Of course I used my friend Google to help me solve the mystery.
The most helpful article I found was entitled Greek Yogurt Vs. Regular Yogurt: Which Is More Healthful? I recommend reading it if you're as curious as I was about Greek Yogurt.
Once I understood Greek yogurt a little better, I wanted to check out what's available at my local grocery store (Kroger).
I started by purchasing two kinds:
|Greek Yogurt with Caramelized Almonds|
|Greek Yogurt with Honey|
I liked both kinds--with almonds and with honey. So then I bought the Kroger brand Greek yogurt with honey and crushed some almonds to mix in. I loved the combination!
However, the calories and fat were creeping up when I ate my little concoction. So I wanted to see what I could do with some plain or vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt.
I'll share my favorite use for each (plain and vanilla).
I mixed a little Ranch dressing seasoning into plain nonfat Greek yogurt to make a pretzel dip. It's so tasty! And one little cup of this Ranch dip keeps well in the fridge and lasts me several days.
For a sweeter version, I started with vanilla Greek yogurt.
I mixed in about a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon. It made a delicious apple dip. This version also keeps well in the fridge and is enough for about three apples or so per cup of yogurt. (I wasn't sure if I would need a whisk or mixer, but the peanut butter just mixed right in with a good old fashioned spoon.)
Since I've been experimenting with different brands and flavors of Greek yogurt, I have discovered that the kind with honey irritates my sensitive stomach (Is it the yogurt? The honey? The almonds I add? Who knows). I haven't had any trouble with the other kinds though. Greek yogurt also has a much lower lactose level than regular yogurt, and the live cultures help your stomach digest it. So it's worth a try if you're lactose intolerant.
Just wanted to share another new food I've tried!