Greek Yogurt 3 Ways

I'm really glad Sarah mentioned falling in love with Chobani yogurt today, because it's been my go-to snack for a long time and I love it too! I struggled with my sweet tooth in the months leading up to our wedding, and when my trainer suggested flavored greek yogurt, like Chobani, I wasn't sure I'd like it. The first time I tried it, the tangy, thick texture turned me off, but I ate it a few more times and then, BAM! I was hooked. The yogurt did a really good job warding off my afternoon chocolate cravings, too! (I was going on the hunt for something sweet every afternoon around 3!) It also kept me full till dinner!

This last year I started eating greek yogurt for breakfast (with a little granola), and oh my goodness, y'all: best. breakfast. ever. I love the combination of creamy, crunchy sweetness and again, it holds me over till lunch!

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{Photos by the amazing Lauren-Michelle of Ella Mae Studios}

The only, only problem with Chobani, which I've noticed since I started tracking my calories in My Fitness Pal, is the sugar. I'm supposed to have a total of 29 grams a day, and in a single container of Chobani there's 19 grams! That's a lot! Other brands, like Oikos and Fage are a bit better (see here), but you may consider trying plain Greek yogurt with one or two throw-ins (especially if you're watching your sugar intake)!

In a Huffington Post taste test of 18 different brands, Fage yogurt won best-tasting, and guess what? One container of PLAIN non-fat Fage yogurt only has 7 grams of sugar, almost a third of the total in flavored Greek yogurts!

Now, I'm not going to get into a Greek yogurt smackdown! If you're eating ANY kind, I think that's great! Here's what WebMD has to say about the health benefits:

All yogurts are excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. What distinguishes Greek yogurt is its thicker, creamier texture because the liquid whey is strained out. Also, it contains probiotic cultures and is lower in lactose and has twice the protein content of regular yogurts.

Judith Rodriguez, PhD, RD, says, "Skip the extra sugar calories found in most yogurts and pump up the protein by choosing Greek yogurt." She adds that it contains twice as much protein, "which is great for weight control because it keeps you feeling full longer."

Rodriguez suggests pairing the tart yogurt with the natural sweetness of fresh fruit or your favorite whole grain cereal.

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From Shape magazine:

We all know that yogurt is good for us, but did you know it's also good for maintaining your flat abs? For a nice mid-section, nutritionist and owner of Essential Nutrition For You Rania Batayneh says to reach for the kind that's plain flavored or Greek. โ€œThe probiotic bacteria in most yogurts help keep your digestive system healthy, which translates into a lower incidence of gas, bloating, and constipation, which can keep your tummy looking flat."

The praise goes on and on!

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Now onto how to prepare it:

Step one: Pick a fruit, any fruit! What's your favorite? Pineapple? Strawberries? Antioxidant-rich blueberries?

Step two: Throw them in!

Step three: Chow down!

Seriously guys it's no wonder they say eat simple to eat healthy!

Wanna add another punch of awesomeness to your breakfast or snack?

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Throw some shaved almonds and chia seeds in your yogurt! (This little graphic explains the benefits of chia seeds!) And if it's not sweet enough (I'll admit, plain yogurt is not as yummy as the flavored or fruit-filled kind!), add a dabble of agave nectar!

Ta da, Greek yogurt 3 ways! There's really endless possibilities here! What are you favorites?

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Still not convinced greek yogurt is for you? Click around and think again! Check out:

Are you a greek yogurt fan?

What's your favorite recipe, or do you eat it plain like we've shown here?

Breakfast or for dessert? What's your favorite flavor?