By the end of the year, the Greek yogurt industry will reach $1 billion. The tasty treat is higher in protein and lower in sugar and sodium than regular yogurt. Many Mediterranean countries have known about the secret of this sweet success for years but Americans are quickly becoming Greek yogurt converts.
One of the many reasons, the type of yogurt is so popular is because it is a great source of calcium. Regular yogurt has a slightly higher protein content but still provides 20 percent of the daily requirement for calcium and protein. In fact, “an 8-ounce cup has as much protein as a 3-ounce chicken cutlet!”
However, consumers choose Greek over regular because it has such a great tartness flavor without any additives. The plain flavor just needs some honey or some fruit and the tartness makes it a sweet surprise for any morning, afternoon or dessert.
Basically, Greek yogurt is a thicker consistency because commercial yogurt is strained to remove the whey, sugar and water. Because of its creamy composition, Greek yogurt is a good substitute in recipes that call for sour cream, regular yogurt, oil, cream cheese and many other ingredients. Check out this great article about how to “clean up your cooking” with Greek yogurt.
It’s Greek at Sara’s
Sara’s carries a variety of different Greek-style yogurts in the dairy section. All of their brands are from the Mediterranean and making yogurt from the old-world style. Although their yogurt doesn’t implicitly say “Greek” as commercial yogurts like Dannon and Chobanni, the entire yogurt at Sara’s has been strained to remove the sugar, water and whey.
Ways to lose weight
Greek yogurt is the perfect addition to any healthy diet. . “People tended to lose nearly 1 pound every four years if they added a daily serving of yogurt to their diet probably because of the way bacterial cultures affect our intestines.”
Even though some of the brands are considered “full-fat,” the real-Greek yogurt is still a healthier option because other brands are laced with sugar. All of Sara’s yogurt is strained to remove the sugar and is plain without flavoring. Pick up some fun fruit like pomegranates or forelle pears in the produce section to add to Greek yogurt for a great meal or snack. To find out more information, check out our previous blog on our specialty produce.
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Traditional Ways to Use Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt has many traditional uses but there are a few ways in particular that are easy to use in your kitchen every day.
Cooks all over the world use yogurt to bring down the spice level. Anyone can add yogurt to curry or to overpowering spices to make the dish more mild.
Another traditional way to use yogurt is to add it to anything sweet to make it more savory and creamy. The tanginess of the yogurt adds a nice dimension to any dish.
The most popular way to use greek yogurt has to be for making sauces. The popular addition to many Mediterranean meals is tzatziki. Recipes for many chicken, steak and fish dishes call for this refreshing dill condiment to make the dish more flavorful. Check out this great recipe for tzatziki potato salad. It makes a great addition to any potluck or barbeque!
Sweet ways to use Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a great way to make traditional desserts lower in calories without losing any of the taste. Your desserts will be more filling as well as be higher in protein and calcium. Finally enjoy your sweets without feeling guilty afterwards. Here are a few recipes that use Greek yogurt to make the holidays a little more figure-friendly.