12 Greek Yogurt Recipes to Try At Home
By Karen Reed
If you’re going to have any yogurt at home, you need to make sure it is Greek yogurt. This is the most beneficial of the lot and has far less sugar than other options, especially when it comes to the natural variety.
There is a lot that you can do with your yogurt. While many people use it on top of fruit when enjoying a fruit salad or mix it with oats for an overnight oat breakfast, there are others ways that you can include it in your recipes.
It’s time to find out just how to use it to your advantage to create delicious and nutritious meals on a daily basis.
Just Why Greek Yogurt Is So Beneficial
Out of all the yogurts, why Greek? Well, Greek yogurt is lower in sugar. While all yogurt is full of calcium, the sugars can counter the benefits. They cause an insulin increase because they break down quickly in the body. You end up with a sugar crash, and the yogurt can work with other parts of your diet to cause Type II diabetes.
The low sugars in Greek yogurt mean that you don’t have this problem. Instead, you get to benefit from all the calcium without the extra potential weight gain.
There are also proteins and probiotics in Greek yogurt. You get more healthy bacteria in your gut, which means you avoid yeast and digestive problems. The proteins will also help to build your muscles and tissues, promoting a healthy body and lifestyle. When you work out, Greek yogurt is the food to reach for afterward. The proteins help to rebuild the tissues and muscles naturally damaged during the workouts.
We also can’t forget about the potassium count. While Greek yogurt doesn’t have a large amount of potassium, it has enough to offer benefits. We tend to get far too much salt, and the potassium helps to balance that out.
Now you know about the reasons to add Greek yogurt to your diet, it’s time to find the recipes. Here are 12 Greek yogurt recipes to start making at home today.
#1. Cherry and Cashew Smoothie
Let’s start with getting your Greek yogurt in easily and quickly. Smoothies are excellent for breakfasts on the go or when you want a nutritious snack. Watch out for drinking too many fruits and vegetables! One smoothie a day isn’t going to be too bad. This cherry one is full of antioxidants to work with the proteins in the yogurt.
- ½ a frozen banana
- ½ cup of frozen cherries
- ½ cup of Greek yogurt
- 1tbsp cashew butter
- ½ cup of milk (alternatives work too)
- 1 cup of spinach
- ¼ cup of oats
- 1. Just blend it all together and serve!
- The latter two just help to add more nutrients and thicken up the smoothie. You can omit them if you’d like. Protein powder is a great way to add more protein to your smoothie.