Greek Yogurt has made a name for itself in the health food market these days. Everywhere you turn, health foodies are pushing Greek yogurt as a great healthy snack. Have you ever wondered why? A 6 oz serving of plain Greek Yogurt has 0 Fat and cholesterol. It's packed with twice the protein than your average yogurt, which makes you feel fuller for longer.
Also, it doesn't typically contain the sugar and sweeteners that regular yogurts contain. If that isn't enough to encourage you to give it a try, how about the fact that it packs a punch with many of the vitamins that you need including calcium, potassium, zinc, B6 and B12. In order to gain the benefits of Greek Yogurt you can add some fruit for a healthy treat or use it as an alternative to ingredients in daily cooking that may not pack the health punch that Greek Yogurt provides. Here are some ideas to help put those benefits in your daily menu!
Baked Banana Bread French Toast: French Toast is generally a “no-no" if you are trying to watch your waistline. But, this is a great Saturday morning breakfast treat that doesn't pack on all the calories. (via The Nutritious Kitchen)
Lightened Up Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich: Greek Yogurt is a great alternative to mayonnaise. It doesn't contain the fat and cholesterol and instead offers a creamy, tangy, and tasty alternative (via Nosh On It)!
Grape Salad: Fruit salads are generally made with creams and marshmallows, but this fruit salad is a healthier version of the creamy treat. When making this recipe, opt for fat free cream cheese in order to keep the calories low. (via Little Dairy on the Prairie)
Greek Yogurt Berry Smoothie: Smoothies are great after workout options because the protein helps aid in the repairing of your muscles. Greek yogurt makes this a creamy delight perfect for anytime. (via Damn Delicious)
Easy Enchilada Noodle Bake: This Mexican Dish is a Skinny Mom favorite and the creaminess of the Greek yogurt combined with cream cheese makes for the perfect filling. Click here to get this great recipe!
Tortellini with Yogurt, Mint, and Smoked Paprika Oil: A delicious new way to dress up your tortellini! You'll get a new punch of flavor with each bite. (via Serious Eats)
Greek Yogurt Cheesecake: Who says you can't have cheesecake? Well sure, not every day. Even healthy versions are a bad idea for a daily treat. But depriving yourself of foods is never a good idea because you'll find yourself defying the rules and gorging. So why not try this idea for a special treat?! (via Chocolate Covered Katie)
Chocolate Greek Yogurt Ice Cream: We love ideas to reduce the amount of artificial ingredients that we take in on a daily basis. This is also a great treat for the kids to enjoy, minus dyes and high fructose corn syrup. Such an easy recipe using hot chocolate mix. (via Chocolate and Zucchini)