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, it should be the texture of a soft cream cheese – it makes a delicious spread for crackers!
Choose plain greek yogurt for your creamy topping instead of sour cream or mayonnaise. You’ll hardly notice the difference, but you’ll be avoiding a lot of fat! Check out these other 15 swaps for a healthier diet.
Make MORE Yogurt!
And last, but not least, you can finger-paint with yogurt! Just add a drop or two of food coloring to about a 1/4 of plain yogurt to make your paints. Set up on a sheet of wax paper and get coloring! It’s a fun afternoon activity, but I wouldn’t suggest keeping the yogurt-drawings.
How do you use plain yogurt?