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My Favorite Greek Yogurt Dessert Recipe: Healthy and Delicious

Audrey Hunt's passion for nutrition began the day she was diagnosed with diabetes. She's a vegetarian and advocate for healthy living.

Greek yogurt dessert with berries and sunflower seeds

Greek yogurt dessert with berries and sunflower seeds

Enjoy This Dessert Recipe Often: It's Guilt-Free

Do you want to be healthy and still top off dinner with an easy, healthy, 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 be healthier.

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Gather all the ingredients together, including glass serving bowls or parfait glasses.
  2. Carefully wash all fresh fruit thoroughly. Use a colander for berries so they can drain.
  3. Cut all fruit into bite-size pieces except for berries, as they are already the correct size.
  4. Fill dessert bowls or goblets with 1/2 to 3/4 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.
  5. Add and mix fruits gently into the yogurt. Experiment with fruits such as bananas (high in potassium) or kiwi.
  6. 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.
  7. Here you have an easy and super healthy dessert or snack that is filling and delicious.

Try These Toppings and Tips for Variety

  • It's fun to let children and guests build their yogurt sundaes. Begin with filling parfait glasses with layers of vanilla yogurt and strawberry yogurt. Leave room at the top of the mirror for toppings.
  • Fill small bowls with a variety of toppings. Some suggestions include granola, fruits, nuts, chocolate chip cookie pieces, whipped cream, and favorite cereals.
  • 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 sundaes.
  • Be sure the yogurt is good and cold before serving.

Tips

I like to set my serving bowls in the freezer to give them a nice cold chill 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 a nice touch, and guests feel a little extra special. And they are.

Nutritional Benefits of Greek Yogurt

We need a healthy amount of good bacteria in our digestive tract, and many yogurts are made using good active bacteria. One of the words you'll be hearing more about yogurt is Probiotic which 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:

  • It 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 assist with certain gastrointestinal and other conditions, including:

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Colon cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • H. pylori infection
  • Vaginal infections
Yogurt can be blended into a smoothy by adding your favorite fruit or berries.  Here I've added fresh blueberries.

Yogurt can be blended into a smoothy by adding your favorite fruit or berries. Here I've added fresh blueberries.

6 Helpful Tips for Buying Healthy Yogurt

Consumers have many choices when looking for yogurt:

  1. Look for yogurt with "Live and Active Cultures" printed on the packaging. This tells you that second heating hasn't killed the bacteria.
  2. If you're watching your sugar intake, you may want to try some of the available no added sugar or plain yogurts. I prefer buying plain greek yogurt and adding stevia to sweeten the taste.
  3. Add yogurt to a healthy, delicious smoothie if your palate doesn't jump for joy.
  4. The important thing is to include at least 3/4 cups daily to reap the many benefits of this beautiful food.
  5. References to yogurt and health date back to 6000 BC.
  6. 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.

Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Audrey Hunt