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Finally, I have finished my myriad of experiments with Greek yogurt and can't wait to share my findings! As you have probably heard, read, or seen, Greek yogurt is popping up all over the health food scene. Ever hesitant to get behind fads, until I've had plenty of time to tinker with it to see if it's a viable swap that I could actually succesfully make in our house: cheap enough, easy enough to find without adding another grocery store stop to my routine, close enough to the original version, and, most importantly, tasty enough to get past the Hubby and my kid. Things like soy cheese, for instance, and tofu-anything have been epic failures that have actually made my Hubby squeamish to try any new swaps for months at a time!

So, as a family of yogurt eaters, I excitedly came home with a stock of fruit and honey Greek yogurt snack cups. Several bites into my first container and face puckered from the bitterness, I tossed it and swore it off as being way too sour. What I had noticed, however, was that it was also quite thick. So, instead of eating it straight-up, I considered it as a swap for sour cream, since we haven't been able to make plain regular yogurt work, because it's so runny. Thus far, I have used plain, nonfat Greek yogurt as a substitute for cakes, hot dips, cold dips like French Onion or Ranch, and we have used it as a pure replacement for sour cream on tacos, soups, and potato skins. It totally works! I have snuck it past my Hubby, parents, family, friends, and even the house full of toddlers we had over for my son's birthday party!

Reasons to consider going Greek yourself to support your healthy lifestyle and/or weightloss efforts is the very obvious savings of calories between it and lite sour cream...we're talking a HUGE difference like being able to eat a cup of lowfat Greek yogurt for the same calories as a few tablespoons of lowfat sour cream! Even better, studies have found that Greek yogurt is a health food powerhouse offering more probiotics (those good bacterias that aid in digestion and boost immunity) than regular yogurt, while having less sugar and 50%, at least, more protein. It has more calcium than an equal-sized serving of milk. It is strained, which makes it less watery than regular yogurt. All of this adds up to a dense product loaded with protein that will also help to keep you feeling fuller. Not a bad way to change-up a homemade artichoke dip or bowl of tortilla soup!

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