16 Ways to Say Yes to Greek Yogurt

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
9/3/2012 6:00 PM   :  41 comments   :  54,959 Views

It's funny to think that just a few years ago most of us had never heard of Greek yogurt, and now it has taken over the dairy case at most markets. By straining the whey, Greek yogurt (also called strained yogurt) is not only thicker but also provides twice the protein of traditional yogurt. Greek yogurt is tangier than traditional American yogurt and less sweet. 
 
The market is flooded with Greek yogurts these days in so many varieties: full-fat, low-fat, and fat-free; plain or flavored; and traditional Greek or Greek-style, which contains thickeners and stabilizers to give it that thick texture. The thickness and tang make even the fat-free varieties seem rich.
 
Because the whey is drained off, there is slightly less calcium in Greek yogurt. 

Let's compare standard 6-ounce servings:

Standard yogurt (plain, fat-free)
80 calories
0 g fat
9 g protein
30% Daily Value calcium

Greek yogurt (plain, fat-free)
100 calories
0 g fat
18 g protein
20% Daily Value calcium
 
 
I think it's perfect for breakfast! Let's take a look at some of the best ways to eat it for breakfast.
 
 
 
Smooth it out:
  • Blend with milk and 2 servings of fruit for a drinkable breakfast. Top with a tablespoon of granola, toasted walnuts or almonds, or ground flax seeds to add crunch.
  • Puree with milk to thin it and pour over your cereal for a protein-packed addition.

Bagel or Wheat Toast Toppers:
  • Blend with chopped parsley, dill, and green onions for an herb topper.  Add some smoked salmon or scrambled eggs to make it a meal.
  • Mix with equal parts peanut or almond butter and top with sliced fruit.
  • Combine with sliced peaches and chopped fresh thyme.
  • Go sweet by adding cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little honey. (Also perfect over warmed crepes, pancakes, or waffles.) 
Fruit Parfait or Fruit Cups
  • Slice ripe peaches in half, remove stone and fill with yogurt and toasted walnuts.  Drizzle with warmed honey for an added touch of sweetness.
  • Fill used glass jars with layers of low fat/ low sugar granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit.  Seal and take for a meal on the run.
  • Slice fresh pears in half, remove center seed area.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake until just warmed then top with yogurt.
  • Make fruit yogurt sandwiches.  Sandwich fresh orange slices with Greek yogurt.  Eat right away or freeze for tomorrow! 
Mix it In:
  • Mash with ripe avocado as a topper for scrambled eggs, egg white omelets, or over-easy eggs.
  • Mix with chopped tomatoes and then fold into scrambled eggs for a creamy quick sauce.
  • Mash with blueberries and dollop into hot oatmeal.
  • Make a grilled pineapple or strawberry yogurt sandwich.  Mash yogurt with chopped pineapple or strawberry then sandwich between whole wheat bread and grill in a skillet. 
Boost Baked Goods:

Substituting ingredients in baked goods can get a little tricky.  You will notice a difference in texture and taste.  Start with small steps and work your way up to the amounts below.
  • Lower and even eliminate fat in muffins, pancakes, and quick breads.  Replace butter or oil with equal parts Greek yogurt.
  • Replace 1/2 the suggested oil with Greek yogurt.  If recipe calls for 1 cup oil replace with 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt. 
How do you like to eat Greek yogurt?

