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Go Greek!


By: Candice Kumai

Because Greek yogurt has a richer consistency than regular yogurt—plus a lot more flavor—it’s one of my favorite ingredients to experiment with. Whether I want a more satisfying smoothie or a creamier bowl of soup, Greek yogurt gets the job done. Try these swaps to boost protein and cut calories and fat. Incidentally, I recently visited Greece for the first time and was blown away by how AMAZING the yogurt is there, and basically resolved to eat it as much as possible from then on out!

Add protein, probiotics, and thickness with just one cup of Greek yogurt. Here’s a good recipe:

Clean Green Immunity Booster smoothie

Makes: 2 Servings

1/2 cup coconut water

1 cup frozen strawberries

2 oranges, peeled

1 cup 2% Greek yogurt

1 tbsp bee pollen

1 tsp probiotics
1 cup ice
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Dips and Dressings
Substitute Greek yogurt for mayo or Miracle Whip. Try this quick and simple, crowd-pleasing dip: add four parts nonfat Greek yogurt to one part bbq sauce, and add a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

Creamier Soups
Thicken up soups—this works wonders for tomato or butternut squash soup—by whisking in a quarter-cup of nonfat Greek yogurt, or blend it into chilled cucumber soup or gazpacho for a creamy kick.
Faux Sour Cream
Top off chili, tacos, or burritos with Greek yogurt to save on calories.

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