16 Ways to Say Yes to Greek Yogurt

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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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CECELW 6/9/2021
we can always add our own fruit if needed Report
JULIJULINN 5/22/2021
I tried. Can't stand the taste no matter what. Report
BONNIE1552 5/12/2021
Can't quite warm up to the taste of Greek yogurt. Report
WANT2BTRIM 5/5/2021
Yummy Report
REDROBIN47 5/3/2021
Greek Yogurt is my favorite Report
1CRAZYDOG 2/20/2021
So many ways to enjoy greek yogurt. Also discovered Icelandic Skyrr -- so thick, rich and tasty! Report
MNABOY 2/16/2021
I love Greek Yogurt Report
Love lime pie? I buy greek lime yogurt (Fit and Light for 80 cals) and I just add some graham crackers crumbs to it!!! SO GOOD!! Report
MARITIMER3 2/16/2021
I eat Greek yogurt most days with bran buds and fruit... get a good fibre boost that way. Report
JOYFULMEMT 2/16/2021
I haven’t been a big fan but I will try some of these. Report
CHERYLHURT 2/16/2021
Thanks Report
NASFKAB 2/16/2021
great Report
SPARKNB 1/10/2021
As a sour cream head (Ukrainian...it's a food group of it's own!) we sub in greekYog when we're out of the light sr. cream we use, esp. around the holidaze (for pierogies and borscht!) Report
GOOZLEBEAR 11/10/2020
I love Greek yogurt, my favorite is Fage. Report
Blueberries and honey Report
MILPAM3 9/21/2020
inventive ideas
I love Greek yogurt Report
Thanks. Report
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Thanks for all of the good tips! I bought some today and going to try putting fruit and almonds in it. Report
Mixed with cocoa it goes delicious and thick Report
I use greek yogurt to make overnight oats! My protein fix for breakfast! Report
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Love my Greek yogurt. Took me awhile before I tried it but now is my favorite. Report
Love it Report
I put Greek Yogurt on my waffles and pancakes instead of syrup. A little cinnamon or honey with it is great. Report
A staple in my lunch box:
1 serving of greek yogurt
1/2 cup frozen berries
2 tsp honey Report
I like adding strawberries. Report
Great ideas Report
Thanks for the new ways to eat Greek Yogurt! Report
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! Report
Great article! Report
Thank you Report
Great ideas!! Report
Haven’t had. Just started using fat free no added sugar ones to make my smoothies. Report
I love Greek yogurt. I use it as a sour cream Report
Great! I love Greek yogurt! Report
Great ideas good article love yogurts Report
I like to eat light greek fruit yogurt on top of two whole wheat waffle squares for a healthy breakfast. No syrup, no butter, but absolutely delicious. Report
I like to use vanilla yogurt with a banana, a few strawberries and a few ice cubes for a smoothie Report
I also like Oikos Zero Vanilla with blueberries. A nutritionist at a health club recommended that brand to me. Report
My favorite is Oikos Zero with blueberries. It's my go to snack to get in my fiber Report
I like mixing with mustard for a dip for fish or herb mix as a dip for just about anything you could have mayo with Report
I love the Fage brand. I usually buy the 2% plain and mix in a little honey and Bob's Red Mill Muselii. Sometimes I'll add a little Qia in, too. Muselii contains rolled oats, raw pumpkin seeds, and dried fruit. When I have time I mix up my own. Qia contains chia seeds, buckwheat and a couple of other grains. It's pricey but you don't need more than a teaspoon. This holds me over for several hours and I don't crave a mid-morning snack like I do with plain oatmeal or cereal. After eating this most mornings for a few months I had the best cholesterol results of my life - within normal ranges for the first time I can remember! Report
Thank you for this. I have recently discovered how much sugar is in my Greek (flavored) yogurt and am going to try to like plain. Timely article for me. Report
I love Greek yogurt Report
I use full fat Greek yogurt in cooking, but I don't eat it cold. Report
I like it because I can add my own fruit to it and sweetener. Report