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The benefits of Greek yoghurt

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30 July, 2012 | In: Nutrition, The Training Room

We're here today to talk Greek. Not literally, but we want to share with you a food that is incredibly healthy, delicious and full of protein. If you've participated in personal trainer courses then you'll know that your diet definitely has to be tweaked and changed to optimise fitness, and you'll be pleased to know that this is one thing we won't have any issue sneaking into our diets!

Of course, we're talking about Greek yoghurt.

Greek yoghurt has an abundance of health benefits, and angelic nutritional value: one cup of fat-free Greek yoghurt contains around 120 calories. After the milk and cultures of the white stuff have been strained, you are left with a thicker, creamier substance that is high in protein but low in sugar and carbohydrates. Regular yoghurt usually contains about 5 grams of protein per serving; whereas Greek yoghurt provides about 20 grams.

It's great for watching your salt intake, as Greek yoghurt has 50% less salt than regular yoghurt. Swapping foods on health drives and personal training courses can play havoc with your digestive system. One thing you won't have to worry about if you up your Greek yoghurt intake is digesting it - because it contains less sugar, and therefore less lactose, it's easier to digest than normal yoghurt.

In terms of weight loss, a study in 2010 found that eating 200g of probiotic yoghurt a day, helped participants lose weight across their body and in particular, their stomach area.

So, how can you jazz up this healthy, filling dish?

A firm favourite recipe for eating Greek yoghurt has to be with fresh, chopped fruit. It will honestly go with everything; try mixing it with blueberries and strawberries for a fruity tang, or diced banana, honey and chopped almonds for a comforting pudding. Just go easy on the honey (one table spoon should do it!)

For the more adventurous among us, Greek yoghurt can be used when making dips, as a tasty alternative to sour cream. It can also make a delicious snack for dipping; try wholemeal pitta. Just remember to buy the fat-free tubs and away you go!

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