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The Inside Scoop on Greek Yogurt

November 14, 2013

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These days trendy, new superfoods are cropping up all the time. Chia, kale, quinoa, and acai berries all had their shining moments, but none have been popular quite as long as Greek yogurt.

It looks like the yogurt trend is here to stay, and for good reason! If you eat dairy Greek yogurt is one of the healthiest and most satisfying foods around. 

Here are a few good reasons to add Greek yogurt to your diet:

It’s full of protein

One serving of Greek yogurt, which is 6 ounces, has about 17 grams of protein. That’s the same amount of protein you find in 2 or 3 ounces of lean meat like chicken or turkey. So it’s a great snack for people who want to build muscle and spend a lot of time weight lifting. I recommend it as a post-workout snack when your body is craving protein to retain the muscle mass you just worked so hard to build up!

It keeps your bones strong

30% of the average serving of Greek yogurt is calcium, which fulfills 30% of the recommended daily calcium intake. Some people find they don’t need much calcium in their diet, but if you want to add more eat your Greek yogurt with nuts and seeds like almonds or pepitas to increase your calcium.

It fills you up

Greek yogurt makes a great snack because it keeps you full for at least a few hours depending on your activity level. If you’re like me and you find yourself hungry  around 3pm every day, pack a to-go container of Greek yogurt with berries or nuts. It will have you full and hangry-free until dinner! This is also great for weight loss because it’s a high satiety index food, meaning it keeps you full longer and aids your body in burning fat from fat storage.

It’s delicious!

Last but not least, Greek yogurt tastes so good! It’s thicker, creamier, and tangier than regular yogurt. Alone it’s a great alternative for sour cream in dips or on tacos. Mix in a bit of honey and granola for a satisfying breakfast. If you have a sweet tooth you can buy Greek yogurt with added flavors like strawberry or mango. Keep in mind that the sugar content in these flavors is usually very high so it’s best to buy plain Greek yogurt and mix in your own honey and fresh fruit for sweetness.

How do you like to eat Greek yogurt?