Let Me Count the Ways: Different Things to Do With Greek Yogurt

By Amy Wagner on January 29, 2013

This is the fourth in a series of health, fitness, and wellness-related articles to kick off the most resolution filled month of the year. Check back throughout the remainder of January for more articles on these topics!

Greek yogurt is truly enjoying an age of popularity. In 2005, it had a $60 million market in the U.S., which had increased to $1.5 billion by 2011. As of June 2012, it represented almost 36% of all U.S. yogurt sales. Not only does it have a thick, rich texture that many people love, but it is also much higher in protein and calcium than typical yogurt, making it a marvelous choice for overall nutrition. But, chances are if you are an avid Greek yogurt eater, you’re probably getting more than a little tired of the way it tastes plain. Well, add versatility to the long list of Greek yogurt’s characteristics, and read on for ideas about how to jazz up your cup!

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If you’re eating Greek yogurt for breakfast, there are plenty of options in terms of mix-ins. Simply add your favorite berry; blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries are all good options. Consider adding flax seeds,  sunflower seeds, or slivered almonds. Want  some sweetness? Drizzle some honey on top of your creation.

Greek yogurt is absolutely fantastic for smoothies. It will allow you to make a delicious concoction that will rival Jamba Juice! The possibilities here are endless. One of my most-used recipes involves some plain Greek yogurt, a bit of almond milk, and fruit (bananas, pears, and strawberries are all good). Don’t just stick to these ingredients, though; get creative!

Dips are yet another place for Greek yogurt to go, especially in place of mayo or sour cream. Chopped garlic, garlic powder, dill, parsley, and any other herbs you may like are great mix-ins. Or, if you’re not in the mood for a savory dip, mix peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon with your yogurt for a fabulous compliment to fruit or graham crackers.

As an avid Pinterest user, I find it appropriate to include an easy and yummy, yet healthy cake recipe that I recently found, involving (you guessed it!) Greek yogurt. Simply combine one  box of cake mix, one container of plain Greek yogurt, and one cup of water. It’s really as easy as 1-2-3; mix all ingredients together, put into a greased baking pan, and bake for the amount of time specified by the box.

What’s your preferred way to eat your Greek yogurt? Comment below!

Amy is a third-year student at the University of Denver majoring in Communication Studies, with concentrations in organizational and intercultural communication, as well as minoring in business and international studies. She is a Colorado native, avid reader, coffee drinker, lover of all things active, and now, thanks to Uloop, a writer.

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