Greek yogurt is everywhere these days! Read all about Greek yogurt nutrition, including why it's so popular and if it really is healthier than its traditional counterpart. Plus, get tasty recipe ideas so you can incorporate Greek yogurt into your diet.
Why is Greek yogurt so popular? Is it really healthier than regular yogurt?
Greek yogurt nutrition vs regular yogurt:
- Protein- Greek has more protein than regular yogurt- almost double the amount. The high protein content helps keep you feeling full longer. It’s a great option for breakfast to give you long-lasting energy throughout the morning. It can also be a good source of protein for vegetarians.
- Carbohydrates- Greek has less (roughly half) carbohydrates than regular yogurt because a lot of it is lost during the extensive straining process. This makes it a great option for anyone watching their carbs, including diabetics. But be careful because the carbs can add up if you add a lot of sweeteners to your yogurt.
- Fat- Greek actually has more saturated fat than traditional yogurt. Saturated fats in your diet should be limited because they raise cholesterol levels and increase your risk of heart disease. So, if you’re going Greek, choose the fat-free or low-fat varieties instead of full-fat. The good news is that the lower fat versions are so creamy and thick, you won’t miss it.
- Sodium- Greek has less sodium than traditional yogurt because a lot of it is lost in the straining process. This makes it a great option for anyone watching their sodium intake.
- Calcium- Greek yogurt has less calcium than regular yogurt because once again, some of it is lost through the straining process. Although Greek yogurt still contains a good amount of calcium, if you are worried about your calcium intake, make sure you get adequate amounts from other sources.
So what’s the final verdict?
With more protein combined with less sugar and sodium, Greek yogurt does have a nutritional edge over regular yogurt. But with this said, keep in mind that both types of yogurt are good for you and provide probiotics that are beneficial for digestive health- just make sure the label states that it contains live, active bacterial cultures.
How can you incorporate greek yogurt into your diet?
Greek yogurt is very versatile and can be used in so many different applications, both savory and sweet. It makes a great, healthy substitute for calorie- and fat-laden condiments like mayonnaise and sour cream.
- Use it as a topping on tacos or nachos instead of sour cream
- Stir some fresh herbs or caramelized onions into it and use it as a dip for vegetables
- Try substituting half the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt in dishes like chicken salad, potato salad or Ranch dressing
- Use it as a marinade for meats to tenderize them and add flavor
- Blend it with fresh fruit and flaxseed to make an energizing smoothie
- Use it to add moisture and a boost of protein to baked goods like muffins, cookies or banana bread
More recipes with Greek yogurt
- Immunity-Boosting Orange Berry Smoothie
- Salmon Burgers with Dill Yogurt Sauce
- Tandoori Chicken Kebabs
- Greek Yogurt Berry Parfaits
- Greek Zucchini Fritters
- Beef Kofta Kebabs with Tzatziki
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