Discover the Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has gained popularity and maintained its status even with the recent popularity of cottage cheese. Greek yogurt is not only delicious, it is packed with nutrients and its versatility allows for it to be used in so many different recipes. From baked goods, to ice cream, dips and so much more. As a dietitian, I want to recap why Greek yogurt should be a staple in your diet and how you can easily incorporate it into your daily meals. Now, if you are avoiding dairy products for any reason, you can absolutely use this information and share it with friends and family who do use dairy products. Yogurt alternatives are also available and can be used as alternatives to regular Greek yogurt. Let’s discover the health benefits of Greek yogurt.

Nutrition Profile of Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a nutrient-dense food, containing a good source of different vitamins and minerals. Let’s break it down.

  1. High Protein Content: Greek yogurt is rich in protein, essential for muscle repair, satiety, and overall body function. With approximately 20 grams of protein per serving, it’s an excellent choice for those wanting to increase their protein intake without excess calories.
  2. Probiotics For Gut Health: Many Greek yogurt brands contain live an active cultures known as probiotics, which promote a healthy gut environment, aid in digestion and support immune function.
  3. Source of Calcium: Calcium is crucial for maintaining strong bones and teeth, and Greek yogurt provides a significant source of this mineral. A single serving may have up to 20% of your daily calcium needs.
  4. Low in sugar (choose plain): Opt for plain Greek yogurt to avoid added sugars that are found in flavoured varieties.

Versatile and Delicious ways to Enjoy Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt can be enjoyed on its own or incorporated into so many different recipes.

  • Breakfast Boost: Make a Greek yogurt parfait, with the yogurt as your protein base and berries, nuts, seeds, etc. as your healthy fats and fibre.
  • Creamy Dressings and Dips: Substitute mayonnaise or sour cream with Greek yogurt in your dressings and dips. Not only will you be reducing the saturated fat content, you will. be boosting your protein levels.
  • Healthy Dessert Alternatives: You can use Greek yogurt to make popsicles and ce cream, check out my instagram page for details or some of the links below!
  • Smoothies: A great source of protein in your next protein shake/smoothie, especially if you prefer not to use protein powder.

Recipe ideas from my Instagram Page: Honestly Nutrition

Greek Goddess Dip

Viral 3-Ingredient Magic Shell Yogurt Cup

Dark Chocolate Covered Raspberry Froyo Treats

Remember, a balanced diet includes a variety of foods, so enjoy Greek yogurt as part of your nutritious eating plan and reap the benefits it offers.

Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well.

Mahsa Esmaeili, MHSC., RD

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