Clean Eating, Sports Nutrition

Protein in Greek Yogurt

OK friends, what happened to Greek yogurt? It’s always been something I recommend to people who can tolerate dairy well. It’s high in protein, probiotics, and if you have it with some fruit can be a great pre- or post-workout snack. But is it all those things still?

I can’t have dairy so it’s not something I look at on a regular basis, but I was looking at different types of Greek yogurt the other day for a client, and noticed that the macronutrient breakdown varies a lot now. The flavored versions are now as low as 9 – 13 grams of protein per serving, which at the lower end is about the same as a regular yogurt. The plain versions can be up to 15 – 18 grams of protein, which is the better choice.

If you don’t like the taste of plain Greek yogurt, add some fruit to it, but do it yourself! Getting the flavored version will add some fruit, but it will almost always add some plain white sugar as well.

This is a good reminder that you always want to check your nutrition label, even if it’s a food you’ve eaten for awhile. Food companies like to change a product once it’s out on the market and popular to make it cheaper to make, and sweeter to taste. Don’t let them fool you!