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I love yogurt! When I was in school I used to slip a lemon or blueberry yogurt into my lunch box. Now that I am an adult I choose Greek yogurt because it is smooth, thick and packs more protein than the cup from my childhood. I don't even remember Greek yogurt being widely available when I was growing up.
Now it seems like I always have it in my fridge. The thick, creamy texture is addictive. But, Greek yogurt is so much more than a quick breakfast or healthy lunch... I now use it for sauces, to make blueberry pancakes and use it in place of sour cream for dips. Oikos Greek Yogurt from Dannon is a great brand to try if you want to give Greek yogurt a go.
So what makes "Greek" yogurt different? Dannon® Oikos® is created through an authentic Greek straining process which gives it a rich and creamy-thick texture. The Greek method strains out some of the whey (liquid) of the yogurt leaving more milk solids.
Why should you try it? Well, both Dannon® Oikos® Plain and Fruit on the Bottom contains 0% fat, while the Dannon® Oikos® traditional blended varieties contains about 3% fat. Both are an excellent source of protein, twice that of most regular lowfat yogurts.
And how can you use it in cooking? I substitute Greek yogurt anywhere a recipe calls for sour cream. So, in my hot spinache and artichoke dip, pound cake, etc. Sprinkle a little ranch seasoning on top and dip away with fresh cut veggies. You can also find a bunch of great recipes on the Oikos website showing you how to add a nutritious twist to some of your current favorites: www.smartswaprecipes.com.
I love how the yogurt tastes on it's own... and with so many flavors, including: Plain, Vanilla, Honey, Peach, Black Cherry, Blueberry, Strawberry, to choose from I never get bored. Add it to your baking though, and your goodies take on a whole other taste dimension. It is a sneaky way to add rich flavor without the usual guilt. You will have very happy taste buds!
So, still not sure if you want to try Dannon® Oikos® yogurt? Well, for all those John Stamos fans, take a peak at the current commercial:
The only question left is, how will you be enjoying your Dannon® Oikos® yogurt?
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