What is Greek Yogurt?
Greek yogurt is a nutritious and versatile ingredient, delicious enjoyed by itself or as an addition to dishes. It is strained more during processing than traditional yogurt, giving it a thicker consistency and smoother flavor than regular yogurt.
Greek yogurt can be eaten as a snack or incorporated into recipes to enjoy its many health benefits. For instance, Greek yogurt:
- Provides more protein but less carbohydrates than regular yogurt.
- Provides vitamin D, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals important for bone health.
- Contains probiotics or “good” bacteria that contribute to gut health, supporting digestion, and immunity.
Purchasing and Storing Greek Yogurt
There are many Greek yogurt products available, but all are not created equal.
- Traditionally, Greek yogurt is made using only milk and active cultures. Read the label to see what other ingredients, if any, have been added.
- Like traditional yogurt, Greek yogurt can also be high in sugar and fat. Look for brands that are low in sugar, and check the label for the percentage of fat.
For safety purposes, be sure to continuously refrigerate Greek yogurt and keep it covered in the original package to keep other odors out.
- After being opened and/or near its end date, Greek yogurt may separate with a cloudy, watery liquid on top, which can be poured off or stirred back in.
- Try freezing in an airtight container to prolong use.
Enjoy Greek yogurt for a variety of health benefits and as a delicious addition to your diet!
Did You Know?
Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of ways. Try it:
- As a breakfast with fruit and granola
- In place of sour cream or mayonnaise
- As a savory dip for veggies
- As a creamy marinade for chicken, with lemon and cayenne pepper
- Topped with honey, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts for dessert