The Mysterious Liquid on Top of Yogurt
If anyone knows me, they know that I have a huge sweet tooth. Since you can’t just eat desserts every single day (or can you? Just kidding!), I’ve found yogurt as a great substitute for my sweet cravings. Each morning, I start my day with a yogurt parfait. To be honest, I am not a morning person, contrary to popular belief of my upbeat personality, so grabbing a yogurt is an easy way to make sure I am incorporating a healthy breakfast into my diet while getting to work on time. It’s literally the on-the-go snack I can’t live without, and I highly recommend yogurt as a parfait or something to add to your smoothies if you find yourself with rushed mornings too.
If you also enjoy yogurt, you may have noticed, after pulling back the foil lid, a thin layer of clear liquid sitting on top of the creamy goodness. What is this mysterious liquid, and what do you do with it? To me, the liquid did not look appetizing, so my first reaction was to simply pour it out. But what if I told you that watery layer was actually very nutritious for you, and you should grab a spoon and stir it all together?
I know you are probably thinking, “Hold on; you’re telling me the liquid on top of my yogurt is actually healthy for me?” Well, yes, and here’s why.
The liquid you are seeing is known as “whey” and contains protein and calcium, both essential nutrients. Also, stirring the whey gives the snack a creamier consistency (I know right, an added bonus).
No spoon? No problem! Just shake the container before pulling off the lid. Take off the lid, you are all set.
Yogurt has many other benefits. Like milk, yogurt is a good source of B vitamins, magnesium, and also essential nutrients. Pro tip, yogurt is not only delicious but also available in a variety of fat levels and styles, like Greek or Icelandic to name a couple.
Greek yogurt has about double the protein, half the carbohydrates and half the sodium of regular yogurt.
It’s easy to add yogurt into your diet, whether it’s with your cereal or in your morning smoothie. Not sure where to start with making a smoothie? Good news, this simple formula below proves you don’t need to read the latest smoothie fad from Shape Fitness magazine.
So next time you reach for yogurt, try keeping the whey. Miss Muffett would agree!