Dairy is starting to get a bad reputation, but there is always two sides to a story.

Back in the 90’s we would see a ton of commercials and magazine ads saying “Got Milk?” but have you heard those words in the last decade? Not so much because dairy has started to build up a bad reputation because it is higher in calories and contains saturated fat. But, in reality dairy is great for you if you consume it in moderation.

Dairy products such as milk is a great source of protein which will help you burn fat and promote muscle gain. The picture is not completely clear on how much you should consume, but if you stick with a rule of thumb of an 8oz glass or milk or less per day, you should not have too much to worry about.

When it comes to trying to lose weight, and eating dairy you will want to opt for low-fat or fat free dairy products as they will contain less calories and fat. Just to put it in perspective one cup of whole milk has nearly double the calories as a cup of skim milk. So you are saving in the calorie department by a lot just for opting for the fat free version.

I currently live out here in the mid-west and i’m very close to Wisconsin (cheese-heads) and that is the true land of dairy products, so we have a lot of cheese options out here. If you are a cheese lover and are trying to lose weight you really should cut back on the amount of cheese you are eating. Look for low fat options ,and if you buy cheese by the slice sometimes you can find the ‘ultra-thin’ type and this can save you a lot of calories as well.

How can they claim eating dairy is bad, when yogurt is just so good for you? Well, lets not go with just any yogurt because there are many of them that are on the market which are loaded with sugar. You can find others which use sugar-substitutes if you are simply eating them as a sweet treat that might be an option for you, but lets talk about Greek Yogurt.

Greek Yogurt is absolutely the best in all the yogurt departments. It’s great because it improves your digestive health naturally because of the probiotics it contains. What is probiotics? They are healthy bacteria that promote a healthy gut by helping you digest food.

Greek yogurt also provides many very important nutrients such as calcium, potassium, protein and magnesium. 1 Cup of Greek yougrt contains 130 calories, and 23 grams of protein so if you are are looking for ways to get more protein in your diet while cutting back on meat pack a container of greek yogurt.

Greek Yogurt Recipe Ideas
If you have tried greek yogurt plain and it just is not for you. I understand – I do not like it plain either, but when it is mixed into something else it taste terrific. Actually many people use greek yogurt as a replacement to sour cream. So if you are going to make some chili this fall try mixing in some greek yogurt and see how much you like it. Otherwise, here are some professional cooks that are sharing their greek yogurt recipes which sound and look delicious.

I found some other great recipes for you to try!
Greek Yogurt Pancakes 
Greek Yogurt Chicken
Garlic Mashed Potatos with Greek Yogurt

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