As I get deeper into my training at IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition), I feel more and more compelled to cook at home and make foods homemade vs. buying them at the store. Sometimes this gets to be a bit much, but I do it when I can. One such item on my “to make” list is ketchup. I love Heinz, so I’m a tad scared about this endeavor. However, as I’m sure you inferred from the title, this is not a post about homemade ketchup (sorry all you ketchup lovers out there), but about homemade yogurt…
Which brings me to my new yogurt maker, EasiYo! I had never heard of this product until super recently, but that’s probably because it’s a New Zealand thing. I debated getting one for like 24 hours before I pulled the trigger; sincerest apologies Chobani.
The Pros of Homemade Yogurt
- Live cultures – in fresh yogurt, you get the most benefit from cultures like L. bulgaricus and S. thermophilus, which produce large quantities of B vitmins and lactic acid that are useful against unfriendly bacteria
- Helps to improve digestive health – EasiYo yogurts contain L. Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium, natural inhabitants of the human intestine that help absorb nutrients, secrete lactic acids and anti-microbial compounds (think: probiotics)
- Nutrients! – protein, calcium and essential vitamins and minerals
- Non-Genetically Modified – yay!
- Wheat & Gluten Free
Many yogurts in the US have pectin or gelatin added – I’ll pass on additives, thanks.
Homemade Greek Yogurt
I made my first batch last night, and checked it out/tasted it this morning because I couldn’t resist. I went with the low-fat Greek variety because I typically like to add various combinations of things to my yogurt (berries, honey, flax, granola, jam – the list goes on and on…), and because Greek yogurt is the best and most versatile yogurt around!
I’m really looking forward to having some tonight, maybe with a little homemade granola & raw honey…
A few additional notes: the yogurt maker itself is inexpensive, and though it might seem like the satchels are pricey, I think you get a lot more yogurt for your money over buying it (not to mention, less packaging!). One more thing – it took about a month to arrive, so plan accordingly. I’m very happy thus far in that it was easy to make, and I love love love the idea of fresher, better for you, yogurt!
I went home last night and tested out the homemade yogurt a bit more: I have no complaints aside from the fact that the texture is a bit more like plain yogurt vs. Greek; it’s just not quite as thick/Greek yogurt-y (the roommate concurs). That being said, I’m still psyched I can make yogurt at home and this stuff keeps for up to two weeks in the fridge!
Having some right now with a little homemade granola, truvia, cinnamon & chia before I head out for some lunch hour Pilates!
What are your favorite foods to make at home?