Yogurt: 10 amazing alternative uses

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Carlos Laforet Coll
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Yogurt, classic or soy, is not only a food to be enjoyed at breakfast or as a snack, but also a valid ally to take care of your beauty in a natural way. You can also use it as a secret ingredient to make your recipes lighter and more appetizing. If you've never done it before, try making your own yogurt at home, even without a yogurt maker.



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Lo yogurt, classic or vegetable, it is not only a food to be enjoyed at breakfast or as a snack, but also a valid ally to take care of one's own beauty in a natural way.



You can also use it as a secret ingredient to make your recipes lighter and more appetizing. If you've never done it before, try making your own yogurt at home, even without a yogurt maker.

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Health and beauty

Immune system

Live cultures contained in yogurt they are useful to strengthen our immune system. So choose yogurt, classic or vegetable, which contains lactobacilli that are beneficial both for the intestinal flora and for the immune defenses. Anyone who wants to try making yogurt at home can buy the enzymes suitable in pharmacies or herbalists.

Henna

Traditional or soy yogurt is a useful ally in the preparation of henna. In fact, it makes the mixture much more fluid and easier to spread. When your henna is ready, all you have to do is add two or three tablespoons of yogurt to obtain a vegetable dye with a consistency similar to that of a hair mask. After rinsing, the hair will be even softer.

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Sunburn

If you don't have other natural remedies (such as aloe vera gel or potato peels) to relieve the redness and burning of sunburn, check in the refrigerator. You may find a yogurt ready to wait for you. Applying yogurt will help refresh the skin, to soften it and to soothe itching and redness.

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Body scrub

If you wish exfoliate the skin in a natural way, by giving up the purchase of the products commonly on sale, you can prepare a body scrub to be used at the moment, mixing half a jar of yogurt with three tablespoons of coarse salt and a teaspoon of olive oil.



Face mask

A face mask suitable for sensitive and reddened skin can be obtained by simply mixing the pulp of two strawberries mashed with a fork, two tablespoons of classic or vegetable yogurt. The mask should be applied to a clean, dry face, left to rotate for 15 minutes and rinsed off with warm water. Strawberries can be replaced with two slices of ripe banana.

Cooking and recipes

Tzatziki sauce

Tzatziki sauce is an antipasco typical of Greece, Armenia and Bulgaria. The traditional recipe involves the use of unsweetened classic (Greek) yogurt. To get a vegetable version of tzatziki sauce, just use soy yogurt. You will need to mix a jar of yogurt with a chopped gherkin, a pinch of salt and one of pepper, a teaspoon of vinegar and a few leaves of chopped mint. Some recipes also involve adding garlic, onion, and dill.

Light sweets

To make the preparation of your desserts lighter, you can use the yogurt trick. To obtain light desserts compared to traditional recipes for cakes, muffins or plumcakes, it is possible replace much of the XNUMX/XNUMX cup salted butter or of margarine indicated among the ingredients with classic or vegetable yogurt. Your desserts will also be much softer.

Sauces and soups

Here is a trick to make it creamier and lighter sauces and soups. With soy or classic yogurt, as long as it is not sweetened, you can replace the cream to be used to complete the preparation of vegetable soups. Yogurt is also an excellent substitute for sauces such as mayonnaise, for example in the preparation of summer salads or to create side sauces. It is sufficient to season it with a little oil, salt and pepper, or with spices to taste.



Spreadable cheese

Yogurt can be used to make a spreadable cheese homemade. With soy yogurt you will get great vegetable cheese. You will have to collect the yogurt inside a handkerchief, form a bundle by knotting the edges and arrange it on a colander. At this point you will position the colander on a glass or bowl, so that the bundle does not touch the bottom of the container. The more liquid part of the yogurt will run off. Keep everything in the refrigerator for at least a whole day, before enjoying your spreadable cheese, which you can season with spices and herbs.

Smoothies

Yogurt can be used to enrich protein your shakes based on fruit. If you don't want a too cold smoothie, let the yogurt rest at room temperature before adding it to the other ingredients. You can prepare your smoothie by combining it with yogurt from fresh fruit of the season.

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