Greek yogurt has a large amount of protein for a dairy food. Learn how to add protein to Greek yogurt using the ideas below.
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Protein is an important nutrient that our bodies need in order to function properly. Many people, especially athletes, often seek out protein-rich foods in order to meet their daily protein needs. One great way to add protein to your diet is by incorporating Greek yogurt into your meals.
How to add protein to Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a high-protein food that is also low in calories and fat. plus, it tastes great! Here are a few easy ways to add protein to your greek yogurt:
Mix in Nuts and Seeds
For some extra protein with a crunch, mix in some seeds or nuts. Chia seeds, hemp hearts, and pumpkin seeds are all great options that are high in protein and healthy fats.
Add Protein Powder to Greek Yogurt
To really increase your protein intake, add a scoop of protein powder. protein powders are a convenient way to get protein into your diet, and they come in a variety of flavors to suit your taste buds. Adding it to yogurt is pretty simple, but you can read all about some tips and great combinations in this article; How to Add Protein Powder to Greek Yogurt.
Add Fruit to Greek Yogurt
Adding some fruit to Greek yogurt can change to flavor and texture completely and liven up a cup of plain yogurt. Fresh or frozen fruit is a great way to add sweetness and nutrients to your yogurt. Some of my favorites include strawberries, blueberries, and mango.
Add Peanut Butter
If you don’t mind the added fat and calories, you can also add peanut butter to Greek Yogurt. This gives the yogurt a delicious peanut butter flavor, but it does make the texture even thicker. We often do this for our medically complex daughter who has feeding difficulties. Mixing peanut butter in her Greek yogurt gives her plenty of fat and protein in one meal.
Add Peanut Butter Powder
If you want the taste of peanut butter with less of the fat, you can add peanut butter powder to your yogurt for the same great taste, but less of the fat and calories. You can use the same methods as adding protein powder to yogurt.
Use it as a Topping
Greek yogurt makes a great topping for pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, and even desserts. You can even add it to oatmeal ahead of time by making these delicious overnight protein oats.
Use Greek Yogurt as an Ingredient
You can also use Greek Yogurt as an ingredient to increase the protein content of some foods that are not typically known for having protein, like replacing the buttermilk in pancakes an waffles with Greek yogurt.
By adding protein to your Greek yogurt, you can enjoy all the benefits that this nutrient has to offer. Protein is essential for building muscle, repairing tissue, and maintaining a healthy weight.
More Recipes with Greek Yogurt
- Overnight Protein Oats
- How to Add Protein Powder to Yogurt
- Greek Yogurt Chocolate Muffins via In the Kids Kitchen