Swap This for That: Butter, Sour Cream and Dressings for Greek Yogurt

Becoming healthier can often seem overwhelming, but when it comes down to it, small and simple changes make a big difference in your health. When you focus on what’s doable for you, your healthy eating will not only become more manageable but more sustainable over the long term, providing benefits that will last.

To help you get started we have a simple tip — a one ingredient swap — that will allow you to feel lighter and healthier after some of your favorite meals. Sour cream, mayonnaise, dressings, you name it! Greek Yogurt can substitute as a healthier alternative which will leave you feeling lighter and better! Read on for recipes to get you started.

This post is adapted from an original article from Laura Newcomer at greatist.com

Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Photo: Recipe Girl

1. Greek Yogurt Pancakes

These pancakes aren’t only beautiful; they’re also loaded with protein and antioxidant-rich blueberries — and not much else. To increase the health “oomph” even more, substitute in whole-wheat pastry flour.

Pasta with Greek Yogurt and Zucchini
Photo: Ezra Poundcake

2. Pasta with Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Creamy Lemon-Yogurt Sauce

This colorful bowl of pasta uses whole-wheat linguine, protein-rich Greek yogurt, and hearty doses of zucchini, tomatoes, and garlic, which is packed with vitamins C and B6 and manganese.

Garlic Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes
Photo: The Faux Martha

3. Garlic-Yogurt Mashed Potatoes

This healthier take on a classic dinner table staple uses only two tablespoons of butter and — it gets the rest of its protein and (healthy) fats from Greek yogurt and olive oil. Garlic, sea salt, and freshly cracked black pepper add flavor.

Spinach Artichoke Greek Yogurt Dip
Photo: So Let’s Hang Out

4. Kale, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip with Greek Yogurt

This delicious (and delicious-sounding) artichoke dip is already so full of veggies that we’re tempted to suggest eating it with a spoon. Superfoods kale and spinach combine with carrots, red onion, artichoke hearts, and garlic in a hearty Greek yogurt base.

Lemon Tart
Photo: Happyolks

5. Lemon Tart with Rosemary Crust

This wholesome, delicious tart uses Greek yogurt to cut down on sugar and butter. The simple spelt flour crust is infused with rosemary and just a hint of sugar, while the filling gets light, citrusy tartness from the juice and zest of lemons.