15 Surprising Ways to Use Greek Yogurt

by | February 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM | Food, Health

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By Tina Haupert, Health.com

Just about everyone loves Greek yogurt.

It’s rich and creamy with a great tangy flavor, plus it’s low in calories, high in protein, and a good source of calcium.

What’s not to like?

Greek yogurt is also incredibly versatile when it comes to snacking, cooking, and baking.

Don’t believe me?

Here are 15 ways to use Greek yogurt that you probably haven’t tried!

 

Breakfast

  • Top a bowl of oatmeal with a big scoop for added creaminess and protein to help you feel full all morning.
  • Stir maple syrup and cinnamon in vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt for a dessert-like topping on fresh berries.
  •  Try it in your post-workout shake instead of protein powder to help refuel tired muscles.

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 Lunch

  • Swap it for the mayo in chicken, tuna, and egg salads to cut down on calories and saturated fat.
  •  Combine with Dijon mustard, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper for a healthy salad dressing.

Dinner

  • Mix it with steamed vegetables, fresh herbs, and squeeze of fresh lemon for an incredibly flavorful and satisfying side dish.
  • Swap Greek yogurt for heavy cream in soups and sauces to cut calories while also increasing thickness and protein content.
  •  Try it instead of sour cream in recipes for a lower-calorie version.
  •  Add chopped cucumbers, dill, and a pinch of sea salt to Greek yogurt for a quick and easy Tzatziki sauce.
  •  Heat shredded cheese and Greek yogurt over medium-low heat for a slimmed-down cheese sauce.

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Snacks

  • Blend with creamy nut butter for a slimmed-down version.
  • Blend with canned pumpkin, chopped walnuts, and pumpkin pie spice-or, in a pinch, cinnamon-for a tasty pumpkin pie-inspired snack.

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 Dessert

  • For a simple, low-calorie frozen yogurt, place flavored Greek yogurt (or the plain kind with fresh fruit added) in the freezer overnight.
  •  Replace one-third to one-half of the butter in baking recipes with Greek yogurt to cut down on calories and fat without losing that soft, moist texture.
  •  Stir in vanilla extract, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips for a crazy simple, delicious dessert.

 This article originally appeared on Health.com.

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