November 23 2020 – Alexa Bartimus
For many, the holidays are a time for great company and great food. While festive meals may taste delicious, the food can often be full of fat and sugar, leaving you feeling sluggish. Fortunately, Greek yogurt can be incorporated into your celebrations to provide health benefits without sacrificing flavor. Here’s how to add Greek yogurt to your holiday plans to help you be healthier this season.
Benefits of Greek Yogurt
What’s so great about Greek yogurt, anyway? Greek yogurt is a source of probiotics, a good-for-you bacteria that helps keep your gut healthy and your microbiome strong. This helps your body ward off illness and better fight health issues.
Greek yogurt is also high in protein, helping to keep you feeling fuller, longer. There are also a variety of nutrients in yogurt, including calcium, which benefits bones and teeth, vitamin B12, potassium, riboflavin, and more. Greek yogurt also typically contains fewer calories than other yogurt varieties and is better for you than many of the sugary snacks available on the grocery store’s shelves.
Replace sugary snacks with Greek yogurt
If you’re looking to add Greek yogurt to your routine for a healthier holiday season, consider swapping out sugary snacks with Greek yogurt. For example, instead of reaching for a slice of leftover pie when you’re feeling a little hungry, try having some Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. Or, if you’d normally have a few cookies, try having just one cookie and a side of Greek yogurt to help you feel full. You don’t have to go entirely without your favorite holiday foods. Instead, try to reduce your portions and add Greek yogurt for a more balanced snack.
Add Greek yogurt to your holiday recipes
Even if you don’t feel like eating yogurt for a snack or with your meals, you can take advantage of its health benefits by adding Greek yogurt to your holiday recipes. Greek yogurt is extremely versatile and can be used in place of sour cream, butter, vegetable oil, mayonnaise, and heavy cream in many recipes. Yogurt does well in baked goods such as pancakes, pies, cookies, cakes and more. It can also be used in savory dishes for a thick, creamy texture, such as soup or macaroni and cheese. Additionally, Greek yogurt can be used to make salad dressings, marinades, vegetable dip, fruit dip, and more.
Make Greek yogurt at home
Having Greek yogurt readily available at home can help make it easy to incorporate it into your holiday cooking. One way to achieve this is by using the TopTherm yogurt maker. Simply heat your choice of milk to the proper temperature, mix it with our probiotic yogurt starters, let it sit for a while in the yogurt maker, strain it, and that’s it! You have fresh, healthy Greek yogurt within reach.
With TopTherm, it’s easy to use Greek yogurt for a healthier holiday season.