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Use Greek Yogurt For A Super Healthy and Delicious Dessert

Updated on March 17, 2016
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Audrey Hunt's passion for nutrition began the day she was diagnosed with Diabetes. She's a vegetarian and advocate for healthy living.

Healthy Yogurt Parfait
Healthy Yogurt Parfait | Source

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 wonderful yogurt dessert recipe is chocked full of antioxidants. Guilt-free, it can also be used as a snack or meal replacement.

And with today's busy lifestyle, it's quick and easy to make, and certain to be one of your favorites. You can make this recipe early in the day and keep it in the fridge for a later time. Children love to help prepare this greek yogurt dessert. It's a great way to teach them about nutrition too.

Ingredients For Healthy Greek Yogurt Dessert

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. This is what you'll need:


  • Greek vanilla yogurt
  • Fresh blueberries, stawberries and any other fruit you prefer including purple grapes or bananas.
  • shelled sunflower seeds
  • Whipped cream or coolwhip
  • Serving bowls

Step 1

  • Gather all the ingredients together.
  • Carefully wash all your fruit thoroughly. Use a colander for berries so that they can drain.
  • Cut all fruit into bite size pieces except for the blueberries and grapes as they are already the right size.

Yogurt Parfait for a healthy dessert
Yogurt Parfait for a healthy dessert | Source

Step 2 and 3

  • Fill dessert bowels 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 sun flower seeds, or you can mix the seeds right into the yogurt. Feel free to get creative by replacing sun flower 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.


Try These Toppings and Tips For This Yogurt Dessert

  • 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.

Tip

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 probiotics. Probiotic, which literally means ''for life,'' 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 say "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
  • Yogurt May Reduce the Risk of High Blood Pressure

Yogurt with active cultures may help certain gastrointestinal conditions, including:

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Colon cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • H. pylori infection
  • Yogurt With Active Cultures May Discourage Vaginal Infections
  • Yogurt May Help You Feel Fuller

Eat Yogurt Often

If you're watching your sugar intake you may want to try some of the sugar-free yogurts that are available. I found a low carb brand that I am happy with.

If your palate doesn't jump for joy when trying yogurt, just add it to a nice, 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.

About Greek Yogurt For Your Health

© 2010 Audrey Hunt

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Sounds great, thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello, hello - I hope you try it and enjoy the taste.

      Have a great evening.

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      Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Greek yogurt? Is it sold nationally? Sounds like a wonderful recipe!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Ha Ha - Thanks Don for taking the time to stop by. Its obvious that you are a raving success in life with a sense of humor to match. I love it!

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      Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      A raving success??!! Thanks. I was just thinking about writing a Hub entitled Business Productivity during Personal Crisis. If I don't write it tonight, I'll write it tomorrow!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I like yoghurt very much. And I think yoghurt was a good choice for dessert and it healthier. I really enjoy your recipe, simple but Yummmy...... thank you very much. I rate this hub.

      Prasetio

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      My life has been "enriched" since I discovered lovely, thick Greek yogurt. What a delightful recipe. Thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Green Lotus - Greek yogurt tastes so much better than regular. Thank you for your comment.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Very nice - I must say I have never had Greek Yoghurt - I will be looking for it. I also answered your question as best I could on shetoldme. Thanks for all your comments and support :)

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Billy - thanks for commenting. Greek yogurt is thicker than regular and it may take some getting used to. But once you do - you won't go back to regular. Going to go check out your answer to my question re shetoldme. Thanks for taking time out to help me. You are so generous and caring.

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      Karen Metz 6 years ago from Michigan

      My kids love yogurt and fruit! I will have to try this for their afternoon snack. We have never tried the Greek yogurt. I hope my grocery store has it.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Specialk3749 - Most markets now carry Greek Yogurt in with the regular type. You may have to go to the "specialty section for health foods" to find it. Sometimes I mix regular and greek together to change the texture and also to make it go farther. Hope you can give it a try. Thanks for your comment and have a special day.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds wonderful! Thanks!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh I love this, Greek yogurt is a huge favorite of mine. I love it with frozen blueberries, it's a delightful dessert and I can't wait to try yours. Thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      You are kind to drop by and leave a comment habee. Not everyone enjoys yogurt. I feel that the benefits of yogurt are sure worth developing a taste for it. Thanks.

      katiem2 - I just knew you would be a Greek yogurt kind of girl! Frozen bluberries. What a good idea to eat them frozen. I have frozen grapes (red) but never thought about freezing blueberries. Gonna try this tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      prasetio30 - Enjoy your comments and thank you for your rating. Yogurt is so healthy for the body. Glad you like it.

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Sounds great. Will have to try it

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks Granny's House - So glad you stopped by and appreciate your comments.

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      I love yoghurt and the fresh fruit added will make it so much nicer, thanks for sharing this.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Eileen - I, too love yogurt and have it 2X each day. The addition of sunflowers seeds gives it that little bit of crunch that is so nice to bite down on. A good way to get your omega 3 in. Thanks and I just love your dog!

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      Rema T V 6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Audrey,

      A nice recipe. Would love to try it out but not too sure about Greek yogurt being available here in India. Keep giving more of such wonderful recipes.

      Warm Regards

      Rema.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Rema - Thanks for liking my recipy. I have a few and will start adding them to hubs. Good idea. Than you my friend for taking time to stop by. My best to you.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Rema - Thanks for liking my recipy. I have a few and will start adding them to hubs. Good idea. Than you my friend for taking time to stop by. My best to you.

