A creamy summer treat
Whether you like your yogurt tangy or sweetened with fruit, it makes a perfect summer snack. It's light and refreshing and can be used in countless ways in the kitchen. Plain yogurt serves as the perfect blank canvas to add sweet or savory flavors, while fruit yogurt can be turned into smoothies and dessert. Whip up these quick and easy yogurt snacks for a summery treat.
Dig those ice pop molds out of the cabinet and make a frozen treat. The waiting is the hard part! Much like the parfait, yogurt pops can be made just about any way you want them. Blend your favorite fruits with yogurt and pour into the molds. Freeze for about four hours, until solid. For variations, try leaving some of the fruit chunky for texture or add honey for natural sweetness. For a savory twist, blend in a small amount of chopped herbs. Try peaches with peach yogurt and basil, or cantaloupe with plain yogurt and mint.
The combinations are endless when it comes to yogurt parfaits. This simple dish makes a healthy breakfast, snack or dessert. In a tall glass, layer yogurt, fruit and granola. Repeat until you fill it up. It doesn't get much easier than that, does it? Try peach yogurt layered with blueberries and almond granola. For a version without granola, try macerating sliced strawberries in balsamic vinegar and sugar. Layer the strawberries with tangy Greek yogurt for a winning sweet-and-tart combination.
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A smoothie really hits the spot on a summer day. These frozen, blended fruit drinks are filling but don't weigh you down, making them perfect after a workout or for a light lunch. Unlike milkshakes, smoothies call for yogurt and can be enjoyed guilt-free. For a basic recipe, use a 1:1 ratio of yogurt to milk or fruit juice. Add chopped fruit and honey to taste. Try the classic strawberry-banana combination or a tropical concoction of mango and papaya. To make your smoothie even healthier, add a tablespoon of flaxseed for protein and fiber.
Add some pizzazz to a platter of summer fruit with a yogurt dip. For this quick-and-easy accompaniment, whisk honey into plain yogurt. Then add flavors -- like a dash of cinnamon or a splash of vanilla extract. Start with vanilla- or fruit-flavored yogurt for a slightly sweeter dip and add some zing with orange or lemon zest.
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If you're craving something savory, whip up a batch of tzatziki dip. This tart-and-tangy Greek dip comes together in no time. Start by grating a cucumber and squeezing out the water. Mix the cucumber into a container of Greek yogurt and season with lemon juice, chopped dill, salt and pepper. Serve tzatziki dip with pita chips or fresh pita bread.
If you have overripe fruit, don't throw it away! Freeze it to use later in smoothies or ice pops.
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