How to Eat More Greek Yogurt in Your Healthy Diet

By Ted

2668-greek-yogurt.jpgGreek yogurt is perhaps one of the best foods to use for losing weight and eating healthy.

Not only does it provide great nutrition and beneficial probiotics, but it’s also a very versatile ingredient. There are some great ways to begin eating more Greek yogurt everyday that you may have never considered.When many people think of yogurt or Greek yogurt, they automatically think sweet and fruity. However, I’m an advocate of using all natural, plain Greek yogurt instead of the sweet varieties as I think sugar and/or artificial sweeteners negate some of the health benefits that yogurt offers.

I usually use regular Greek yogurt, but the low-fat variety is good too, just be mindful of which thickeners are used in the low-fat varieties. I had to “retrain my brain” to think of yogurt as a savory food and not just a sweet food, but once I did, it opened up a whole world of possibilities. Here are a few of my favorites.

5 Greek Yogurt Ideas

  1. Use it instead of sour cream. Think of all the ways sour cream is used in/on foods such as Mexican, bake potatoes, dips and soups. Greek yogurt gives food the same cool, but zingy flavor with less calories and fat, but a lot more protein.
  2. Use Greek yogurt as a salad dressing. Combine one cup Greek yogurt, the juice from 1/2 a lemon, garlic, sea salt, some chives, and you then have an easy, but very tasty, salad dressing.
  3. Use it in your oatmeal. Add a couple tablespoons of plain yogurt on top of your oatmeal. I don’t sweeten my oatmeal, but just use some dried fruit and nuts in it. The zing of the yogurt contrasts nicely with the light sweetness of the dried fruit.
  4. Use Greek yogurt on Indian curries. I love Indian curries and especially my lentil curry which has become a staple of my muscle building diet. The coolness of the yogurt contrasts well with the spiciness of the curry.
  5. Discover Turkish Cuisine. Turkish food is full of healthy Mediterranean flavors and spices. Greek yogurt is a staple in Turkish recipes.

There you have it, a few suggestions on how you can incorporate more healthy Greek yogurt into your diet without adding more sugar or artificial sweeteners. Of course, these are just some of the ideas that I’ve discovered. Perhaps you can add to the list?

Add your Greek yogurt ideas in the comments below.

10 Comments

  1. anony

    i eat a cup of greek yoghurt mixed with honey as an evening snack, delicious and good

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  2. PA

    add a couple of teaspoons of almond butter for a delicious pudding!

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  3. Shade

    I like Greek yogurt (Fage!) in smoothies. It adds an interesting flavor and it “holds” the smoothie together in the same way a banana would.

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  4. Leyla

    You can also make “yoghurt drink”. But 2 spoons of yoghurt and cold water and a litle bit salt. Tahat’s a cool drink!

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  5. LBC

    Maybe not, but “Greek yogurt” is the common term here.

    Australian shepherds aren’t Australian, German chocolate cake isn’t German, and Chinese handcuffs are neither handcuffs nor, I imagine, Chinese. Some things aren’t worth quibbling about.

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  6. Zenikedes

    Sorry, but it is NOT Greek yogurt. The name is originally YO?URT, in which there is the letter ?. And this letter is unique to Turkish alphabet. From that language the name had spread to all other languages. So both the name and the history simply imply that it is borrowed from Turkish culture. Like imam baildi (originally, imam bay?ld?), moussakka (originally musakka) or baklava (originally, baklava)

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  7. Spectra

    I also make my own Greek yogurt–I line a strainer with a coffee filter and pour plain nonfat yogurt in it and put it in the fridge overnight. I use it instead of sour cream when I make dip. I mix it with packets of Ranch dip mix and dip veggies in it.

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  8. Ryan

    I make my own Greek Yogurt. Get a live-culture yogurt with as much biodiversity as possible. Heat some milk to 180, cool to around 110, mix in your yogurt. Incubate as close to 110 as possible overnight. Finally, strain through a cloth (I have an untreated canvas bag). Tada!

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  9. bijou

    I sprinkle salt and cayenne pepper onto a single-serving tub of nonfat greek yogurt. I mix it well, and then spread it onto rice cakes or low calorie bread for a nice dinner.

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  10. LBC

    I make my own. I buy a big tub of plain yogurt, dump it into a clean handkerchief, tie the handkerchief around a wooden spoon, and hang the yogurt in tall pitcher in the fridge overnight (the handle of the spoon across the mouth of the pitcher). The whey drains out and you have thick yogurt by morning.

    I think it’s hilarious that honey-flavored yogurt is so “in” right now–we’ve been mixing a little honey in ours forever. It’s also great with bananas, and I sometimes mix my cereal into it, instead of eating the cereal with milk.

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