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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Comments

NANTUCKETLIFE 6/1/2018
I love Greek yogurt. I use it as a sour cream Report
KHALIA2 5/1/2018
Great! I love Greek yogurt! Report
OLDSKOOL556 4/3/2018
Great ideas good article love yogurts Report
PJPEGG 2/22/2018
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
CRAFTIEGURL 1/12/2018
I like to use vanilla yogurt with a banana, a few strawberries and a few ice cubes for a smoothie Report
GREYTDOLPHIN 1/7/2018
I also like Oikos Zero Vanilla with blueberries. A nutritionist at a health club recommended that brand to me. Report
REDROBIN47 1/7/2018
My favorite is Oikos Zero with blueberries. It's my go to snack to get in my fiber Report
-POOKIE- 1/7/2018
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
GLADGAD 1/7/2018
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
SUSANSKI 1/7/2018
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
MBPP50 9/10/2017
I love Greek yogurt Report
NELLJONES 7/23/2017
I use full fat Greek yogurt in cooking, but I don't eat it cold. Report
DJ4HEALTH 7/22/2017
I like it because I can add my own fruit to it and sweetener. Report
AJB121299 7/14/2017
nice Report
NASFKAB 7/3/2017
I make my own Greek style yogurt by adding milk when the container is almost finished but appreciated the ideas of how to eat more of it Report
Yoplait Protein Greek 100 is the only yogurt i like. right now i'm on a Strawberry Cheesecake trip ... i can't get enough of it. i add a teaspoon of Nature Valley Protein Granola - Oat and Honey and it really is just like eating Strawberry Cheesecake (the granola substitutes for the graham cracker crust). SO healthy and really keeps me full. sometimes i also add sliced frozen strawberries. amazing! Report
ROBBIEY
I like my Yoplait Greek Yogurt. Report
ROBBIEY
I like my Yoplait Greek Yogurt. Report
I just love plain greek yogurt. so good for a base to make dressings, substitute for sour cream. Just love the nutrition, too.

Always adding fruit to it (no buying the "fruit on the bottom" stuff. Report
I liked Greek yogurt just fine when they came out, but it is harder to find the plain yogurt - the flavored ones all taste too sweet. The other thing is I've been reading reports of the process for making Greek yogurt is somehow bad for the Earth's ecology - don't remember exactly how/why - something about polluting the waters with extra whey liquid being thrown out? Wish you all would do a blog researching and explained that. Thanks. Report
Oikos Triple 0, and Chobani are my favorites. Plain with a drizzle of honey and PB2. Report
I'd like to have one of these right now.
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I wish I liked Greek yogurt. I really do. I've tried multiple brands and flavors, but the smell alone just makes me gag. I can't even have it in smoothies or anything else. Report
I add fresh fruit, use it in smoothies and to replace mayo in some recipies Report
I like using it to mix in ranch seasoning packet to make a "ranch dressing" for my salad and to dip vegs in. Report
SPECEDKAT
I put Fage on my baked potato instead of butter. It tastes just like sour cream!
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PHILIPF62
Sucks Report
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! Report
i like the suggestions in the article and what you guys have suggested. Thanks for all the good ideas Report
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. Report
JEANNABEANNA
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! Report
NUTRITIONIST69
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!! Report
ANTLORI61
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. Report
RUTHVB
I find if I put a couple teaspoons of slivered almonds in the Greek yogurt, it keeps me from getting hungry longer. Report
I love Greek yogurt and have tried it many ways, but never mixing it with peanut butter. This is a must try. Report
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! Report
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. :-) Report
Huh. I love Greek yogurt, no idea there were so many different ways to utilise it within cooking though, very insightful Report
I add the flavored packets that are made for water to my Greek Yogurt . Report
i've never tried greek yogurt but there are some good suggestions here so i might give it a shot! Report
CYNKINGFEELING
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. Report
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! Report
I use in place of other dairy, especially sour cream. I love, love, love it with cinnamon and a touch of sweetener. Report
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 Report
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. Report
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! Report
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 Report
NAOLEE
I like any kind of yogurt Report
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. Report
I love Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt. Yum! Report
 
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