As a registered dietitian working with clients that are trying to lose weight and getting ready for bariatric surgery, I am always looking for products for my patients that taste good and give them the best bang for their buck! Greek yogurt is definitely one of those items – you can’t go wrong when you choose the fat free options with double the protein!
I will admit… I wasn’t a fan of Greek yogurt at first. I couldn’t get past the thicker texture and sour taste. I was used to sweeter, thinner regular light yogurt. After trying a few brands and flavors, however, I started to like it more and more.
So the other day while I was grocery shopping, I noticed that Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt was on sale. I picked up a few flavors and decided to give them a try. They had some really awesome sounding flavors – like Strawberry Cheesecake, Banana Cream, Toasted Coconut Vanilla, Caramel Macchiato… just to name a few. I grabbed a Strawberry Cheesecake & a Banana Cream.
Yesterday at lunch I tried the Strawberry Cheesecake. The other dietitians at lunch said, “Oooh, that’s my favorite. You’re going to love it.” I took a bite and instantly said “Oh, wow, YUM!” and they all said “Told you!” Today I brought the Banana Cream for lunch and had a similar reaction.
So here’s the nutrition stats on these yogurts: They only have 80 calories, 0g of fat, 12g of protein and only 9g of carbs. It is sweetened with fructose, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose. It has more than double the protein of the regular Dannon Light & Fit yogurt and a little more than half the carbohydrates. Overall this yogurt is a great option to curb those sweet cravings and give you an extra protein boost in your day! The “Keeping it Real” dietitian approves!