Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make yogurt at home? You might be surprised how easy it is and the yogurt you can make with a Yogurt Starter like Natren’s is even better than what is available at your local grocery store. Natren offers everything you need to enjoy delicious homemade yogurt with the added benefits that come from our powerful probiotics. Natren’s Yogurt Roots Natren’s founder grew up in a family involved in the yogurt business for generations. Natasha recalls, “As a child, I grew up hearing stories about my ancestors and their prosperous yogurt.... [Read More...]
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If summer means sunshine and ice-cream to you, then let’s take it to the next level this year by going patriotic and probiotic with a summer smoothie. The right mix of sweetness and natural probiotics in a summer smoothie means the whole family has a stronger immune system and happy, healthy guts. Go ahead and hang the flag out this Fourth of July, but be sure to get patriotic with our red, white & blue delicious smoothie, too. Why a Smoothie? Smoothies and summertime are natural bedfellows. It’s the perfect beat-the-heat substitute for sugary ice cream or soda. It cools.... [Read More...]
The holidays bring us so many warm treats. Hot mulled wine, warm apple cider, so why not add warm yogurt to your seasonal repertoire? Most people think of yogurt as a dish served cold – but you’d be surprised at the versatility that this staple brings to your table. Yogurt is an ancient functional food, rich in beneficial bacteria, and is super-easy to make at home to ensure maximum freshness and freedom from chemicals, sugars, and preservatives. It can be refrigerated for use whenever you need an extra creamy addition to your meal. Using Natren’s Yogurt Starter you can make.... [Read More...]
It’s back-to-school time once again! While most parents are rejoicing the return of normality to the household, there is the small matter of lunches, snack-time, and after-school treats – how do you keep the kids happy with healthy snacks, and keep it fresh & interesting for them? No surprise, we’re big fans of yogurt here at Natren – not least because for centuries it has been a healthy, functional food, offering a natural way to get some beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. We’ve put together a selection of healthy yogurt-based snack ideas on our Pinterest board for inspiration, and.... [Read More...]
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In the heat of a summer day, nothing beats a cold & refreshing beverage. There are plenty of options out there, but instead of reaching for a soda, why not go for something healthy that will help boost your digestive health as well as keep the heat at bay. We’ve been on the lookout for some classic summer smoothie recipes that can be adapted with Natren’s homemade probiotic yogurt (using our Yogurt Starter) or by simply stirring in any of our probiotic powders, to give your summer treat a little extra functional kick. If you need a little refresher on.... [Read More...]
You often hear us say this – there are endless possibilities when it comes to cooking with yogurt and most recipes are really easy to prepare and incredibly delicious. However, if you’ve never cooked with it before, you don’t want to rush into it. Consider reading what we wrote in our previous blog when it comes to cooking with Yogurt. There are definitely a few things to bear in mind as you’re making it. Obviously, since yogurt is a cultured product, you want to make sure you have all the ingredients, like Natren’s Yogurt Starter before you make your first.... [Read More...]
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When you think of yogurt, more than likely you think of eating it cold. As we’ve written in previous blogs, yogurt is so versatile, and when you make it yourself, it’s packed full of goodness and it’s all natural. It has no artificial colors or flavors and unlike the store bought variety, it’s not laden with sugars or other additives. There are so many different things you can make with yogurt, but did you know that you can use yogurt in delicious warm winter recipes? So now the colder weather is here, don’t put away your yogurt maker just yet..... [Read More...]
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Last month we wrote about Fun with Homemade Yogurt: Our Favorite Toppings, Tips & Recipes and how simple it is to make it yourself, not to mention cheaper and much healthier than the store bought versions. We realize not everyone has the time to make it themselves so be sure to read the labels carefully when you’re buying a store bought yogurt, as not all yogurt is healthy. Some of them are laden with sugar and preservatives and goodness knows what other chemicals. If you read our blog How Big Brands Turned Yogurt into Junk Food, you’ll have a better.... [Read More...]
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Yogurt is one of the most well known functional foods and often associated with probiotics, but unfortunately, not all yogurts will give you probiotic benefits. Many yogurt manufacturers pasteurize (heat) the yogurt after the cultures are added; they do this to kill potentially bad bacteria, but unfortunately it kills the good bacteria as well. In addition, many of them contain more sugar and artificial preservatives than a Twinkie (!!), and then there’s the problem with all the sweeteners and flavors that have been added. You’ll be happy to know there is a healthier and easy alternative – you can make.... [Read More...]
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Yogurt is a great functional food with a long history of health benefits in many different cultures throughout the world. Yogurt is a fermented milk product that, according to the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), in order to be called yogurt must be fermented with two characteristic bacterial cultures Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, companies may add additional bacterial cultures as well. It is a simple food, containing just two ingredients: milk and probiotic bacteria… or so it should be … however, a look at the shelves of any major supermarket will show rows of yogurts labeled as “active yogurt”, with an.... [Read More...]
Yogurt is one of the best-known probiotic foods. Many well-known brands fill the supermarket shelves; however looking at the label can be a shock. Amongst all those sugars, flavors and preservatives, there are only two required ingredients: Milk and Starting Bacteria. Fortunately, a tasty and healthy yogurt can be easily made at home without all those unnecessary additives. Making yogurt takes three easy steps: Scolding the milk, adding yogurt starter to the cooled milk, and then incubating the milk in a warm place to make the final yogurt. The result is a delicious product that you can eat with a.... [Read More...]