Thank you to everyone for your wonderful tips and tricks for keeping energy levels at their peak I will definitely be incorporating all of your ideas into my daily routine – even when I’m not sedentary!
Food for Thought: Greek Yogurt
The first time I tried plain Greek yogurt, I almost couldn’t get it down. I remember the combination well: Fage 0% with Welch’s Grape Jelly. The taste was so bitter! So I added more jelly. The taste was so bitter! So I added more jelly. The taste was so bitter! So I added more jelly.
The taste was WAY too sweet! Even for me!
Needless to say, I watched my fellow bloggers rave about Greek yogurt for months after my initial encounter and always asked myself, “why?!” I just couldn’t understand what could possibly be appealing about it. Then, earlier this summer, I noticed something different than the usual yogurt + honey combination: a new addition of fruit, cereal, granola and other, SOLID foods into the yogurt mix.
I decided that these new additions were ones that I’d be willing to try. So I took the plunge and bought a Chobani. As you can see from this post, I added PLENTY of “extras” to the plain yogurt to increase the odds that I would like it. And…I did!
Now that I’ve realized it is possible to eat plain Greek yogurt and LIKE it, I’ve experimented with many different brands and combinations. And over time, I’ve been able to add less and less to the yogurt and still enjoy it just as much. By easing my way in, I have developed a love for a product that packs a protein punch and leaves me feeling full and satisfied!
Here are some of my favorite combinations:
1) My newest obsession: Greek yogurt + Clif ZBaRs!
2) Greek yogurt + fruit + cereal
3) And, last but NOT least, the newest addition to the club…
Greek yogurt + Honest Foods blueberry vanilla granola plank!! Yes, I finally whipped open the box that I’ve had in my cupboard for MONTHS now.
Let me tell you, these planks COMPLETELY live up to the hype. They are not crunchy hard in the slightest – they are chewy and break apart so easily. The taste is great, and as the box says, you can crumble-your-own granola that never breaks into pieces that are too small to pick up by hand! I am definitely going to have to try other flavors when I finish this box – which I’m sure will be sooner rather than later!!
Ok, that was a big digression. Back to the topic of Greek yogurt, if you’ll let me Now that I know I enjoy it, there are two questions that I must ask: why is it so much thicker and how does it get so much protein?
I found a partial answer here:
“A. Greek yogurt is much thicker than regular yogurt because a lot of the liquid whey is strained out. It doesn’t need the pectin or other thickeners found in many yogurts. Greek yogurt is higher in protein than regular yogurt, with 8 ounces of the nonfat version supplying about 20 grams of protein – nearly double the protein – content of traditional yogurt. It’s also lower in carbohydrates, which means even less lactose for lactose-intolerant people.
Do note, however that Greek yogurt is substantially lower in calcium than regular varieties (about 150 milligrams (mg) of calcium per 8 ounces versus the 300 to 450 mg in plain regular yogurt). Some brands may contain more, so be sure to check the Nutrition Facts label.
One more caution: fat and calories are also more concentrated – particularly in full-fat varieties. Eight ounces of nonfat Greek yogurt contain about 125 calories (similar to regular nonfat plain yogurt), but the same portion of the whole milk version contains about 300 calories and more than 20 grams of fat. Fortunately, the characteristic thick creaminess of Greek yogurt is present even in the nonfat form. While Greek yogurt is traditionally unsweetened, some flavored versions are now appearing in the U.S.”
I’m still not sure why there is so much more protein – but I am assuming that it again has something to do with the straining process. Does anyone have a better idea?!
So there is today’s Food for Thought. And now, some questions for the audience!
1) What is your favorite way to eat Greek yogurt?
2) If you can’t STAND Greek yogurt but do enjoy yogurt in other forms, what is your favorite type and brand…and why?
It’s the weekend CELEBRATE!