Yogurt is a delicious way to boost probiotic intake. It can be a meal by itself, or it can be a topping, side, or even an ingredient. Here are five ways to enhance the creamy flavor of yogurt.

Sweeten it up!

  1. Add a spoonful of jam or fresh fruit to replicate popular commercial yogurts. Start with 1 tablespoon per cup and adjust to taste.
    • Cut up, mashed, or pureed fruit or fruit juice
    • Jam, Jelly or marmalade
    • Lemon curd
  2. Add Sugar, honey, maple syrup or any other sweetener to taste.
  3. Flavor extracts. Add 2-3 drops of extract per cup of yogurt and adjust to taste.
    • Vanilla
    • Lemon
    • Peppermint
    • Root beer
    • Coffee flavoring syrups expand the flavoring possibilities and can be used as well.

Go Savory!

  1. Herbs. Adding herbs to yogurt is an easy way to make an instant salad dressing, meat topping or vegetable dip. Combinations to try are
    • 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)
  2. Chutney, salsas, and cultured vegetables. Adding yogurt to spicy or strong cultures can tone down the heat and add a creamy base. Yogurt has been used traditionally with spicy foods to cool them off and open up the flavors.

Go Beyond Basic Flavoring

Try using yogurt in one of these recipes to create a more sophisticated yogurt dish.