One of my favorite childhood flavors?…Orange Dreamsicle! Thanks to the Flinstone’s Push Ups and, of course, the Orange Dreamsicle Ice Cream Bar. Mmmmm. So, when I ran in to this little mouth fest in a bottle, I just had to get it. Cara Cara Orange Vanilla White Balsamic seemed a perfect match for greek yogurt, and fruit!! And here we have Orange Dreamsicle Fruit Dip. So tangy, yet sweet. Quite Lovely. My taste buds were quite happy 🙂
You’ll see me referring to “greek” yogurt quite often. Why not the regular yogurt? Well, several reasons:
Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt
- It’s higher in protein. Almost double!! A 6oz serving of greek yogurt has about 20g and regular yogurt only has 9g. Consuming more protein helps you stay full longer. Greek yogurt has my vote here.
- Greek Yogurt has fewer carbs then regular yogurt. It has 5-8 grams of carbs per serving. Not bad. Regular yogurt can be double, if not triple that amount. Watch out for the added carbs coming from extra sugars and fruits in the store bought brands. I prefer to buy unsweetened and sweeten it myself.
- Greek Yogurts’ thicker consistency makes it healthier and more versatile. Greek yogurt is strained several times during processing. This lowers the whey, sugar, and lactose content. It’s much easier on the belly then other yogurts. It’s also much thicker and tangier. This gives you more versatility when using it in the kitchen. I strain it for 6hrs to get a great cream cheese substitute. I’ve mixed it with bacon grease to make a super tasty mayo substitute. I used it to replace butter, sour cream, and buttermilk! Don’t be afraid to dip your veggies in it too.
- It’s great for people watching their sodium intake. Greek yogurt typically has half the amount of sodium compared to regular yogurt. A 6oz serving comes in at 50mg. Well under the American Medical Association’s recommended dose of 1.5g per day. Most healthy people can handle 2,300mg of sodium a day. This changes with your age and health. Also, know your sodium limits if you suffer from heart disease or hypertension.
Greek yogurt and regular yogurt start off in the same “egg“. The difference is the straining that I mentioned earlier. It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes to the overall quality and benefits of the yogurt. Despite the yogurt you choose, they both bring positivity to the body. Here are a few other things you should know about yogurt:
The Many Benefits of Yogurt
- It’s packed with probiotics! Can’t afford a probiotic pill? Consistently eat yogurt! We need a proper balance of good and bad bacteria in our gut. Yogurt delivers the good bacteria, balances things out, and keeps our immune system in tip top shape.
- It’s loaded with B-12! Vegetarians and meat lovers suffer from this deficiency often. But, greek yogurt is a great way to naturally get a boost of B-12. This vitamin is vital to your overall health. It helps with cell formation all the way to energy production.
- It’s high in potassium (which helps balance your sodium). Potassium helps keep almost all of your organs healthy. It also helps with anxiety and stress, water balance, metabolism and muscle strength.
- Greek Yogurt is rich in amino acids. These are great for regenerating muscle tissue and repairing fiber damage (aka pumping iron). In other words, it’s a great workout recovery meal.
- Don’t forget about the calcium! Most of you know the importance of this essential mineral. Here’s a quick refresher:
- It keeps your bones and teeth healthy. Calcium can actually strengthen your backbone!
- It helps prevent colon cancer. Calcium suppresses the growth of polyps (which can cause cancer).
- It helps prevent obesity. If you are low in calcium, your body will release the parathyroid hormone. It’s great, because this helps balance your calcium levels. But it also stimulates the production of fat and prevents it’s breakdown. Not good. So, keep your calcium balanced!
- Calcium helps prevent kidney stones. High calcium intake decreases the risk of kidney stones. You might think that calcium is the cause. Technically, yes. But it’s from the calcium in water, not food sources. High oxalate foods (like spinach and kale) can also be the culprit. If you do tend to get a lot of kidney stones, up your (purified) water consumption.
I hope this has inspired you to love greek yogurt. I know many of us can be turned off by the (sour creamy) taste, but there’s nothing that a little doctoring up can’t help. I typically have 2 huge tubs of greek yogurt in my fridge. One get’s turned in to cream cheese, mayo, other random condiments and baked goods. The other guy goes in my daily protein smoothie.
Can you share any creative ways for using greek yogurt?
In the meantime, enjoy my creative recipe below 😉
- Combine everything together in a small bowl. Adjust taste if necessary.