Yearly Archives: 2011

VOSKOS® Greek Yogurt Can Help You Fight Belly Fat

Could Greek Yogurt be the best new way to lose belly fat?

Women and men alike hate belly fat—it ruins the look of slinky knits, and makes slacks hard to fit. But belly fat isn’t just unattractive; it’s hazardous to your health. Abdominal fat dramatically increases risks of premature death, according to studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and Circulation. Other studies link belly fat to diabetes, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and migraines in women.

“Luckily, there’s a delicious way to help blast away belly fat—Greek yogurt,” says Jenny Grothe, who, prior to becoming a professional figure builder, was an average 37 year old who went from a size 14 to a 4 in one year and has kept it off since. “VOSKOS® Greek Yogurt makes it easy for both men and women to include more high-protein, high-calcium dairy foods in their diet,” says Grothe, “and these are the kinds of foods that have been linked to belly fat reduction.”

Why Greek yogurt? “The body actually burns more calories digesting protein than carbohydrates,” says Grothe. “And protein takes longer to digest, so it helps you feel satiated longer. Greek yogurt has about twice as much protein per serving than regular yogurt, and that helps make Greek yogurt a ‘fat-fighting food,’ according to the popular health website”

The best news for fighting belly fat? Grothe offers, “A study published in the International Journal of Obesity showed that dieters on a high-calcium yogurt lost 81% more belly fat than dieters on a low-calcium diet. That’s about three servings of yogurt per day.

“There is a growing body of research that points to the health benefits of a diet that includes Greek yogurt,” adds Grothe. “And with VOSKOS® Greek Yogurt—available in organic, low-fat, non-fat and regular varieties, in flavors like Exotic Fig, Honey, Blueberry, and Vanilla Bean—you can eat healthy without feeling deprived.” A 227 gram (8 ounce) serving of Plain Non-Fat VOSKOS® Greek Yogurt contains 24 grams of protein, and only 9 grams of carbohydrates, which is also important for those who are counting carbs in an effort to lose weight.

10 Ways to Naturally Sweeten VOSKOS® Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt

I have a confession: I LOVE plain nonfat VOSKOS® yogurt and enjoy eating it as-is! Despite being nonfat, it is so thick and creamy, and not too tart. Every spoonful is so satisfying!

Of course, VOSKOS® nonfat is also very healthy – in fact, it’s as healthy as yogurt can get. Chock full of protein, calcium and probiotics and no added sugar. It’s certainly better than those commercial brands in the store that add obscene amounts of sugar, not to mention gelatin and flavorings, to their products.

But I know that not everyone enjoys the taste of plain, nonfat yogurt. So what to do if you don’t want the sugar-laden stuff from the store, you know that nonfat plain is the healthiest, but you still find that it’s too bland and not flavorful enough to eat as is?

Flavor it naturally! The advantage of doing that is that you start off with the cleanest of foods, then add just the amount you need to make it more flavorful. So you know exactly what gets into your body, and you are in control of how sweet the end result is.

Some of these I tried and loved. Others are suggestions from fans that were posted on our Facebook page:

1. Honey. This one is a classic. Pour a tablespoon of honey over 8oz plain nonfat VOSKOS® and mix well.

2. Jam. As simple as honey, simply add a tablespoon of jam to 8oz plain nonfat VOSKOS® and mix well.

3. Mashed fruit. I love mashing a ripe banana and adding it to my VOSKOS® plain nonfat.

4. Raisins. Raisins are fun because they add chewiness in addition to flavor.

5. Dark chocolate. Melted and swirled into the yogurt, or use a tablespoon of chocolate syrup.

6. Peanut butter. Use a hand-held whisk or a fork to whip 8oz VOSKOS® Plain Nonfat with 1 tablespoon peanut butter. Add a teaspoon of chocolate syrup for some extra indulgence!

7. Chocolate chips. Use dark chocolate chips – dark chocolate is actually good for you, in moderation.

8. Granola. A quarter cup of granola adds just the right amount of sweetness and crunch. Of course, you can always opt for YoGreek, dual-cup Greek yogurt that comes with pre-measured crunchy granola!

9. Stevia and Vanilla. To create your own vanilla yogurt and keep it low in calories, add stevia to taste and a drop of vanilla extract to your VOSKOS® Plain Nonfat.

10. Apple butter. Mix one tablespoon apple butter into your VOSKOS® Greek Yogurt for a fruity, creamy, wonderful treat.