National Healthy Snack Month, Day 4, Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a great snack for National Healthy Snack Month. It has twice as much protein as other types of yogurt, is rich in bone-building calcium which makes it an excellent choice for bodybuilders who need all the high quality protein they can get.
This is good for all of us, not just athletes and bodybuilders. Get the plain and perk it up with nuts, strawberries or other berries and if you must sweeten it try some cinnamon or organic honey, each of which have their own set of health benefits.
Greek yogurt has quadrupled in production from 2008 – 2013 and an average serving of Greek yogurt can have 12 to 17.3 grams of protein. Greek yogurt manufacturers add a step to drain excess water and lactose out. You get a yogurt with more protein, less sugar, more carbs, and a tart taste.
Protein is one of the three nutrients that provide energy and it transfers oxygen and other substances across cell membranes. Getting the right amount of protein for yourself is important for your immune system, nerves, and fluid balance.
Not only do bodybuilders and athletes need more protein, we need more protein as we age, particularly over age 65. Adding some chia seeds into it can boost the protein even more and add fiber as well.
Greek yogurt also has probiotics that help your gut health. Without the good bacteria in probiotics, the bad bacteria multiplies and stresses our immune system. It is also high in calcium for bone health and vitamin D absorption as well as vitamin B-12 which is necessary for healthy nerves.
I’ve heard debates about whether yogurt is really good for you or not. This seems to be the case with most all foods. But look at it like this. If I have a choice between Greek yogurt with some strawberries on top, or a bag of greasy corn chips which one is going to make me healthier?