By · February 15, 2010 · Dieting Healthy Eating Nutrition Weight Loss · Leave a comment

Yogurt. It’s good for you, right? Well, maybe; maybe not. That depends on what type you buy and whether you are eating flavored yogurts or flavoring it yourself. You see, some flavored yogurts can be as high as 24 grams of sugar. That translates to 6 teaspoons of sugar! Imagine adding 6 teaspoons of sugar to that little cup? You wouldn’t, right? And if you are adding fruit to this, you get a double-whammy insulin burst. Not a great way to start the day, especially when you consider that weight loss is all about blood sugar control.

So what’s a yogurt eating gal to do? Here’s a tip; go Greek and unflavored. Greek yogurts are very high in protein and most women do not get enough in their diets. Protein not only helps to build muscle; it also raises your metabolism and helps with satiety. Regular yogurts are carb bombs with little protein.

When buying Greek yogurts always choose 0% fat. But don’t worry, Greek yogurts¬†are so creamy and rich, you will never notice the fat is gone. I always recommend, plain Greek yogurt to my clients and I must admit it is an acquired taste. I liken it very much to sour cream. This makes it a terrific base for dips or in place of sour cream in recipes. Feel free to sweeten it yourself with honey or fresh fuit. If you really cannot tolerate the plain flavor, then mix it with your favorite flavored Greek yogurt and gradually add less and less of the sweetened stuff. Eventually, those sweet cups will be just too much for your palate.

Here’s a great recipe to try that makes a terrific breakfast, snack or healthy dessert:

Greek Yogurt Parfait

  • 1 container (8 oz) of plain, Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries
  • 1 sprinkle of brown sugar

Empty the container of yogurt into a bowl. Heat the 1/2 cup of frozen berries until just warm and juices release. Pour the warm berries and their juices over the yogurt. Add the tiniest sprinkle of brown sugar. Enjoy!

It’s creamy, warm, cool, sweet and tangy… delicious!

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