For years now I have been adamant on buying only plain full fat Greek yogurt when I do my shopping. It is one of those staple items I just have to have in my fridge every day to incorporate into my family’s diet, especially my children’s. I have often come across recipes on how to make yogurt and always wondered what the difference between making Greek yogurt and regular yogurt was. So I began researching it one day.
SO..Why DOES Greek yogurt have more protein?
Some of the Greek yogurt brands that I have found have up to 18 grams of protein for one serving, which is usually 1/3 of a cup. This is an impressive amount of protein for a small portion like that. Compare this to full fat plain regular yogurt which is in the range of 8 grams of protein. So what is the reason that Greek yogurt is so packed full of the good stuff? The short answer is: Greek yogurt is simply more concentrated.
When making yogurt of any kind, the processing is all the same. The base ingredient is milk that is turned into yogurt by the process of fermentation. This is done by heating the milk over time and adding live bacterial cultures such as Lactobacillis bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. After fermentation has taken place the result will be regular yogurt.
To make Greek yogurt, the final product will have to be strained several times to remove a lot of the liquid produced while making regular yogurt. The end result will be a concentrated Greek style yogurt, which is thicker and more protein dense. It’s that simple!
Earlier I mentioned how Greek yogurt was an absolute must on my grocery list. There are several reasons why I find this staple ingredient and all it’s protein benefits so amazing:
- It makes for a really good quick protein for the kids breakfast.
- I can substitute it in my baking very easily and in many recipes for a high protein healthy snack.
- It is my “sour cream” so I use it every time we make tacos or fajitas.
- It makes a great ‘first food’ for babies being so protein packed.
- It can easily be added into shakes, smoothies, frozen desserts, oatmeal and pancakes.
Please visit my recipe page to find out how to make homemade greek yogurt and some recipes that I substitute Greek yogurt in. I hope you will share some recipes with me as well as I always enjoy more ideas!