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It is no secret that I am a Greek yogurt enthusiast.  I cannot tolerate regular yogurt at all, so when someone suggested that I try Greek yogurt, I scoffed.  Finally, when I discovered that my protein intake was inadequate and most likely why I was hitting a plateau, I decided to give it a try.  While I still don’t eat it straight from the tub, I do like to add a touch of o.j. to it, or mix it with cinnamon and nutmeg and use it as a dip for my fruit or mix it up with a healthy fruit salad to eat.  I also bake with it as a substitute for oil and eggs.  I cook with it….A LOT.  Anytime you need a “creamy condensed mystery lump” in your recipes, you can use Greek yogurt as an easy substitute.

I am a Stonyfield loyalist.  I only eat their yogurt.  It is not full of antibiotics and such.  I even compared labels with Chobani and other new Greek yogurts from Yoplait and such and Stonyfield had, in most cases, more protein, less sugar, less fat (most of Stonyfield’s is 0% fat).  And it is sooooo YUMMY!  They have free coupons at their website.  Visit them at www.stonyfield.com.  You must create an account, but don’t worry…they don’t spam you with a ton of mail.  You can also enter the number on your yogurt lids for points that you can then redeem for even more coupons for free yogurt!  Check it out!

Now, read this article below to see why you should consider adding Greek yogurt to your daily eating plan!

From Fitness magazine:

When chatting with experts this month for our story, 10 Skinny Foods You Should Have on Hand, there was one snack all pros agreed on– Greek yogurt. True, it’s a great source of calcium, and an easy way to satisfy a sweet tooth craving without diving head first into a pint of ice cream, but what exactly is it about yogurt that makes it such a superstar snack?

What makes Greek yogurt a healthier option over other kinds of yogurt?

Authentic, strained Greek yogurt packs in about twice the protein of regular yogurt, so it’s sure to fill you up. For those concerned with about their blood pressure or sodium levels it also has half the sodium regular yogurt does. It takes three pounds of milk to make one pound of Greek yogurt, so going Greek typically means more naturally occurring sugar.

Not all yogurts are created equal. What are some things to look out for on the label before you buy?

Look for one that contains only natural ingredients, no funny stuff you can’t pronounce. If you spot any artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or thickeners in the ingredient list steer clear! Check the protein content too and make sure it’s relatively high. Also, choose yogurts that are non-fat or low fat to cut back on excess calories and fat in your diet.

How can Greek yogurt beat bloat?

To beat bloat in general, you want to look for minimally processed foods with low sodium content. The probiotics in yogurt may help fight belly bloat, too. Bloating can be caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the gut, probiotics can help replenish and restore that balance.

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