Greek yogurt is packed with protein, smooth and creamy, even in its fat-free versions. A six-ounce serving of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt has about 100 calories and 18 grams of protein. No wonder the food, once found only in specialty grocery stores, has found its way to mainstream supermarket shelves and more and more shopping carts.
A simple process accounts for the difference between Greek yogurt and the traditional kind. Both types of yogurt are made by fermenting milk with live bacterial cultures, but Greek yogurt is then strained, giving it a consistency more like sour cream or cream fraiche, without added fat and calories. Up to four pounds of raw milk can go into a single pound of Greek yogurt.
Traditional fruit-flavored yogurts have less protein and, depending on the brand, can be packed with refined sugar. Plain Greek yogurt, paired with fresh fruit, honey or maple syrup makes a healthier treat.
The tangy, thick yogurt also makes a lovely substitute for sour cream in various dips. And, of course, it’s fantastic on top of Van’s waffles!
How do you eat Greek yogurt?