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Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

You might be surprised by some of the creative ways to use Greek yogurt

Make a soft, spreadable cheese by putting the Greek yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined colander (set over a large bowl) in your refrigerator overnight.

Greek yogurt, a variety made by straining off some of the liquid whey that gives regular yogurt its thinner texture, has become incredibly popular over the past few years. This is due, in part, to its high protein content; a six-ounce cup of Greek yogurt can have as much as 20 grams of protein, the same as about half a chicken breast (conventional yogurt has more like 9 grams).Aside from its nutritional edge over traditional varieties, Greek yogurt is appreciated for its unique texture; it's much thicker and creamier than other varieties of yogurt, a characteristic that makes it useful for a number of other purposes both in and out of the kitchen.

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One of the most important things to consider when choosing Greek yogurt is what’s in the ingredient list; not all Greek yogurts are made the same way or using the same ingredients. Some are thickened with modified corn starches or gelatin and the majority of flavored Greek yogurts have tons of added sugar. But, if you choose a plain, organic Greek yogurt made with milk and live and active cultures as the first ingredients, you can reap the many health benefits this creamy yogurt has to offer.

True Greek yogurt (strained, thickened milk with live and active cultures) has powerful probiotic properties. We often hear about the benefits of probiotics for digestive health (the live and active cultures in yogurt help balance out the good and bad bacteria in our guts) but new research is examining their health benefits of probiotics when applied topically. Though more research is needed, preliminary studies have shown that applying certain strains of “good bacteria” directly to your skin can potentially help heal acne, reduce redness, and prevent visible signs of aging.

So how do you take advantage of the benefits of Greek yogurt both in and out of the kitchen? If you’re not a fan of yogurt and granola, we’ve got seven creative ideas for you.

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The fat in Greek yogurt makes a great moisturizer. Use it as a deep-conditioning treatment by applying plain Greek directly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the Greek yogurt soak into your hair for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as you regularly would.

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Greek yogurt is also a great moisturizer for your skin. You can buy a number of beauty products with Greek yogurt in them or make your own moisturizing mask by combining plain Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and a washcloth.

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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is something I eat pretty much every single day. I love how nutritious and filling it is. It is a very quick convenient meal that is packed with protein and comes in full-fat, low-fat, and no-fat varieties. What differentiates Greek yogurt from traditional yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. As a result, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and rich flavor. In addition, the removal of whey results in a healthier yogurt with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Each spoonful is also packed with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.

Those facts are just incredible to me, so it seems like no surprise that Greek yogurt has pretty much taken over the whole yogurt section at the store. It seems like every yogurt brand like Yoplait and Dannon have jumped on the Greek yogurt band wagon. This is definitely true since retail dollar sales of Greek yogurt in the U.S. market increased more than 50 percent in 2012 to reach $1.6 billion, according to a report released by Packaged Facts.

While I would love to go on and on about the many health benefits of Greek yogurt, I will spare you and just share with you seven ways to use this fantastic food, other than just eating it plain. I would love to hear if you have tried any of these and if they have worked well for you. Please share in the comments below.

Make Cheese

Place 3-4 layers of cheesecloth in the bottom of a colander set over a large bowl. Put the Greek yogurt in the cheesecloth (feel free to add salt, herbs, or spices to the yogurt first for flavored cheese) and put the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you’ll have soft, spreadable yogurt cheese.

Replace Mayonnaise or Sour Cream

Just about any recipe that calls for mayonnaise or sour cream can use plain Greek yogurt instead. Try it in mayonnaise-based salads and sour cream-based dips for an extra punch of protein.

Deep Condition Your Hair

The fat in Greek yogurt makes a great moisturizer. Use it as a deep-conditioning treatment by applying plain Greek directly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the Greek yogurt soak into your hair for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as you regularly would.

Replace Some Butter in Baking

If you’re looking for ways to reduce fat in homemade baked goods, try swapping some of the butter for low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt will also make your baked goods incredibly tender and moist.

Moisturize Your Skin

Greek yogurt is also a great moisturizer for your skin. You can buy a number of beauty products with Greek yogurt in them or make your own moisturizing mask by combining plain Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and a washcloth.

More research is needed but preliminary studies suggest that, when applied topically, the probiotics in Greek yogurt can help heal acne and may also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.

Relieve a Sunburn

Even though more research is needed to confirm the restorative effects of topically-applied probiotics I guarantee you that creamy, cold Greek yogurt will feel great when applied to sun-burned skin.

