Recently, Greek yogurt has become an essential household staple. Here’s why: it’s higher in protein, lower in sugar and lower in lactose than traditional yogurts, making it lactose-intolerant friendly and more nutrient-dense. H-E-B Select Ingredients Plain Greek Yogurt has a hefty 23 grams of protein per serving! Greek yogurt can be used as a flavorful substitute for mayonnaise, sour cream or cream cheese, and by doing so, you’ll decrease the calories and total fat while dramatically increasing the protein content of your foods. Try one (or all!) of these five surprising ways to swap in Greek yogurt while cooking and baking to reduce calories but not flavor.
1. In your pasta: Creamy Greek Yogurt Macaroni and Trees
This creamy macaroni and cheese with broccoli recipe is not one you’ll feel guilty about after indulging. That’s because this recipe uses plain Greek yogurt to make it creamy, which also increases the protein and calcium value of the dish. This recipe is easy to make in large batches, so make a large quantity and have it throughout the week!
2. In a dip: Spinach Artichoke Dip
If you have 30 minutes, you’re well on your way to making a deliciously rich dip! This recipe replaces the mayonnaise and cream cheese used in a traditional spinach artichoke dip with H-E-B Plain Greek Yogurt. Making this swap increases the protein value of the dip while also making it more tolerable for people with lactose intolerance. Pair this dip with some crispy vegetables and now you’ve increased the fiber value of this dish too!
3. As a sauce: Grilled Asparagus With Yogurt Balsamic Hollandaise
We know that vegetables provide us with fiber and a variety of nutrients, but it’s always an added benefit if we can make a vegetable dish with added protein. The hollandaise in this recipe calls for a cup of H-E-B Plain Greek Yogurt, which bumps up the protein to 8 grams per serving. Substituting Greek yogurt in sauces like these reduces the total and saturated fat, while increasing the total protein.
4. In baked goods: Blueberry Peach Pancakes
In less than 15 minutes, you can prepare a batch of pancakes that are only 62.5 calories per serving, contain 4 grams of protein per serving and are an excellent source of vitamin C! The combination of whole-wheat flour and Greek yogurt is one that will keep you feeling fuller and satisfied longer. If you’re not a fan of blueberries or peaches, feel free to substitute with bananas or strawberries.
5. As a marinade: Spicy Mango and Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breast
Who would’ve thought Greek yogurt could also be used as a marinade?! This recipe combines everything from sweet to spicy to savory and is sure to satisfy whatever it is that you’re craving. The chicken combined with the Greek yogurt creates a dish with a hefty 33 grams of protein. To increase the fiber content of this meal, be sure to add some non-starchy vegetables on the side.
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