yogurt – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 05 Jun 2020 07:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How Much Lassi is Too Much https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/how-much-lassi Thu, 02 May 2019 11:14:09 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44145

Lassi is the go-to cold beverage in the summer season. We see a number of people standing at milk shops and gulping down a chilled meetha [sometimes namkeen] glass of lassi. Chances are if you live in Pakistan, you must have had a thandi lassi at least once in your life. And trust us, it’s […]

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Lassi is the go-to cold beverage in the summer season. We see a number of people standing at milk shops and gulping down a chilled meetha [sometimes namkeen] glass of lassi.

Chances are if you live in Pakistan, you must have had a thandi lassi at least once in your life. And trust us, it’s worth it.

There are a number of benefits of drinking lassi, especially in the heat. It’s protein rich, increases your digestive system and keeps you hydrated for a long time. In fact, it is also a staple drink in houses at most sehri or iftar tables.

Related: Meethi And Namkeen Lassi

But have you ever wondered how much lassi is too much? Or is there even a thing that ‘you have had too much lassi in a day’?

Moderation is Key

Lassi may be a drink fit for every meal, but as they say too much of anything can give way to health risks. And our comforting glass of lassi also makes the cut.

There is no denying the fact that lassi helps lose weight as it replaces good fat with bad and also helps built muscle, it is important to note that lassi should be had in moderation.

A cup of lassi contains 230 calories and a calorie intake of a man should be around 2,500kcal and a woman should be around 1,500 to 2,000kcal.

Yogurt, with which lassi is made can cause health risks if had too much. For instance, having more than two to three containers of yogurt can cause unwanted weight gain and risk heart conditions.

Health Risks

According to the American Heart Association, adults should limit saturated fat consumption to no more than seven percent of calories. This is because saturated fat can raise blood cholesterol levels and the risk of heart attack, stroke or other heart conditions. And five grams of saturated fat is found in eight ounces of whole-milk yogurt.

Related: Mango Lassi Ice-Lolly

Unfortunately, women are more at risk than men. Harvard University health researchers recommend that since women are more at risk, they should limit their intake of diary no more than two to three servings per day as risks may include ovarian cancer.

On the other hand, too much yogurt can also make one prone to kidney stones and prostate cancer. Or reduce the absorption of iron and zinc.

However, it is important to note that this may only occur in case of access consumption over a period of time.

So, while we love our glass of lassi, let’s not over do it.

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How to Make Yogurt at Home & Yogurt Recipes https://htv.com.pk/recipes/make-yogurt-home-yogurt-recipes Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:03:52 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=21005 homemade yogurt

Making yogurt at home is not much of a difficult task, it’s pretty simple though.

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homemade yogurt

Making yogurt at home is not much of a difficult task, it’s pretty simple though. However, it is a little tricky and takes time to figure out the timings. It obviously takes a little effort, but homemade fresh yogurt is totally worth it. Listed below are the directions to make homemade yogurt.

How to Make Homemade Yogurt

Directions:

  1. Use fresh and heavy cream milk.
  2. Boil the milk the way you normally do so, that it doesn’t get spoiled during the process.
  3. Leave the milk in room temperature to cool it down.
  4. Make sure that the milk is warm and not hot before you start the process otherwise it won’t end up looking good.
  5. Add some yogurt to the milk. Make sure that you dissolve it uniformly.
  6. Then cover the milk mixture with a thick cloth piece and leave it in a warm place (you can simply place it on the kitchen counter or in the oven).
  7. Now keep a check on the yogurt. It takes lesser time to form in the summers as compared to the winters.
  8. You can use milk in whatever quantity that is required. (1 teaspoon of yogurt is enough for ½ a liter of milk.)
  9. Refrigerate the yogurt after it has been formed and smoothly settled.
  10. Enjoy your homemade fresh yogurt!

Why Eat Yogurt?

Why Eat Yogurt

Yogurt is healthy and essential for our diet due to its health tips and benefits. It is made out of milk but actually has more benefits than milk does.

Protein

Yogurt contains protein that is crucial for repairing of the cells, tissues and building up muscles. Consuming yogurt is an amazing way of taking in protein thus, very beneficial for fitness freaks.

Vitamins

Why take vitamin B12 supplements when you have it in its natural form in yogurt. Vitamin B 12 improves your skin and nails. It helps hair grow and also improves brain health.

Potassium

Our body requires balanced amount of sodium and potassium for normal working. Our daily diet contains a lot of sodium in it. Yogurt contains potassium that can help balance out the sodium.

Iodine

Yogurt is rich in iodine. Iodine is the key substance required for good thyroid function, improved metabolism, better digestion and weight loss.

Calcium

Yogurt contains calcium, which is important for our bone health. Calcium also helps lose weight by reducing the amount of fat being stored in our body.

Yogurt Recipes

Yogurt can be added to countless recipes, which includes smoothies, desserts, curries, batters and toppings.

