Practical food tips for parents from a RD and mom of three

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Kid Superfood: Low-fat Greek Yogurt

We LOVE yogurt! You may be asking, “What's the deal with Greek yogurt?” Greek yogurt has been strained to remove more water than is removed in traditional yogurt, in addition to other processing steps that make it thicker and creamier. The result is a smooth yogurt that resembles sour cream in texture and is much higher in protein.

Greek yogurt has been around for a while, but it's recent popularity has prompted the major yogurt companies to package it, and it can now be found in most grocery stores. You can find whole, low-fat, and non-fat varieties in addition to plain (unsweetened) and flavored versions.

I prefer to keep plain low-fat Greek yogurt on hand, since it's easy to add fruit, a drop of vanilla, or a sweetener like honey (NO honey for children under 1-year-old!) or maple syrup to flavor it up. Substitute plain Greek yogurt for sour cream in dips or as a topping for potatoes, tacos, and soups (like my black bean soup).

Try the simple snack pictured at the top of the post: sprinkle on some chopped walnuts and drizzle a little maple syrup for a delicious maple-walnut yogurt!

Today's tip: Grab some low-fat Greek yogurt to use for creamy treats and toppings!

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