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Greek Yogurt Choc. Chip Cookie Dough

Ok, this is AMAZING. I made it the other day and have been having it almost every day since! It’s super easy, tasty, and healthy :). It’s great for a mid-afternoon or late night snack!

Serving Size: 1

Healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup fat-free plain greek yogurt (I use Fage)
  • 1 TBSP Peanut Butter (I use Smuckers organic chunky)
  • A few drops of vanilla extract (can use up to a tsp.)
  • 1-2 TBSP mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1.  Combine yogurt, peanut butter, and vanilla in a bowl, stirring well.
  2. Add chocolate chips. Either mix in or leave on top.

Health Benefits:

1. Greek yogurt

  • PROTEIN!!!! An 8 oz. serving of greek yogurt has as much protein as 3 oz. of meat. Protein helps build lean muscle and helps to keep you full.
  • Greek yogurt has fewer carbs than  regular yogurt. This means that it  has less lactose, making it easier for our digestive systems to tolerate.
  • It has a lower sodium content than regular yogurt

2.  Peanut Butter (Remember, a serving size is 2 TBSP!!)

  • PB has the winning combination of fiber and protein that fills you up, so that you eat less in the long run.
  • Fat is not bad! As long as it’s the healthy kind :). Lucky for you, PB contains monounsaturated fat (MUFAS), which are linked to less belly fat and a decreased risk of heart disease.
  • PB is packed with nutrition: Magnesium, Vitamin E, Potassium, and Vitamin B6.
  • Here is even more information about health benefits of peanut butter.

3. Dark Chocolate

  • Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, particularly, flavonoids. Flavonoids help to increase the flexibility of veins and arteries, lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attack.
  • Dark chocolate contains tryptophan, a chemical in the brain that is used to produce serotonin, which in turn stimulates the secretion of endorphins – your natural opiate if you will.
  • It lessens cravings: dark chocolate has a low glycemic index, which steadies blood sugar levels.
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This entry was posted on June 27, 2013 by in Chocolate, Dessert, Healthy, Recipe and tagged , , , , , .
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