Thick, tangy Greek yogurt is all the rage these days, popular with those looking to boost their protein and calcium intake. With twice the protein of ordinary yogurt – thanks to the use of a traditional straining method – Greek yogurt has a nutritional leg up on the regular kind. It’s also thicker, which makes it perfectly suited to dishes like tzatziki, fruit and granola parfaits, and fruit dips, which don’t work as well with runny yogurts. Calcium and protein is a good idea for women in particular, who begin to lose calcium and bone density as they age. Dairy products are also loaded with vitamin A, which does wonders for your skin. Greek yogurt is often the term used for strained yogurt, a cheese-like substance made by straining excess whey through a coffee filter or cheesecloth. However you eat it, Greek yogurt is pretty great, and here are a few new ways to incorporate it into your daily diet.
Nutella Fruit Yogurt Dip 1 of 10This creamy, chocolatey dip couldn't be easier - just Greek yogurt and Nutella!
Make Nutella fruit yogurt dip
Baked Crispy Chicken Fingers 2 of 10Plain yogurt, thinned with a little milk, is perfect for dipping strips of chicken to help crispy crumbs adhere before baking. Swap Greek yogurt for the sweet chili sauce in this recipe.
Make baked crispy chicken fingers
Greek Yogurt and Berry Parfaits 3 of 10Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a healthy snack - berry parfaits with thick, creamy Greek yogurt and crunchy granola are just the ticket. If you're taking it to work, add frozen berries (to keep the yogurt cold) and pack the granola in a baggie to add when you're ready to eat.
Make Greek yogurt and berry parfaits via Cheeky Kitchen
Fresh Peach Bran Muffins 4 of 10Plain yogurt adds moisture, richness, protein, and calcium to muffins - try these bran muffins with chunks of fresh peaches or other fruit.
Make fresh peach bran muffins
Whole Wheat Lemon Yogurt Waffles 5 of 10Waffles are a great way to start the day, especially when they're made with whole wheat and have added protein from Greek yogurt. Pop leftovers in the toaster
Make whole wheat lemon yogurt waffles
Homemade Yogurt 6 of 10If you have a good-quality yogurt without stabilizers and with active bacterial culture, you can use a spoonful as a starter for your own homemade batch!
Make homemade yogurt
Purple Parsley Smoothie 7 of 10Greek yogurt adds a protein punch to easy smoothies - perfect for breakfast, lunch or an after school snack. This has the added bonus of parsley, so you can get your greens, too!
Make a purple parsley smoothie
Layered Fruit and Yogurt Salad 8 of 10This is a great way to serve fruit salad at special weekend brunches - or any morning, for that matter. Simply layer colorful fresh fruit in tall parfait glasses with yogurt in between. Serve with long spoons.
Make a layered fruit and yogurt salad
Greek Yogurt with Honey and Figs 9 of 10This classic dish makes a wonderfully simple dessert - or serve it for breakfast or brunch when fresh figs are in season.
Make Greek yogurt with honey and figs via Sophistimom
Yogurt with Crème Chocolat 10 of 10This French classic, from the French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook, is made quickly with Greek yogurt, chocolate, and cream. The result - divine!
Make yogurt with crÃ¨me chocolat via Dinner with Julie