PressMediaWire.com (Press Release Distribution) – Nov 24,2011 –
The six weeks between the Thanksgiving feast and New Year’s can be dangerous to your diet. If you typically gain weight during the holiday season, a registered dietitian has some advice: snack on Greek Yogurt. “It’s much easier to avoid the cookie platter at the holiday party if you’re not ravenous when you arrive,” says registered dietician Janet R. Mertz, MS, RD, CDE, CPT., a contributor to Voskos Greek Yogurt’s “What’s Fresh” blog. “Eat before you leave for the party, and if you choose a snack like Greek yogurt, you may even lose weight over the holidays.”
Mertz continues, “According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, two foods—nuts and yogurt—were most closely correlated with weight loss. One of the study’s authors, Walter Willett, noted that “it may well be that the healthy bacteria in the yogurt is helping change the mix of bacteria in the colon and influencing weight.” Voskos Greek Yogurt is made with a mix of beneficial probiotic cultures, including Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidus, and Lactobacillus casei.
Willett also suggested that “eating foods that keep us satisfied is really going to be important in the long run.” The high protein and calcium levels in Greek yogurt “make you feel full and satisfied longer,” according to Mertz. Voskos Plain Low-Fat Greek Yogurt contains 24 grams of protein—about as much as a quarter-pound patty of lean ground beef. “It takes your body longer to digest protein than to digest empty carbs like Christmas cookies,” says Mertz. “And if you choose a variety like Voskos Plain Yogurt, there’s no added sugar to worry about.”
So, what if the party is at your house? “You can substitute Plain Voskos Greek Yogurt for sour cream in recipes to boost the protein content. And we have dozens of snack and appetizer recipes featuring healthy Greek yogurt at Voskos.com,” says Mertz. “You can throw a holiday party and indulge guilt-free when you incorporate Greek yogurt into your cooking.”
Voskos Greek Yogurt has been recognized in awards contests presented by Fitness magazine, Women’s Health, Vegetarian Times, Natural Solutions, Self Magazine and Cooking Light magazine. It is also a triple gold winner of the 2010 Los Angeles International Dairy Competition. Visit Voskos’ Web site for dozens of Greek yogurt recipes for low-carbohydrate breakfasts, appetizers, entrees, and snacks.
About Voskos Greek Yogurt
Award-winning for its thick, rich taste and nutritional value, Voskos Greek Yogurt is all-natural, hormone-free, gluten-free, and Kosher certified. Through Voskos’ proprietary ProStrain™ method, Voskos yields two times more protein, more probiotics, less lactose, and a thicker, creamier consistency. Voskos is the only brand to offer an organic Greek yogurt line in addition to its all-natural plain and blended flavors and never has “fruit on the bottom.” Available nationwide, retailing between $1.49 – $2.99 in such stores as Kroger, Safeway, Publix, Bi-Lo, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and more. For store locations, and to download a coupon, visit Voskos.com or facebook.com/voskosgreekyogurt today.
About Janet Mertz, Janet R. Mertz, MS, RD, CDE, CPT
Janet Mertz is a diabetes educator, wife of a Type-1 diabetic and mother who enjoys helping educate people on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.