Seriously, I cannot wait for this heat and humidity in NYC to subside. My run (~6 miles) this morning was a hot, sweaty slog. I’ve also still been working way too much, and daily eats have been less than exciting.
So let’s move on to a more fun topic – Greek yogurt. I love this stuff, a lot 🙂
First – what’s the difference between Greek yogurt and regular, plain old yogurt? Greek yogurt is actually regular yogurt strained to separate the more watery part (whey) from the thicker part (curd). This is what gives Greek yogurt it’s thick, creamy texture. Mmmmmm.
Fun fact: because a lot of the carbohydrates (lactose) found in yogurt are in the whey, Greek yogurt has about half the carbohydrates of regular yogurt.
Because Greek yogurt is more concentrated after this straining process, so are some of its nutrients! Think twice the amount of protein than regular yogurt. The only downside is that some vitamins and minerals are partially strained out with the whey, but B vitamins, calcium, potassium and vitamin D are pretty comparable to regular yogurt.
Here is a side-by-side comparison with my two favorites:
Greek yogurt: Fage Total 0% (plain, fat free)
Serving: 6 oz.
- Calories: 90
- Fat: 0g
- Sodium: 65 mg
- Potassium: ? not listed
- Carbohydrates: 7 g (all sugar)
- Protein: 15 g
- Calcium: 20% of DV
- Vitamin D: ? not listed
Regular yogurt: Stonyfield (plain, fat free)
Serving: 6 oz.
- Calories: 80
- Fat: 0 g
- Sodium: 120 mg
- Potassium: 400 mg
- Carbohydrates: 11 g (all sugar)
- Protein: 8 g
- Calcium: 30% of DV
- Vitamin D: 20% of DV
I’ll have to look in to the vitamin D and potassium content of Greek yogurt, not sure why it’s not listed on the Fage. As you can see though, protein and carbohydrates are the big differences. It’s important to note that calcium is a tad lower in the Greek yogurt. I like the taste of plain yogurt, and prefer to mix real fruit in rather than buying the fruit-flavored versions, which are pretty high in sugar.
To me, Greek yogurt is a lot more filling than regular yogurt, and is SO GOOD when mixed with fruit, oats, cereal, honey and/or agave or my personal favorite, peanut butter. Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter, to be specific. Here is my concoction for this evening, with some organic peanut butter/chocolate Leapin’ Lemurs (it was on sale, ok?) cereal to top it off.
Wait, there’s more! Greek yogurt (and all yogurt) have good bacteria, or probiotics. To put it simply, these bacterium help keep your gut healthy. Always a good thing! Click here for more information on probiotics.
You can also cook with yogurt, using it as a substitution for mayonnaise, sour cream or oil to make your dishes healthier (and more delicious, if you ask me). Here’s a great guide from Stonyfield on substitution amounts.
Question: Thoughts on Greek yogurt? How do you eat it?