Cook With Greek Yogurt: Nutrition, Tips, & Silly Food Facts

Silly Food Fact

It’s a popular belief that yogurt was discovered on accident by prehistoric herders, who carried pouches of milk for long distances in the heat. The heat soured the milk and it turned into yogurt!

Have you ever wondered what’s so different about yogurt and Greek yogurt? The only difference is found in the fermentation process. Greek yogurt has most of the liquid whey removed (whey is a type of protein found in cows milk). This makes the product thicker, richer, and many would say, “yummier”. In the United States, most Greek yogurt is made with cows milk. But in Greece, it’s commonly made with sheeps milk.

Why Our Bodies Love It

Greek yogurt has almost 3 times as much protein as regular yogurt. It’s also high in calcium, which helps our bones and teeth stay strong. With many low and non fat varieties, Greek yogurt is an excellent snack that will satisfy your hunger! Lots of people top their Greek yogurt with things like fruit, granola, and seeds, which increase this snacks nutrient density.

Care and Picking

Greek yogurt should be stored in the refrigerator. If you’re packing it in your lunchbox, be sure to include one or two icepacks to keep it cool.

Tips and Warnings

Be sure to check the yogurt’s expiration date and read the nutrition labels. Each variety of Greek yogurt has different fat, calorie, protein, and sugar levels. Aim for plain Greek yogurt to avoid added sugar. You can always jazz up plain yogurt with fruit, granola,  peanut butter, or a bit of frozen 100% orange juice.



Do you have creative ways that you cook with Greek yogurt?


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