As CL’s article in February predicted, Greek yogurt has become one of the hottest foods on the market — and for good reason. With its creamy consistency, this protein-packed food is both healthy and versatile, allowing Greek yogurt to be a part of anyone’s diet, whether they prefer sweet or savory foods.
For those who enjoy Greek yogurt au naturale, create a parfait by pairing your favorite flavor with healthy toppings, such as fresh or frozen fruit and granola.
Do you find yourself craving something sweet, but not wanting to add empty calories to your diet through excess butter and other fatty foods?
Converting old recipes into newer, healthier options is now easy with Chobani’s list of correct exchanges, which is as follows:
1 cup butter = ¼ cup Greek yogurt and ½ cup butter
1 cup oil = ¾ cup Greek yogurt
1 cup sour cream = 1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup mayonnaise = 1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup cream cheese = 1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup buttermilk = 2/3 cup Greek yogurt and 1/3 cup milk or buttermilk
Perhaps the most shocking piece of information about Greek yogurt is that it can be used in savory dishes and dips, not just sweet snacks. At your next party, introduce your friends and family to the snack by substituting mayonnaise for yogurt with Real Simple’s spinach-pesto dip:
- 1 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
- ½ 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1/4 cup pesto
- kosher salt and black pepper
- cut-up vegetables, for serving (optional)
- In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, spinach, pesto, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
- Serve with cut-up vegetables, crackers, pretzels . . . anything you’d like.
So next time you find yourself craving something unhealthy, substitute Greek yogurt for the less-healthy ingredients and enjoy your favorite treats without the usual side of guilt.
Nicole Veenstra is a Fashion & Lifestyle writer for College Lifestyles. She is currently studying journalism at Rider University and loves dolphins, red velvet anything and spending time with her friends and family.