Mary Richardson
Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
Email the author! [email protected]


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is something I eat pretty much every single day. I love how nutritious and filling it is. It is a very quick convenient meal that is packed with protein and comes in full-fat, low-fat, and no-fat varieties. What differentiates Greek yogurt from traditional yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. As a result, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and rich flavor. In addition, the removal of whey results in a healthier yogurt with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Each spoonful is also packed with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.

Those facts are just incredible to me, so it seems like no surprise that Greek yogurt has pretty much taken over the whole yogurt section at the store. It seems like every yogurt brand like Yoplait and Dannon have jumped on the Greek yogurt band wagon. This is definitely true since retail dollar sales of Greek yogurt in the U.S. market increased more than 50 percent in 2012 to reach $1.6 billion, according to a report released by Packaged Facts.

While I would love to go on and on about the many health benefits of Greek yogurt, I will spare you and just share with you seven ways to use this fantastic food, other than just eating it plain. I would love to hear if you have tried any of these and if they have worked well for you. Please share in the comments below.

Make Cheese

Place 3-4 layers of cheesecloth in the bottom of a colander set over a large bowl. Put the Greek yogurt in the cheesecloth (feel free to add salt, herbs, or spices to the yogurt first for flavored cheese) and put the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you’ll have soft, spreadable yogurt cheese.

Replace Mayonnaise or Sour Cream

Just about any recipe that calls for mayonnaise or sour cream can use plain Greek yogurt instead. Try it in mayonnaise-based salads and sour cream-based dips for an extra punch of protein.

Deep Condition Your Hair

The fat in Greek yogurt makes a great moisturizer. Use it as a deep-conditioning treatment by applying plain Greek directly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the Greek yogurt soak into your hair for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as you regularly would.

Replace Some Butter in Baking

If you’re looking for ways to reduce fat in homemade baked goods, try swapping some of the butter for low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt will also make your baked goods incredibly tender and moist.

Moisturize Your Skin

Greek yogurt is also a great moisturizer for your skin. You can buy a number of beauty products with Greek yogurt in them or make your own moisturizing mask by combining plain Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and a washcloth.

More research is needed but preliminary studies suggest that, when applied topically, the probiotics in Greek yogurt can help heal acne and may also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.

Relieve a Sunburn

Even though more research is needed to confirm the restorative effects of topically-applied probiotics I guarantee you that creamy, cold Greek yogurt will feel great when applied to sun-burned skin.

Mary Richardson
Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
Email the author! [email protected]


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is something I eat pretty much every single day. I love how nutritious and filling it is. It is a very quick convenient meal that is packed with protein and comes in full-fat, low-fat, and no-fat varieties. What differentiates Greek yogurt from traditional yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. As a result, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and rich flavor. In addition, the removal of whey results in a healthier yogurt with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Each spoonful is also packed with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.

Those facts are just incredible to me, so it seems like no surprise that Greek yogurt has pretty much taken over the whole yogurt section at the store. It seems like every yogurt brand like Yoplait and Dannon have jumped on the Greek yogurt band wagon. This is definitely true since retail dollar sales of Greek yogurt in the U.S. market increased more than 50 percent in 2012 to reach $1.6 billion, according to a report released by Packaged Facts.

While I would love to go on and on about the many health benefits of Greek yogurt, I will spare you and just share with you seven ways to use this fantastic food, other than just eating it plain. I would love to hear if you have tried any of these and if they have worked well for you. Please share in the comments below.

Make Cheese

Place 3-4 layers of cheesecloth in the bottom of a colander set over a large bowl. Put the Greek yogurt in the cheesecloth (feel free to add salt, herbs, or spices to the yogurt first for flavored cheese) and put the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you’ll have soft, spreadable yogurt cheese.

Replace Mayonnaise or Sour Cream

Just about any recipe that calls for mayonnaise or sour cream can use plain Greek yogurt instead. Try it in mayonnaise-based salads and sour cream-based dips for an extra punch of protein.

Deep Condition Your Hair

The fat in Greek yogurt makes a great moisturizer. Use it as a deep-conditioning treatment by applying plain Greek directly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the Greek yogurt soak into your hair for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as you regularly would.

Replace Some Butter in Baking

If you’re looking for ways to reduce fat in homemade baked goods, try swapping some of the butter for low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt will also make your baked goods incredibly tender and moist.

