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Flavored Yogurt

Good morning, all!

How is the week treating you so far?  This is a pretty weird week weather-wise up here in Minnesota.  Yesterday it rained like it was April.  Today is sunny and could come close to reaching 70.  But Thursday and Friday the temps take a plunge and there’s a pretty good chance of snow.

It’s weather whiplash!  🙂

So let’s be serious.  On most days if I just threw caution to the wind and let my id take over I could pretty much sustain myself on chocolate cake.  Well, that’s not true.  I’d probably have to switch it up and have pie every once in a while.  😉

But we don’t live in a world where we can eat chocolate cake day in and day out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Bummer, right?  Our hearts just would not be thanking us.

So instead we have to find foods that are healthy (or moderately healthy) to sustain us, fuel our bodies, and keep us singing, dancing, and jiving like the awesome humans we are.  😀

So what’s your go-to healthy meal/snack?  Are you a kale queen?  Do you love nothing more than whipping up big batches of healthy soup?  Do you wear t-shirts that profess your love for lentils?

I personally eat quite a few bean-related meals.  I always have beans on my salad.  But I’m also a self-proclaimed lover of plain Greek yogurt.

Yogurt is one of those things that kind of makes me mad.  It’s a food that seems like it should healthy, then when you turn it over and look at the label you discover that your blueberry yogurt has almost as much sugar as a can of pop.  Wowza!

That’s why I always stick with plain Greek yogurt.  It just seems safer that way.  But a lot of people think Greek yogurt tastes a little funky.  I kind of did at the beginning too, probably because we’re all so used to that candy yogurt stuff.

So if you like flavored yogurt, but still want to be healthy, this is the recipe for you.  It starts out with regular plain yogurt, not Greek.  But never fear!  By the time you’re done with it, it’ll be even thicker and richer than Greek yogurt.  All you have to do is strain your yogurt, then mix in whatever healthy sweetener your heart desires.  How about squeezing in a couple oranges and giving it a stir?  How about thawing out some frozen fruit and tossing it in?  Our you could even add a little honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or…jam (that’s where the moderately healthy part comes in.  Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me).  The yogurt pictured here is sweetened up with a juiced grapefruit for a little zing!

The world is really your oyster when it comes to what you want to add.  During the summer I just mash up a bunch of fresh blueberries and stir it around.  And this is definitely the yogurt you want to have around when you’re making your epic parfait.  Mmm!

Enjoy!

(Adapted from an orange yogurt recipe on Food Network)

Flavored Yogurt
 
Ingredients
  • 1 32 oz container of plain yogurt
  • Sweetener of choice (a couple squeezed oranges, a few tablespoons of honey, jam, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Put a couple paper towels in the strainer.
  2. Empty the yogurt into the strainer and place in the fridge for a few hours, or until the yogurt has reached your desired thickness.
  3. Place the thick, strained yogurt in a bowl, add in your sweetener, and serve.

 

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen February 21, 2017, 10:41 am

    It’s pretty cold and dark in this part of the world. I love flavored yogurts but I don’t consume it much, due to sugar contain. Will try this with honey. Love the fact that you didn’t use greek yogurt.

  • Sues February 21, 2017, 9:52 pm

    Love this idea for a thicker yogurt! Kale is definitely my go-to healthy food… I don’t care how overdone and trendy it is; I love it!

    • Amanda March 10, 2017, 12:53 pm

      Never be afraid to like what you like, right? That’s my motto 😀 Thanks so much!

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks February 23, 2017, 10:06 pm

    I’d love to live on chocolate cake, but I think your yogurt would be a better choice!

    • Amanda March 10, 2017, 12:53 pm

      I wish that were possible too! Thanks!

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