Since my husband’s Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis our budget has taken a serious hit. Between doctor visits, medications, and blood testing supplies I try to make every penny count…
… and count every penny.
I am sure you would like to save on your grocery budget as well. The good news is that eating healthier does not need to be a burden on your budget. We will discuss ways to save at the grocery store in a series of articles.
How to save $ on healthy food.
Save when buying Greek Yogurt
I am sure you have heard that Greek Yogurt is good for you.
You may wonder
- What is Yogurt anyway?
- Why it is good for you?
- Why is Greek yogurt more expensive than regular yogurt?
- Does it make a difference which one you eat?
- How can I save?
What is it and why is it good for you?
Yogurt is made by fermenting milk with a variety of lactic acid producing bacteria.
“Bacteria? Doesn’t bacteria make you sick?”
Yes and no. Some bacteria can cause illness but there are also beneficial bacteria. The bacteria in yogurt are good bacteria, they are great for you. As a matter of fact, all those bacteria help your tummy to stay healthy. Yogurt is rich in probiotics, which are microorganisms like bacteria and yeast. These same microorganisms live naturally in our stomach as well. So, put in a nutshell, eating yogurt helps balance the good and bad bacteria and yeast in your stomach.
Greek yogurt is packed with protein, loaded with B12 and has lots of minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium to strengthen your bones. It contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart.
Yogurt in its different forms is a nutrient-rich, gut-healthy addition to your diet.
Why is Greek Yogurt more expensive than regular?
What is the difference between Greek and regular yogurt?
To create Greek yogurt, regular yogurt is strained several times to remove most of the liquid (whey). The substance that is left is considered Greek Yogurt. Because the liquid is strained out, Greek Yogurt has a thicker, creamier consistency. It is a more concentrated form of yogurt, has more protein and other nutrients, which explains why it costs more.
Does it make a difference which one you eat?
Both types are good for you. Some of the choice will simply come to preference. Regular yogurt feels lighter and softer. It also has a more tangy taste. Greek yogurt is more dense, thicker, and a little milder.
The biggest difference is in the concentration of good things for you. Even though regular yogurt is very good for you, Greek Yogurt packs a nutritious punch and holds more protein than regular yogurt.
I want all those benefits and all the nutrition packed into a tasty snack! Don’t you?
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So now that we are convinced that yogurt is good for us, we are heading to the store to buy some.
And here is a problem: All that packed nutrition is not cheap. When Greek Yogurt is bought in the small, delightfully tempting 5.3 oz containers, it not only contains extra additives, preservatives, and at times extra calories, it is also quite expensive for what we get.
One small 5.3 oz container of flavored or plain Greek yogurt will cost $1.00 or more. $1 may not sound like much but when you do the math for a family of 5, counting one yogurt per person per day! You would spend $35 a week on yogurt for your family.
How can I save?
- Buy plain Greek Yogurt in a large container. At Sam’s for instance, the 40 oz container of Chobani Greek Yogurt is $ 4.98. If you divide your 40 oz yogurt into 5.3 oz servings you have 7.54 servings per container. Doing the calculations, you will spend $23 for a family of 5 if everyone has one yogurt a day for one week.
SO: If you were to buy the large container instead of the smaller ones for one year for a family of 5, you would save $12 a week, which is a savings of $624 a year.
- There is another good thing about buying plain Greek (or other) yogurt besides the nutrition and health benefits. You can make your yogurt any flavor you want. Simply add a few drops of lemon juice and some Splenda or add a few strawberries, cherries, blueberries, add nuts, chia- or flax-seed. Make it your way! No preservatives, no fake food, no artificial stuff, just nutritious goodness.
- You could use some of the yogurt to make a light, low calorie salad dressing. Delicious, nutrient-rich, no sugar, no fats, no preservatives. Just home-made goodness that is good for you!
- Or use some of the yogurt to create amazing desserts. Delicious, nutritious desserts, low in carbs, high in protein and all that goodness without added sugar.
So, enjoy the goodness of Yogurt without breaking the bank!
A few more facts about yogurt:
- Greek and regular yogurt is healthy: Yogurt in Nutrition
- Yogurt contains important minerals, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium to name a few.
- Sadly many Americans lack magnesium in their diet. Deficiency of magnesium is associated with many health problems, like Diabetes, Cancer, Insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), High Blood Pressure, and more. As you can see, adding foods rich in magnesium, like yogurt, to our diet is beneficial for our health. Read about many benefits of adding magnesium to your diet.
- Yogurt has lots of Calcium. Lack of Calcium in our diet is a problem for many and is associated with Osteoporosis – a brittle bone disease.
- Studies in Denmark have found that there is a link between eating Yogurt and a decreased risk of stroke. This article sheds light on the encouraging news.
- Yogurt is great for diabetics. Healthline News has great advice about the benefits of yogurt for diabetics in particular.
- Trying to lose weight? Dr. Eric Braverman wrote a great article in the Huffington Post. He wrote For consistent weight loss, eat yogurt every day.