Greek yogurt is undoubtedly a dieter's friend. Consumed in moderation, yogurt can be a good source of calcium, protein, and pro-biotics. It's always best to check the label to make sure that your yogurt doesn't contain a boatload of sugar, artificial flavors and preservatives.
Banana Berry Cheesecake Greek Yogurt & Quinoa Parfaits (Cupcakes & Kale Chips)
Cupcakes & Kale Chips has a great recipe called Banana Berry Cheesecake Greek Yogurt & Quinoa Parfaits. It's basically a treat made out of layers of fruits, quinoa and a yummy combination of cream cheese and yogurt. It's a great idea to make this treat in jars ahead of time for a quick snack that you can easily grab from the fridge.
"Layers of naturally sweetened banana cheesecake yogurt, fresh berries, and nutty quinoa make these parfaits a healthy breakfast, fun snack, or sweet dessert."
- 2 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature (I used light cream cheese)
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- one very ripe banana, mashed
- honey, stevia, or another sweetener, to taste, if needed
- 1/2 cup cooked and cooled quinoa, prepared as per package instructions
- 1 cup berries, chopped if they are large (I used a mixture of raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries)
- additional berries for garnish, if desired
Healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Pops (Baker By Nature)
If you love ice cream pops, then you'll definitely have to try this Healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Pops recipe from Baker By Nature. The Popsicle itself is made from a mixture of Greek yogurt, chocolate chips and almond milk. This is a perfect treat for people who are trying to eat healthier but just couldn't resist eating an ice cream stick!
"Super easy AND healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Pops made with only 4 ingredients! I have a feeling you’ll be making these all Summer long."
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chocolate almond milk, cow's milk, or non-dairy milk of your choice
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups Vanilla Greek Yogurt (Full-fat recommended for creamiest results)
Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars (Kristine's Kitchen)
This Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars recipe from Kristine's Kitchen is the perfect thing to whip up if you're craving for cheesecake but you want something lighter than a dessert that mostly made of cream cheese. The finished product of this recipe comes out less dense, but definitely not short on flavor.
"The bright, lemon flavor of these creamy Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars will put a smile on your face! An easy dessert for Easter, Mother’s Day, or any spring occasion!"
For the Shortbread Crust:
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from 1 small lemon)
- 6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 1 tablespoon cold milk
For the Cheesecake:
- 3 cups full fat Greek yogurt (2% will work but we prefer these with the full-fat yogurt)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 2 eggs
- heaping tablespoon lemon zest
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice (you will need 2-3 medium lemons for zest and juice)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Fresh berries, for serving.
Ludy's Kitchen Healthy Tip:
Substitute Greek yogurt for whipped cream as a topping for desserts or fresh fruits. Similarly, you can also use it as a substitute for sour cream for savory dishes like baked potatoes or skewer dip.
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