Sunday, January 13, 2013

In My Kitchen: Plain Greek Yogurt

This stuff.


A good friend of mine, Kim, introduced me to how good this stuff is. I used to think it was a disgusting version of sour cream and it was not for me. But, little did I know how delicious this nutritious stuff could be!

I mean, I like plain greek yogurt so much you can currently find 96 oz of it in my fridge right now. No lie.

{There may or may not have been a sale yesterday at Hy-Vee.} :)

Point being, I can eat this stuff morning, noon and night!

If you're like me, you probably like the type of greek yogurt that's full of sugar. You know, the kind with the fruit on the bottom. It was a sad day when I found out it wasn't that healthy for me. :(

But - no fear! There is a GREAT substitute!

You've probably seen this stuff in the dairy section before. Noosa is full fat greek yogurt with fruit in it.

It's de-licious!!

So here's the trick. Combine 2 tablespoons of noosa with 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup of plain greek yogurt. It's about 4 times less sugar than the greek yogurt with fruit on the bottom and just as good!

Then, for an even better snack, put your fruit of choice in the mixture as well.

I'm on a pomegranate seed kick lately, so that's what I've been adding in my yogurt.

This is so good, and so good for you! Full of healthy protein, a little fat (good fat!) and carbs. This is the perfect morning snack for me!

I think everyone knows I can't stand raw veggies. I'm getting much better, but they are just gross. Veggies should be cooked. And coated in butter.

{Can I get an Amen?!}

Just kidding.

But really.

Anyways, I was finding that I wasn't eating veggies as a snack in the afternoons as often as I should because I'm on the go a lot and you can't eat cooked veggies on the go.

I must have had one of those moments where you get a really good idea and it dawned on me that maybe if I eat it with dip I won't want to gag. Well, it worked! I mixed a packet of ranch dip seasoning into 16 oz of plain greek yogurt and.....YUM!

You all can ask my mother if she thought the day would ever come when I could eat a raw carrot without gagging, puking, and/or spitting it out and she would tell you never. Like, n-e-v-e-r.

There are horror stories from my childhood.

Let's not even talk about it.

And look at me now. I'm eating them DAILY! 

You guys this stuff is so good! And you can't even tell the difference. Really!

I also eat celery, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, you name it, I'm eating it. This dip has been SO helpful in getting all my veggies in for the day!

Ok, the last thing I've tried with greek yogurt is a dill dipping sauce for salmon. 

I'm going to be honest, it was good, not great. I think I would have preferred the salmon plain. No, I'm sure I would have. I ended up scraping off all the dip by the end of it. Ha! I'm afraid I'm just not a dill fan. But, it was fun to switch it up and try something new!

So, there you have it. 3 new ways of eating plain greek yogurt. It really is so good for you and can be a great addition to your healthy diet!

What have you been cooking lately with plain greek yogurt?

1 comment:

  1. I have greek yogurt veggie dip on my fridge in honor of you :)