The benefits of Greek yogurt recipes are long and impressive. The delicious ingredient is high in calcium, protein, probiotics, iodine, vitamin B-12, and more. In addition, it has a reputation for boosting metabolism, increasing bone and gut health, lowering blood sugar, and even being good for mental health.
Many nutritionists have embraced Greek yogurt as a great substitute for higher-calorie condiments like mayonnaise or sour cream, and it’s gaining popularity in recipes. Here are some of the top recipes from Instagramers that you’ll want to try using Greek yogurt. By the way, if you want to increase those health benefits even more, you can make your own Greek yogurt to use in these recipes.
Banana Bread With Greek Yogurt
You won’t have to worry about your banana bread drying out when you use this recipe with Greek yogurt.
Kelly Senyei is a chef and a regular on Food Network Kitchen. She shared this photo and recipe on her Instagram, saying it offers just the right amount of tang. You can find the full recipe on her website, or just try adding 1/4 a cup of Greek yogurt in your favorite banana bread recipe.
Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip
Need another way to eat your veggies? This spicy yogurt sauce from Ale Zozos, a Mediterranean Nutritionist on Instagram, is a perfect dip for carrots like this or any other steamed, roasted, or raw veggie.
You don’t have to worry about this side adding a lot of calories, but you can guarantee lots of extra flavors. For the full recipe (it’s so easy and only has four ingredients), check out her post on Instagram.
Greek Yogurt Popsicles
Alissa Clayton is a pharmacy student, and she shared this recipe on her Instagram. Along with her friend, they tried four different greek yogurt popsicle recipes, including blackberry lime, grapefruit mint, strawberry lemon, and lavender vanilla.
You can get details for the recipe on her Instagram. Then use it as an excuse to invent your own popsicle recipe — there are so many possibilities! This is the perfect way to have a low-calorie treat on a hot summer day or just about any time of year.
Greek Yogurt Lettuce Wraps
When you need a dose of healthy, you can feel good about these low-calorie chicken lettuce wraps. They’re incredibly easy to make by shredding rotisserie chicken, but the real secret is the Caesar-yogurt dressing.
Thanks to Sara from A Flavor Journal for the inspiration for this one. It’s a welcome reminder that a good sauce can really put a new spin on any favorite. Greek yogurt makes a great base for so many flavors. Start with it, and then add your favorite herbs or seasonings to add to your favorite side or main dish.
Greek Yogurt Bark
This is a healthier, easier version of candy bark. Using Greek yogurt, you mix in a little bit of honey and then your favorite fruits. Spread the mixture out on parchment paper and freeze for a few hours or overnight. Once it’s completely frozen, just break it up into snack-size bits, and you’re all set.
This is perfect when you need a sweet treat but don’t want to add a bunch of calories. Thanks to Healthy to the Core on Instagram for this photo and inspiring idea for using Greek yogurt.
Pumpkin Spice Whipped Greek Yogurt
It starts with a Greek yogurt base, and then it includes pumpkin puree and other ingredients to get just the right flavor. Top with whip cream, and you have a low-calorie dessert, ready to embrace fall. If you like other flavors like chocolate or caramel, you can use this base recipe to create your own whipped treat.
Greek Yogurt Parfait
Never overlook the simple, yet always delicious, parfait. Starting with a Greek yogurt base is a great way to ensure you’re getting in your protein, and then you can layer any way you wish. Some of the most common ways to make a parfait is with fruit and granola, like The Hungry Bites from Instagram did here.
This is just the start of possibilities, though. You might also try honey, cinnamon, chia seed, almonds, and any fruit you like. Let your imagination be your guide as you come up with your own version. These make great breakfasts, snacks, and desserts.
Greek Yogurt Hummus Toast
Rethink the way you usually enjoy toast, and try this version instead. Alexa, a wellness coach on Instagram, shared this photo on her page. It’s a mix of avocado, Greek yogurt, hummus, and pesto for the spread. Then you can add on anything you’d like.
Eggs, veggies, and even prosciutto would be good toppers for this toast. You can see how easy it is to turn toast into breakfast, snack, or even dinner.