Today I put the stuff in the blender with a large banana--it's not TOO bad--the sweetness of the ripe banana cuts the funk enough to eat it. In the future I think I'll take the advice to just find a flavored version I like. BTW, this is Yoplait brand that I have, if that makes any difference.
47 M 5'8"
May 4, 2010...... 440? lbs. (Start FitDay Size 60 Jeans)
June 19, 2010.... 393 lbs. (First Weigh-in)
June 19, 2011.... 229 lbs. (164 lbs. gone in one year :-)
Current Weight... 185 lbs. (Size 36 Jeans)
Next Goal 169 lbs. (07/04/12)
Ultimate Goal 165 lbs. (12/31/12)
The best exercises for weight loss are Fork Putdowns and Table Pushaways.
I dilute it with water so it is more of the "other" fruity yogurt consistency and I add protein powder-- since I don't eat meat. That makes it great-- I switched about 6 months ago after not wanting the splenda and greek is less calories, carbs and higher protein.
I also love protein powder in mine. My fav is mixing chocolate protein powder (and if my diet that day allows it, a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter). I eat it with apple slices but it would probably be just as good with bananas or strawberries. I find it's a thick, creamy snack with a little chocolatley/peanut buttery flavor. It's sooo good.
But on a regular day, just a little cinnamon and apple slices is my usual. I've gotten to like it so much that I don't even have to mix anything in it...I find the apple is sweet enough and I like the tangy contrast of the yogurt.
Stevia isn't like sucralose or aspartame. Perhaps that will help sweeten the yogurt.
Believe me, I understand about it. It's very heavy for me, and I avoid most yogurt as it is because I just don't enjoy it unless it has a ton of sugar and flavors to it. Not helpful for my diet at the moment.
I grew up with 'greek' yogurt, but always thought of it as a salty/sour thing. It's only now I'm reluctantly including kind-of-sweet yogurt in my diet, for protein shakes (and it's still a bit weird to me).
My family always used it to add a creamy flavour to soups, or as a side for things like pierogies and cheese pies (that's not helpful, I know) or stuffed peppers. Like sour cream, as mentioned above.
In summer, we'd have a cold cucumber yogurt soup. Here's the recipe we used (could leave out the oil, but it binds the flavours nicely):
- a medium sized tub of that yogurt
- 2 - 3 peeled & diced cucumbers (you can take out the seeds if you like)
- fresh, chopped dill (I like a lot of it, like a handful; you can use half of that)
- 2 cloves very finely diced garlic (can have a bit less, or more)
- a teaspoon of oil
- salt to taste
- bit of water to thin the yogurt, and make it soup-like
- crushed walnuts (traditionally, for texture and flavour, but it adds protein and good fats)
This should sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes so it all sets. It's even nicer the next day (if you like these flavours, that is!). If more is made than required for that day, suggest using less garlic - it sets in really tightly.
A complete meal with this soup would usually include some kind of barbecued meat, and a salad.
(Basically, this tastes like tzatziki, I guess. It's called tarator.)
Ah, just saw that Abby had added this kind of thing in!
Goal - 135 lbs
April 2011 - 145 lbs
August 2010 - 178 lbs
C25k, DVDs, swimming
Last edited by pinenutcasserole; 04-29-2011 at 06:05 AM.
I second adding garlic and chopped cucumber to Greek yogurt, with some salt and pepper to taste. To make it absolutely delicious, add a little olive oil. The liquid from the cucumbers thins the yogurt a little bit. The cucumbers are crunchy. Garlicky as you want it to be.
I'm a Greek yogurt fan; all the other yogurts just taste like sweet milk. Or sweet low-fat milk. Or sweet milk with a bit of chopped fruit.
Starting Weight (12/2010): 298
Goal of 275 met: mid-January 2011
Goal of 250 met: April 2011
Goal of 225 met:
Goal of 200 met:
Goal of 175 met:
Goal of 150 met:
Goal of 125 met:
Target Goal Weight 135 pounds (which will be the smallest ever in my adult life)
Yoplait has horrible greek yogurt, I believe it's actually "greek style." Same with Cabot, "greek style yogurt," it tastes horrendous. I'd say get the Fage, Chobani, or Trader Joe's. I've never tried Oikos but I hear it's good.
Give it a try with a different brand--it will taste much better. I have a big thing of Cabot low fat greek yogurt that I add TONS of cinnamon to so that I can choke it down.
__________________ Julia “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”
~ Zig Ziglar, American Motivational Speaker
current weight: 125.6 on April 13, 2011
goal weight: 120.6 in 6 weeks