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Five reasons Greek yogurt is perfect for families

By Hy-Vee dietitian, Melissa Boncher | Sep 06, 2018

Adopting a good eating pattern is an important step to a healthy heart, which is why we’re encouraging healthier lifestyles by providing you and your family. Did you know almost 90 percent of Americans are not getting the recommended three cups of low-fat dairy a day? Chobani has a new product, Chobani Savor, which provides a convenient, delicious way to get in that needed dairy as a nutritious substitution for sour cream.

Check out the below benefits and five reasons to use Chobani Savor as a substitute below:

1. Two tablespoons of Chobani Savor contains 50 percent fewer calories and 75 percent less fat than the equivalent amount of sour cream.

2. Chobani Savor provides three times as much protein than the equivalent amount of sour cream.

3. The probiotics found in every cup of Chobani Greek yogurt may help promote gut health and support immune health.

4. Greek yogurt is a naturally low-sodium food and diets low in sodium can protect heart health.

5. Greek yogurt provides many essential nutrients including carbohydrates, potassium, magnesium and B vitamins — to make recipes and meals healthier.

Culinary Tips and Tricks

Want to use Greek yogurt as more than a topping? If you’ve explored heart-healthy eating, you’ve probably heard of Mediterranean Dietary Pattern. This is a traditional way of eating practiced by many people in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, which elevates rich, flavorful and nutrient-dense foods. Research shows adopting this eating style can support heart health and weight management and reduce risk for type II diabetes and age-related cognitive decline. The rich flavor and creamy texture of Chobani Yogurt pairs well with a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, making it a very versatile ingredient. Here are some easy ways to get started incorporating yogurt beyond as a topping:

Increase the amount of fruit in your diet with a yogurt-based smoothie or fruit-topped parfait.

Pair sliced vegetables and whole grain crackers with yogurt-inspired dips like a blue cheese and chive dip or guacamole.

Add extra flavor to your favorite lean meat or fish dish with yogurt-based sauces and dressings like homemade tzatziki or ranch dressing.

Boost the amount of legumes in your diet with yogurt-infused dishes like hummus or white bean chicken chili.

Here’s a yummy recipe for crispy chicken tacos your family is sure to enjoy.

Serves 8

Ingredients:

Crispy Chicken

Half-cup Chobani Whole Milk Greek yogurt

Half-cup buttermilk

One teaspoon minced garlic

One tablespoon Dijon mustard

One-eighth teaspoon chili powder

One-quarter teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

One-and-a-half teaspoons kosher salt

One pound chicken tenders

Two cups all-purpose flour

Two teaspoons smoked paprika

One teaspoon baking powder

Canola oil, for frying

For assembly:

Eight  6-inch corn tortillas

For topping:

One dollop (1 tbsp.) of Chobani Savor Original Plain Greek yogurt

Two tbsp. salsa of choice

Ingredients:

Combine yogurt, buttermilk, garlic, mustard, chili powder, pepper and salt in large mixing bowl. Whisk ingredients together until completely incorporated.

Add chicken to bowl and coat completely with marinade. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4-12 hours.

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together flour, paprika and baking powder. Reserve seasoned flour.

Remove chicken tenders from marinade. Dip tenders into seasoned flour once and place onto a wire rack-lined sheet pan.

Repeat last step, then allow floured tenders to rest for five minutes before frying. Fry tenders in oil at 350ºF for three to five minutes each, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Assembly:

Spread one tablespoon of Chobani (r) Savor on each tortilla. Top with two ounces of sliced crispy chicken and two tablespoons of salsa to serve.

For more great avocado recipes and ideas, visit Hy-Vee.com/recipes.

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