About Greek Yogurt | Malta
Regular yogurts are a staple food item in most people’s fridges – they’re an excellent quick snack, either for breakfast or as a pick me up when you (or the kids) get hungry. Recently, you may have noticed the emergence of a new type of yogurt in the supermarket – Greek Yogurt.
Greek yogurt has been rapidly gaining popularity over the last few years, and for good reason! Not only is it thicker and creamier than regular yogurt, but it has several health benefits as well.
Both regular yogurt and Greek yogurt can be a part of a healthy balanced diet; they’re low in calories and full of calcium and live bacterial cultures. Greek yogurt however is strained thoroughly to remove most of the liquid whey, lactose and sugar. This not only gives it it’s typical thick consistency, but also makes it more digestible to those who are sensitive to lactose.
Calorie for calorie, Greek yogurt packs double the protein and half the sugar content – meaning, not only does it taste good, but it will also keep you and the rest of the family fuller for longer due to the protein and lack of sugar crash.
Here’s a look at how the two compare nutritionally:
Protein: A typical 6-ounce serving of Greek yogurt contains 15 to 20 grams of protein, which is equivalent to the amount present in 2 to 3 ounces of lean meat. An equal amount of regular yogurt provides just 9 grams of protein, making you feel hungrier sooner. This makes Greek yogurt a great choice for vegetarians who may be having a tough time getting the recommended daily allowance of protein.
Carbohydrates: Natural Greek yogurt is a good choice for those looking to reduce carbohydrate consumption – containing 5 to 8 grams per regular serving compared to 13 to 17 grams per serving of regular natural yogurt. However, both types of yogurt will contain a high number of carbs if they’ve been sweetened by sugar or other sweeteners – so look for Natural varieties or low sugar versions.
Fat: Fat content is one area you have to be wary of in Greek yogurt – 7 ounces of full-fat Greek yogurt contains 16 grams of saturated fat. That’s 80% of your total daily fat allowance on a 2,000 calorie diet! Regular full fat yogurt has under 5 grams of saturated fat for the same quantity. Unless you’re trying to increase the fat in your diet, stick to the low-fat or fat free versions. The good thing about Greek Yogurt is that it retains its creamy consistency even when low/non-fat so you won’t feel like you’re missing out!
Sodium: We don’t normally check sodium content of our yogurts, but if you’re suffering from diabetes, hypertension or are over 50, it’s a good thing to keep an eye out for. One serving of Greek yogurt has an average of 50 mg of sodium, compared to about a 100 mg in most brands of regular yogurt.
What do I eat Greek yogurt with?
When you go to buy Greek yogurt from the supermarket, you may notice it can be a bit pricier than regular yogurts (especially the local varieties). However, you should also be able to find larger contains of 500 or 750 ml of greek yogurt that you can use throughout the week in various ways, thus making it a budget friendly option.
Whilst you can buy the ready packaged versions that have fruits, syrups or honey added, natural Greek yogurt is far more versatile.
If you’re looking for something sweet for breakfast, try:
- Natural Greek yogurt with a dollop of honey, maple syrup, jam or golden syrup added
- Natural Greek yogurt mixed with some dried fruits and chopped nuts
- Natural Greek yogurt mixed in with muesli (stretches your greek yogurt out and bulks up your breakfast)
If you enjoy savory foods for breakfast, try:
- Natural Greek yogurt mixed with seasonings such as garlic and dill to use as a dip for carrots, celery sticks, pita chips, etc
- Natural Greek yogurt as a replacement for cream cheese or mayonnaise of sandwiches, egg salad, potato salad, etc
If you’re looking for a healthier baked food for breakfast:
- Natural Greek yogurt as a substitute for some of the eggs and oil in baked goods (such as cakes, muffins, etc)
- Natural Greek yogurt as a substitute for recipes that call for sour cream
What brands of Greek Yogurt are there?
Different supermarkets in Malta will carry different brands, but below are 3 reputable brands you are likely to find:
- Total Greek Yogurt (Fage) – Found in Natural and Honey varieties, non-fat, low fat and full fat
- Kolios Authentic Greek Yogurt
- Mevgal – Duettino Greek Yogurt – Found in Natural, with Honey & Nuts, and Tzatziki
Where to buy Greek Yogurt in Malta
You can buy a wide range of Greek yogurt brands (and varieties) in St Julian’s and St Venera, including Total and Mevgal. Park Towers Supermarkets stocks the latest flavors and options, as well as old favorites, so as Greek yogurt grows in popularity, so does their stock variety.
Park Towers Supermarkets | St Venera | San Giljan Malta
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