Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ode to Greek Yogurt: Top Five Ways to Love Greek Yogurt



Oh Greek Yogurt, I love you so
Your protein is high and your sugar is low.

I love you so much, let me count the ways
You made it easy to give up mayonnaise.

I love ranch dressing, so when I have an itch
I sub the mayo for yogurt for a wholesome switch.

My Mexican meal is not what it seems
Greek yogurt replaces the sour crème.

You give all the flavor without all the fat,
You're dinner & breakfast and mid morning snack.

You have all natural ingredients
I can eat you all up and still fit in my pants!



I don't know about you, but I LOVE Greek yogurt.  Maybe you don't write silly poems about your favorite foods, but that's OK, I'll do it for the both of us.

There are so many reasons that I love all natural plain Greek Yogurt, mainly because it is all natural, high in protein and low in sugar, but also because it can be used as healthy substitution in so many foods.

Here are my Top Five ways to love Greek Yogurt:

1. Ranch Dressing:  Did you know if you buy those ranch dressing packets and replace the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt it tastes almost the same as actual fattening bad-for-you-but-so-good Ranch Dressing?  I never have to crave ranch dressing again.   Note: don't buy the Ranch DIP packet, make sure you buy the one that says SALAD DRESSING.



2. As a sour cream replacement:  We make these stuffed spinach & turkey mushroom caps on a weekly basis.  I stir in Greek Yogurt in the meat mixture and my taste buds don't know it is not sour cream.  Click for recipe here.



3. In sweet potatoes:   I mix about 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt into about three large cooked mashed sweet potatoes.  It makes them so creamy and delicious and as a bonus adds some protein into a starchy carb food.  I mix up a batch for the week and eat a little with my lunch every day.


4. With berries and fruit:  My 10am snack everyday is a 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt with berries.  Maybe my taste buds are skewed from all this healthy eating, but I swear it tastes like an ice-cream treat.  No one give me a real ice cream treat please, I would like to continue to believe this fantasy.  



5. In Protein Shakes:  Add to protein shakes for an extra creamy texture with the bonus of added protein.



There you have it, my top five favorite ways to enjoy Greek yogurt.  What are yours?

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Lea


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13 comments :

  1. Love this post! I use Greek yogurt in chili as a sour cream substitute. Good suggestions. xo

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  2. I am in love with Greek yogurt too! Haven't tried all of these recipes with it so I will definitely be trying some out!

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  3. I love the poem, adorable! These are interesting ways to use Greek yogurt, I'll have to try them.

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  4. Lea, are you using non-fat or 2% fat yogurt. I didn't realize how much of a difference it made in taste. The 2% Fage is much richer and creamier than the non-fat. I really like the taste of the 2% (and adding my own fruit, honey or whatnot to make it sweetier or savory).
    Linda

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    1. I use the non-fat Chobani. I really love it. I'll have to try the 2%, thanks for the suggestion!

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  5. ahh! greek yogurt is definitely one of my favorite things to eat! i love it for sweet or savory. i never thought of putting it in sweet potatoes tho! what an awesome idea! SPA love!

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  6. Yum! I love using greek yogurt in place of sour cream. Yummy. Now, I am off to go check out that mushroom recipe. thank you!

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  7. Cutest most awesome poem. I love greek yogurt and think it's so versatile. I am definitely going to try it with mashed sweet potatoes. Those sound delicious!

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  8. GREAT post! I love these ideas. I use greek yogurt in everything but some of these things I hadn't thought of. I'm currently looking for my own cheesecloth b/c apparently you can make greek yogurt from normal yogurt AND it's cheaper ;) SCORE!

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  9. I LOVE the idea of using it with sweet potatoes! :)

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  10. I would love the recipe for those stuffed mushrooms! They look delish!!

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    1. Here is the link to the recipe
      http://www.runningfordummies.net/2012/05/healthy-spinach-turkey-stuffed.html

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