Greek Yogurt

Going to the grocery store and picking out a yogurt can be very time consuming. Have all the yogurts gotten you confused? There are more yogurts to choose from now than ever before. Fat free, gluten free, soy, coconut, parfaits, low calorie,and  low carb. Wow what next? The list just keeps going on. Here is some information on the yogurt culture.

Yogurt restores beneficial bacteria in the digestion after antibiotics, help promote good gum health. Greek yogurt is high in protein,  a  6-ounce serving contains 15 to 20 grams, that is about  the same amount in 2 to 3 ounces piece of lean meat. That makes it particularly appealing to vegetarians, who sometimes struggle to get enough protein.  An identical serving of regular yogurt, on the other hand, provides just 9 grams of protein. Greek yogurt is a great  choice for low-carb dieters. It contains roughly half the carbs as the regular yogurt—5 to 8 grams per serving compared with 13 to 17.

Greek yogurt goes through a  straining process, it  removes some of the milk sugar, lactose, making Greek yogurt less likely to upset the lactose-intolerant. It also removes some of the calcium, so it has a lower calium count. Greek yogurt has a high fat content. In just 7 ounces, Greek yogurt packs 16 grams of saturated fat. That is  80 percent of your total daily allowance if you're on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Eating yogurt can help weight loss. Harvard researchers found that yogurt can help keep age-related weight gain in check.

I like to use Greek yogurt,  in many different ways  to take advantage of its versatility. I  mix it with seasonings like garlic or dill to create  unique dips for vegetables. Or  toss in some berries or  granola for a great breakfast, snack or dessert.

You can also substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream on tacos or baked potato.  It can be added to a beef stroganoff.  It's  an excellent swap for mayonnaise;  in  potato salad, egg salad, pasta salad, and coleslaw.

For a quick and easy dessert it can easily be turned into a parfait.   Add you favorite sugar free pudding to the Greek yogurt and fold in whip topping.  Add fruit to the top and it looks pretty enough to serve to guests.