Use Greek Yogurt

Do you ever get tired of the same old, same old? I definitely was in an eating rut. I pretty much consumed the same foods over and over, day after day.

And, then I saw something I had not seen at the store before. It was called "Greek Yogurt". I thought yogurt was yogurt, no matter where it was made. But I took a chance of trying something new (to me). Now, I think I am addicted!

Although it said on the container that there was no fat in it, it did not taste non fat. Yeah! I mixed it with some berries (blackberries, blueberries and raspberries) and added a sleeve of sweetener. My first bite, I seriously thought I had died and gone straight to heaven. I was hooked, and still am. I have found many other ways to eat it, and the best thing about it is that I am not gaining weight.

You see, I have a long history with regular yogurt. When we lived in a third world country, I would go out to the street when the milk cart came by. I had to take my own container to catch the warm fresh milk. It was not pasteurized or processed in any way - straight from the cow to me. I would put the milk in a large pan on the stove and bring it up to the proper temperature (145 degrees F) where it had to remain for 30 minutes. After that I would pour half into glass bottles and put them in the refrigerator. The remaining half, I would mix with a yogurt starter and place the pan on top of the hot water heater. When I came home after work, I had some delicious yogurt. I would mix in pineapple and sugar or other yummy fruit and the kids would really eat it all up.

So what is the difference between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt?

I have learned that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove the whey. It is allowed to sit in muslin or cheesecloth. This removes some of the moisture, the sugar and carbohydrate and leave more protein. This type of yogurt has been used in Greece for years as a base for dips and also as a dessert, mixed with fruits, honey or syrup. In Greece, yogurt is mostly made out of sheep's milk.

Lately Greek yogurt has become very popular because of its proposed health benefits:

  • Twice the protein of regular yogurt
  • Lower in sugar
  • Lower in carbohydrates
  • Lower in sodium
  • Contains live probiotics
  • Keeps your mouth fresh and clean
  • Helps digestion
  • Helps boost your immune system

I personally like it because it is rich and creamy and tastes like an elegant dessert when mixed with fruit. My friend says he adds cinnamon, vanilla and honey and claims it is divine.

Substitutes

Greek yogurt can be used as a substitute in many other foods:

  • Sour cream - like on baked potatoes
  • Mayonnaise
  • As an ingredient in Hollandaise sauce
  • Buttermilk
  • Use on grilled salmon
  • In dips (like ranch dip)
  • Cream cheese

Sprinkle on a few chopped walnuts or hazelnuts and drizzle with honey.

There are different brands of Greek yogurt. I love Fage but will have to try all the different brands to see which one I like best.

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you liked it Writing_Wine - Enjoy your Greek yogurt. Yum! Thanks for commenting.


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Writing_Wine 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

I love greek yogurt! Awesome suggestions on ways to eat it. Great hub!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks PWalker281 - Glad that you enjoyed it and hope you like it as much as I do.

Try it out LianaK and let me know what you think - Fage is my favorite brand, but I know there are many others.

Thanks Hello, hello, - go for it. Thanks for stopping over to check out my yogurt hub.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I think you convinced me to try it.


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LianaK 5 years ago

Sounds delicious! Wonderful hub. Can't wait to try it out for myself. MMMmmmmmmm.


PWalker281 5 years ago

Great to know it's at Costco. I'll have to look for it next time I'm there. If I were into cooking, I'd try making it based on that excellent video you included in your hub.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I was able to get it at Costco, but last time I went, they were out. I am waiting inpatiently for it. I am going to Sams to check it out there. Otherwise, it can get a bit expensive. I think it will soon be in most places since it becoming more popular. Thanks for your comments. I feel the same way as you about it PWalker281.


PWalker281 5 years ago

OMG! Greek yogurt is to die for. When I lived on the mainland, I would purchase this East Indian drink called a lassi which contained Greek-style yogurt, sugar and a fruit. Mango was my favorite. I remember drinking two mango lassis after a hearty meal and was so full I thought my stomach would burst, but that's just how delicious they were.

Recently, I was able to get an 8 oz container from a friend who does accounting for a dairy farm in Waianae. It was so good I ate half the container in one sitting without adding anything to it! I ate the rest with red seedless grapes (not on the same day, however).

Where do you buy it on O'ahu Elayne??


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Hope you do Stacie L. Would enjoy hearing how you like it.


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Stacie L 5 years ago

I have wondered about Greek yogurt and now may try some.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

You are welcome thougtforce. Back in the days when I made my own yogurt, things were a bit simpler. I have grown lazier and am just fine purchasing it now, but maybe I will have to try again, too. Thanks for commenting.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

I love Greek youghurt, it can be used in so many ways. How interesting to know how you did your own youghurt, I have never thought about doing it myself, but it would be fun to try! Thanks for sharing all the benefits with Greek youghurt!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks all for the great comments. Seems I am not alone in my affinity for yogurt. But Greek yogurt takes it beyond the normal to me.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

I love yogurt any kind will do the trick. Great hub. Thanks for sharing Greek Yogurt with us.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


Jake 5 years ago

mmmmmmmm. Yum. Now im ready for breakfast :).


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I love Greek yogurt. It is beyond creamy and delicious.


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flighty02 5 years ago

I love greek youghurt and it is such a versatile ingredient, I really must try making my own one day.

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