I’ve Been Eating Greek Yogurt for Breakfast —Here Are All the Benefits

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“Greek yogurt is a high-protein, low-sugar option that can be topped with a number of healthy foods that provide even more nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber,” says Serena Poon, a celebrity chef, nutritionist, and wellness and longevity expert. “But it’s worth noting that while Greek yogurt offers many benefits, individual preferences and dietary needs can vary. Choose plain Greek yogurt, or those with minimal added sugars, and avoid heavily sweetened or flavored varieties if you want to maximize the benefits.”


What are the different types of Greek yogurt?

Greek yogurt 0%, on the other hand, which is the most popular option, is less caloric due to the absence of fat but tastes more like cream cheese than soft yogurt. And you can find—or make—other variations too: Poon says she eats a plant-based diet, so she chooses to make her own homemade vegan Greek yogurt from cashews and coconut milk at home.


What are the benefits of Greek yogurt?

“Not only does Greek yogurt provide protein, an essential macronutrient that can help you feel satiated, but it’s also full of nutrients like calcium (though it is lower in calcium than traditional yogurt) and B vitamins, such as B12, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid,” says Poon. “Vegan Greek yogurt is also going to provide protein, calcium, and an array of nutrients but in different quantities. Both are rich sources of probiotics, which support a healthy gut microbiome and therefore overall health.”

She continues, “Gut health impacts every system in your body, including immune functionmental health, and skin health. The lower carbohydrate content and high protein content of Greek yogurt can also contribute to better blood sugar control, especially when compared to sweetened yogurts or other sugary snacks.”


Interesting recipes and pairings with Greek yogurt

“Yogurt is a beautiful dish to eat on its own, or topped with a variety of fruit, nuts, and seeds,” says Poon. “If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, you can add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. Greek yogurt can also add a bit of flavor—and protein and calcium—to your smoothies and can be used as a probiotic-rich base for dips, dressings, whipped cream, and puddings. Greek yogurt’s thick and creamy texture makes it a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. It can be used as a substitute for sour cream, mayonnaise, or heavy cream in various recipes, providing a healthier option without compromising taste.”

As Poon said, for sweet flavors, one combination that works is Greek yogurt drizzled with honey and topped with a few nuts. Similarly, combining chocolate and fruits always works well; consider everything from strawberries or other berries to tropical fruits such as mango and papaya. Or prepare a smoothie with any of the elements mentioned above.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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