5 Ways To Use Greek Yogurt As A Healthy Substitute

5 Ways To Use Greek Yogurt As A Healthy Substitute

Healthy used to mean plain, boring, not so exciting meals.  Boring baked chicken, dressing free salads, naked baked potato…do any of these sound appetizing to you?  Luckily times have changed and we are learning more about how to use healthier ingredients in our favorite meals.  Greek yogurt is one of those ingredients that I find myself reaching for when recipes call for sour cream, ranch dressing, or mayonnaise.

Why Greek yogurt?
  • High in protein to keep you feeling fuller longer.
  • High in calcium which helps builds stronger bones.
  • Contains probiotic cultures that help with digestive health.
  • High in Vitamin B12 which helps with energy and brain function.

Just make sure to choose plain versions of the yogurt or else you’ll be sneaking in a lot of sugar!

Source: 8 Ways Greek Yogurt Benefits Your Health

5 Ways to Use Greek Yogurt:
  1. As a topping instead of sour cream.  We use Greek yogurt to top things like Mexican dishes, baked potatoes, and basically anything where we would normally use sour cream.
  2. To make a healthier Ranch dressing.  See Cook For Your Life’s recipe here.
  3. Instead of mayonnaise in egg salads.  I am OBSESSED with the Avocado Egg Salad from Two Peas & Their Pod. Try it, you will not be disappointed!
  4. Mix it with peanut butter to make a healthy dip for apples. My daughter gobbles this up!
  5. To make a Tzatziki sauce for Mediterranean dishes.

There are so many other ways to use Greek yogurt in your dishes, the list definitely does not stop here. The great thing is that you’ll get all the creamy taste and texture that you like from things like sour cream, but in a much healthier way!

 icon-thumb-tack Quick tip: If you have a dish that is really spicy, Greek yogurt is great at bringing the spice level down a bit.  I like to use it when I am cooking Indian dishes. 

What are some healthy substitutions that you have made in your cooking?  Do you notice any difference in taste?

22 thoughts on “5 Ways To Use Greek Yogurt As A Healthy Substitute

  1. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    I love Greek yogurt! I’ve never tried it with peanut butter… how interesting. I’ll have to give that a try. I frequently use Greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream. Also, I love Greek yogurt with a little bit of maple syrup as a nice sweet “treat”.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

    1. Jody Post author

      Ohhh I’ve never thought of trying it with maple syrup, I will definitely give that a try! So many good uses for it! Thanks for stopping by Jennifer!

    1. Jody Post author

      You’re welcome Katie! Yes, definitely give it a try. I don’t really think it tastes much different than sour cream. My husband never even noticed the difference when I swapped it out. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Kathleen

    Very good and healthy ideas using Greek Yogurt. I love being able to do those things with out the extra sugar.
    Thanks Jody,
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    1. Jody Post author

      Thanks Kathleen! I agree, I love that we can substitute with healthier things without losing the original flavor. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Catherine Holt

    I used to have a lot of Greek yogurt and then for no reason just stopped. This will give me the incentive to get back into it!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  4. Sandy Sandmeyer

    I’m just amazed at the difference in Greek yogurt tastes. I’ve had those I liked and those I haven’t. I did make my own tzatziki once that was delicious. Thanks for sharing your post at #AnythingGoes Link Party!

    1. Jody Post author

      I definitely agree Sandy, different yogurts can have totally different tastes. Yum, I love tzatziki sauce, would love to hear your recipe! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Amy Ngai

    I’ve noticed in the last 5 years Greek yogurt has exploded and is in everything. this is great for me especially since I can’t eat eggs so it’s a great substitute for creamier sauces. Great list. Thanks for sharing! #ConfessionsLinkUp

    1. Jody Post author

      Yes Amy, Greek yogurt definitely seems to have been popping up all over in the past few years! I was skeptical at first that it would really change the taste of things but it doesn’t! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Jody Post author

      Yes, definitely have your daughter try the PB and yogurt Brandi, my daughter loves it!! It’s very yummy 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

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