- Get 8 hours of sleep each night
- Give up alcohol for the whole month of January (too many parties in December)
- Eat healthier
And the third one? To be quite honest, I'm doing AMAZING!
As part of eating healthier, I've been eating a more Mediterranean diet with lots of vegetables, beans, and whole grains. I'm also eating more yogurt, not only because it's healthy on its own, but also because it's supposed help me digest the veggies and beans I'm eating.
I make the yogurt myself, which I've talked about before; one reader recently asked me how I do this. Well, I originally followed the recipe I found on the Ruby Glen website, which I've edited slightly and pasted below. The recipe was originally written by Crystal Miller.
- 4 and 1/4 cups milk, cow or goat
- 1/3 cup powdered milk (this is optional but will make a thicker yogurt)
- One envelope of yogurt starter (you can purchase this at Whole Foods or your local health food store. You may also be able to find it at those vitamin stores in the mall or around town)
- Before you begin, find a way to incubate your yogurt during fermentation. I use a cooler and it works very well. Some people use a thermos or simply place their yogurt on a heat vent or in the oven (sometimes the pilot light keeps the oven warmer than room temperature).
- Also before you begin, wash 1 quart-sized canning jar or another container that will fit the volume of milk you're using.
- Pour your milk into a cooking pot.
- Heat the milk up to 185 degrees.
- Remove from heat and allow the milk to cool down to 110 degrees. The cooling takes approximately 20 to 40 minutes.
- If you want to speed up the cooling process put the milk outside if it's cold out (and if you're confident critters won't get to it) or fill your sink with cold water and place the pot of hot milk in the water and stir and stir.
- After the milk reaches 110 degrees add the remaining ingredients and stir until everything is dissolved very well.
- Pour this mixture into your container
- Put the lid on and put it into what ever place you are planning to incubate it.
- Leave it there for 10 to 12 hours. Try not to disturb the jar to much. When the yogurt is firm (or at least somewhat thicker) it is time to remove it and put it in the refrigerator. Usually 12 to 24 hours. If you make and incubate the yogurt during the day it can refrigerate overnight and be ready for breakfast the next day. (Note that my yogurt isn't usually what I would call firm before I put it in the refrigerator, but it firms the rest of the way up overnight)
- If you would like flavored yogurt you can add fresh fruit or a little bit of flavored jam when serving.
Happy New Year and enjoy your yogurt!