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The Yogurt Dilemma

08/12/2010

From the second I tasted it, I was addicted to Greek Yogurt.  The thick texture, nice tang and it’s magic ability to be savory or sweet was heaven.  I was so in love I often kept at least 3 containers in my fridge at a time.  They went fast and a frown appeared on my face when I realized I only had one left. Sad smile

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Chiobani and Oikos were okay but I loved my Trader Joe’s 0% plain Greek Yogurt.  Perfect tang and texture and my wallet appreciated the price.  The best part was trying to use it in many recipes from yogurt messes to my butternut squash muffins.

When I became a vegetarian Greek Yogurt assured me that my protein levels were wonderful…yes the container told me so. Open-mouthed smile

Then my GI specialist informed me that dairy was not my best friend.  How could it be…we spent everyday together? In fact he said I should eliminate dairy entirely, if possible.  Darn it! I could live without cheese and milk and even ice cream…but what about my Greek Yogurt. Sad smile

I tried soy yogurt because I could get it at my local co-op and grocery.  It was not love at first bite.  It was pure hatred.  That stuff was nasty!

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A wonderful blogger friend named Andrea suggested I try coconut yogurt.  On a pilgrimage to Whole Foods I picked up a container and said what the heck.  It definitely couldn’t be worse than the soy…I hoped.

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The taste was great, but it was thin…nothing like the thickness of my Greek Yogurt.  What is a Geek-loving girl to do? Improvise. I’ll make my own Greek Coconut Yogurt.

You’ll need:

  • 1 Strainer
  • 1 Coffee Filter
  • 1 Container Coconut Yogurt

Instructions:

  1. Place strainer over an empty bowl.  Put coffee filter inside the strainer and spread it out to the edges.  This is perfect for those of us who don’t drink enough coffee to justify the large stack of filters in the cabinet.IMG_6012
  2. Pour entire container of coconut yogurt into coffee filter.  Yes the entire thing.  Don’t sample some beforehand.  The more you eat, the less Greek you get.IMG_5266
  3. Set in fridge and allow to drain overnight.  Trust me…the longer you drain it the better it will taste.
  4. Remove from fridge and marvel at the thickness of your Greek Coconut Yogurt.  That’s what I’m talking about…it has some body to it.IMG_5265

With your new yogurt creation use this for many of the sweet things in that call for Greek yogurt.  I would not recommend using in savory dishes due to the sweetness of the coconut.

This little trick saved me from saying “heck” and eating Greek Yogurt while suffering the consequences.  Instead I buy a few containers of coconut yogurt at a time to create my Greek version but use it more sparingly because it is definitely more costly.  But I’ll take it because I have my yogurt messes back. Smile

yogurt mess

What is your favorite thing to mix in with yogurt?

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. wintkat permalink
    08/12/2010 9:19 AM

    Hi pomegranate seeds| fiber one original | flax seed meal…on Amtrak train now to DC and have that “mess”with me for brkfst. Gotta go now, I’m hungry!

  2. 08/12/2010 10:10 AM

    I am not a big yogurt fan… but I do like it if I mix in enough cereal to make it crunchy and chewy:) I go for the healthy Uncle Sam’s cereal and sugar-free fruit flavored yogurts.

    • 08/12/2010 11:15 AM

      I love cereal in yogurt. I don’t like milk for my cereal too much so this is a great alternative.

  3. 08/12/2010 11:05 AM

    I’m glad you found an acceptable substitute! I love granola in my yogurt. Or sometimes I go savory and add plain greek yogurt to tomato bisque soup. It’s awesome!

    • 08/12/2010 11:15 AM

      I loved adding greek yogurt to things like soup and chili. It was fun to play with it swirling around and giving it that creaminess.

  4. 08/12/2010 11:11 AM

    Definitely fruit and granola. Usually bananas and strawberries with Galaxy or Trader Joe’s Mixed Berry granola. Though right now I’m eating homemade granola that my friend brought me while visiting. Tasty stuff.

    • 08/12/2010 11:16 AM

      Home made granola has to be the best mix-in ever. I made some once and it didn’t last too long because I couldn’t stop eating it.

  5. 08/12/2010 8:45 PM

    I think I’m the only blogger who eats her yogurt as it comes. If it’s plain (as opposed to fruit flavored), I’ll add a little honey, but otherwise I like my yogurt without extra stuff floating in it.

  6. 08/12/2010 9:42 PM

    Yogurt really doesn’t HAVE a taste. I mean, not a sublime one. But it’s all about the texture. And the slight, slight tang. I think you solved the yogurt dilemma!

    • 08/12/2010 10:17 PM

      I agree. No real taste until you add something else. That’s why the texture is so important.

  7. 09/12/2010 11:11 PM

    i’ve got so much yogurt in my house right now i’ve been baking with it, adding it to pastas, and doing all KINDS of things i never imagined i’d do to it! but my fave is to just have it with fruit and PB

  8. 09/12/2010 11:49 PM

    Cynthia, you’re so clever… I never in a million years would have thought of doing that, lol! I’m glad you found a way to eat yogurt once again 🙂 I usually like to add fruit to my yogurt or just eat it plain, I’m super boring haha

  9. 12/12/2010 3:16 AM

    WOAH! you made your own yogurt?! impressive girl!! thats awesome

  10. 18/12/2010 7:30 PM

    I miss yougert too… so much.

    I got used to “soyougert” brand, but only a few of the flavors… it may only be in Canada though?

    I just wrote a post about living life dairy free over the holidays, come visit if you like!!!

    ps. the straining idea is awesome!

    • 18/12/2010 8:35 PM

      I’ve never heard that one. Turns out I’m allergic to soy so it’s a good thing I don’t like the taste of soy yogurt 🙂

      I’m definitely going to check out that post.

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