7 unexpected ways to eat greek yoghurt

Posted on May 27, 2016 by Brynna Gabrielson

Greek YoghurtIn that past few years greek yoghurt has become more and more popular, and for good reason. It's a great addition to your diet, whether you're trying to lose weight or just eat better.  Traditional greek yoghurt, thanks to the straining process it undergoes, is thicker and creamier than other yoghurts, and it's also lower in sugar and higher in protein, making it an excellent snack or meal addition. The level of protein will differ depending on brand and whether you're buying a fat free or full fat version, but you'll generally find between 5 and 10g of protein per 100g of yoghurt.

While greek yoghurt is a great snack on its own - there are plenty of ways you can jazz it up for variety, or add it to other dishes for a protein kick. You can even bake with it! Here are a few of our favourite suggestions:

Fruit dip
The thick, creamy nature of greek yoghurt makes it an excellent base for a tasty fruit dip.  In a small bowl combine a single serving container of greek yoghurt (approximately 170g) with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, or another nut butter of your choice. Drizzle in 1 -2 tablespoons of sweetener (honey, stevia or maple syrup) and stir. For extra flavour you can also add a few drops of vanilla extract.

Serve with cut fruit - apples, bananas and strawberries go nicely.

In place of peanut or nut butter you can also use a powdered peanut butter such as PB2. Powdered peanut butter is made by slow roasting and pressing peanuts to remove the majority of fat and oil. It's then crushed to create a powder.  It's high protein but low in calories when compared to store bought peanut butter. Though not widely available in store, you can find it via some online retailers. In the event you do include powdered peanut butter, use 2 tablespoons.

Ice lolly
For a sweet and cool treat a greek yoghurt ice lolly is a great idea. And they're simple to make as well. You can use any fruit of your choosing, though for this article we'll go with blueberries and peaches!  In a blender combine 1 cup of each (Make sure the peaches are skin free) until it creates a nice smooth mixture. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of sweetener (Agave, honey, maple syrup etc) and 2 cups of greek yoghurt. You can use any type of Greek Yoghurt, no fat or full fat, plain or flavoured -  though if you go with a flavoured one it will make your lollies just that extra bit sweeter. Combine everything and then pour into a lolly mould. It should make between 4 and 6 lollies depending on the size of your mould. Freeze until solid and enjoy!

With a few extra ingredients greek yoghurt is the perfect substitute for salad dressings and mayonnaise.  By using greek yoghurt in place of mayo in something like coleslaw you can make your dish far healthier and save quite a few calories. 

We enjoy this tasty slaw recipe from BBC Good Food.

Overnight oats
If you haven't tried overnight oats yet, you should definitely give it a try! With just a few ingredients you can create tasty and simple breakfast that you can take on the go. You'll need the basics of course - a small jar that holds at least 400ml, if not more, and about 30g of porridge oats. You'll also need 65ml of milk (you can also use almond milk or soya milk etc) and 65 ml of greek yoghurt. Lastly you'll need the 'mix ins' of your choice!  You can use any type of fruit - for the purposes of this recipe we'll go with blueberries and raspberries, and a teaspoons of the sweetener of your choosing (we like maple syrup, but honey or agave work well too).

Start by adding your oats to the bottom of the jar and then pouring in your milk, greek yoghurt and sweetener. Give it all a good stir. Now add in the blueberries and raspberries. You can put in as many as you like, frozen or fresh. Stir the fruit in and then smooth the top. You can leave it plain or add some nut butter or chocolate chips for a bit of extra flavour. Next just cover tightly with a lid and put it in the fridge, you guessed it, overnight. Grab and go in the morning - but don't forget your spoon!

Greek yoghurt makes an excellent addition to baked goods. Not only will it spike your levels of protein, but it will help keep whatever you're making - muffins, cake or breads - nice and moist. There are dozens of baked goods out there you can use Greek Yoghurt in and we could list recipe after recipe, but for now we'll just suggest you give this one a try. These blueberry muffins from the blog Running with Spoons are delicious and shouldn't be missed.

Like overnight oats, a breakfast parfait is easy to put together and is a great way to get some healthy bits into your day. To make it special you may want to get yourself a parfait glass - but you can also use a mug or even a clear plastic cup! Start with a layer of greek yoghurt on the bottom and then cover with a layer of granola. Give yourself another layer of yoghurt, and then layer in some sliced strawberries. Add more yoghurt and then, this time, make a layer of both of granola and strawberries. Top the lot off with a dollop of yoghurt, a sprinkling of nuts (almonds, pecans or walnuts are great) and a dusting of cinnamon. Now go on, dig in.

Chocolate mousse
There are lots of ways you can incorporate greek yoghurt into desserts - from cupcakes and tarts, to cheesecake and crème brulée. In fact there are so many types of desserts that you should probably just check out this list of recipes from Buzzfeed for ideas.

We will highlight one of our favourites though - a creamy and decadent chocolate mousse! You'll find a variety of recipes for chocolate mousse with greek yoghurt online - many differ. We like this recipe from the BBC because it's quite rich due to the dark chocolate. If you prefer a mousse that's a little lighter, and simpler to make, give this recipe a go!