Choosing the Perfect Yogurt

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“The best peach yogurt ever!”

 

 

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Visiting with my grandson Louie, I got a great endorsement for this month’s Dietitian Pick of the Month, Two Good Greek Yogurt.

What yogurt should I Choose?

Of course, that depends on your overall preferences and health goals, but there are still a few things to consider. The good news is that mostly all yogurts contain the good-for-your-gut probiotics. But if you’re looking for a low-sugar snack, always check the label. You’d be surprised how many yogurts have 25-plus grams of sugar in a single serving. Under 10 grams of sugar is a good start; bonus points for no added sugar.

Danone recently came out with a Two Good Greek Yogurt line that contains only 2 grams of sugar and doesn’t contain the sugar substitutes aspartame, sucralose or acesulfame K. This is achieved by using a slow-straining process that removes some of the sugar from the milk. Because it’s still high in protein and calcium and low in sugar and sodium, it’s a good choice for anyone with diabetes or high blood pressure.

If you’re trying to lower your cholesterol, pair a low-sugar yogurt with something that’s high in fiber, like raspberries or ground flaxseeds. Not only will it be more filling, the extra fiber is what helps remove cholesterol from your blood.

To learn more about how yogurt can help you reach your health goals, join one of the free Hy-Vee dietitian store tours, every Monday, or Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays are focused on diabetes and Fridays are focused on blood pressure/cholesterol. Call me to schedule or go by customer service. Visit with your Hy-Vee Dietitian on Thursday, January 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. for more helpful hints, as we tour the Dairy Department.

COCONUTTY CREAM PIE YOGURT DIP

Humor your sweet tooth without the extra fat and calories.

Yield:  1 serving

Prep time: 5 minutes

All you need:

1 5.3 oz container Two Good Greek Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt

1 tbsp creamy almond butter (or other nut butter)

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp shredded and toasted coconut

1 tsp mini chocolate chips

Pineapple chunks or spears, and strawberries (for dipping)

All you do:

  1. Mix yogurt, nut butter and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle coconut and chocolate chips on top.

Serve with fruit for dipping.

Nutrition Information:

Estimated calories (dip only no fruit) 200, 12.3 grams fat, 2.3 grams saturated fat, 98 mg sodium, 10.2 grams total carbohydrate, 2.2 grams fiber, 5.7 grams sugar, and 16 grams protein.

Vanilla Two Good Yogurt contains 80 calories, 2 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 35 mg sodium. 3 grams total carbohydrate, 2 grams sugar and 12 grams of protein.

 

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