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Spanista Friday Wellness Tip: Greek Yogurt Power Breakfast

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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Spanista Friday Wellness Tip: Greek Yogurt Power Breakfast is fast, flavorful and ferocious choice to start your day. Especially when you create a fun presentation for yourself and your loved ones. This simple preserves jar makes the layering of Greek Yogurt, Granola and fresh berries topped off with a dash of natural honey a special treat anyone would enjoy. Spanista believes it the little things that take everyday routines from ordinary to extraordinary like smarter solutions: simple ingredients brought together in a clever ways.

You may have been up before dawn today, to head out for a Black Friday Shopping Rituals. No matter the hour or the day ahead it is always smart to have a yummy yogurt start. I was introduced to yogurt as a young adult and like many of us I adopted a fancy for its refreshing, clean taste and smooth texture. The variety of flavors is perfect for fruit lovers who want the benefits of a lite, low-calorie, healthy dairy choice. Of course the supermarket was my source so my understanding of regular yogurt was based upon the mass offering by big consumer packaged goods companies. I was content as I thought it was the best I could get.

Then one day out of the blue while working in New York, a colleague Joyce and I were seeking lunch at a deli when she insisted I try Greek yogurt after we passed a FAGE display . She said you will love it the difference and never go back. WOW – She was so right! Now my personal favorite is all natural FAGE yogurt, but others are great too.

Since that time, I have come to crave it. Today I am happy to see it rapidly lining more dairy cases of supermarkets.

What distinguishes Greek Yogurt from regular yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. As a result, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and richer flavor. In addition, the removal of whey results in a healthier yogurt with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Each spoonful is also packed with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits – excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. Also, it contains probiotic cultures and is lower in lactose and has twice the protein content of regular yogurt. When I start the day this way I feel I retain my energy and have more mental clarity throughout the day. It fuels the body with the right stuff.

Simple Recipe for Greek Yogurt Power Breakfast as a Spanista Wellness Ritual:

~   6.0z Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt and layer into a preserves jar

~  Enhance with layers granola of your choice and finish with dash of honey

~  Add  fresh fruit cut in pieces and layer into lid and top off the granola

Plus, Toby Amidor Nutrition informs us of 3 primary benefits for Spanista Wellness Seekers:

#1: Digestive Health

One of the most touted health benefits of Greek yogurt is the probiotics it contains. These healthy bacteria help promote a healthy gut. Your digestive tract naturally contains lots of different types of bacteria – some good, helping you digest food, and some potentially harmful. Eating Greek yogurt with probiotics helps increase the good bacteria in your gut. And the more good bacteria you take in, the less room there is for the bad varieties to grow. Maintaining this healthy balance of friendly bacteria can help with several digestive issues.

#2: Blood Pressure

One of the best ways to help control high blood pressure is through diet, specifically the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Pressure Institute. The DASH diet is low in fat, and includes eight to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables and two to three servings of low-fat or nonfat daily products every day. Dairy foods, including Greek yogurt, are an important source of calcium, magnesium and potassium, which is believed to help lower high blood pressure.

#3: Bone Health

Greek yogurt provides important nutrients, such as calcium magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and protein, which work together to promote strong, healthy bones. However, Greek yogurt provides a complete suite of nutrients not found in calcium tablets alone.

Spanista Friday Wellness: Greek Yogurt Power Breakfast can be a smart way to practice wellness anytime of the year but especially during holidays when ones diet can shift with holiday celebrations. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on yogurt with us Toby.

May Your Self Care Journey To Joy Be Merry, Healthy & Bright,

Ginny

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