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mecompco 03-31-2011 03:11 PM

Greek Yogurt--rather nasty tasting--help!
 
OK, I'm trying to get away from the "diet" fruit yogurt I usually eat. Greek yogurt looks great on paper--a load of protein and only 40 cals more than the artificially sweetened stuff I usually eat.

However, is tastes like, well, I can't really say here, but let's just say I don't care for it :mad:.

I've mashed up a bunch of (really tasty) blackberries in it, and it's just barely tolerable--just barely. I'm choking it down, but bleech!

How can I make this stuff palatable w/o adding many more calories and w/o adding any artificial junk?

Thanks for any suggestions!

Regards,
Michael

erinmrystrom 03-31-2011 03:22 PM

A co-worker on weight watchers says she uses Honey and fruit in her's and loves it! She buys the bigger containers and measures out 1 serving then adds 1 tbsp of honey and a handful of blueberries.

I've never tried it but she says it's very satisfying. Personally I'm sticking with Dannon Light and Fit! ;)

RunbikeSki 03-31-2011 03:36 PM

An acquired taste
 
Hi Michael,
I think yogurt, in general, and the greek styles in particular are something of an acquired taste. I wasn't much of a plain yogurt fan until last year, now I have to say I find myself craving it sometimes. One of the gateways tastes that got me hooked is adding vanilla (actually I would buy the kind with vanilla already in it first. Once I started making yogurt at home, I began adding it).

The other thing I use it for is a replacement for sour cream. Again it took a little getting used to, but now it is my preference. Salad dressings, top of the occassional potato, or in dishes that call for either regular cream or sour cream. It actually cooks better that sour cream as it doesn't tend to separate with heat.

Keep experimenting. Use it as a topping for fruit instead of the main ingredient. Add anywhere from a couple of drops of vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon, and I think you may find it increasingly tolerable.

Pam

taubele 03-31-2011 03:38 PM

To be honest, Michael, I hate plain greek yogurt. I can shove honey and berries in it until I can barely see the yogurt, and I still hate plain. Just something about the taste. I will say that honey makes it BETTER than berries for me, but I still, like you, have to choke it down.

I buy the flavored ones. Chobani has strawberry, raspberry, honey, vanilla, etc. etc. all at 0% fat. It's a bit higher-cal (I think the flavored varieties have 120-150 cals per serving) and perhaps a little lower-protein (I think 16 grams versus 22, or something like that) but it saves my tastebuds and lets me eat a cup of Greek yogurt most days. I take the tradeoff. :o

mecompco 03-31-2011 05:08 PM

Hmmm--thanks for the ideas so far. One of the kids at school said honey as well. Too bad a tbsp would add 60 cals, making it around 180 :eek: for 6oz.

Luckily, I only bought two containers so maybe it's just not for me. It does seem like a nice protein source for the cals and the cost (a buck). Perhaps I'll toss it in the blender w/a banana tomorrow and try that (I usually have a banana for my 9:00 am snack, anyway).

Regards,
Michael

PS You're right--it does sort of taste like sour cream (perhaps a bit more rancid)--I bet it would be lovely on top of a microwaved "baked" potato!

cjohnson728 03-31-2011 05:54 PM

I'm with Terri. I buy the flavors. If not, you can stir a tablespoon of jam into the plain or vanilla. Chobani now makes a lemon flavor, and Oikos even makes chocolate and caramel.

For me, it's worth the trade off of a little sugar as opposed to the artificial sweeteners, in order to make it something I will eat regularly for the health benefits. Life is too short to eat yucky food ;).

SailorDoom 03-31-2011 06:07 PM

I totally agree that it is an aquired taste. At first, the tartness of Greek yogurt really threw me off, but now I crave it all the time. Also, I was talking to a local dairy farmer about yogurt and he was so passionate about the Greek style, that it sort of got me pumped up about it. (On a side note, he also claimed that the sweetened yogurts on the market all looked and tasted like snot (!!) after he'd started making and eating Greek yogurt -- nothing like that image to steer you clear of the Yoplait :eek:)

About the only thing I can add to the discussion is that I really think the quality of the yogurt matters. If I'm going to eat it plain, I pretty much only buy Fage -- for me, nothing compares to the quality and the slightly higher price is truly worth it. I am hoping to one day replicate this quality in home-made form. For smoothies/shakes I can get away with the slightly "grainier" brands like Oikos and Greek Gods.

Another alternative to morning (or smoothie) yogurt is ricotta cheese. You can add a tiny bit of milk, fruit and/or a little sugar and whip it in a food processor. Again, the better the quality, the better results -- the really good stuff is almost like whipped cream. It'll keep in the fridge for a couple of days, so you can make it ahead of time. Ricotta is a little heavier on calories than Greek yogurt, but it is high in protein and can be used in similar ways. I especially like it on poached pears or baked apples.

strangeways88 03-31-2011 07:28 PM

I agree, it the sourness of any plain yogurt really varies between brand and even between products in a brand. I did eventually find an organic yogurt that I find mild enough to eat without adding sugar or sweetener. I'm not a hardcore "go organic" person by any means, but I think it's worth the extra price since I actually finish a tub.

