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A bowl of creamy, protein-rich is a perfect way to start the day, but why restrict tangy goodness to the breakfast table? Greek yogurt makes a healthy, filling snack any time of day. Greek yogurt has a thicker texture and more protein and (aka those live cultures Jamie Lee Curtis is always talking about in TV ads) than the regular stuff. If you’re not a fan of the store-bought stuff, make your own at home! Greek yogurt has a tangier taste than its non-strained shelf mates, so it’s perfect for sweet or savory recipes. From a fruity smoothie to lunch-worthy chicken salad, here are 31 recipes so you can enjoy Greek yogurt a new way every day of the month.
1. Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes
Who said pancakes were only for mornings? These pancakes make a great post-workout snack any time of day. Mix plain Greek yogurt, grated apple, whole-wheat flour, and protein powder together with plenty of cinnamon, ground cloves, and vanilla. Bonus: they freeze well, so make a big batch and reheat for a quick hit of protein.
2. Curried Chicken Salad
Using thick Greek yogurt instead of mayo adds a whole new dimension to chicken salad (and takes away quite a few calories to boot). For this all-star salad, combine ½ cup Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon curry powder, ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper, 2 cups chopped cooked chicken, 2 stalks celery (diced), ½ cup red grapes (halved), 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy on a slice of toast, with a side salad, or with a fork standing in front of the fridge (hey, it happens).
3. (Roasted) Berry Popsicles
These fruity pops would be especially great at a summer barbeque or picnic at the height of berry season. Toss berries with two teaspoons of sugar, a pinch of sea salt, and a drizzle of honey and roast for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Once the berries are cooled, add them to two cups of plain Greek yogurt along with a dash of lemon juice and a swirl of honey, stir to combine, and pour mixture into ice pop molds. Freeze for at least four hours.
4. Chocolate Muffins
Protein? Check. Chocolate? Check. Whip up a batch of these muffins to satisfy a chocolate craving without goingtoocrazy. While still probably not a “health food,” these muffins have been given a welcome makeover thanks to vanilla Greek yogurt.
5. “Greek” Hummus Dip
Get your Mediterranean on with this recipe that combines two all-star southern European foods. This dip comes together in no time — just blend 1 can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed), ¾ cup Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon olive oil, three cloves of garlic, the juice of one lemon, and salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Serve with raw veggies or whole-wheat pita slices for a satisfying and fresh snack.Photo by Kelli Dunn
6. Yogurt Parfait
For rushed mornings, quick afternoon breaks, or pretty much any busy time at all, this combo is a no-brainer. Top yogurt with low-fat granola, fresh fruit, or fruit compote for a speedy snack.
7. Date and Pecan Loaf
This is ideal for an afternoon pick-me-up or mid-morning snack. The dates and Greek yogurt keep the loaf super-moist while offering a hint of sweetness. This recipe calls for healthy ingredients like whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, and pecans but feel free to add in any of your other favorite fixings like chia, cinnamon, dried fruit, or any other nuts.
8. Yogurt Pesto
Combine 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt with ½ cup pesto (homemade or store bought, basic basil or variety of your choice), and mix until smooth. Pair it with roasted potatoes or vegetables, scrambled eggs, whole-wheat pasta, or use as dipping sauce for chicken, fish, or steak. Spread it on a sandwich, use it as a base for dressing — the possibilities are truly endless because this rockstar sauce goes with pretty much everything.
9. Yogurt-Topped Sweet Potato
Top those taters with tangy Greek yogurt instead of traditional (and high-fat) sour cream. Keep the healthy vibe going with fresh herbs (chives are great), sautéed onions, cooked meat or beans, or any kind of vegetable. (Black beans and broccoli are a favorite sweet potato-topper around here!)
10. Whole-Wheat Scones
Scones used to be right up there next to muffins on our breakfast dangerfood list, but no more. This scone recipe is the healthiest version we’ve seen in a while, with whole-wheat flour, coconut oil instead of butter, low-fat milk and Greek yogurt, and plenty of dried fruit and chopped nuts for flavor.
