Yogurts that state in their ingredients list live bacterial cultures or active bacterial cultures contain probiotics (which literally means “for life”) or also known as good bacteria which is beneficial for the your gut health. It seems probiotics can be used to treat anything from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, infectious diarrhea caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites and antibiotic-related diarrhea and in some cases also skin conditions like eczema. There still has to be done a lot of research but one thing is for sure, probiotics help move food through your intestine and it offers a significant amount of protein. Yogurt is rich in calcium and since working in conjunction with the live cultures it becomes very easily absorbable. Yogurt is often tolerated by people that tend to have difficulty to digest lactose because they contain lactase, the enzyme needed to break down lactose.
Now, which is the best yogurt you ask? You might already know what my answer will be. The full-fat, non-flavored, non-sweetened, preferably glass-jarred boring white stuff that is super sour, yes, that one. The dairy corner in the supermarkets is packed full with a million different yogurts including every possible flavor and color and fat content known to mankind but those I don’t believe offer the same benefits as plain old yogurt. I’m not saying you have to close your eyes, cover your nose and gulp it down if you don’t like it, there are other ways of improving a yogurt’s taste. It doesn’t have to be through a factory recipe loaded with sugar and artificial flavors and dyes. This Passion Fruit Mango Smoothie is SO SO SO much better than all the fancy yogurts sold in colorful plastic cups together. Promise! And it takes 5 minutes to make. Do I hear a YAY there?
My yogurt-loving daughter I knew was going to love it but the person I created this for, my yogurt-hating son, now learned as well what my mom used to tell me ever since I am conscious: there is no such thing as a yucky food only a yucky way of preparing it! He licked out the glass and asked for MORE PLEEEEEASE!
Passion Fruit Mango Smoothie
- 1 passion fruit
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 mango (very very ripe)
- 1 cup yogurt (full fat, unflavored and unsweetened)
- Cut open passion fruit and spoon the inside into your blender.
- Add half a cup of water, cover and turn on for 2-3 seconds. This will separate the seeds from the slime (which is what we want to keep).
- Pour passion fruit water through a sieve into a glass and discard the seeds.
- Rinse out blender to remove all seed bits.
- Return sieved passion fruit water into blender.
- Peel and deseed mango and add all the flesh into the blender.
- Add yogurt, cover and blend until smooth (about 30 seconds).