I am sure many of you have seen the surge of Greek yogurt in the grocery store and noticed how it is popping up in all kinds of recipes. But what exactly is Greek yogurt and how is it different from regular yogurt?
Greek yogurt has double the protein of regular yogurt, which comes from straining most of the liquid whey from yogurt during the processing of Greek yogurt. Removing the whey protein makes the yogurt thicker, increases the protein content and decreases the sugar content. Greek yogurt’s thick, creamy consistency is what makes it an excellent substitute for sour cream, heavy whipping cream, and mayonnaise.
While all yogurts are excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B5 and B12, Greek yogurt often has less calcium than regular yogurt due to straining of the liquid whey. But, the calcium can be added back into the yogurt, be sure to check the ingredients to see if the calcium has been added back to the yogurt.
The extra protein in Greek yogurt helps make it an excellent snack choice because the increased protein content will keep you full longer. Try to choose non-fat plain Greek yogurt varieties to avoid extra sugar. Add your own flavors to the plain Greek yogurt by using; honey, vanilla extract, fresh berries, granola, nuts, or cereal.
So, the next time you are in the grocery store pick up plain non-fat Greek yogurt and try it as a new snack option or a substitute in your favorite recipe!
Mini Yogurt Parfait
1 c non-fat Greek yogurt
4 teaspoons honey
4 teaspoons chopped nuts
Handful of fresh berries
1. In a small bowl combine the yogurt and honey.
2. Spoon the yogurt and honey mixture into four small cups, about 2 tablespoons each.
3. Add 1 teaspoon chopped nuts.
4. Fill the remainder of the cup with 2 tablespoons yogurt and honey mixture and top with fresh berries.
Nutrition Facts: 70 calories, 1.5 g fat, 1 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 5 g protein
Recipe Source: http://www.eatright.org/kids/