Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt (plus a yogurt recipe!)
Posted Dec 05 2010 9:42pm
Yogurt can be enjoyed as part of a healthy meal, snack, or as a yummy treat, as it provides you with good sources of protein and calcium. You may or may not have noticed the Greek yogurt section next to the regular yogurt. If you have, you may be wondering what the real differences are.
Greek yogurt is a type of strained yogurt which is made by removing the whey out of the yogurt. It is thicker and richer than regular yogurt and seems almost like a dessert. Nutrition-wise Greek yogurt provides you with more protein and less sugar than regular yogurt. However, for both types, you should choose the non-fat or low-fat options and avoid the full-fat options to keep saturated fat out of the picture. When choosing yogurt it is better to find a brand that has probiotic cultures and does not include artificial flavorings, additives or preservatives. If you turn to the back of the package, you'll find whether or not the product has preservatives by reading the ingredients list. This is really what separates Greek yogurt from regular yogurt, because most regular yogurt brands have additives and preservatives, not to mention lots of added sugar. If you're wondering, Fage Greek Yogurt and Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt are popular yogurt brands and are as natural as you can get!
In this recipe, you can make your own flavored Greek yogurt by adding in natural flavorings. This mellows down the tart Greek yogurt and makes it taste even better! It also allows you to control the amount of added sugar and sodium. You can also add fresh ingredients in addition to the recipe, such as fruit, granola, or nuts on top!
½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt ¼ tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp cinnamon 2 packets Splenda/stevia OR 1 tbsp honey
Stir vanilla, cinnamon, and sweetener into non-fat Greek yogurt. Refrigerate and stir again before serving.