As we all know, there are many benefits to Greek yogurt after weight loss surgery. So, is Greek yogurt good after weight loss surgery?

Greek yogurt is higher in protein, contains probiotics, and has less lactose than traditional yogurt for those with lactose intolerance. It is also thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. Not only can you eat it as a healthy, high protein snack after your weight loss surgery, you can also use it in recipes to increase protein, and decrease fat and calories.

Here are some different ways to GO GREEK!!

  1. Use it as a sauce to add to meats mix Greek yogurt with lime juice and capers to create a sauce for salmon or fish of choice.
  2. Add your favorite seasoning packet to plain Greek yogurt as a delicious dipping sauce for your vegetables. Ranch and taco seasoning packets are great ones to start with.
  3. Add minced garlic, fresh herbs, and extra-virgin olive oil for a quick and healthy dressing for salads.
  4. For a SWEET treat add a squirt of honey, fresh lemon juice, and a dash of cinnamon to make a dipping sauce for berries or peaches.
  5. When making a cold creamed soup add Greek yogurt instead of cream.
  6. Combine Greek yogurt, diced cucumbers, garlic, and extra-virgin olive oil to make a dip smear for wraps
  7. For another SWEET treat add PB2, dash of honey, cinnamon, and some chopped walnuts to your Greek yogurt.
  8. Use Greek yogurt as a sour cream substitute top off Chili or tacos with a dollop of Greek
  9. Add it to Guacamole. Adding it to guacamole will make your dip go further, increase protein, and decrease the fat in your dip. It will also preserve your avocado.
  10. Use it when making deviled eggs. Use it as the mayonnaise to decrease the fat and help increase the protein in your recipe.
  11. Use Greek yogurt as a marinade for chicken or fish replace the oils and butter in your usual marinades.
  12. Substitute buttermilk with Greek yogurt when making pancakes or waffles to add protein to your breakfast items and decrease the fat.

Greek Yogurt Recipes to Try

Here are some Greek yogurt recipes to try after your bariatric surgery.

devilledeggsDeviled Eggs

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs, hard boiled and shells removed
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, plain, low-fat
  • 1 teaspoon white or cider vinegar, optional freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow or Dijon mustard (I used French’s Yellow Mustard)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • paprika for garnish

Directions

Slice hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks, add to a small mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Combine in a separate bowl the remaining ingredients, except paprika. Add yogurt mixture to yolks and stir to combine. Evenly divide mixture inside the egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Recipe found at: http://skinnyms.com/deviled-eggs/

blueberriesNo Bake Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Yield: 9-12 servings

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1½ C graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ C sucanat (or any other granulated sugar)
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 1 250g package full fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ C lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ C mild flavored liquid honey
  • ¾ C Greek yogurt
  • pinch sea salt

For the Topping:

  • Fresh fruit such as blueberries, cherries, strawberries, etc
  • Your favorite pie filling (cherry, etc)
  • Chocolate Greek Yogurt Sauce
    • ½ C plain Greek yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate syrup
    • 1 tablespoons maple syrup, if needed

Stir the yogurt, maple syrup and chocolate sauce together and serve.

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, stir together the crust ingredients until completely combined. Press firmly into the bottom of an 8×8 square baking dish or a pie plate. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  2. To make the filling, place the room temperature cream cheese in a food processor along with the lemon juice, vanilla, honey and Greek yogurt. Process until completely combined and smooth. Alternatively you can use a hand or stand mixer, but be sure to beat the cream cheese first before adding all the other ingredients to avoid lumps.
  3. Pour the filling mixer into the prepared crust, smooth out, cover and place in the fridge for at least 24 hours. Once the cheesecake has set slice, top as desired and serve immediately.

Notes

Freshly squeezed or bottled lemon juice both work perfectly. Just be sure to strain any lemon pieces out of your freshly squeezed lemon juice for a perfectly smooth cheesecake. If your honey is solid just warm it gently until liquid again.

Recipe found at: http://fooddoodles.com/2013/06/20/no-bake-greek-yogurt-cheesecakewithout-gelatin/

So, is Greek yogurt good after weight loss surgery? Yes. As you can see, there are many great benefits to using Greek yogurt. Find more great recipes by searching Greek yogurt recipes online.

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