Moisturize Your Skin

Greek yogurt is also a great moisturizer for your skin. You can buy a number of beauty products with Greek yogurt in them or make your own moisturizing mask by combining plain Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and a washcloth.

More research is needed but preliminary studies suggest that, when applied topically, the probiotics in Greek yogurt can help heal acne and may also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.

Relieve a Sunburn

Even though more research is needed to confirm the restorative effects of topically-applied probiotics I guarantee you that creamy, cold Greek yogurt will feel great when applied to sun-burned skin.

Mary Richardson
Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
Email the author! [email protected]


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is something I eat pretty much every single day. I love how nutritious and filling it is. It is a very quick convenient meal that is packed with protein and comes in full-fat, low-fat, and no-fat varieties. What differentiates Greek yogurt from traditional yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. As a result, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and rich flavor. In addition, the removal of whey results in a healthier yogurt with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Each spoonful is also packed with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.

Those facts are just incredible to me, so it seems like no surprise that Greek yogurt has pretty much taken over the whole yogurt section at the store. It seems like every yogurt brand like Yoplait and Dannon have jumped on the Greek yogurt band wagon. This is definitely true since retail dollar sales of Greek yogurt in the U.S. market increased more than 50 percent in 2012 to reach $1.6 billion, according to a report released by Packaged Facts.

While I would love to go on and on about the many health benefits of Greek yogurt, I will spare you and just share with you seven ways to use this fantastic food, other than just eating it plain. I would love to hear if you have tried any of these and if they have worked well for you. Please share in the comments below.

Make Cheese

Place 3-4 layers of cheesecloth in the bottom of a colander set over a large bowl. Put the Greek yogurt in the cheesecloth (feel free to add salt, herbs, or spices to the yogurt first for flavored cheese) and put the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you’ll have soft, spreadable yogurt cheese.

Replace Mayonnaise or Sour Cream

Just about any recipe that calls for mayonnaise or sour cream can use plain Greek yogurt instead. Try it in mayonnaise-based salads and sour cream-based dips for an extra punch of protein.

Deep Condition Your Hair

The fat in Greek yogurt makes a great moisturizer. Use it as a deep-conditioning treatment by applying plain Greek directly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the Greek yogurt soak into your hair for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as you regularly would.

Replace Some Butter in Baking

If you’re looking for ways to reduce fat in homemade baked goods, try swapping some of the butter for low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt will also make your baked goods incredibly tender and moist.

Moisturize Your Skin

Greek yogurt is also a great moisturizer for your skin. You can buy a number of beauty products with Greek yogurt in them or make your own moisturizing mask by combining plain Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and a washcloth.

More research is needed but preliminary studies suggest that, when applied topically, the probiotics in Greek yogurt can help heal acne and may also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.

Relieve a Sunburn

Even though more research is needed to confirm the restorative effects of topically-applied probiotics I guarantee you that creamy, cold Greek yogurt will feel great when applied to sun-burned skin.

Mary Richardson
Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
Email the author! [email protected]


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is something I eat pretty much every single day. I love how nutritious and filling it is. It is a very quick convenient meal that is packed with protein and comes in full-fat, low-fat, and no-fat varieties. What differentiates Greek yogurt from traditional yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. As a result, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and rich flavor. In addition, the removal of whey results in a healthier yogurt with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Each spoonful is also packed with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.

Those facts are just incredible to me, so it seems like no surprise that Greek yogurt has pretty much taken over the whole yogurt section at the store. It seems like every yogurt brand like Yoplait and Dannon have jumped on the Greek yogurt band wagon. This is definitely true since retail dollar sales of Greek yogurt in the U.S. market increased more than 50 percent in 2012 to reach $1.6 billion, according to a report released by Packaged Facts.

While I would love to go on and on about the many health benefits of Greek yogurt, I will spare you and just share with you seven ways to use this fantastic food, other than just eating it plain. I would love to hear if you have tried any of these and if they have worked well for you. Please share in the comments below.

Make Cheese

Place 3-4 layers of cheesecloth in the bottom of a colander set over a large bowl. Put the Greek yogurt in the cheesecloth (feel free to add salt, herbs, or spices to the yogurt first for flavored cheese) and put the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you’ll have soft, spreadable yogurt cheese.

Replace Mayonnaise or Sour Cream

Just about any recipe that calls for mayonnaise or sour cream can use plain Greek yogurt instead. Try it in mayonnaise-based salads and sour cream-based dips for an extra punch of protein.

