December 10th, 2018

The origins of yogurt trace back as far as 5000 BC. I find it hard to believe that this creamy, tangy treat has been eaten across Europe and the Middle East since the Roman times for its health benefits. The health benefits come from colonies of "good" bacteria introduced during production. These bacteria digest the carbohydrates in the milk and produce lactic acid. The acid, in turn, causes the milk to gel, giving yogurt its thick, creamy texture.

The "good" bacteria are called probiotics. They are wonderful for your digestive system and can prevent a whole host of stomach issues. Seventy percent of your immune system is located in your gut. Eating probiotic foods like yogurt actually encourages more good bacteria to grow, keeping your immune system strong. Add some fresh fruit and homemade granola, and you have a really healthy start to your day that will keep you satisfied well into lunch time. If you are one of the 60 million Americans who struggle with digestive problems, give your gut a wake-up call every morning with this recipe.

Wake Up Call for Your Gut
Serves 4

2 cups Greek yogurt
1 cup homemade granola or your favorite brand
1 cup Fresh strawberries, hulled and cut into slices
1 cup raspberries or blueberries
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
How to make:
Equally divide the yogurt between four breakfast bowls, sprinkle over the granola, strawberries, raspberries and pomegranate seeds, serve and enjoy.

Chef Mark .