Plain Greek yogurt is one of my staple foods that I have to have in the fridge at all times. I eat it almost everyday! Pictured is the kind I buy – Total 0% Plain Faye, from Costco. Where I am, it’s only $4.99 for 35.3oz, and it’s my favorite because of the quality, and the consistency is dreamily thick.
1. It is very high in protein, and keeps me full.
2. It is extremely versatile. You can add fruit, cocoa powder, protein powder, nuts, dried fruit, and many other things to it to mix it up and make it interesting.
3. No added sugar. Provided you buy the plain kind, all the sugar is going to come from the natural milk sugars (lactose).
4. Speaking of lactose, I am a bit lactose-sensitive, and greek yogurt sits fine with me!
5. Recipes. Oh my goodness, the possibilities are ENDLESS. You can substitute certain amounts of oil, cream cheese, and sour cream in recipes to cut down on the richness, with the taste being nearly uncompromised. Nobody will notice, trust me! You can make dips, dressings, parfaits, frosting, fillings, add it to your entrees in sauces, or put it in your baked goods. It’s unbeatable stuff.
6. Probiotics, of course! My gut feels happy when I fill it with good bacteria. However, keep in mind that when you cook with greek yogurt, you are probably going to kill this bacteria when you bake it.
How I eat my greek yogurt:
Usually I add 0.5 to 1 packet of stevia to each 1/2c – 3/4c yogurt. I like to add a few raisins or dried cherries to the mix, and sometimes I add about a tablespoon or so of cocoa powder – but when I do this, I add more stevia, because cocoa is bitter!
I also frequently add milk (I use almond milk) to water it down a bit (small amounts!), but it’s up to you how thick you want it to be.
A personal favorite of mine is to add canned pumpkin, stevia, a dash of cinnamon, and a bit of milk to thin it out…viola~ Delicious pumpkin yogurt!
I plan on adding more recipes for greek yogurt as time goes on, so stay tuned!
Until next time~
Image credit: Costco.com