Deep Condition Your Hair

The fat in Greek yogurt makes a great moisturizer. Use it as a deep-conditioning treatment by applying plain Greek directly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the Greek yogurt soak into your hair for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as you regularly would.

Replace Some Butter in Baking

If you’re looking for ways to reduce fat in homemade baked goods, try swapping some of the butter for low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt will also make your baked goods incredibly tender and moist.

Moisturize Your Skin

Greek yogurt is also a great moisturizer for your skin. You can buy a number of beauty products with Greek yogurt in them or make your own moisturizing mask by combining plain Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and a washcloth.

More research is needed but preliminary studies suggest that, when applied topically, the probiotics in Greek yogurt can help heal acne and may also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.

Relieve a Sunburn

Even though more research is needed to confirm the restorative effects of topically-applied probiotics I guarantee you that creamy, cold Greek yogurt will feel great when applied to sun-burned skin.

Mary Richardson
Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
Email the author! [email protected]


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is something I eat pretty much every single day. I love how nutritious and filling it is. It is a very quick convenient meal that is packed with protein and comes in full-fat, low-fat, and no-fat varieties. What differentiates Greek yogurt from traditional yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. As a result, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and rich flavor. In addition, the removal of whey results in a healthier yogurt with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Each spoonful is also packed with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.

Those facts are just incredible to me, so it seems like no surprise that Greek yogurt has pretty much taken over the whole yogurt section at the store. It seems like every yogurt brand like Yoplait and Dannon have jumped on the Greek yogurt band wagon. This is definitely true since retail dollar sales of Greek yogurt in the U.S. market increased more than 50 percent in 2012 to reach $1.6 billion, according to a report released by Packaged Facts.

While I would love to go on and on about the many health benefits of Greek yogurt, I will spare you and just share with you seven ways to use this fantastic food, other than just eating it plain. I would love to hear if you have tried any of these and if they have worked well for you. Please share in the comments below.

Make Cheese

Place 3-4 layers of cheesecloth in the bottom of a colander set over a large bowl. Put the Greek yogurt in the cheesecloth (feel free to add salt, herbs, or spices to the yogurt first for flavored cheese) and put the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you’ll have soft, spreadable yogurt cheese.

Replace Mayonnaise or Sour Cream

Just about any recipe that calls for mayonnaise or sour cream can use plain Greek yogurt instead. Try it in mayonnaise-based salads and sour cream-based dips for an extra punch of protein.

Deep Condition Your Hair

The fat in Greek yogurt makes a great moisturizer. Use it as a deep-conditioning treatment by applying plain Greek directly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the Greek yogurt soak into your hair for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as you regularly would.

Replace Some Butter in Baking

If you’re looking for ways to reduce fat in homemade baked goods, try swapping some of the butter for low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt will also make your baked goods incredibly tender and moist.

Moisturize Your Skin

Greek yogurt is also a great moisturizer for your skin. You can buy a number of beauty products with Greek yogurt in them or make your own moisturizing mask by combining plain Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and a washcloth.

More research is needed but preliminary studies suggest that, when applied topically, the probiotics in Greek yogurt can help heal acne and may also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.

Relieve a Sunburn

Even though more research is needed to confirm the restorative effects of topically-applied probiotics I guarantee you that creamy, cold Greek yogurt will feel great when applied to sun-burned skin.

Mary Richardson
Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
Email the author! [email protected]


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is something I eat pretty much every single day. I love how nutritious and filling it is. It is a very quick convenient meal that is packed with protein and comes in full-fat, low-fat, and no-fat varieties. What differentiates Greek yogurt from traditional yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. As a result, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and rich flavor. In addition, the removal of whey results in a healthier yogurt with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Each spoonful is also packed with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.

Those facts are just incredible to me, so it seems like no surprise that Greek yogurt has pretty much taken over the whole yogurt section at the store. It seems like every yogurt brand like Yoplait and Dannon have jumped on the Greek yogurt band wagon. This is definitely true since retail dollar sales of Greek yogurt in the U.S. market increased more than 50 percent in 2012 to reach $1.6 billion, according to a report released by Packaged Facts.

While I would love to go on and on about the many health benefits of Greek yogurt, I will spare you and just share with you seven ways to use this fantastic food, other than just eating it plain. I would love to hear if you have tried any of these and if they have worked well for you. Please share in the comments below.