Chickpea Curry with Yogurt

Chickpea Curry with Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • Peanut oil: 2 tsps.
  • Cumin seeds: 2 tsps.
  • Coriander seeds: 1 tsp.
  • Cardamom pods: 6
  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Cinnamon sticks: 2
  • Onion:  1 ½ cup
  • Ginger: 2 tbsp.
  • Garlic: 4 cloves
  • Garam masala: 2 tsps.
  • Water: 1 cup
  • Tomato: ½ cup
  • Salt: ½ tsp.
  • Can of chickpeas: 2 cans
  • Yogurt: 1 can
  • Fresh cilantro: ½ cup

Directions:

  1. Heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Cook bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, coriander and cardamom for 30 minutes.
  3. Add onions and cook for nearly 2 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and ginger.
  5. Stir in garam masala and cook for 10 seconds.
  6. Add tomatoes, water and chickpeas.
  7. Stir for a while and then leave it to cook.
  8. After 5 minutes add yogurt and cilantro.
  9. Serve hot with roti or naan.

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Try making this mango pineapple smoothie at home as a treat for yourself.

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • Vanilla yogurt: 1 cup
  • Pineapple juice: 1 cup
  • Banana: ½
  • Mango:             Peeled and chopped
  • Milk: ½ cup
  • Coconut cream: 2 tbsp.

Directions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients till smooth and serve cold.
  2. Garnish with mint leaves and you are good to go!

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5 Amazing Uses of Yogurt to Make Your Skin Beautiful https://htv.com.pk/beauty/5-amazing-uses-yogurt-make-skin-beautiful Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:20:50 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=18549 Yogurt benefits

Every month we spend thousands and thousands of rupees trying to find the perfect product to help our skin. Ah yes, our skin. Our skin has been damaged by pollution, UV-rays and our unhealthy eating habits. However, the answer is not to spend money on chemical laden products that are not beneficial for our skin in a long wrong. The answer is quite simple actually.

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Yogurt benefits

Every month we spend thousands and thousands of rupees trying to find the perfect product to help our skin. Ah yes, our skin. Our skin has been damaged by pollution, UV-rays and our unhealthy eating habits. However, the answer is not to spend money on chemical laden products that are not beneficial for our skin in a long run. The answer is quite simple actually. It may be sitting in your fridge this very moment and searching for some yogurt. Yes yogurt!

Yogurt, as we all know, is a storage house of all the good things. It contains probiotic bacteria that aid digestion, vitamin B-12 and B-2, magnesium, potassium, calcium and more. With its numerous benefits to the body, it is also highly beneficial to the hair and skin, because it helps synthesize collagen and has healing properties. Given below are 5 skin related issues where yogurt can be a saving grace.

10 Amazing Coconut Milk Benefits for Hair, Skin and Health

1. Treat Sunburns with Yogurt Mask

Yogurt has cooling properties due to its zinc content.

  1. Add a few teaspoons of rose water into plain organic yogurt and apply to face.
  2. Rinse after 15 to 20 minutes.

This remedy can also be used to treat suntans or awkward tan lines. Rose water can also be used for chamomile essential oil.

2. Whitening and Brightening with Yogurt

Yogurt, due to its bleaching properties, can be used to lighten tan and freckles or any other skin discoloration.

  1. Just add a few drops of lemon juice to a few teaspoons of yogurt and leave it on the skin for a couple of hours.
  2. For a quick brightening, apply this over the spots for 15 minutes, three to four times a week.
  3. Be sure to use only a few drops of lemon juice as it can irritate the skin.

3. Reduces Dullness and Signs of Aging

Collagen is an important constituent of the skin and keeps it taut and firm. As mentioned above, yogurt can increase the synthesis of collagen in the body which can have an anti-aging effect on the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging. In addition, it also has rejuvenating effects on the skin and promotes growth of new cells to replace the old dull ones.

  1. To avail this benefit, mix two parts yogurt and one part oats.
  2. Use this scrub on your face or wherever desired in gentle circular motions for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
  3. Yogurt can leave the skin feeling slightly stiff and dry, so apply coconut or vitamin E oil to lock in moisture.

4. Yogurt Tightens Pores

  1. This can be done by grating some cucumber and mixing it with some yogurt whey.
  2. Apply this to the desired area and wait for it to dry before rinsing with water.
  3. Together, these ingredients can help clean out pores and seal them by tightening the skin.

5. Treats Acne & Pimples

Yogurt has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties both inside and outside the body. By applying it topically over the skin we can reduce formation of pustules by bacteria called P.acnes which is the major reason for acne.

  1. One way to do this is by simply applying yogurt to your face.
  2. Another way would be to mix it with some turmeric powder and apply to face.
  3. This will help reduce inflammation and breakouts.

Along with all these topical yogurt treatments for a beautiful skin, eating yogurt can help you naturally from inside. Moreover, to maintain a flawless and beautiful skin, eat a healthy diet, workout and add yogurt to your eating routine.

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