It is hardly a surprise when you see Greek yogurt becoming so popular, with big names launching their line of products. It is probiotic, it is healthy, it packs in a lot of nutrients and is considered quite versatile in the kitchen. And the health-conscious are crazy about it because of the very same qualities. What people like most about Greek yogurt is that no matter how low fat the version is, it retains a wonderfully creamy texture.
So it was only natural that these companies would take the popularity even further and take it beyond regular plain yogurt and introduce it to the frozen food market. Because of the rich, creamy texture, it gives out a unique taste that is akin to ice cream, but not quite. You can be forgiven to believe that frozen Greek yogurt is just what it says; Greek yogurt that has been in the freezer. Later in the article, we will discuss how to make frozen Greek yogurt, but first, let us find out if frozen Greek yogurt is healthy.
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Choosing the Right Frozen Greek Yogurt
Frozen Greek yogurt can be an excellent replacement for ice cream for its low-fat content and virtually unlimited flavors. But if you want to keep it healthy, you will have to follow certain tips so that your diet is not compromised.
The Health Benefits
Compared with other frozen desserts, frozen Greek yogurt may have several health benefits, such as:
Now that you know a little about it, let us proceed to find out how to make frozen Greek yogurt.
Making Frozen Greek Yogurt
The preparation of frozen Greek yogurt is not just easy, it is also extremely healthy. What’s more is that the recipe is completely customizable, meaning you can replace the ingredients that we have listed according to your flavor and then some. You can use any type of Greek yogurt, whether is is fat-free or full, or any frozen fruit in the recipe. Needless to say, you can add any toppings that you like (while maintaining your health parameters) and use any amount of sweetener (provided the fruit you are using is already sweet enough).
As we already said, there are no set rules for the type of ingredients you want in your frozen Greek yogurt.
How to Prepare
This is as easy as it gets. Put all the frozen fruits in the processor, along with the vanilla extract, honey, and Greek yogurt. Set the processor on medium speed and let it run for about 4-5 minutes. Frozen strawberries and mangoes require a longer churning period, while bananas disintegrate quickly, in less than 2 minutes.
You may need to check after the processing is done if there are any remaining lumps. If there are, run the processor again for about a minute. Alternatively, you can use the back of a spoon to flatten them out.
You can start devouring it right from the processor and there is no harm in it, but be patient. When you are sure the mix is consistent, transfer the contents to an airtight container. Put this container in the freezer immediately and leave it overnight or up to 6 hours. If kept in an airtight container, it can last up to 1 month.
So there you have it, the simplest recipe on how to make frozen Greek yogurt. The best part about this is that you can control what ingredients go in it, including the Greek yogurt itself. If you are buying it off the shelf, remember that some products have a higher sugar content and that may interfere with your health regime, so it's a good idea to take a good look at the label.