Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ten ways to go Greek!

Need some new ways to enjoy Greek yogurt? Read on for 10 healthy and unique ways to use and substitute this nutritional powerhouse:

1.) Use a dollop of Greek yogurt instead of sour cream on baked potatoes, chili, or Mexican food.

2.) At-home FroYo – combine 1-5.3 oz container Greek yogurt with cut up or frozen fruit & freeze for at least an hour for a no sugar added frozen treat.

3.) Substitute Greek yogurt for mayo 1:1 in tuna/egg/chicken/potato salad recipes.

4.) DIY Ranch Dressing – mix 1 Tbsp Ranch seasoning with 1-5.3 oz container Greek yogurt to make a salad dressing for veggies or spread for sandwiches or burgers. Add 1 tbsp taco seasoning for a spicy version.

5.) Top oatmeal, waffles, or pancakes with Greek yogurt for a protein-packed breakfast.

6.) Made Over Marinara – combine marinara sauce with Greek yogurt to create a tomato cream sauce for pasta.

7.) Nutrient Packed Coleslaw – toss broccoli slaw, dried cranberries, & sliced almonds with 1-5.3 oz container Greek yogurt to make a healthy side dish. Season with black pepper & garlic powder.

8.) Mix Greek yogurt with hummus or guacamole for a creamy texture and to add protein to a healthy fat dip.

9.) Protein Packed Parfait – layer Greek yogurt with whole grain/high fiber cereal and chopped fruit & top with a few nuts for a balanced breakfast.

10.) Use Greek yogurt as a dressing for a wrap sandwich mixed with a little dill or lemon juice.

Nutrition facts:
Plain, Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
1 container (5.3 oz) = 80-100 calories | 0 g fat | 6-7 g carbs | 15-18 g protein
Best Greek Yogurt Brands: Fage, Chobani, Stonyfield Farm Oikos Organic, Dannon Oikos

Amber Massey is a registered dietitian with the Executive Health program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and New Mom to twin girls.

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