Midwest Dairy Association


Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and potassium, provides numerous vitamins and minerals and is relatively low in calories. It is extremely versatile and a smart choice for quick and easy meals and snacks.

Yogurt is a milk product that is thickened by live and active cultures, or probiotics, added to milk. Probiotics are often added in specific amounts to yogurt for their health effect — they can help maintain the balance of bacteria necessary for a healthy digestive system and boost the immune system, shortening the length and severity of sickness.

Yogurt is a good dairy option for those with lactose intolerance, because cultures help to break down the lactose, making it easier to digest.

Greek yogurt is one of the hottest items on the grocery shelf these days. It has a tangy flavor and a deliciously creamy texture. Different than traditional yogurt, Greek yogurt is strained to remove much of the liquid whey, lactose and sugar, giving it a thicker consistency. In some cases, Greek yogurt can pack up to double the protein and roughly half the carbohydrates of regular yogurt. Kids may still prefer the flavor of traditional yogurts, so remember all low-fat yogurt, whether Greek or not, can fit into a healthful diet.

For a nutritious recipe using Greek yogurt, try this Cashew Chicken Dip.

Additional Resources

Research Shows Benefits of Yogurt and Dairy for Children

Findings from a recent study show that children who eat yogurt have improved nutrition and weight status.

Sausage, Peppers & Polenta with Basil Greek Yogurt Sauce

Serve up this protein packed, flavorful polenta, sausage and peppers dish topped with Greek yogurt and fresh basil.

Cashew Chicken Dip

This isn't your ordinary dipping recipe. With Greek yogurt and chicken, it is a delicious appetizer to serve with fresh veggies or whole-wheat crackers.