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Superfood of the Month: Greek Yogurt

Bowl of Greek yogurt with cut lemons, cucumbers and crackers

Jun. 3 2024

Greek yogurt is known for its rich, creamy texture and tangy taste. This nutrient-packed dairy product stands out from regular yogurt because its high protein content and essential nutrients. Greek yogurt’s multiple health benefits make it an invaluable addition to your daily diet. 

Health Benefits

  • High in protein: Crucial for muscle repair, bone health and overall body maintenance. 
  • Probiotics for gut health: Maintains a healthy balance of gut bacteria, essential for good digestion. 
  • Rich in B vitamins: Contains B12 and other B vitamins for energy and brain health. 
  • Calcium for bone health: Provides calcium necessary for strong bones and teeth. 
  • Potassium for blood pressure: Helps regulate blood pressure and counteracts the effects of sodium. 
  • Supports weight management: High protein content increases satiety, aiding in weight control. 
  • Low-calorie substitute: Acts as a low-calorie option in recipes, supporting a balanced diet. 
  • Lowered risk of type 2 diabetes. 
  • Boosts metabolism: Protein and probiotics enhance metabolism, improving energy utilization. 
  • Improves mental health: Probiotics may benefit mental health by affecting the gut-brain axis. 

Baked Lemon Salmon with Herbed Greek Yogurt 

Lemon salmon with Greek yogurt sauce


  • 8 oz salmon 
  • 1 lemon 
  • 1 tsp olive oil 
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 


  • 2½ oz Greek yogurt, plain 
  • 2 tsp lemon juice 
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder 
  • ½ tsp basil, fresh, chopped 
  • ½ tsp thyme, dried 
  • ¼ tsp salt 


  1. Mix Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, chopped basil, thyme and salt. Put in the refrigerator to marinate. You can do this step a day in advance. 
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. 
  3. Slice lemon in half-moons. 
  4. Place salmon on sheet pan. Spread olive oil on top of the fish and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. 
  5. Top each piece of salmon with a lemon half-moon slice. 
  6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145°. 
  7. Remove from oven and top with Greek yogurt herbed sauce. 
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