You and everyone you know have most certainly consumed a considerable amount of fashionable superfood Greek yogurt, most likely in conventional ways. That's not to say that's a bad thing. There's no doubting that the low-calorie, high-protein ingredient tastes wonderful in staples like smoothies and parfaits.
However, those aren't the only uses for it. There are a plethora of fascinating ways to include this culinary essential into all of your favorite foods, both sweet and savory! Use these nine tips to add a little additional protein and a slight Mediterranean flair to any meal.
Ways Of Using Greek Yogurt
Substitute it for sour cream
In any recipe that calls for it.- If you're a fan of the sour cream onion dip that's constantly served at parties (because, really, who isn't? ), try substituting Greek yogurt for the sour cream. In fact, you may quickly save calories by substituting it for sour cream in any recipe that calls for it (such as tacos and salads).
Use it in chicken or tuna salads, as well as deviled eggs, instead of mayonnaise
To add protein, Abbey Sharp, a nutritionist and blogger at Abbey's Kitchen, recommends replacing half of the mayo in chicken or tuna salad. You may even remove it completely to prepare this lighter-than-air chicken salad sandwich dish. If you want to get fancy, try incorporating it into deviled eggs.
Combine all of the ingredients to make a low-calorie ranch dressing
A cup of buttermilk and 1/4 cup mayonnaise are usually combined in a classic ranch dressing. This dish from Show Me The Yummy uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo and only 1/3 cup of buttermilk. The whole recipe (which yields 1 1/2 cups) contains just 206 calories, compared to 140 calories for a 2-tablespoon portion of traditional ranch dressing.
To make a muesli parfait, combine it with oats
Overnight oats are a thing of the past...and not just because you prepared them the day before. Muesli is the hip new oat-y kid on the block (at least in the United States; it's a popular breakfast alternative in Europe). What exactly is muesli? You could be perplexed. It's similar to granola in that it's made of raw oats, dried fruits, and nuts, but unlike granola, it's completely raw and best served with a dairy product. That's when our pal enters the picture: Mix Greek yogurt with homemade or store-bought muesli (available at Whole Foods stores nationwide), then eat. You don't even need to wait a whole day!
Marinate your meat in it
Have you ever noticed how tender yogurt chicken is? According to Epicurious, the active bacteria in yogurt aids in the breakdown of flesh, making it an excellent natural meat tenderizer. Sharp loves to make a marinade using Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and dried herbs, which he uses to marinate pork or chicken.
Stir it into soups
Add a spoonful of Greek yogurt to your next soup for a touch of smoothness (and a boost of protein). This method is best used in fiery chilis and robust vegetable stews, but it may be used in any dish.
It's great with guacamole and hummus
These are some of Sharp's favorite stunts. She tells SELF, "I add [Greek yogurt] to my guacamole to enhance the protein and stretch the great avocado taste." If you want to eat additional protein, you may do the same with hummus. Bonus: It adds a tantalizing, tart taste to each of these dips.
Add it to pancakes and muffins
This is a terrific method to boost the protein content of breakfast foods that are otherwise deficient in essential nutrients. We love how Crème De La Crumb utilizes Greek yogurt in this pancake dish, as well as how Well Plated uses it in these chocolate chip muffins.
Use it to make a somewhat healthier version of packaged mac and cheese
Yes, there is a healthier method to make mac and cheese, and it incorporates Greek yogurt, of course. Replace the 'gurt with melted butter if you're cooking packaged mac and cheese (SELF recommends these brands). It'll keep your pasta wet and creamy, but with fewer calories and a tangier flavor.
Traditional Greek yogurt that has been strained may be good for a person's health. Greek yogurt's high protein content accounts for many of its possible health advantages. A high-protein diet can help you lose weight, increase your metabolism, and build muscle. Greek yogurt is a good source of calcium, which is good for your bones. It also includes probiotics, which help to maintain a healthy gut-bacterial balance. Greek yogurt consumption has been linked to decreased blood pressure and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Greek yogurt can be eaten as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet.
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