Substitute Mountain High Yoghurt for Sour Cream, Mayo, High-Fat Ingredients

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A healthy, delicious substitute for sour cream, mayonnaise, cream, and more is Mountain High Yoghurt. It cuts fat and calories but not flavor. That's good news when nearly 70% of American adults are classified as overweight or obese, and heart disease and diabetes are on the rise.

In potato, tuna, pasta, and egg salads, it makes a refreshing substitute for mayonnaise.

Few people realize that yoghurt makes a delicious and healthy substitute for sour cream, mayonnaise, cream cheese, cream and other high-fat dairy products in recipes. Yoghurt, considered one of the top so-called super foods, has long been hailed for its health-supporting properties, but it also offers similar texture, consistency, creaminess, and flavor of less healthy foods. With obesity in the U.S. now costing America's health system nearly $147 billion annually and threatening to replace tobacco use as the top cause of preventable death, it's more important than ever to replace high-fat ingredients with natural, healthy alternatives.

If one cup of lowfat yoghurt is substituted for one cup of mayonnaise in a dip recipe, for example, it cuts out 157 grams of fat and 1,300 calories. Mountain High Yoghurt--a thick, creamy premium brand yoghurt that contains billions of live, active and probiotic cultures--is an excellent choice for such substitution. Best of all, home cooks can realize these savings in their favorite recipes without sacrificing flavor or richness.

Plain yoghurt makes a perfect one-to-one substitute for sour cream in dips and spreads, in side dishes like mashed potatoes, or in entrees like Beef Stroganoff. A dollop on crepes, blintzes, baked potatoes and Mexican dishes is a refreshing, healthier garnish than sour cream. Plain Mountain High Yoghurt tastes just like sour cream--with a clean, palate-refreshing finish. But while regular sour cream packs 40 g of fat and 480 calories, whole-milk Original Style Mountain High Yoghurt contains only 8 g of fat and 180 calories per cup. Lowfat and Fat Free Mountain High Yoghurts are still lower in fat and calories.

Plain yoghurt can also be used as a substitute for heavy cream or half-n-half in soups and sauces. "Mountain High's smooth and creamy texture adds body to soups and sauces without the extreme fat and calorie loads of cream. It can even be used in a delicious, lowfat version of alfredo sauce," says Clint Goldsmith, Mountain High's brand manager. "In potato, tuna, pasta, and egg salads, it makes a refreshing substitute for mayonnaise." Mountain High Yoghurt is also a good base for homemade dressings for fresh green salads, but without the high sodium found in commercially prepared dressings.

Vanilla Mountain High Yoghurt can be used in fruit salads, parfaits, and desserts such as trifles. For a healthier cheesecake, some of the cream cheese can be replaced with Vanilla or fruit-flavored Mountain High. The result is just as rich and creamy but much lower in fat and calories. These Mountain High varieties also make a sweet garnish that's healthier than whipped cream or ice cream.

Cutting fat and calories is not just a fad for dieters and fitness buffs. It's become ever more critical for the health of the U.S. population. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number-one cause of death in the U.S. is heart disease. Cutting dietary fat and cholesterol is very important for the prevention of this and other chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. "Using Lowfat or Fat Free Mountain High Yoghurt as a substitute for sour cream, mayonnaise, heavy cream, cream cheese and other foods is a wise choice if you want to reduce your fat, calorie, and cholesterol intakes," says Marketing Manager Ursula Webhofer. "Even our whole-milk Original Style Mountain High is much healthier than 'light' or 'low-fat' versions of mayonnaise, whipping cream, or cream cheese. The details can be found on our substitution chart on our web site."

For more information, visit for hundreds of free recipes and to view a substitution chart comparing fat and calorie counts of standard ingredients to Mountain High. Visitors can also sign up for monthly e-mail newsletters with recipe ideas, health tips, and coupons.

About Mountain High: Mountain High's refreshing taste has made it the best-selling quart-size yoghurt in the Western United States. This premium-quality yoghurt uses only all natural ingredients, including rbST-free milk. Its Vanilla and fruit varieties are sweetened only with crystalline fructose, a low-glycemic natural sweetener. Its fruit flavors are derived from premium fresh fruits. All Mountain High products are also a rich source of live, active, and probiotic cultures such as L. acidophilus, B. bifidus, and L. casei. Every serving of Mountain High contains billions of these highly beneficial cultures.

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