RunbikeSki 03-31-2011 09:39 PM

Quality does matter...
 
... good point Sailor. And there is a lot of difference among the various brands. I agree, that Fage is my favorite so far (other than homemade, but I'll often us Fage as the starter).

dear_abby 04-01-2011 01:43 PM

My husband and I go through tons of greek yogurt in a week, but not as an "eat alone food" (for that, I highly recommend Trader Joe's European Style fat free plain yogurt mixed with fresh fruit, particulary, mangoes or bananas!)

Greek yogurt lets you think you are eating rich food - we have a low calorie chicken stroganoff which is amazing - I'd be glad to share recipe - it involves stirring in greek yogurt at the end.

Yesterday, I mixed it with horseradish (which I love, an acquired taste), and spreat it on grilled turkey patties wrapped in flax wraps, far better than you'd think.

we make tzadiki (probably spelled wrong), you put half a cucumber, greek yogurt, fresh mint, dill and garlic in the food processor, then spread on cooked chicken breasts, it's great, tastes rich, and and you get away with very few calories!

mecompco 04-01-2011 03:25 PM

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.

Regards,
Michael

romer6200 04-01-2011 03:46 PM

I too prefer Fage. Sinec you tried the yoplat brand, try one of the better ones and I think you will notice a diffence in taste.

I can usually eat it plain or will add stevia and cinnamon if I want more of "treat". I have even been know to add 1/4 scoop of my favorate protein powder as a post work-out boost.

ltafamlaw 04-01-2011 03:55 PM

greek yogurt
 
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. :)

hogan3490 04-02-2011 11:17 AM

When I first started eating greek yogurt I added honey or maple syrup and berries to sweeten it up.

Now I add frozen berries and some protein powder and mix it up. I find the protein powder has a bit of sweetness to it. You have to really stir to get the powder to mix.

wannabefitgrl 04-02-2011 06:00 PM

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.

shibaluvr 04-02-2011 06:51 PM

Stevia
 
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.

pinenutcasserole 04-29-2011 04:54 AM

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

Optional:

- 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!

Kathy13118 04-29-2011 03:02 PM

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.

kayvery007 04-29-2011 03:35 PM

I've been eating Oikoks greek yogurt--either the honey or the blueberry. Mind you, the fruit or honey is on the bottom, so it's like Breyer's yogurt but imo, it's pretty good.

A 4 oz cup has 90 cals, no fat, 13 g carbs, 10 g protein, 13 g sugar (for the honey one)...

blackrhino2 04-30-2011 03:39 AM

Michael,
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.

sarkai90 04-30-2011 04:05 AM

Like many others already said, it's definitely an acquired taste, and I still can't handle it alone or even with added fruit. I will add it to smoothies in place of protein powder, but mostly, I use it in place of sour cream.

I buy the 0% Fage, and I put it on baked potatoes, tacos, etc. I also make veggie dip out of it, and it's so good! I ate it the other night at a BBQ while everyone else was eating nacho cheese and chips. Everyone that tried my dip couldn't believe it had no fat and so much protein. I made converts of a few people that night! :D I make a fish marinade using the yogurt, dill weed and cajun seasoning. My favorite is to make quesadillas using low fat cheese, low calorie/carb tortillas, salsa and Fage. It feels like such a splurge, and it's so yummy!

Trazey34 04-30-2011 10:52 PM

I've tried to like it, but I've given up LOL but to be fair, I never really loved even the 'dessert' type of sweet yogurts either (i felt like it was pretending to be pudding and fooling me every time LOL)

Now all i use it for is a veg dip, or mix in some fresh chives with it and put it on a baked potato!

RunbikeSki 05-01-2011 02:10 AM


Originally Posted by sarkai90 (Post 45133)
Like many others already said, it's definitely an acquired taste, ...I use it in place of sour cream.

I buy the 0% Fage, and I put it on baked potatoes, tacos, etc. I also make veggie dip out of it, and it's so good! I ate it the other night at a BBQ while everyone else was eating nacho cheese and chips. Everyone that tried my dip couldn't believe it had no fat and so much protein. I made converts of a few people that night! :D I make a fish marinade using the yogurt, dill weed and cajun seasoning. My favorite is to make quesadillas using low fat cheese, low calorie/carb tortillas, salsa and Fage. It feels like such a splurge, and it's so yummy!


Sarah, great suggestions! Using greek yogurt as a savory condiment rather than a sweet seems to be the prevaling opinion. I will mention that if you whip it up with just a little vanilla extract and just a bit of super fine sugar it makes a great, low cal, substitute for whipped cream.

sarkai90 05-01-2011 08:16 AM


Originally Posted by RunbikeSki (Post 45184)
I will mention that if you whip it up with just a little vanilla extract and just a bit of super fine sugar it makes a great, low cal, substitute for whipped cream.

Ooohhh, thanks... I'll have to try that! I could use it to top my homemade frappuccinos (had to look up how to spell that :D) and smoothies. My main diet struggle is getting enough protein... I add it wherever I can!


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