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  • PHILIPF62
    41
    Sucks - 3/12/2014   10:07:32 PM
  • 40
    Thanks for all of the good ideas! I have recently started enjoying flavored Greek yogurt. At first I only tried the plain which I didn't care for. But I look forward to trying some of these recipes ecspecially the yogurt & onion soup mix! What a great healthy idea! - 2/28/2014   5:42:40 PM
  • CHERRYZMB60
    39
    i like the suggestions in the article and what you guys have suggested. Thanks for all the good ideas - 11/11/2013   9:03:48 PM
  • 38
    I like plain Greek yogurt with Shreddies & sliced banana.
    Or with Cheerios & fresh berries.
    It's also a perfect double for sour cream, ie. served with nachos. - 1/26/2013   12:35:56 AM
  • JEANNABEANNA
    37
    I like to mix greek yogurt, skim milk, old fashioned oats, chia seeds and a little fruit and sweetener - refrigerate overnight and eat the next morning for breakfast. I think it is sometimes called summer porridge or refrigerator oatmeal. I'm addicted! - 1/22/2013   3:44:18 PM
  • NUTRITIONIST69
    36
    As a Nutritionist, my job is to teach people to think differently and make more heathy choices regarding the food they eat. I LOVE Greek-Style yogurt for it's dbl protein content(of plain/regular), with only 20(approx) added calories per serving.
    I love to use it w/fresh fruit on oatmeal, crepes, in cereal, in shakes, etc... but my fav is a toss-up between Spinach/shredded chicken/Greek yogurt quiche or Spicy(fresh ground) sausage gravy(a 90 cal pat of butter, 1/2tsp Cumin, 1/4 tsp red pepper
    flakes, fresh parsley and sage & Greek yogurt to taste/consistency... served over fried(in coconut oil) or scrambled eggs on 12 grain or Ezekial toast!! - 10/16/2012   2:53:57 AM
  • ANTLORI61
    35
    Fage is the best brand I've tried (both 2% and 0%). I put a drizzle of honey and teaspoon of sunflower seeds in it. Makes a great mid-morning snack to get me to lunch. I take lunch later than most in my office. - 9/25/2012   7:01:37 AM
  • RUTHVB
    34
    I find if I put a couple teaspoons of slivered almonds in the Greek yogurt, it keeps me from getting hungry longer. - 9/24/2012   3:04:32 PM
  • 33
    I love Greek yogurt and have tried it many ways, but never mixing it with peanut butter. This is a must try. - 9/22/2012   5:32:52 PM
  • 32
    I love greek yogurt in the morning with Harvest Crunch ontop of it. I have started to warm it up alittle and drizzle honey over top. Fills me up till lunch! My girls love it also in a smoothie with fruit and honey! - 9/17/2012   12:39:15 PM
  • 31
    This is my favorite breakfast for morning recess yard duty... the kids are used to seeing me walking the playground with my Chobani in hand! Easy and not too messy. :-) - 9/9/2012   11:52:14 AM
  • 30
    Huh. I love Greek yogurt, no idea there were so many different ways to utilise it within cooking though, very insightful - 9/8/2012   6:32:02 AM
  • 29
    I add the flavored packets that are made for water to my Greek Yogurt . - 9/7/2012   8:58:36 PM
  • 28
    i've never tried greek yogurt but there are some good suggestions here so i might give it a shot! - 9/7/2012   4:33:04 PM
  • CYNKINGFEELING
    27
    I love adding fruit (fresh or frozen) with a bit of granola for crunch. It's the kind of breakfast that I could eat every morning. - 9/6/2012   10:10:37 AM
  • 26
    I can't eat it alone but I love to put it in my blueberry smoothies! I put fresh or frozen blueberries in the blender a little water and a cup of the greek blueberry yogurt and I push blend! It makes the smoothie taste so delicious! - 9/5/2012   8:39:55 PM
  • 25
    I use in place of other dairy, especially sour cream. I love, love, love it with cinnamon and a touch of sweetener. - 9/4/2012   10:18:01 PM
  • 24
    I even stopped buying sour cream. I use GY whenever a recipe calls for sour cream. I use the Kroger brand which is really high in the protein and costs much less than other brands.
    We make smoothies too. I even make our own "flavored" yogurts by adding a touch of agave and my choice of fruit.
    Possibilities are endless - 9/4/2012   9:11:22 AM
  • 23
    I looooove Greek Yogurt! it is my favorite snack, with a bit of honey and some granola. It is awesome as a veggie dip too- just add spices. I usually buy Fage fat free, plain, so I can add as little sweetener as I want, and can make it sweet or savory. - 9/4/2012   1:47:18 AM
  • 22
    I love most yogurt....Yoplait light is like a special treat, yet good for me. But the thing with Greek yogurt....I guess it's an aquired taste, and I haven't aquired it yet. I've only tried it a few times, and ended up throwing it away after a few bites.

