Food, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips, Snacks

Greek Yogurt

What brand of Greek yogurt is the healthiest? That is one of the most common questions I get when talking to people about their diets. Greek yogurt is marketed as being a healthy snack that’s high in protein, low in fat, blah blah. What most people don’t realize is that many brands of Greek yogurt are packed with sugar and artificial ingredients making them more desserts than a healthy mid-morning snacks.

For this Quick Tip ALWAYS look at the nutrition label when shopping for Greek yogurt. The rule of thumb I go by is if the amount of protein and carbs are equal (or protein higher) it’s probably a good choice.

Let’s take a look at 2 of the most popular brands: Chobani v. Fage:

Serving size: 5.3 ozchobani

Total Calories: 130

Total fat: 0g

Total Carbs: 19g

Sugars: 16g

Protein: 12g

 

fageServing size: 6oz

Total Calories: 100

Total fat: .7g

Total carbs: 7g

Sugars: 7g

Protein: 18g

 

You can clearly see that the Fage has a much better nutrition profile with only 7g of sugar and 18g of protein for only 100 calories. But wait, let the complains about plain Greek yogurt begin: “plain Greek yogurt is disgusting “I only like flavored yogurt” “Plain Greek yogurt tastes like sour cream” I have a solution people!

Frozen Berry Yogurt:

Step 1: Measure out ½-1 cup of plain Fage 0% Greek yogurt into a bowl or Tupperware and top with your favorite FROZEN berries.

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Step 2: Let the yogurt sit in the fridge for about an hour. I usually pack my lunch when I wake up and eat my yogurt around 11am so the berries have time to defrost.

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Step 3: This is the best part! Stir everything around for a delicious naturally flavored yogurt. The fruit takes away all the bitterness that is usually in plain Greek yogurt. Top the yogurt with slivered almonds, flax seeds, chia seeds, more berries, granola… really whatever you want and enjoy

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