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Greek Yogurt 101

Greek Yogurt 101

It took me a while to finally jump on the Greek yogurt bandwagon, but now I can confidently say that I am a fanatic (I’m staring at my second empty carton of peach Chobani of the day while writing this). If you’re ready to go Greek, too, read the scoop on the three top brands:

1. Chobani®

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Approximate Cost: $1.22-$1.69 per container
Nutrition: Calories: 100-140. All products contain natural ingredients, lots of protein and calcium, no preservatives, and are gluten-free.
Review: Probably the most popular brand and my personal favorite, Chobani comes in so many flavors that it takes longer to decide which kind to buy than to actually eat the damn things. The mildly sour flavor, sweet fruit on the bottom and thick, smooth texture all mixed together will definitely leave you satisfied.

If you’re feeling adventurous, check out Chobani Flip yogurt products, which are part yogurt and part toppings. Whoa.

2. FAGE®

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Approximate Cost: $1.79-$1.99 per container
Nutrition: Calories: 120-130 for the 0% fat products. FAGE tends to have less protein and sodium than other brands, but is also free of preservatives and gluten.
Review: FAGE has a rich, sweet taste and comes in full fat, low fat and nonfat styles, which gives it extra points. The flavored yogurts come with a separate flavor compartment attached to the main yogurt part, so you can do as much (or as little) mixing as your heart desires.

3. Dannon Oikos®

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Approximate Cost: $1.29-$1.49 per container
Nutrition: Calories: 100-130. No additives used, high protein and calcium content.
Review: Oikos comes in both traditional and non-fat styles, but has a creamier texture and a more bitter taste in comparison to the others. They have ventured in more unusual flavors, like caramel macchiato and apple pie, but I tend to think that this brand is more watery than the others. But hey, more power to you if you prefer this bad boy (shout out to John Stamos fans everywhere…).

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How to Turn a Tub of Greek Yogurt Into a Week’s Worth of Protein-Rich Dinners

While Greek yogurt may be your go-to for breakfast parfaits and snack smoothies, this Mediterranean-style dairy food also makes an amazing addition to your p.m. meal.

It can blend seamlessly and bulk up the nutrient profile of any dinner dish.

"Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes to boost the protein content and contains almost double the protein compared to regular yogurt," May Zhu, RDN, LDN, founder of Nutrition Happens, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Plus, it can serve as a substitution for other dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream or butter, which slashes calories and fat while still offering up a solid source of calcium, Zhu says.

While Greek yogurt contains live and active cultures (aka probiotics) that support gut health, adding heat (via cooking or baking) could potentially reduce the number of beneficial probiotics your body absorbs, Zhu says.

"While this doesn't decrease the integrity of the protein content, to get the [full] benefits of the probiotics from Greek yogurt, it's best to consume it in its original form," she explains.

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Track your macros by logging your meals on the MyPlate app. Download now to fine-tune your diet today!

Ready to put that tub of Greek yogurt to use? Expand your Greek yogurt repertoire with these seven delicious, dietitian-approved dinner recipes, one for every day of the week.


How to Turn a Tub of Greek Yogurt Into a Week’s Worth of Protein-Rich Dinners

While Greek yogurt may be your go-to for breakfast parfaits and snack smoothies, this Mediterranean-style dairy food also makes an amazing addition to your p.m. meal.

It can blend seamlessly and bulk up the nutrient profile of any dinner dish.

"Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes to boost the protein content and contains almost double the protein compared to regular yogurt," May Zhu, RDN, LDN, founder of Nutrition Happens, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Plus, it can serve as a substitution for other dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream or butter, which slashes calories and fat while still offering up a solid source of calcium, Zhu says.

While Greek yogurt contains live and active cultures (aka probiotics) that support gut health, adding heat (via cooking or baking) could potentially reduce the number of beneficial probiotics your body absorbs, Zhu says.

"While this doesn't decrease the integrity of the protein content, to get the [full] benefits of the probiotics from Greek yogurt, it's best to consume it in its original form," she explains.

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Track your macros by logging your meals on the MyPlate app. Download now to fine-tune your diet today!

Ready to put that tub of Greek yogurt to use? Expand your Greek yogurt repertoire with these seven delicious, dietitian-approved dinner recipes, one for every day of the week.


How to Turn a Tub of Greek Yogurt Into a Week’s Worth of Protein-Rich Dinners

While Greek yogurt may be your go-to for breakfast parfaits and snack smoothies, this Mediterranean-style dairy food also makes an amazing addition to your p.m. meal.

It can blend seamlessly and bulk up the nutrient profile of any dinner dish.

"Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes to boost the protein content and contains almost double the protein compared to regular yogurt," May Zhu, RDN, LDN, founder of Nutrition Happens, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Plus, it can serve as a substitution for other dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream or butter, which slashes calories and fat while still offering up a solid source of calcium, Zhu says.

While Greek yogurt contains live and active cultures (aka probiotics) that support gut health, adding heat (via cooking or baking) could potentially reduce the number of beneficial probiotics your body absorbs, Zhu says.

"While this doesn't decrease the integrity of the protein content, to get the [full] benefits of the probiotics from Greek yogurt, it's best to consume it in its original form," she explains.

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Track your macros by logging your meals on the MyPlate app. Download now to fine-tune your diet today!

Ready to put that tub of Greek yogurt to use? Expand your Greek yogurt repertoire with these seven delicious, dietitian-approved dinner recipes, one for every day of the week.


How to Turn a Tub of Greek Yogurt Into a Week’s Worth of Protein-Rich Dinners

While Greek yogurt may be your go-to for breakfast parfaits and snack smoothies, this Mediterranean-style dairy food also makes an amazing addition to your p.m. meal.

It can blend seamlessly and bulk up the nutrient profile of any dinner dish.

"Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes to boost the protein content and contains almost double the protein compared to regular yogurt," May Zhu, RDN, LDN, founder of Nutrition Happens, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Plus, it can serve as a substitution for other dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream or butter, which slashes calories and fat while still offering up a solid source of calcium, Zhu says.

While Greek yogurt contains live and active cultures (aka probiotics) that support gut health, adding heat (via cooking or baking) could potentially reduce the number of beneficial probiotics your body absorbs, Zhu says.

"While this doesn't decrease the integrity of the protein content, to get the [full] benefits of the probiotics from Greek yogurt, it's best to consume it in its original form," she explains.

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Track your macros by logging your meals on the MyPlate app. Download now to fine-tune your diet today!

Ready to put that tub of Greek yogurt to use? Expand your Greek yogurt repertoire with these seven delicious, dietitian-approved dinner recipes, one for every day of the week.


How to Turn a Tub of Greek Yogurt Into a Week’s Worth of Protein-Rich Dinners

While Greek yogurt may be your go-to for breakfast parfaits and snack smoothies, this Mediterranean-style dairy food also makes an amazing addition to your p.m. meal.

It can blend seamlessly and bulk up the nutrient profile of any dinner dish.

"Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes to boost the protein content and contains almost double the protein compared to regular yogurt," May Zhu, RDN, LDN, founder of Nutrition Happens, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Plus, it can serve as a substitution for other dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream or butter, which slashes calories and fat while still offering up a solid source of calcium, Zhu says.

While Greek yogurt contains live and active cultures (aka probiotics) that support gut health, adding heat (via cooking or baking) could potentially reduce the number of beneficial probiotics your body absorbs, Zhu says.

"While this doesn't decrease the integrity of the protein content, to get the [full] benefits of the probiotics from Greek yogurt, it's best to consume it in its original form," she explains.

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Track your macros by logging your meals on the MyPlate app. Download now to fine-tune your diet today!

Ready to put that tub of Greek yogurt to use? Expand your Greek yogurt repertoire with these seven delicious, dietitian-approved dinner recipes, one for every day of the week.


How to Turn a Tub of Greek Yogurt Into a Week’s Worth of Protein-Rich Dinners

While Greek yogurt may be your go-to for breakfast parfaits and snack smoothies, this Mediterranean-style dairy food also makes an amazing addition to your p.m. meal.

It can blend seamlessly and bulk up the nutrient profile of any dinner dish.

"Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes to boost the protein content and contains almost double the protein compared to regular yogurt," May Zhu, RDN, LDN, founder of Nutrition Happens, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Plus, it can serve as a substitution for other dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream or butter, which slashes calories and fat while still offering up a solid source of calcium, Zhu says.

While Greek yogurt contains live and active cultures (aka probiotics) that support gut health, adding heat (via cooking or baking) could potentially reduce the number of beneficial probiotics your body absorbs, Zhu says.

"While this doesn't decrease the integrity of the protein content, to get the [full] benefits of the probiotics from Greek yogurt, it's best to consume it in its original form," she explains.

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Track your macros by logging your meals on the MyPlate app. Download now to fine-tune your diet today!

Ready to put that tub of Greek yogurt to use? Expand your Greek yogurt repertoire with these seven delicious, dietitian-approved dinner recipes, one for every day of the week.


How to Turn a Tub of Greek Yogurt Into a Week’s Worth of Protein-Rich Dinners

While Greek yogurt may be your go-to for breakfast parfaits and snack smoothies, this Mediterranean-style dairy food also makes an amazing addition to your p.m. meal.

