Greek Yogurt Rules

July 8, 2014

Are you a greek yogurt fan?  Well, if you’re not yet, you should be!  Greek yogurt has several health benefits and is super convenient.  It is packed with probiotics and protein and it can be a substitute for several other more rich ingredients like sour cream or mayo.  Keep reading to find out why you need to start eating greek yogurt and what to watch out for.

An excellent breakfast or snack option is greek Yogurt.  Nonfat plain Greek yogurt is your best bet because it is lower in sugar and high in protein–packing anywhere from 13 to 18g per small container.  You cannot beat that for a snack or breakfast on the run!  If I eat breakfast at home, I keep organic plain greek yogurt in my frig and add my own berries or fruit.  However, many days I pack a plastic spoon in my lunch box and eat greek yogurt as my breakfast on the run or snack.  For this, I turn to Fage brand with the fruit that can be mixed in and I just use a teeny tiny bit of the fruit to give the plain yogurt some flavor.  Don’t mix all the fruit topping in (like they show in the picture) or you will be getting ALOT of added sugar!!

Another reason to eat greek yogurt is to get the protein and probiotics.  Protein helps repair and build your muscles so you need to make sure you’re getting enough protein each day.  I usually have one container (5oz) a day as my morning snack.  Do you suffer from digestive issues?  The healthy bacteria in the yogurt can help your gut and improve your digestion.  Probiotics help fight the bad bacteria and can boost your immune system–but this is a whole other blog post.  Just google probiotics and find out how it can help you!

Greek yogurt is awesome in recipes as a substitute for sour cream or mayonnaise.  You can make healthier chicken salad or tuna salad using the yogurt.  Check out a couple of these options:

http://damndelicious.net/2012/11/07/lightened-up-greek-yogurt-chicken-salad-sandwich/

http://minougirl.com/2014/01/skinny-greek-yogurt-tuna-salad/

One thing you want to watch out for is high sugar in the yogurt.  Oftentimes there is more sugar than protein in a little container so ALWAYS read the nutrition label.   Some of the new products like Fage Fruyo that have the fruit already mixed in are loaded with sugar–21g per 6oz.  That’s almost your whole sugar intake (30g per day) in a little yogurt so watch out!  If it seems low in sugar, that’s probably because its sweetened with an artificial sweetener like aspartame or sucralose.  I have seen it hiding in so many of the Chobani or Light & Fit yogurts.  Beware of the sugar and artificial sweetener! Siggi’s is an excellent yogurt option with lower sugar, all natural ingredients and high protein.  It’s creamy, tastes great and is almost like dessert!  In Charlotte it can be found at some Harris Teeters, Targets or EarthFare.

Moral of the story–eat more greek yogurt, but watch out for all the sugar and artificial sweeteners!

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