Instant Pot Yogurt
I eat a lot of yogurt. Every morning, I eat a 8 ounces of yogurt lightly sweetened with honey and whatever fruit is in season and in my fridge. Sometimes I’ll throw it in a protein shake along with chia seeds and other fruits. I love it! When I started making Instant Pot Yogurt on my own, I saved so much money and avoid all the awful additives that almost every single company adds to their yogurt.
The Many Health Benefits of Homemade Instant Pot Yogurt
After bariatric surgery, yogurt is a major staple of your diet. In the beginning, it is soft and doesn’t hurt your small pouch while it is healing. But even more important, it will help you get the necessary nutrients we need. Eating with purpose is important when you can take so little food in.
Yogurt is high in protein and when you make it yourself, you can guarantee that it is relatively low in carbs. As you age, you need more protein to keep your skin healthy and to fight off illness. Greek yogurt is a great way to boost your protein levels while avoiding heavy foods like meats. Special proteins in dairy regulate BP, and high levels of calcium, magnesium, and potassium contribute to the blood pressure-lowering effect.
Let us not forget the are several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. The probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in homemade yogurts balance the microflora in your gut, which can aid with digestion as well as keep you regular. And for us ladies, eating yogurt rich in healthy bacteria will keep your lady bits clean and free from unpleasant infections.
5 Ways to Use Homemade Instant Pot Yogurt
Homemade yogurt is fantastic and so versatile. And when you make it, you end up with more yogurt than you know what to do with. Here are five delicious ways to use your yogurt.
Add Sweetener or Flavoring of Your Choice
- Add a tablespoon of cut up, mashed, or pureed fruit for every cup of yogurt. I like my fruit a bit chunky so I get some texture too. Jams, jellies, marmalades or fruit curds are a great addition too, just watch the sugar content. A tablespoon or two of granola is great for texture and flavor.
- Add sugar, honey, maple syrup or Splenda to taste. My favorite is honey – it really goes well with the natural tartness of the yogurt.
- Coffee flavoring syrups, such as the Sugar-Free Torani brand, are a huge favorite of mine. I also add these to my oatmeal. I have 4 or 5 on hand at all times.
Dips, Sauces, or Salad Dressings
Instant Pot Yogurt is a great dip to serve all by itself with things like sliced apples or hard pretzels. To do this, I mix 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste and 2 tablespoons raw honey in 1 cup of yogurt.
And unsweetened yogurt is as tart as it gets. It can make sour cream look like a sweet treat. Add herbs to it can really do a lot to make it a versatile savory ingredient. Here are some great ideas.
- Lemon and dill (for fish)
- Oregano and tomato (toss in a pasta salad)
- Basil and parmesan (serve with fresh or roasted summer vegetables)
- Salt and pepper (use plain or with cucumbers)
- Herbs de Provence (brighten up leftovers)
- Thyme and sage (perfect accompaniment to roast chicken)
Whether you drink smoothies for breakfast or after a workout, yogurt is a great way to fortify your smoothie and add amazing flavor. Greek yogurt can be a healthy and satisfying treat after a tough workout. Add 8 ounces (about a cup) to your smoothie and Not only will it tide you over until your next meal, but it actually contains protein that can repair damage done by exercise. I don’t even sweeten the plain yogurt for this and will put between ½ – 1 cup of yogurt in a smoothie, depending on how much other stuff I’m trying to cram in our blender.
This option excites me the most as I love frozen yogurt but hate how much sugar and other junk is typically in the stuff at the store. To make your own frozen yogurt, you only need yogurt and a few other ingredients. An ice cream maker is helpful, too. Here is a recipe for Frozen Yogurt that you can easily use with your Instant Pot Yogurt.
Imagine a cheese that has a texture similar to cream cheese that you can make at home. It is called Labneh and it is delicious. I first heard about it on Good Eats when Alton Brown made homemade yogurt. However, it wasn’t until I made David Lebovitz’s recipe for Labneh with Fresh Vegetables that I fell in love with it. And it is so easy, give it a try!