Amid the chaos of 2020, many Americans are shopping less often. With fewer trips to the grocery store, getting creative in the kitchen is crucial to meet nutritional needs, while also satisfying cravings. Greek yogurt is the perfect example of a nutritious fermented food with endless possibilities for a home cook. Check out these 5 ways to use Greek yogurt in your kitchen.
- As the final touch. From crunchy bean tacos to a spicy lentil curry, a creamy dollop of plain Greek yogurt can be just what your taste buds were looking for. Plus, adding Greek yogurt to a vegetarian dish is a simple way to increase high-quality protein. Your muscles will thank you later.
- As your surprise ingredient. Low-fat Greek yogurt can act as a lower fat alternative to mayonnaise, like in this mango curry chicken salad. Or try it in a baked good recipe like these blueberry buttermilk muffins–a great option for picky eaters because they include dairy, fruit, and whole-grain!
- As the champion of breakfast. Greek yogurt’s role at breakfast time should not be overlooked. It can be great for those who need to increase protein at breakfast or those looking for a fermented food with live, active cultures. Due to the beneficial bacteria present, yogurt tends to be easier to digest for those with lactose intolerance. Add it to your overnight oats or topped with fruit in a parfait.
- As your secret workout weapon. If “gains” are what you are looking for, you may want to consider adding Greek yogurt to your diet. Depending on the brand, Greek yogurt contains about 20 grams of protein in just one cup! Add it to a smoothie for a post-workout or afternoon snack. The protein in dairy contains all the building blocks your muscles need to recover and get stronger. Not only that, but some Greek yogurts are also fortified with vitamin D. Together with calcium, it can be a great way to support your bones.
- As a sweet tooth solution. Desserts in moderation can be worked into a healthy diet, but it also helps to have healthier dessert options on hand. These frozen yogurt bars are the perfect example, combining healthy fats from nuts with fruit and nutritious dairy.
Next time you go to the grocery store, make sure to pick up some Greek yogurt–from a topping to a main ingredient in a recipe, it is sure to be useful!