If you know anyone who’s ever tried to get healthy or lose weight before, you’ve probably heard plenty about Greek yogurt. It’s hugely popular with dieters, and it could even be considered a true dietary fad.
But you know what? Unlike other trendy weight loss choices, this one actually may be warranted.
Not only can Greek yogurt help you slim down your waistline, but it’s actually been proven to have loads of other health benefits for your body, too. It can help digestion, decrease blood pressure, and it takes pretty great, too.
Have you ever thought about jumping on the Greek yogurt bandwagon? It may be time to. Let’s take a look at this powerful food now.
Greek Yogurt and Your Health
The list of health benefits that Greek yogurt offers is exhaustive. Take basically any system or process in your body, and you can bet Greek yogurt can make it healthier, stronger or better at its jump.
For example, Greek yogurt is known to:
Promote better digestion
One of the biggest benefits of Greek yogurt is that is has loads of healthy bacteria – bacteria that help your body digest and process food, as well as absorb the proper nutrients from that food. It’s also known to relieve irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea and other digestive issues.
Help you lose weight
There are a number of ways Greek yogurt can help you lose weight. First, it has lots of protein, and protein take a significant amount of time to digest. That mean you feel fuller longer, and you won’t succumb to overeating or cravings. In the long run, that means few calories in (and an easier time losing weight!) Greek yogurt is also high in iodine, a nutrient that’s vital to your thyroid. As the thyroid plays a huge role in how your body processes and stores fat, it’s crucial you get plenty of this important mineral.
Lower your blood pressure
It sounds surprising, but Greek yogurt is known to lower blood pressure, too. Thanks to its high levels of calcium, magnesium and potassium, it can even decrease your chances of cardiac problems as well.
But that’s not where it ends. Greek yogurt is also just plain good for you. It’s chock full of protein (13 to 20 grams per cup), which helps you build up muscle and stay strong, and it’s loaded with nutrients like zinc, potassium, calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6. The high protein levels also help with skin health, boost your immune system and help you avoid red meats that could threaten your cardiac health.
On top of all this, Greek yogurt is also extremely low in both sugar and sodium. This makes it the perfect choice for breakfast, lunch or even a filling snack. Just add some fresh berries, and you’ve got a powerhouse meal on your hands in seconds.
Eating Greek Yogurt
Not all Greek yogurts are created equal. If you want to get the most health benefits for your Greek yogurt, you need buy the right products. Specifically, you want to avoid ones that have been over-processed, over-flavored and filled with added sugars, sodium and carbohydrates. You want plain or nonfat Greek yogurt only. If you’re not a fan of this flavor, you can always liven it up for some crushed up cashews or almonds or a handful of ripe blueberries.
Greek yogurt is a great breakfast food, although it can work as a lunch or snack, too. You can even use it to replace other dairy products at dinner time. For example, use it on a baked sweet potato (instead of using sour cream), or use it as a substitute for butter or buttermilk when baking.
If you’re working out regularly, Greek yogurt can make a great recovery food, too. Because it’s high in protein, it can help you repair and build muscles after a good session at the gym, and it can help you get your energy back faster and more efficiently than other, less healthy snack options.’
Greek yogurt also makes the perfect base for a green smoothie. Just scoop some into a blender, add some chopped fruits and a handful of spinach, and you’ve got breakfast on the go. You can even add things like chia seeds (to feel fuller longer) or ginger (to fight off inflammation.)
This amazing food is so versatile, and it can really be incorporated just about anywhere in your diet – day or night. Personally, I like mixing a small dollup of it with avocado, lime juice, garlic and cilantro, and making a delicious creamy salsa out of it. It goes great with a homemade taco or enchilada dish – anything spicy that needs a little cooling down. What’s your favorite way to eat Greek yogurt? Let me know in the comments!
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