Why Greek Yogurt?

Probiotics!! Greek yogurt is packed with the live microorganisms. According to the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, probiotics have many health benefits. Studies show that the live cultures help to alleviate many intestinal maladies, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, while enhancing immune function and reducing the risk for colon and bladder cancer. The New England Journal of Medicine also published findings that eating greek yogurt on a regular basis can help you keep off the weight as you get older. A great diet food-it satiates your taste buds while filling your stomach on less calories.

In addition to being good for your waistline, it’s a great source of calcium and protein (especially for vegetarians, which I know comprise a lot of our OYL readership). A 6 oz serving is equivalent to 2-3 ounces of meat as a source of protein.  With brands like Fage and Chobani readily available in almost every grocery store, there’s no excuse not to try. These brands are prized for their rich and creamy taste- 0% fat content and no sour taste.  The sales speak for themselves. In a Fox News article published last week, it was reported that the Chobani brand alone produces 1.5 million cases per week. Trader Joe’s greek yogurt is also a wonderful economic alternative that stands up in taste to the more expensive brands.

And good news for those of you who are lactose-intolerant, the thick consistency resulting from straining,  removes much of the lactose and makes it easier to digest. Furthermore, straining doubles the protein and cuts the sugar content by half.

So when  you’re are craving apple pie and ice cream, try this quick and easy-to-make healthier option: baked apples with a scoop of greek yogurt.


Preheat oven to 330 degrees

Slice 3 apples: 1 honeycrip, 1 gala and 1 granny smith

Coat with a teaspoon of grape seed oil or butter

Sprinkle apples with cinnamon to your liking

Bake for ~30 minutes (40-45 minutes, if you like your apples gooier)

Add dollop of greek yogurt- I prefer Fage Total 0% or Chobani

For added crunch, try adding some toasted sunflower/pumpkin seeds/sliced almonds or granola on top.