We are huge Greek yogurt fans in our house. As the base for healthy breakfast parfait, in a smoothie, on top of whole grain waffles, as a sour cream substitute, or just on its own, Greek yogurt is definitely a family staple. I love its thick, rich texture, and love even more that it’s packed full of protein—double the amount of regular yogurt (18-20 grams per ¾ cup serving)—which helps keep tummies full and energy levels stable.
We choose Greek yogurt that has between 2-5% milk fat, not only because we have a toddler who requires a little extra dietary fat for growth and development, but also because it simply tastes better to us, and keeps us satisfied longer. Dietary fat – just like protein—provides a feeling of satiety after a meal or snack, helping to stabilize blood sugar levels, and curb cravings throughout the day. Dietary fat is no longer the “nutritional bad guy”. Contrary to the common, old-school belief that it promoted unhealthy weight gain and raised the risk for chronic disease, we now know that dietary fat is important for health, and helps with nutrient absorption as well as brain and nerve function.
What seems to be more of a concern when it comes to weight management and chronic disease risk, is added sugar. That’s why I make sure to buy either plain yogurt, and flavor it with a bit of maple syrup or honey, or buy flavored yogurt that has no more than 20 grams of total sugar per 175 mls ( ¾ cup) serving. Greek yogurt naturally contains about 10-12 grams of natural-occurring sugar (lactose), so the extra would be considered “added” sugar—less is better here.
For this delicious recipe, I chose a higher fat Greek vanilla yogurt (5%) because it freezes a little better than lower fat versions. As a mom, I love that this recipe is so easy to make (and that my kids LOVE it!), and as a dietitian, I love that there are only 6 simple ingredients and not a lot of added sugar!
My kids love helping in the kitchen, so I put them to work, by getting them to stir and spread the yogurt mixture, and choose the toppings. This bark is nutritious enough to be snack-worthy, but delicious and sweet enough to be considered a dessert!
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Written by a Registered Dietitian.