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Greek Yogurt Health Benefits

4 Reasons Greek Yogurt Rules

A few ingredients always have a home in my fridge, and Greek yogurt is one of those healthy staples. If its creamy, rich flavor alone isn't enough to sell you on this versatile, nutrient-packed yogurt, here's why it deserves to be a bigger part of your diet.

It's the easiest breakfast ever: Overslept and in need of an easy healthy breakfast? Let Greek yogurt come to the rescue. Toss a scoop in a bowl with some fresh berries and your favorite nuts, and you're good to go. The fiber and protein in this throw-together breakfast will keep you satisfied until lunchtime rolls around. If you're tired of your normal toppings, look to these creative combos for inspiration.

It's high in protein: After a tough strength-training session, it's essential to fill up on at least 10 grams of protein to help your muscles recover and repair. If you're not ready for a big meal, grab a cup of delicious Greek instead; I'm a big fan of Chobani's fruit on the bottom yogurt that comes in a ton of tasty flavors, all offering 11 or 12 grams of protein per cup.

It can sub in for . . . everything: Instead of using ingredients like sour cream, milk, or mayo, you can replace those unhealthy fats with Greek yogurt. It even works for baked goods; instead of using eggs and oil in store-bought cake, substitute one cup of yogurt and one cup of water to keep things lighter and just as delicious.

It's full of probiotics: If you're dealing with digestion issues, there's no need to turn to over-the-counter treatments right away — just eat your fill of Greek yogurt. It's full of good-for-you strains of bacteria that support a healthy digestive system without being too tough on a sensitive belly.

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