Is Greek Yogurt healthy? We have ideas on how to flavor Greek Yogurt so you end up with something that tastes better and is healthier than ice cream.
Do you like plain yogurt? Most people don’t. Have you ever considered using essential oils to flavor plain yogurt?
I made the switch to Greek yogurt awhile ago, but I recently went for a sisters’ weekend and left my family behind. Since my husband was going to be working and taking care of the family, I just grabbed some ‘moderately healthy’,’ quick things to eat, like yogurt. When I got home from my trip, I looked more closely at the labels. I have heard that there was a lot of sugar in yogurt. When I looked at the label I was truly surprised. Then, I also looked at the label on some ice cream I had in my freezer.
Ice Cream vs. Yogurt
Here’s what I found on the nutrition labels:
The yogurt I bought for my family had more sugar than the regular and deluxe ice creams —a whopping 19 grams! True, it had slightly less calories and a bit more protein, but there isn’t a huge difference. Yogurt really isn’t any healthier than ice cream. I was comparing half a cup—four ounces. That isn’t even enough to satisfy anyone’s appetite.
Yogurt vs Greek Yogurt
Do you see how few calories and how much protein you get in the greek yogurt compared to the same amount of Ice Cream or Activia Yogurt? The protein will help you feel full and satisfied much longer. The problem is that plain Greek yogurt doesn’t taste as good as Ice Cream or other Desserts. My kids won’t touch it, and neither will I. Flavored Greek Yogurt you buy in the store has a lot of added sugar. What to do?
You can flavor yogurt yourself!
It’s super simple. You can use whatever tastes good to you, and it will be a lot healthier.
Below are more ideas of things to add flavoring:
ORANGE FLAVORED YOGURT:
Four ounces of yogurt, 3-5 drops of vanilla stevia (optional), and 1-2 drops of Wild Orange essential oil. The orange oil starts out tangy but leaves a hint of creamsicle taste behind. This is a flat 70 calories for half a cup, plus you get the benefits of essential oils. I can have a cup for the same amount of calories as the half cup of ice cream or yogurt. That will fill you up far more!
LEMON FLAVORED YOGURT:
The directions and nutrition are the same for the orange yogurt, except you use Lemon essential oil. Just like the orange, the taste starts out tangy and mellows in your mouth. Since Yoplait’s lemon burst yogurt was one of my favorites before I tried to get healthier, I was happy to find this.
STRAWBERRIES/RASPBERRIES AND YOGURT:
Four ounces of yogurt, 3-5 drops of vanilla stevia (optional), and a half cup of your choice of berries—that’s about 3-4 strawberries or about ten raspberries, depending on their size. The berries add about 30 calories and 3 grams of sugar, but I get all the vitamins from fresh fruit and about 4 grams of fiber to boot. It’s a whole cup of food for less calories than the half cup of flavored yogurt. It is still far less than half the sugar, and it’s absolutely wonderful.
PEACHES AND YOGURT: My kids enjoy home-canned peaches from their grandparents’ trees. They have almost no added sugar. The ones you buy in the store will differ. Fresh are even better, but they’re not around all the time. Again, they have fiber and vitamins that aren’t in the store-bought yogurts. It’s a lot like having peaches and cream without the fat. YUM!
One of my boys also likes to play with food. He added blackberries and clementine oranges and loved it. Making your own flavors has entertainment value too.
As far as what you can add, the sky’s the limit. If there’s a yogurt flavor you like, then you can probably find a way to make it healthier. Have fun thinking up your own great flavors! What is your favorite flavor? What would you like to try?