The Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt

Natalie Buscemi Healthy Living, Nutrition, Recipes

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When it comes to breakfast, there are lots of healthy things you can eat. You can eat whole grain cereal with fresh fruit and a glass of water. You can eat an egg white omelet with fresh spinach and mushrooms. You can eat a bowl of steel-cut oats with mixed berries and flax seeds. Or you can eat an increasingly popular, all-natural superfood that’s been talked about in countless health magazines and even been featured on the Emmy award-winning television series 60 Minutes: Greek Yogurt.

What is Greek Yogurt?

Unlike its super-sweet cousin regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is strained which means it has less water, less sugar, less lactose, and less whey. The result is a delicious, dairy-based product that’s more tangy than sweet, straddling the fence between a traditional yogurt and a soft cheese.

What makes Greek Yogurt so popular?

Well, lots of things.

First and foremost, Greek yogurt is jam-packed with protein. The average cup of store brand Greek yogurt comes with as much as 18 grams of protein, an all-important nutrient for any man or woman who wants to build lean muscles, burn excess fat, and speed up their metabolism.

In addition to the protein, there’s another “p” that Greek yogurt has plenty of—probiotics, the good bacteria that live inside the stomach, aid the digestive process, and help keep the immune system nice and strong.

Speaking of strong, like all dairy products, Greek yogurt is rich in calcium which, in conjunction with Vitamin D, improves the density and strength of human bones.

But here’s the real secret…

Greek yogurt is a phenomenal food for those looking to shed unwanted weight.

Why?

Not because Greek yogurt has some magical powers, but because protein-rich Greek yogurt is a naturally filling food which means it’s possible to feel nice and full after eating a relativity small amount (from a caloric standpoint).

 

If adding Greek yogurt to your daily routine is something you want to pursue, the team at Allure Medical wants you to know about our ultimate Greek Yogurt breakfast.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 – Cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1 – Cup of fresh mixed berries
  • 1 – Tablespoon of organic honey
  • 1 – Teaspoon of flax seeds
  • 1 – Teaspoon of chia seeds
  • 1 – Teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 – Pinch (¼ teaspoon) of red pepper flakes

Optional: Cultured Plant-based Yogurt (SILK)

 

What to do:

  • Mix the berries, yogurt, and seeds in a bowl—set aside
  • Mix the honey, extra virgin olive oil and red pepper flakes in a microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave on HIGH for 10 to 12 seconds
  • Pour the honey-pepper-oil mix into the bowl of yogurt, seeds and berries
  • Stir thoroughly and enjoy!

 

 

In Health,

 

 

 

 

Shana Loggins

Nutritionist