Buttermilk sounds like an indulgent ingredient, but it’s actually a food that can boost your healthy cooking – plus, despite its name, there’s no . Like yogurt, buttermilk is a cultured food, and you can find it in low-fat and fat-free versions in your grocery store. Here are five ways you can eat a healthy diet and still enjoy buttermilk.
1. Make a Salad Dressing
This milky liquid makes the perfect base to a salad dressing. And it balances out the flavor of strong salad ingredients such as watercress, beats and fennel. Just add buttermilk to mayo and season with spices, salt and pepper and you have a gorgeous salad dressing. Try this Watercress, Beet, and Fennel Salad recipe.
2. Use It in Your Smoothies
Instead of regular milk, yogurt or water, buttermilk will froth up your favorite smoothie recipe. We love how it compliments the tangy taste of blackberries and honey in this Blackberry Buttermilk Smoothies recipe.
3. Add It to Your Pancakes
Mmmmmmm… buttermilk pancakes. But you can also add buttermilk to your protein pancakes, too. In addition to the expected ingredients of flour, eggs, butter, baking soda, baking powder and your fave protein powder, buttermilk adds a fluffy texture to your cakes. Try these Three Buttermilk Pancakes with Protein Powder.
4. Get Snacky with these Bars
Oatmeal bars are a fitness buffs staple. It is a hearty snack that staves off hunger and it’s a sneaky way to up your fiber intake. Plus you can modify the recipes to add dried fruit or even chocolate chips to your liking. Take a look at this healthy Buttermilk Oatmeal Bars recipe and make it your own.
5. Treat Yourself to Healthy Fried Chicken
It wouldn’t be a proper buttermilk story without a mention of “fried” chicken. By baking instead of frying, you still get the crispy coating on chicken when you use buttermilk to coat the meat. We love the healthy addition of toasted pecans and gluten-free panko to this Buttermilk Pecan Chicken recipe. Just one breast is 300 calories.