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Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has exploded in popularity, and this tangy, creamier, and less sweet yogurt can be found on refrigerator shelves everywhere. Greek Yogurt is widely eaten in Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean, Central Asian and South Asian cuisines. Because of its high fat content, greek yogurt does not curdle, which makes it great for cooking.

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

Be careful when purchasing Greek yogurt. Check the labels because some are thickened with thickening agents.

Keep a lookout for protein content on greek yogurt, a high protein content with fewer calories will mean a less processed and more nutritious yogurt.

Clever Uses

Greek yogurt is a great base for dips, simply mix in your favorite spices, savory or sweet!

Puree fresh fruit with maple syrup and stir in some Greek yogurt. Drizzle the mixture on your pancakes for a healthy sauce in the morning.

To make yogurt cheese, simply spoon the Greek Yogurt into a cloth-lined strainer and let it drain for at least two hours – the longer you drain the thicker the consistency.

Cooking Tips

Try replacing Greek yogurt for sour cream, cup for cup, in your baked good recipes.

Make a tuna salad with plain Greek yogurt. The freshness and tang creates a great flavor.

Make traditional Swiss Muesli for breakfast: Stir together yogurt, muesli cereal or granola, and shredded apple. Cover and refrigerate overnight, in the morning add honey to taste, more fresh fruit, and chopped nuts.

Toss chicken breasts with plain Greek Yogurt and cumin for a marinade that will keep them moist while cooking.

Health Benefits

A serving of Greek yogurt packs as much protein as 3 ounces of lean meat, making it a perfect post-workout snack.

Greek yogurt is high in potassium and low in sodium.

The probiotics (good bacteria) in Greek yogurt are great for your digestive system, and especially helpful to people who suffer from as irritable bowel syndrome.

Greek yogurt is high in iodine, which is important for proper thyroid function, and the thyroid is essential for healthy metabolism.

Greek yogurt is high in B12, which contributes to high energy and healthy brain function.

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