Yogurt has been undermined by a lot of people for a long time, but the few that appreciate it are beginning to embrace the Greek way. There are only few foods that have as much healthy and nutritional attributes in such a small serving as Greek Yogurt, but it’s highly underrated.
Research has shown that just a bowl of Greek Yogurt gives you the essential nutrients your body needs and helps you lose weight in the process! It also has a very rich, lustrous, and attractive texture.
If that isn’t amazing, I don’t know what is.
Before we look at how to make Greek yoghurt in Nigeria, let’s look at its benefits and why should you take it.
Benefits of Greek Yogurt
1. It’s filled with Probiotics
Greek yogurt is filled with so much probiotics. For those wondering what probiotics are, they are simply microorganisms like yeast and bacteria that live in your intestine. Good microorganisms keep your body healthy. Without them, harmful bacteria can build up in your body and begin to cause damage.
They are also useful in the digestive system, especially for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
2. Boosts protein levels
Protein is one of the most essential macronutrients. It aids in cell growth, repairing tissues, and building muscles. The more you grow, the more you need protein to replace worn out tissues, eradicate illness, and keep the skin looking fresh and healthy.
Greek yogurts allow you to boost your protein level without overly depending on heavy food items like meat.
3. Sodium-potassium balance
A lot of people have too much sodium in their bodies and they’re not even aware. But the great news is that Greek yogurt isn’t just low in sodium but also high in potassium. It helps to eliminate potential health risks just by doing so.
You get the best of both worlds.
4. Best for workout recovery
Have you been hitting the gym lately?
Then, not to worry.
Greek yogurt is very healthy and is essential for post-workout health. It not only helps to sustain you till your next meal, but it also has proteins that can repair worn out tissues and damaged muscles caused by the exercise. To make it more effective, add berries or bananas.
5. Sustains an appropriate iodine level
Iodine is very important for proper thyroid function, and Greek yogurt is rich in that. Thyroid aids proper metabolism, because those deficient in it have serious problems like rapid loss of weight.
Now, that you know the benefits, let’s look at how to make it.
Let’s dive in
How to make Greek Yogurt
What are the ingredients necessary to make Greek yogurt?
- Yogurt with live bacteria (1 tablespoon)
- Milk (1 cup)
Just these two?
You can see how easy it is.
Note: If you’re using powdered milk, you need 2 cups of water. But if you’re using liquid milk, there is no need for that
- 2 Pots
- Glass cup/glass jar
Procedure on how to make Greek Yogurt
- Add the water and milk in a pot. If you’re using dry milk, you should add the milk to a cup, mark where it stopped, pour it into the pot, and then add water to the cup and fill it till it reaches that mark. Then pour it into the pot. That way, you can get an adequate water-milk ratio.
N/B: Skip the extra details if you’re using liquid milk.
2. Place it on medium heat and stir it occasionally till it starts boiling. When it does, bring it down and allow it to cool.
3. Sterilize your glass cup/jar. Most people prefer jars because they usually have covers where you can secure them airtight. Place it in a pot and fill it with water. When the water shows slight signs of boiling, remove the cup and place it in a CLEAN napkin.
4. Add the yogurt to the milk. Make sure the milk is warm. It shouldn’t be very hot to kill the bacteria, and it shouldn’t be cold either. Make sure you put only one tablespoon. One tablespoon is enough.
5. You can leave it in the pot or pour into an airtight jar or a glass cup covered with napkin.
6. Place it in a dark warm place for about 10 hours. If you do it at night, you can leave it till the following morning.
Your Greek Yogurt is ready for consumption. Who knows? You can turn it to a full fledged business someday.
Thank me later…
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