Greek yogurt is a staple in healthy eating, stepping in as a lean, creamy alternative for breakfast and dessert, as well as a nutritious swap for mayo in savoury dishes. Along with its delicious tangy flavour, Greek yogurt provides protein to keep you fuller longer, calcium and vitamin D for strong bones and teeth, and probiotics for immune support, nutrient absorption and enhanced digestion.
When buying, choose plain, no-sugar added varieties without thickeners (like cornstarch), and a fat percentage that aligns with your personal diet. If you’re looking to get more Greek yogurt into your daily regimen, look no further than these fresh, wholesome recipes.
1. Smoky Tomato-Greek Yogurt Crema
Capitalizing on Greek yogurt’s blank canvas persona, this healthy salsa and yogurt sauce pairs perfectly with grilled vegetables and fish.
2. Waffles with Greek Yogurt
If you’re looking for a new way to eat yogurt in the morning, give these soft, fluffy waffles a try. A protein-packed stack to carry you through until lunchtime.
3. Healthy Chocolate Muffins
Instead of a muffin with loads of oil, Greek yogurt stands in its place for a rich, moist and chocolatey breakfast on the go that will satisfy even the biggest chocoholic.
4. Banana and Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
Antioxidant-loaded matcha gets the smoothie treatment. Here, it’s combined with Greek yogurt for a protein-loaded breakfast or snack that tastes like a milkshake.
5. Strawberry Kiwi Greek Yogurt Popsicles
Tasting like the most decadent vanilla ice cream and enhanced with vitamin C-rich fruit, these Greek yogurt popsicles make the ultimate after school (or work) snack.
6. Roasted Carrots, Spanish Spices, Yogurt, Harissa
There’s nothing plain about this Greek yogurt recipe. Sweet roasted carrots receive the star treatment with a punchy yogurt cream sauce (hold the cream) bursting with bold spices and fiery harissa.
7. Grilled Vegetables with Cilantro-Yogurt Dressing
A raw veggies and dip makeover, leftovers will be a thing of the past when this lean, mayo-free Greek yogurt dressing comes into play.
8. Souvlaki-Style Nachos with Greek Yogurt Feta Sauce
Greek yogurt contributes a cooling component in lieu of traditional sour cream in these nouveau nachos. Use whole grain pita chips for an even healthier dish.
9. Valerie Bertinelli’s Herbed Mashed Cauliflower
Mashed potatoes are lightened up with cruciferous cauliflower in the humble spud’s place. Instead of tons of cream, Greek yogurt is used for a side dish that won’t weigh you down.
10. Strawberry Rhubarb Greek Yogurt Fool
A tangy treat that skips the saturated fat, this recipe employs Greek yogurt instead of whipped heavy cream. Use frozen fruit when fresh isn’t in season as the health benefits are the same.