My Favorite Greek Yogurt Dessert Recipe: Healthy and Delicious
Enjoy This Dessert Recipe Often: It's Guilt-Free
Want to be healthy and still top off dinner with an easy, healthy and delicious dessert? Of course you do. This yummy yogurt dessert recipe is chocked full of antioxidants. Guilt-free, it can also be used as a snack or meal replacement.
With today's busy lifestyle you'll love how quick and easy this dessert is to make. I like the convenience of making it an hour or two before dinner and keeping it in the refrigerator.
Higher quality ingredients will bring a better taste to this recipe and will be healthier as well.
The following list can be purchased at most supermarkets. Just remember to take along your cloth/canvas shopping bags to reduce the use of harmful plastic bags.
- 3 cups vanilla Greek yogurt, non-fat or low-fat
- 1 cup strawberries, blueberries or fruit of your choice, frozen or fresh fruit
- 1 or 2 teaspoons sunflower seeds, organic
- 1/4 cup whipped cream, any kind
- Gather all the ingredients together including glass serving bowls or parfait glasses.
- Carefully wash all fresh fruit thoroughly. Use a colander for berries so they can drain.
- Cut all fruit into bite size pieces except for berries as they are already the right size.
- Fill dessert bowls or goblets with 1/2 to 3/4 full of Greek-style vanilla yogurt. If you prefer, plain yogurt may be used. You can also use half Greek and half regular (like Yoplait) yogurt to make it go further. Greek yogurt costs a little more but is a thicker consistency.
- Add and mix fruits gently into the yogurt. Experiment with different varieties of fruits such as bananas (high in potassium) or kiwi.
- Finally, top with a few sprinkles of sunflower seeds, or you can mix the seeds right into the yogurt. Feel free to get creative by replacing sunflower seeds with walnuts (high in omega-3) or almonds. If you are a whipped cream lover, add a dollop of whipped cream or cool whip, and there you have it.
- Here you have an easy and super healthy dessert or snack that is filling and delicious.
|Calories from Fat||27|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 3 g||5%|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 1 g|
|Carbohydrates 42 g||14%|
|Sugar 27 g|
|Fiber 6 g||24%|
|Protein 11 g||22%|
|Cholesterol 4 mg||1%|
|Sodium 124 mg||5%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Try These Toppings and Tips for Variety
- It's fun to let children and guests build their own yogurt sundaes. Begin with filling parfait glasses with layers of vanilla yogurt and strawberry yogurt. Leave room at the top of the glass for toppings.
- Fill small bowls with a variety of toppings. Granola, fruits, nuts, chocolate chip cookie pieces, whipped cream, and favorite cereals are some suggestions.
- Be sure to add small serving spoons for each topping. This prevents little germs from traveling from hand to hand.
- Allow your family and guests to select whatever they like as they build their individual sundaes.
- Be sure the yogurt is good and cold before serving.
I like to set my serving bowls in the freezer to give them a nice cold chill just before placing them on the table or serving tray.
I also go the extra mile and place the dessert spoons in the freezer. It's just a nice touch, and guests feel a little extra special. And they are.
Nutritional Benefits of Greek Yogurt
We need to have a healthy amount of good bacteria in our digestive tract, and many yogurts are made using active, good bacteria. One of the words you’ll be hearing more of in relation to yogurt is Probiotic which literally means ''for life''. This refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts.
The only yogurts that contain Probiotics are those that claim "live and active cultures" on the label.
Yogurt comes from milk. So yogurt eaters will also get a dose of animal protein (about 9 grams per 6-ounce serving), plus several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium. In addition, yogurt:
- May help prevent osteoporosis
- May reduce the risk of high blood pressure
Yogurt with active cultures may help help you feel fuller. In addition they may help with certain gastrointestinal and other conditions including:
- Lactose intolerance
- Colon cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- H. pylori infection
- Vaginal infections
6 Helpful Tips for Buying Healthy Yogurt
Consumers have many choices when looking for yogurt:
- Look for yogurt with "Live and Active Cultures" printed on the packaging. This tells you that the bacteria hasn't been killed by a second heating.
- If you're watching your sugar intake you may want to try some of the no added sugar or plain yogurts that are available. I prefer buying plain greek yogurt and adding stevia to sweeten the taste.
- If your palate doesn't jump for joy when trying yogurt, just add it to a healthy delicious smoothie.
- The important thing is to include at least 3/4 cup every day to reap the many benefits that this wonderful food offers.
- References to yogurt and health date back to 6000 BC.
- Plain yogurt typically contains around 10–15 grams of carbs per cup (245 grams), but flavored or sweetened yogurts can easily contain more than 30 grams per serving.
About Greek Yogurt for Your Health
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- Yogurt | The Nutrition Source | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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© 2010 Audrey Hunt