Written on June 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm , by Colleen Moody
When chatting with experts this month for our story, 10 Skinny Foods You Should Have on Hand, there was one snack all pros agreed on– Greek yogurt. True, it’s a great source of calcium, and an easy way to satisfy a sweet tooth craving without diving head first into a pint of ice cream, but what exactly is it about yogurt that makes it such a superstar snack? Chobani registered dietician Kara Lydon gave us the dish on why you should incorporate more Greek yogurt into your diet, and what to look for before you stock up.
What makes Greek yogurt a healthier option over other kinds of yogurt?
Authentic, strained Greek yogurt packs in about twice the protein of regular yogurt, so it’s sure to fill you up. For those concerned with about their blood pressure or sodium levels it also has half the sodium regular yogurt does. It takes three pounds of milk to make one pound of Greek yogurt, so going Greek typically means more naturally occurring sugar.
Not all yogurts are created equal. What are some things to look out for on the label before you buy?
Look for one that contains only natural ingredients, no funny stuff you can’t pronounce. If you spot any artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or thickeners in the ingredient list steer clear! Check the protein content too and make sure it’s relatively high. Also, choose yogurts that are non-fat or low fat to cut back on excess calories and fat in your diet.
How can Greek yogurt beat bloat for bikini season?
To beat bloat in general, you want to look for minimally processed foods with low sodium content. The probiotics in yogurt may help fight belly bloat, too. Bloating can be caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the gut, probiotics can help replenish and restore that balance.
Read more to get the recipe for Cucumber-Feta Chobani Dip.
Cucumber-Feta Chobani Dip
- 2 cups Plain 0% Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, finely chopped, and squeezed dry in a kitchen towel
1 cup crumbled feta
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Mix all ingredients together in bowl. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or so overnight before serving.
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