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How We Use Yogurt in Our Cooking

Banana Split Overnight Oats taste like your favorite dessert but are made healthy with oats, Greek yogurt, almond cashew butter and fresh fruit!
Banana Split Overnight Oats
I have always been a big fan of yogurt. When Greek yogurt became popular, I jumped right on that bandwagon and haven't looked back. I love how thick and creamy it is. When my daughter was old enough to eat real food, she started loving yogurt as well. She is 21 months old and calls yogurt "O". She asks for it all the time and it is a food that I feel good giving her.

These Yogurt Parfait Popsicles make the perfect summer breakfast! Filled with yogurt, fresh fruit and whole-grain granola, they are filling and delicious!
Yogurt Parfait Popsicles
I love using yogurt in all types of cooking. We use plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for tacos or dips. We use yogurt in overnight oats, parfaits and healthier dessert recipes. I joke that if a dessert doesn't have either banana, Greek yogurt or peanut butter in it, I don't know how to make it.

I feel like yogurt is so versatile because it can be used in recipes for any meal, snack or dessert during the day. It can be made sweet or savory. Eaten plain or baked into a recipe. We love Greek yogurt!

I have shared so many recipes using yogurt on my blog and here are some of my favorites:
These Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits take 5 minutes to make and are the perfect dessert. Made lighter with Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries.
Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

Spiralized Sweet Potato Fries with Chile Habanero Sauce- thin, crispy and make the perfect appetizer. The spicy and creamy sauce adds flavor and spice to the dish.
Sweet Potato Fries with Chile Habanero Sauce
Healthy Mini Key Lime Pies take 5 minutes to make and have only 5 ingredients! They make the perfect easy dessert that is light and delicious!
Healthy Mini Key Lime Pies
This Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip is healthier than the original but is still full of flavor and makes the perfect appetizer! Made easy by being cooked in the slow cooker.
Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip
Dannon has recently made what they are calling the Dannon Pledge which is an announcement to label GMOs on their entire line of products (Dannon, Oikos and Danimals) by the end of 2017 as well as improve sustainable farming practices, remove additives and preservatives from their products and give their cows non GMO feed meaning that their products will be GMO free.

Frozen Yogurt Bark- easy, healthy and makes a great Valentine's Day dessert!
Frozen Yogurt Bark
I want to be completely clear on this post sharing my opinion as a registered dietitian after doing a bunch of research myself. I do not believe that GMOs are bad. I do not specifically avoid foods with GMOs. I went to the best blog event that I had ever been to recently which was a dinner with Michigan farmers talking about GMOs and other hot issues.
This Carrot Cake Smoothie tastes like your favorite carrot cake dessert but is made healthy with carrots, bananas and Greek yogurt!
Carrot Cake Smoothie
I found out that there are only two GMO vegetables made and that a lot of what is talked about with GMOs is completely based on fear instead of fact-based science. As a dietitian, I want to follow fact based science. This is obviously something that is my personal preference and other dietitians may feel differently.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats take 5 minutes of prep time the night before and you will have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning!
Dannon's perspective on GMOs is that that believe that currently approved GMOs are safe. Since there is a growing consumer preferent for nonGMO ingredients in the US, they want to meet consumer demand and therefore, are making their products nonGMO. Consumers wanted their food labeled and Dannon is giving them what they want.

Dannon yogurts are great for me and my daughter. She likes the kid versions while I like the Greek yogurt versions the best.

I like that Dannon listens to their customers because the customer is what really matters. When a company does not listen to their customers, they may lose business. This change will be helpful for those that believe that GMOs are bad and possibly harmful. Knowing what is in your food (or not in your food) can be beneficial, especially if you are trying to avoid certain ingredients or ways that food is produced.

Consumers are now wanting more honest food and labeling of their food which is what they are getting. When you go to certain restaurants for example, you can now see calorie counts of foods and sometimes, can see the ingredients that are in these foods.

The milk that Dannon is going to be using is sourced from the farms that they know which they are the first to do this compared to other yogurt companies. Also, they are implementing animal welfare practices at farmer partners' operations using the Validus Certification system. By July 2016, more than 90% of their milk supply will come from farms that are certified.

I went to a dinner that I was invited to with Michigan Agriculture where we learned about dairy farming and talked about GMOs as well. It was very interesting and I am now reading a book learning more about farming and the farmers side vs. the food side.

Follow Dannon on their site, Danimals and Oikos Greek Yogurt (my personal favorite).

This post contains content sponsored by The Dannon Company, Inc. The opinions expressed in my post are my own. For more information on Dannon's move toward sustainable agriculture, naturality and transparency, and nongmo ingredients visit and

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