Did you know that no-fat Greek Yogurt is higher in protein than normal yogurt? Well, it is – it’s also likely to be much lower in sugar than low-fat yogurts which often replace the fat they take out with added sugar or sweetener. Because it’s high in protein, Greek yogurt can also be more filling than other types of yogurt. But, we admit, it can be a bit of an acquired taste eaten on it’s own – which is where this post can help. It gives you 9 tasty – but interesting – ways to liven up your Greek yogurt snack.
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I had to eat a lot of Greek yogurt while following the Educogym diet which focuses on a high-fat, low-carb regime. and one day I didn’t just fancy plain yoghurt, I wanted an extra flavour boost. We were out of berries, I don’t like honey, The Boyfriend has nommed his way through the peanut butter we made – but then I opened the cupboard and found the protein powder…..’Hmmm, went my little mind….I wonder what will happen if I mix them?’
I put one teaspoon of strawberry powder into two tablespoons of Total – enough to make it go a satisfying pink.
My first thought on tasting it was ‘I just made Angel Delight for bodybuilders.’
It’s really, really good – and, according to my maths, it tots up at about 100 calories and almost 20gm of protein.
Admittedly, that’s twice as many calories as in 100gm of Total alone – but still, that’s nowhere near diet-busting – and it does double the protein which should make it even more satisfying. If you try it, let me know what you think. Chocolate whey protein would probably be even better!
And it’s not the only way you can make Greek Yogurt more interesting…
What Else Livens Up Greek Yogurt
Here’s 8 more innovative ideas to liven things up….
Finely chop some apple and add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg and it’s like apple pie
Mix in peanut butter and mashed banana – or even easier to blend is a peanut butter powder like PB2. If you’ve never heard about peanut butter powder, check out our guide to them here.
Hemp seeds add a little bit of crunch – and also a healthy dose of omega 3 and omega 6. You’ll find them in health stores or buy them online
Add a little grated ginger with chopped orange and blueberries.
Crumbled Oreos. One oreo only contains 53 calories so crumbling one on top of your yoghurt is not going to blow your diet – but it packs a lot of taste.
Sprinkle on some popcorn – sweet or salty both work.
Add some beetroot, savoury yoghurt is a big trend – but adding a little sweet beetroot is a happy compromise.
If you prefer really savoury you can even make it into a dip with sundried tomatoes. Click the link to find the recipe.
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