Make Cheese

Place 3-4 layers of cheesecloth in the bottom of a colander set over a large bowl. Put the Greek yogurt in the cheesecloth (feel free to add salt, herbs, or spices to the yogurt first for flavored cheese) and put the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you’ll have soft, spreadable yogurt cheese.

Replace Mayonnaise or Sour Cream

Just about any recipe that calls for mayonnaise or sour cream can use plain Greek yogurt instead. Try it in mayonnaise-based salads and sour cream-based dips for an extra punch of protein.

Deep Condition Your Hair

The fat in Greek yogurt makes a great moisturizer. Use it as a deep-conditioning treatment by applying plain Greek directly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the Greek yogurt soak into your hair for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as you regularly would.

Replace Some Butter in Baking

If you’re looking for ways to reduce fat in homemade baked goods, try swapping some of the butter for low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt will also make your baked goods incredibly tender and moist.

Moisturize Your Skin

Greek yogurt is also a great moisturizer for your skin. You can buy a number of beauty products with Greek yogurt in them or make your own moisturizing mask by combining plain Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and a washcloth.

More research is needed but preliminary studies suggest that, when applied topically, the probiotics in Greek yogurt can help heal acne and may also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.

Relieve a Sunburn

Even though more research is needed to confirm the restorative effects of topically-applied probiotics I guarantee you that creamy, cold Greek yogurt will feel great when applied to sun-burned skin.

Mary Richardson
Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
Email the author! [email protected]


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is something I eat pretty much every single day. I love how nutritious and filling it is. It is a very quick convenient meal that is packed with protein and comes in full-fat, low-fat, and no-fat varieties. What differentiates Greek yogurt from traditional yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. As a result, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and rich flavor. In addition, the removal of whey results in a healthier yogurt with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Each spoonful is also packed with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.

Those facts are just incredible to me, so it seems like no surprise that Greek yogurt has pretty much taken over the whole yogurt section at the store. It seems like every yogurt brand like Yoplait and Dannon have jumped on the Greek yogurt band wagon. This is definitely true since retail dollar sales of Greek yogurt in the U.S. market increased more than 50 percent in 2012 to reach $1.6 billion, according to a report released by Packaged Facts.

While I would love to go on and on about the many health benefits of Greek yogurt, I will spare you and just share with you seven ways to use this fantastic food, other than just eating it plain. I would love to hear if you have tried any of these and if they have worked well for you. Please share in the comments below.

Make Cheese

Place 3-4 layers of cheesecloth in the bottom of a colander set over a large bowl. Put the Greek yogurt in the cheesecloth (feel free to add salt, herbs, or spices to the yogurt first for flavored cheese) and put the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you’ll have soft, spreadable yogurt cheese.

Replace Mayonnaise or Sour Cream

Just about any recipe that calls for mayonnaise or sour cream can use plain Greek yogurt instead. Try it in mayonnaise-based salads and sour cream-based dips for an extra punch of protein.

Deep Condition Your Hair

The fat in Greek yogurt makes a great moisturizer. Use it as a deep-conditioning treatment by applying plain Greek directly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the Greek yogurt soak into your hair for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as you regularly would.

Replace Some Butter in Baking

If you’re looking for ways to reduce fat in homemade baked goods, try swapping some of the butter for low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt will also make your baked goods incredibly tender and moist.

Moisturize Your Skin

Greek yogurt is also a great moisturizer for your skin. You can buy a number of beauty products with Greek yogurt in them or make your own moisturizing mask by combining plain Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and a washcloth.

More research is needed but preliminary studies suggest that, when applied topically, the probiotics in Greek yogurt can help heal acne and may also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.

Relieve a Sunburn

Even though more research is needed to confirm the restorative effects of topically-applied probiotics I guarantee you that creamy, cold Greek yogurt will feel great when applied to sun-burned skin.

Mary Richardson
Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
Email the author! [email protected]


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is something I eat pretty much every single day. I love how nutritious and filling it is. It is a very quick convenient meal that is packed with protein and comes in full-fat, low-fat, and no-fat varieties. What differentiates Greek yogurt from traditional yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. As a result, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and rich flavor. In addition, the removal of whey results in a healthier yogurt with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Each spoonful is also packed with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.

