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Greek Yogurt:
Why we love this classic

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What’s so special about Greek yogurt? It’s been popping up all over, from the latest healthy baking substitute to Ben and Jerry’s new Greek frozen yogurt flavors, but what sets Greek yogurt apart from the rest and why should I be eating it?

It’s packed with protein

Greek yogurt has an average of 6g more protein per serving than regular yogurt. Check out these stats from USnews Health:

Greek (5.3 ounces, nonfat, plain)

  • Calories: 80
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Cholesterol: 10 milligrams
  • Sodium: 50 milligrams
  • Sugar: 6 grams
  • Protein: 15 grams
  • Calcium: 15 percent on a 2,000-calorie diet

Regular (6 ounces, nonfat, plain)

  • Calories: 80
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Cholesterol 5 milligrams
  • Sodium: 120 milligrams
  • Sugar: 12 grams
  • Protein: 9 grams
  • Calcium: 30 percent on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Great taste and probiotics

Greek yogurt is known for having a thick and creamy texture while still being light on fat and calories (if you choose the non-fat or reduced-fat variety). Unlike regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is strained to remove the whey. After straining, the result is a concentrated yogurt that is rich in milk protein casein and live bacterial cultures, which help promote digestive health. It’s also lower in lactose!

As a healthy substitute

Because of its healthy bacteria and lower calorie count, Greek yogurt makes a great substitute for sour cream, cream cheese, and even heavy cream or buttermilk if you water it down a bit. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little in the kitchen; start out by swapping Greek yogurt for sour cream in a vegetable or chip dip recipe. We love this recipe from Not Without Salt for a lighter Caesar dressing.

Be wary of added sweetener when shopping for Greek yogurt. Even the fruit flavors can easily add 10g or more of sugars! We like to buy the plain unsweetened variety and add a little raw honey or fresh fruit to sweeten it. Try it with fresh berries and chia seed mixed in like the photo above!

What are your favorite ways to use Greek yogurt?

 

- Alivia Duran

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