It seems there are many commercials lately about Greek Yogurt. There is even cereal with Greek Yogurt in it. One of the famous celebrities, Jamie Lee Curtis, is now switching to Greek yogurt after having to sneak around hiding other brands. Greek Yogurt is the “in” thing.
5. Go Greek.
We buy mostly Greek now. I get the large container of Plain Greek Yogurt at Walmart and then add some fruit such as berries or bananas and some honey and walnuts. That is either breakfast or afternoon snack.
We also use Greek yogurt as mayonnaise in some recipes. We have a chicken salad recipe that uses Greek Yogurt and is very good.
Greek yogurt does require a taste adjustment. Charlene isn’t too crazy about the taste. It also has a different texture. For the most part Greek Yogurt has twice the protein. Six (6) ounces of plain Greek yogurt has 100 calories and 18g of protein. Six (6) ounces of regular yogurt is about 100 calories and 9g of protein.
Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt because the straining process leaves a more concentrated product. While a 6-oz container of Greek yogurt contains only protein-rich casein, the solid portion of yogurt, the same sized container of regular yogurt contains less casein because they don’t remove the liquid.
Regardless of whether it’s Greek or regular, you need to check the label for added sugars. I noticed that even in plain yogurt there was a difference in sugar. If you add fruit or other ingredients, the sugar goes way up. Milk has sugar, so there will always be some sugar, even in fat free.
Greek yogurt has only appeared in the last few years and is now the “rage.” Greek yogurt is also a little more expensive. It is a replacement for sour cream in dips and dressings. It takes three times the milk to make Greek Yogurt.
Greek Yogurt came from the Middle East and especially Greece. You may have seen early health recipes that called for yogurt cheese, which you strained yourself. The straining process makes it uniquely Greek. Some companies call their products Greek but do not go through the straining processes. The government has yet to make a ruling on what products you can call Greek.