Yogurt is a diverse dairy product often enjoyed during breakfast, lunch, or snack time. It comes plain or in a multitude of flavors as well as various fat contents (fat free, reduced fat, and whole milk).
Over the last decade, there has been a lot of change in the yogurt aisle at the supermarket including the introduction of Greek yogurt. True Greek yogurt is unique in that it is always thick and creamy due to the straining process used to remove whey. Whey is a liquid that contains lactose (a natural sugar found in milk). What’s left behind is a custardy yogurt rich in protein.
Greek-style yogurt is also thick and creamy but gets this way by manufacturers adding a thickening agent to regular yogurt. Because the process is different, it may not contain the same health benefits as true Greek yogurt which contains a wide range of nutrients:
Eating Greek yogurt may improve bone health, boost metabolism, improve gut health, assist with building muscle mass, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
In addition to the nutritional and potential health benefits, Greek yogurt is versatile and tastes great! Here are a few ways to enjoy it throughout the day:
Watch out for the sugar content of flavored Greek yogurt (or all yogurt for that matter). Some contain upwards of 16 grams of sugar (which is equivalent to 4 tsp. of sugar) per serving. Instead, you may opt to buy plain yogurt and flavor it yourself. Here’s a simple recipe to get you started:
1 ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried dill
½ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. fresh chives, finely chopped (optional)