Those facts are just incredible to me, so it seems like no surprise that Greek yogurt has pretty much taken over the whole yogurt section at the store. It seems like every yogurt brand like Yoplait and Dannon have jumped on the Greek yogurt band wagon. This is definitely true since retail dollar sales of Greek yogurt in the U.S. market increased more than 50 percent in 2012 to reach $1.6 billion, according to a report released by Packaged Facts.

While I would love to go on and on about the many health benefits of Greek yogurt, I will spare you and just share with you seven ways to use this fantastic food, other than just eating it plain. I would love to hear if you have tried any of these and if they have worked well for you. Please share in the comments below.

Make Cheese

Place 3-4 layers of cheesecloth in the bottom of a colander set over a large bowl. Put the Greek yogurt in the cheesecloth (feel free to add salt, herbs, or spices to the yogurt first for flavored cheese) and put the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you’ll have soft, spreadable yogurt cheese.

Replace Mayonnaise or Sour Cream

Just about any recipe that calls for mayonnaise or sour cream can use plain Greek yogurt instead. Try it in mayonnaise-based salads and sour cream-based dips for an extra punch of protein.

Deep Condition Your Hair

The fat in Greek yogurt makes a great moisturizer. Use it as a deep-conditioning treatment by applying plain Greek directly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the Greek yogurt soak into your hair for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as you regularly would.

Replace Some Butter in Baking

If you’re looking for ways to reduce fat in homemade baked goods, try swapping some of the butter for low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt will also make your baked goods incredibly tender and moist.

Moisturize Your Skin

Greek yogurt is also a great moisturizer for your skin. You can buy a number of beauty products with Greek yogurt in them or make your own moisturizing mask by combining plain Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and a washcloth.

More research is needed but preliminary studies suggest that, when applied topically, the probiotics in Greek yogurt can help heal acne and may also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.

Relieve a Sunburn

Even though more research is needed to confirm the restorative effects of topically-applied probiotics I guarantee you that creamy, cold Greek yogurt will feel great when applied to sun-burned skin.

Mary Richardson
Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
Email the author! [email protected]


7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is something I eat pretty much every single day. I love how nutritious and filling it is. It is a very quick convenient meal that is packed with protein and comes in full-fat, low-fat, and no-fat varieties. What differentiates Greek yogurt from traditional yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. As a result, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and rich flavor. In addition, the removal of whey results in a healthier yogurt with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Each spoonful is also packed with nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.

Those facts are just incredible to me, so it seems like no surprise that Greek yogurt has pretty much taken over the whole yogurt section at the store. It seems like every yogurt brand like Yoplait and Dannon have jumped on the Greek yogurt band wagon. This is definitely true since retail dollar sales of Greek yogurt in the U.S. market increased more than 50 percent in 2012 to reach $1.6 billion, according to a report released by Packaged Facts.

While I would love to go on and on about the many health benefits of Greek yogurt, I will spare you and just share with you seven ways to use this fantastic food, other than just eating it plain. I would love to hear if you have tried any of these and if they have worked well for you. Please share in the comments below.

Make Cheese

Place 3-4 layers of cheesecloth in the bottom of a colander set over a large bowl. Put the Greek yogurt in the cheesecloth (feel free to add salt, herbs, or spices to the yogurt first for flavored cheese) and put the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you’ll have soft, spreadable yogurt cheese.

Replace Mayonnaise or Sour Cream

Just about any recipe that calls for mayonnaise or sour cream can use plain Greek yogurt instead. Try it in mayonnaise-based salads and sour cream-based dips for an extra punch of protein.

Deep Condition Your Hair

The fat in Greek yogurt makes a great moisturizer. Use it as a deep-conditioning treatment by applying plain Greek directly to your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the Greek yogurt soak into your hair for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as you regularly would.

Replace Some Butter in Baking

If you’re looking for ways to reduce fat in homemade baked goods, try swapping some of the butter for low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt will also make your baked goods incredibly tender and moist.

Moisturize Your Skin

Greek yogurt is also a great moisturizer for your skin. You can buy a number of beauty products with Greek yogurt in them or make your own moisturizing mask by combining plain Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and a washcloth.

More research is needed but preliminary studies suggest that, when applied topically, the probiotics in Greek yogurt can help heal acne and may also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.

Relieve a Sunburn

Even though more research is needed to confirm the restorative effects of topically-applied probiotics I guarantee you that creamy, cold Greek yogurt will feel great when applied to sun-burned skin.

Mary Richardson
Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
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