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      beth811 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      Sounds yummy and healthy! Will try your recipe. Thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks beth811 - I hope you will enjoy it. Nice to see you and thank you.

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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      I love yogurt! Sometimes when I do not have fruits in the fridge I mix a teaspoon of evaporated milk with yogurt and there, I already have my fill of yogurt. Thanks for this.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      PaperNotes - Thanks for your tip on the evaporated milk. I am going to try that one. Happy yogurting!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      This is all good. I love Greek yogurt. I like all your ingredients separately or together! God bless you dear vocalcoach!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Micky - Somehow, I knew you would approve of Greek yogurt. I have it daily. Lately, when I get a hanker'in for a chocolate sundae, I simply grab a cup of Greek yogurt, mix in some sunflower seeds, squirt a little chocolate syrup on top with a dollop of whipped cream. Oh Yummy! Blessings to you, my dear friend.!

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Sounds delicious, I have yet to try Greek yogurt but my oldest son says it is delicious. I love fresh blueberries and strawberries! Can't wait till they are in season again. Thanks for sharing a wonderful dessert.Voted up and useful...

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      This dessert sounds so good vocalcoach. I'm going to try and find the Greek yogurt.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      MyMstiffPuppies - Once you have some Greek Yogurt you will be spoiled! :) In addition it is more nutritious.

      I agree, that mixed with berries, especially strawberries and blueberries it is delicious and contains even more anti-oxidants. Now, I'm getting hungry! Thanks a lot!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Carrie - Most every market now features Greek Yogurt. Expect to pay a little more for it. The additional nutrition more than make up for the few extra pennies. Enjoy! Thank you, my friend.

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Sounds delish - and yogurt is so good for you too!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dolores - Greek yogurt is the way to go. Sometimes, when I want to save a few pennies, I will mix regular and greek together. Very good tasting. Thanks Dolores!

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      theseus 6 years ago from philippines

      Dear vocalcoach,

      The dessert you featured looks like it tastes yummy.I'm not sure though if we have the ingredients here in my country so I'll try to make with what's available.

      Have you tried "Mango Float/Graham Refrigerator Cake?". It's one of my favorites. I make one whenever I feel like it.

      I'd be more than willing to share how to make one. Just let me know.God bless you.

      Much love,

      Mae

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Mmmm. . . I love Greek yogurt! On my regular stays in Greece, I make sure to consume a lot of it. In fact, my everyday breakfast includes yogurt, fruits, seeds and nuts. So tasty! I enjoyed reading this very healthy and delicious hub!

      Up, awesome and sharing.

      Thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      SanneL ~ How fortunate you are to visit Greece regularly. I would love to go there. Your everyday breakfast of yogurt, fruits and seeds and nuts is so healthy! Good for you. Thanks for stopping by and for the up and awesome and sharing!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This sounds like an amazing summer treat! I will share this! You have been pinned, tweeted, shared with hub, and googled+!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      This is an interesting hub vocalcoach with useful information. You certainly knocked my ribs with this line - [The only yogurts that contain probiotics are those that say "live and active cultures" on the label]. Voted up and shared

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      This wonderful yogurt dessert recipe is like from heavens. Bookmarking VocalCoach! Great for this hot summer!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Sounds delicious and love that this is healthy too. Will be trying this (I pinned it) and have voted up, shared and tweeted too :)

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Audrey, I love Greek Yogurt, it's so thick and creamy. I sometimes just eat it on its own with honey but would certainly give your recipes a try, they look like ice cream sundaes :o) Yummy!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      This looks yummy Audrey!!

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Really yummy dessert. I will give this a try. I had given up dairy but recently have added yogurt back into my diet because of the probiotics so this is a great dish. Thank you.

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      suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Just wonderful - thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Sannel - So nice to see you and like your comments about yogurt. Thanks so much for the generous votes and sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Angela - Thanks so much for your loyal support of my hubs. I so appreciate all of the sharing you take time to do. Take care.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      dwachira - I, too was surprised to learn this. Thanks so much for your comments.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Lord - Hello my friend. Thanks for bookmarking my hub and so glad you like this recipe. I have it almost everyday. Take care!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Janine - Thanks for liking this healthy recipe for a yogurt dessert. I really appreciate your sharing, pinning and tweet!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Jools - Once I was introduced to greek yogurt, I couldn't go back to the regular. Lately I've been enjoying greek yogurt with fruit like blueberry. I add a few nuts and oh my...I'm in heaven :) Thanks, dear friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Audrey - Thanks for being here. Hope you get a chance to try this recipe ( or some form of it.) Take care.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sunnie - Hi there. I just love greek yogurt. It's funny. I'm allergic to milk, so I drink almond milk and love it. I thought I would be allergic to all dairy but yogurt doesn't bother me at all. I'm glad because I love the stuff! Thanks Sunnie!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      suziecat7 - Hi there. I'm glad you liked my hub and appreciate your telling me. Thanks so much.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love Greek yogurt, and parfaits are one of my favorite desserts. I like the tips that you have provided, including the idea of setting it up like a sundae bar.

      Voted up and sharing.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I love these ideas. I eat greek yogurt very often and love all the great healthy benefits that come along with it. I wish I had some right now!

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