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The Olympics have come and gone, but they’ve left their mark! Summer Olympics season has inspired us to share one of our favorite foods at the moment: Greek yogurt.
The 2012 Olympic Games kicked off on July 27th in London, England, along with all the celebrations that go with their anticipation. Why not host a summer party and serve up some Greek yogurt-inspired treats? Greek yogurt gets its name from the strained yogurt used in Greek cooking. It’s different from other types of yogurt because it is strained through a mesh filter, which creates a richer, thicker texture.
Recently, Greek yogurt has been introduced as a regular part of the American diet because of its healthful qualities. The way this yogurt is processed allows it to pack a protein punch, while still keeping a low calorie count. It makes a great snack because the high protein content will keep you feeling fuller, longer. A normal serving can have as much protein as a 3 oz. serving of meat. In addition, the straining process helps to remove some of the sugar in the yogurt so Greek yogurt has about half the carbohydrates of regular yogurt. When it comes to dairy, it’s a good idea to choose low fat or fat free. Full fat versions contain saturated fat which can be an unhealthy addition to your diet, if consumed in high amounts.
Greek yogurt is extremely versatile and can be substituted for fats like butter and oil in baking, or used in place of sour cream in dips and spreads. This can help to cut the calories in your favorite baked goods while keeping the delicious taste and texture. Enjoy Greek yogurt for breakfast as a protein-filled way to start the day or try a parfait made with low fat Greek yogurt for a healthy dessert.
For your next party, try this recipe for tzatziki dip. Serve with pita chips for a festive hit at your next gathering!
1 16oz. container Plain Greek Yogurt
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbs. fresh mint, chopped
1 tbs. fresh lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate at least two hours before serving.