    Also, I had always heard that Greek yogurt is soooo much better for you. I'm a little confused by this article, because it looks like it's higher in calories, lower in calcium, equal in fat....the only difference I see is in the protein. If that's the case, I'll stick with my regular yogurt and get the extra grams of protein elsewhere! - 9/4/2012   1:16:00 AM
  • 21
    I have plain Greek yogurt every morning for breakfast. I top fresh fruit and/or berries with non-fat Fage yogurt and sprinkle everything with Fiber One cereal and chopped almonds! YUM - 9/3/2012   11:59:40 PM
  • 20
    I like any kind of yogurt - 9/3/2012   11:56:58 PM
  • 19
    I just strain Dannon Natural yogurt and I drink the whey. It costs less and you get all the calcium. Add your fruit or vegetables and you are good to go. Pat in Maine. - 9/3/2012   11:49:41 PM
  • 18
    I love Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt. Yum! - 9/3/2012   11:48:18 PM
  • 17
    My favorite Greek yogurt is Chobani 0%. To me, it doesn't taste as strong or sour. I like to use it anywhere I would have used cream cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, or cottage cheese in the past. Sometimes with fruit. Sometimes with veggies. I use it now instead of salad dressings. I love to make a breakfast parfait. I microwave a peach and mix it with 1/2 c. yogurt. Then I layer that with my cereal for the day (like Uncle Sam's) and another fruit. That could be cherries, banana, blueberries, etc. - 9/3/2012   10:50:25 PM
  • 16
    I use Greek yogurt in my healthy version of strawberry shortcake - sliced strawberries, Greek yogurt, and cubed multi-grain bagel - wonderful breakfast! - 9/3/2012   10:36:40 PM
  • 15
    Love greek yogurt, mix it with thawed strawberries for my breakfast.
    - 9/3/2012   10:36:20 PM
  • 14
    I use it instead of Sour cream on taco salads. I also mix the vanilla flavored in smoothies and also dip my fruit in the vanilla. I make homemade guacamole and add the Greek plain yogurt instead of mayo and it is delicious. Next I will try baking with it. - 9/3/2012   10:18:11 PM
  • 13
    No, I don't like Greek Yogurt and I don't care about eating in the morning, so it is alright with me. - 9/3/2012   10:18:03 PM
  • 12
    One thing I really like to do with greek yogurt is to substitute it for several other recipes that require other dairy products such as sour cream, and even butter and yogurt. Just search "Chobani conversion chart." - 9/3/2012   10:16:51 PM
  • 11
    When I Use It Plain I Like To Put Nuts In It and Stevia. I Really Enjoy It When I Cook Pasta Mixed In And Don't Miss The Cheese. I Must Admit I Eat More Flavored Greek Yogurt. - 9/3/2012   10:02:02 PM
  • 10
    Since joining Sparks, I've replaced my ever-present tubs of sour cream, cream cheese and mayonnaise with Greek yogurt. I quickly decided to buy a homemade yogurt maker, and now make my own batches 1-2 times a week. It's as good as Fage! The most unusual substitute I've created is a "greek yogurt frosting" that's similar to cream cheese frosting, and just wonderful on chocolate cake! I'd never go back to the fat-and-sugar type of buttercream frostings. - 9/3/2012   9:07:59 PM
  • 9
    I add fresh fruit and/or a little granola. - 9/3/2012   8:56:28 PM
  • 8
    Recently, I bought the Zoi Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt and mix in cinnamon and chopped almonds. When I have frozen fruit on hand I mix that into it to make my own fruit on the bottom yogurt. - 9/3/2012   8:49:23 PM
  • 7
    I like it with fruit and granola - yum, yum - 9/3/2012   8:10:53 PM
  • 6
    I make fruit sauces while the seasons last, freeze them, and have all winter. So, rhubarb/strawberry, apple, peach, blueberry--each is fantastic on Greek yogurt (fage or oikos, or chobani--all their plains are good). - 9/3/2012   8:08:00 PM
  • 5
    My fave Greek Yogurt is Oikos Key Lime. It is like a desert. - 9/3/2012   7:46:41 PM
  • 4
    my favorite is Fage and I like to mix it with low sodium onion soup mix to make an onion dip for fresh veggies. I'll be doing it a lot more now with football season starting :) - 9/3/2012   7:45:22 PM
  • 3
    My favorite greek yogurt is Chiobani. I usually add granola and fruit - 9/3/2012   7:08:48 PM
  • 2
    My favorite Greek Yogurt is 2% Fage, and my favorite way to eat it is with fresh berries and toasted almonds or walnuts. I also use this in place of sour cream. So rich and creamy! - 9/3/2012   7:04:39 PM

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