Why Greek yogurt is good

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We all know that yogurt is good for us. Low-fat yogurt is a good source of dairy and calcium, helping to make our bones stronger. It's also packed with beneficial bacterial cultures that help support digestion and our immune system. But do you ever get bored of your watery, runny American-style yogurt? Have you been looking for a thicker more indulgent alternative that will still keep you healthy? Look no further…Greek yogurt is here to stay! Greek yogurt is a better alternative to the stuff we’re used to eating. Just make sure to opt for the low-fat or non-fat varieties.

Why is Greek Yogurt Is Good

  1. Texture - Greek yogurt has a smooth, rich and thick consistency that tastes too good to be true! Part of what makes Greek yogurt different than regular yogurt is that it is strained to remove the whey, giving it a dense texture
  2. Versatility - Greek yogurt can be used for both savory and sweet dishes. Due to its thick texture and rich taste, many people use it as a substitute for milk, sour cream, and even crème fraiche when cooking or baking.
  3. More Protein - Greek yogurt is a protein powerhouse. Since it is strained, the protein content is concentrated, providing an average of 20g per cup as opposed to 13g per cup for the American style.
  4. Easier to Digest - Greek yogurt contains fewer carbs than regular yogurt and therefore less lactose, the sugar in dairy products that can sometimes upset people’s stomachs.
  5. Fullness Factor - Greek yogurt is dense and so high in protein that it keeps you feeling full and satisfied longer.

My Favorite Greek Yogurt Brands

  • Stonyfield Greek Yogurt
  • Fage 0 or 2% Yogurt

I was not paid by either of these brands to say that.

Ways to Enjoy Greek Yogurt

  1. Add 1-2 tbsp of Knorr Soup Mix (or salsa if you’re salt-sensitive) and enjoy as a 4pm snack with sliced cucumber and peppers.
  2. Add crushed garlic, onions and chopped cucumber to make tzaziki. Throw it over poached salmon or chicken kebabs for a tasty dinner!
  3. Add 1/2 cup of KashiGoLean Cereal, cinnamon and 1 tsp of ground flax for a healthier breakfast option than a traditional parfait.

Heather Bauer

Heather Bauer is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and entrepreneur.

She brings her fresh and inspiring approach to diet to prime time spots on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Talk, Access Hollywood Live and The Tyra Banks Show. And she's featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People Magazine. 

Heather is the author of two best-selling nutrition and diet books, The Wall Street Diet and Bread is the Devil, and has regular columns on The Huffington Post and USNews where she writes about the latest trends.

She is the founder of Bestowed, the leading product discovery platform for health-conscious consumers, and has an active nutrition counseling practice in NYC, which she founded in 2001.

Heather is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She graduated from The University of Wisconsin with honors and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).