Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Greek Yogurt

Last night, as I was plopping some Greek yogurt into my bowl of chili, I was thinking about how much I love the stuff and how versatile it is.

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I have eaten the same foods for many years, and it is rare that I find something new to add to my usual diet rotation.  However, the day that I discovered the magic that is Greek yogurt my world was officially rocked.  Since then, it has been a refrigerator staple.  

I always buy the big cartons of plain 0% fat.  My favorite brands in this order are Fage, Chobani, and Trader Joe's.  

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I buy plain because it is like a blank canvas that I can dress up with any flavor I choose.

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(Ina loves Greek yogurt too!)

Ways to make it sweet:

  • Add fruit and cereal or granola and a little bit of jam or honey to make a parfait.IMG 2598
  • I love it in my overnight oats - my current favorite breakfast.  (I just add equal parts of oats, yogurt, and milk - usually 1/2 C of each- 1 tbs of chia seeds - optional but awesome - and then whatever add ins I want - peanut butter, coconut, nuts, chocolate chips, fruit, the options are endless.  Stick in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and voila.  
  • Add it to some frozen bananas, milk and protein powder to make a great smoothie
  • Mix in some sugar free pudding mix
  • Bake with it

Ways to make it savory:

  • I use it in place of sour cream - like in my chili
  • Make veggie dips 
  • Use as the base in chicken, tuna, or egg salad
  • Make salad dressings

I am sure that is just the tip of the Greek yogurt iceberg.  

Unfortunately, yesterday's lunch didn't include Greek yogurt - but I plan to make a ranch based greek yogurt salad dressing soon.

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Turkey and ranch salad with rye.

Run

I ran 2.5 miles yesterday while listening / singing to Disney's Pandora station.  Pure motivation.

Points Breakdown

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Thought for the day

1 comment:

  1. Love these ideas! I made a ranch dressing with Greek Yogurt once and my husband hated it. (I thought it was just okay.) That could have been the brand, though.

    When I studied in France, I loved slightly sweetened berries topped with creme fraiche. In the summer, I buy fresh berries, distribute them in containers, sprinkle 1/4 tsp sugar and top with Greek Yogurt. Tastes similarly indulgent, just with extra protein!

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