11. Tuna Salad
Get way more protein bang for your sandwich buck by opting for Greek yogurt instead of mayo in tuna salad. Add red onions and crunchy celery to brighten it up even more.
12. Key Lime Pie “Ice Cream” Sandwich
This healthy version of key lime pie satisfies a sweet tooth without the cloying sugar of most pies. Mix together ½ cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 ½ tablespoon sugar or honey, and 1 tablespoon lime juice and freeze for 30 minutes. Then, make the sandwiches by scooping the partially frozen filling onto low-fat graham crackers. Return to the freezer until they’re solid (about one hour).
15. Mashed Potatoes
This recipe definitely falls under the “sounds weird, but tastes great” category. Use plain Greek yogurt and just a teeny weeny bit of butter to get rich, fluffy without all the fat and calories. This version is healthier than most traditional recipesandmanages to avoid the dreaded “gluey potato” consistency.Photo by Kate Morin
10. Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie
A simple blend of ½ cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 medium red apple (chopped), 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1 cup almond milk makes for a fiber-filled way to start the morning. Add a spoonful of caramel sauce or dulche de leche for extra sweetness!
15. Blueberry Muffins
If chocolate muffins don’t float your snacking boat, take a peek at these blueberry-studded treats. This healthier recipe uses half whole-wheat flour, low-fat vanilla yogurt, and orange juice.
16. Tzatziki Dip
To make this Mediterranean staple, just chop and mix. Dice up 1 large cucumber, 2 to 4 cloves of garlic, and 1/3 cup dill. Combine with 2 cups Greek yogurt, a pinch of sea salt, and a generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Some recipes call for chopped mint, thyme, or red wine vinegar, so play around to find the best combination of tart, cool, and aromatic. Tzatsiki is a perfect snack when paired with vegetables or pita bread, but if you’re looking for a more substantial meal, try it with grilled chicken.
17. Cinnamon Peanut-Butter Dip
Jazz up that sliced apple or banana with this protein-rich, flavorful dip. Add about ½ cup peanut butter and a few dashes of cinnamon to 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt, and stir to combine.
Tex-mex connoisseurs swear by this tip for creamy, tangy guacamole. Just add a dollop or two of Greek yogurt to your favorite guac recipe and wait for the rave reviews. Bonus: it helps stretch the avocados, for those times when unexpected (or super-hungry) guests show up.
19. Homemade Protein Bars
Refuel after a tough workout with homemade protein bars — they’re cheaper, healthier, and less likely to contain weird chemicals than store-bought versions. These bars get protein from natural sources like natural almond butter, Greek yogurt, and various seeds and nuts. Dried blueberries and coconut nectar (feel free to substitute honey, molasses, agave syrup, or maple syrup) give them a bit of sweetness, but for the most part, these bars are all business.
20. Nutella Yogurt
Another easy combination for when the 3 pm munchies strike. Add a spoonful (we’ll let you decide how much that means) of Nutella to a cup of plain Greek yogurt. Sweet, chocolaty, and full of protein — sounds like the perfect snack to us! You can use this mix as a dip for your favorite fruit, too.
21. Cheesy Balls
This recipe’s name might result in a few giggles, but it’s seriously good. Making cheese sounds terrifying, but starting with thick Greek yogurt makes it pretty simple. Line a mesh colander with cheesecloth, and place in a bowl. Plop 2 cups of yogurt in the middle of the cheesecloth. Cover (with plastic wrap or a plate) and let it strain in the fridge for a day or two. The resulting cheese should be soft, like goat cheese. Roll it into small balls and dress with good-quality olive oil, chopped fresh herbs, lemon zest, and salt and pepper. Serve with crackers, chips, pita bread, or fresh vegetables.Photo by Kate Morin
22. Grilled Fruit with Yogurt
This pairing would make a great summertime dessert, snack, or breakfast. Grill any fruit for a few minutes to lightly caramelize the surface. Serve with Greek yogurt, a swirl of honey, and some crunchy roasted nuts on top. Pears, pineapple, peaches, bananas, and berries (put them in an aluminum foil “nest” to keep ‘em from slipping through the grate) work especially well.
23. Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are usually eaten for breakfast (hence the name), but they’re a great snack anytime you need a protein boost. In a bowl, mix together rolled oats, Greek yogurt, and milk in a 1:1:1 ratio. After that, the sky’s the limit — add nut butter, chia or flax seeds, honey or maple syrup, cinnamon, fresh or dried fruit, granola, or even chocolate chips for some flavor and texture. Cover the mixture and let it sit in the fridge overnight or for a few hours, until the oats begin to soften.
24. Lighter Egg Salad
Many people write off egg salad sandwiches because they’re basically mayo slapped between two slices of bread. Not exactly appetizing, right? Switch in Greek yogurt for mayo for an easy, healthy substitution. Add some Dijon mustard, paprika, dill, and salt and pepper for extra flavor. Use whole-wheat bread (or a bed of fresh greens) to make that lunch even healthier.
25. Yogurt-Topped Waffle
It’s time to update that boring, carb-full breakfast. Spread a layer of Greek yogurt on a cooked whole-wheat waffle (homemade or frozen, we won’t judge) and top with fresh fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
26. Spinach-Flax Smoothie
Refuel after a tough workout with this smoothie full of calcium, iron-rich spinach, and flaxseed (for a healthy dose of those Omega-3s). Blend up ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt with 1 cup milk (of your choice), 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 2 cups spinach, 1 banana, 3 strawberries, and 1 teaspoon flaxseed.
27. Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
A recipe for homemade fro-yo with only five ingredients and no ice-cream maker required? Sign us up! Simmer two cups of blueberries, 1/3 cup sugar, and one tablespoon lemon juice in a saucepan. Once it’s cooled, mix in 1 cup of milk and 2 cups Greek yogurt. Pour the mixture into a 9” x 9” pan and freeze for 2-3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
28. Kale, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip
Using a food processor makes this veggie dip come together much faster, so beg, borrow, or steal one (just kidding) and get pulsing. In the bowl of a food processor, combine 1 carrot (cut into 1-inch chunks), 2 cups kale, 2 cups spinach, ¼ red onion (cut into chunks), 2 cloves garlic, and ½ cup artichoke hearts, and pulse until everything is finely chopped. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can do this by hand!) Mix everything together with 2 cups plain Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon paprika, and 2 teaspoons honey. Serve with chips, pita bread, or veggie sticks.Photo by Kelli Dunn
29. Banana Bread Doughnuts
These little guys are far from the greasy, icing-drenched doughnuts the size of a child’s head available at most chain restaurants. The trickiest part of this recipe might be hunting down a doughnut pan (hint: these also work fine as muffins or one giant “doughnut” baked in a bundt pan). Healthier ingredients include whole-wheat flour, mashed bananas, agave syrup, and Greek yogurt. Top them with crunchy chopped walnuts.
30. Veggie or Turkey Wraps
Give those deli roll-ups a boost of protein with Greek yogurt. Spread a thin later of yogurt between a slice of low-sodium turkey or chicken and low-fat cheese and roll it all up. Add vegetables like lettuce and tomato for some added texture and flavor, or make it into a bigger snack (or meal!) by starting with a whole-wheat tortilla.
31. Frozen Yogurt-Covered Fruit
When the mercury starts rising, stay cool with these frozen snacks. Dunk pieces of fresh fruit in Greek yogurt (hint: skewering small berries with a toothpick makes it less messy) and spread out on a baking sheet. Store in the freezer for 15 minutes or until hard. This works with any variety of berries.
Video: Greek Yogurt Snack Recipe (Very Easy to Make)
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