It can blend seamlessly and bulk up the nutrient profile of any dinner dish.

"Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes to boost the protein content and contains almost double the protein compared to regular yogurt," May Zhu, RDN, LDN, founder of Nutrition Happens, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Plus, it can serve as a substitution for other dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream or butter, which slashes calories and fat while still offering up a solid source of calcium, Zhu says.

While Greek yogurt contains live and active cultures (aka probiotics) that support gut health, adding heat (via cooking or baking) could potentially reduce the number of beneficial probiotics your body absorbs, Zhu says.

"While this doesn't decrease the integrity of the protein content, to get the [full] benefits of the probiotics from Greek yogurt, it's best to consume it in its original form," she explains.

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Track your macros by logging your meals on the MyPlate app. Download now to fine-tune your diet today!

Ready to put that tub of Greek yogurt to use? Expand your Greek yogurt repertoire with these seven delicious, dietitian-approved dinner recipes, one for every day of the week.


How to Turn a Tub of Greek Yogurt Into a Week’s Worth of Protein-Rich Dinners

While Greek yogurt may be your go-to for breakfast parfaits and snack smoothies, this Mediterranean-style dairy food also makes an amazing addition to your p.m. meal.

It can blend seamlessly and bulk up the nutrient profile of any dinner dish.

"Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes to boost the protein content and contains almost double the protein compared to regular yogurt," May Zhu, RDN, LDN, founder of Nutrition Happens, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Plus, it can serve as a substitution for other dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream or butter, which slashes calories and fat while still offering up a solid source of calcium, Zhu says.

While Greek yogurt contains live and active cultures (aka probiotics) that support gut health, adding heat (via cooking or baking) could potentially reduce the number of beneficial probiotics your body absorbs, Zhu says.

"While this doesn't decrease the integrity of the protein content, to get the [full] benefits of the probiotics from Greek yogurt, it's best to consume it in its original form," she explains.

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Track your macros by logging your meals on the MyPlate app. Download now to fine-tune your diet today!

Ready to put that tub of Greek yogurt to use? Expand your Greek yogurt repertoire with these seven delicious, dietitian-approved dinner recipes, one for every day of the week.


How to Turn a Tub of Greek Yogurt Into a Week’s Worth of Protein-Rich Dinners

While Greek yogurt may be your go-to for breakfast parfaits and snack smoothies, this Mediterranean-style dairy food also makes an amazing addition to your p.m. meal.

It can blend seamlessly and bulk up the nutrient profile of any dinner dish.

"Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes to boost the protein content and contains almost double the protein compared to regular yogurt," May Zhu, RDN, LDN, founder of Nutrition Happens, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Plus, it can serve as a substitution for other dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream or butter, which slashes calories and fat while still offering up a solid source of calcium, Zhu says.

While Greek yogurt contains live and active cultures (aka probiotics) that support gut health, adding heat (via cooking or baking) could potentially reduce the number of beneficial probiotics your body absorbs, Zhu says.

"While this doesn't decrease the integrity of the protein content, to get the [full] benefits of the probiotics from Greek yogurt, it's best to consume it in its original form," she explains.

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Track your macros by logging your meals on the MyPlate app. Download now to fine-tune your diet today!

Ready to put that tub of Greek yogurt to use? Expand your Greek yogurt repertoire with these seven delicious, dietitian-approved dinner recipes, one for every day of the week.


How to Turn a Tub of Greek Yogurt Into a Week’s Worth of Protein-Rich Dinners

While Greek yogurt may be your go-to for breakfast parfaits and snack smoothies, this Mediterranean-style dairy food also makes an amazing addition to your p.m. meal.

It can blend seamlessly and bulk up the nutrient profile of any dinner dish.

"Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes to boost the protein content and contains almost double the protein compared to regular yogurt," May Zhu, RDN, LDN, founder of Nutrition Happens, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Plus, it can serve as a substitution for other dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream or butter, which slashes calories and fat while still offering up a solid source of calcium, Zhu says.

While Greek yogurt contains live and active cultures (aka probiotics) that support gut health, adding heat (via cooking or baking) could potentially reduce the number of beneficial probiotics your body absorbs, Zhu says.

"While this doesn't decrease the integrity of the protein content, to get the [full] benefits of the probiotics from Greek yogurt, it's best to consume it in its original form," she explains.

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Track your macros by logging your meals on the MyPlate app. Download now to fine-tune your diet today!

Ready to put that tub of Greek yogurt to use? Expand your Greek yogurt repertoire with these seven delicious, dietitian-approved dinner recipes, one for every day of the week.


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