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Yesterday I brought a big tub of total 2% greek yoghurt. Anyway to cut a long story short :P, I tried it last night and it tasted vile!. Obviously because it needs other things added to it to make it taste good . . . any suggestions?
fruit & honey:)
I like to add granola (bear naked is good) and fresh fruit. I'm not big on the texture/ bitter taste that some greek yoghurts have, so adding like an 8th of a cup on the top with strawberries make it way better.
A lady at work puts greek yoghurt on top of her oatmeal every morning with fruit and it looks good too.
And if that fails, make a smoothie. :)
I use plain greek yogurt and add a packet of Truvia and some berries...stawberries, blackberries or raspberries. I break up the berries a bit to get some flavor in the yogurt.
I always use sugar-free chocolate syrup, a ton of mixed berries, cereal, and cinnamon all mixed together. SO good! Atleast to me it is....
Pumpkin butter mixed in tastes amazing too.....tastes like pumpkin pie filling! Any type of jam mixed in will get rid of that tart taste of plain yogurt.
This is my favorite thing ever to have for breakfast - Fage (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup), fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or a combination) plus about 1/4 cup Kashi go-lean cereal. It is delicious, packs amazing nutrition per calorie, and would always get me through the morning with no need for a snack. The sweetness from the fruit, for me, was plenty to cut the sour of the yogurt (though, to me, it doesn't taste "vile" plain). A ripe mango is good, too.
That said, fresh berries are not as good this time of year (at least where I live) so I will occasionally add some thawed frozen berries or else a bit of honey or agave to sweeten (I would avoid the artificial sweeteners - they don't have calories but discourage weight loss in other ways). This morning, I tried simply mixing it with some multigrain cheerios (half a serving of multigrain cheerios with 1/3 cup of the yogurt) and that was sweet enough for me. That was an 80 calorie breakfast (my fage was 0%) and I'm still not hungry 2.5 hours later.
I like mine with fresh berries and ezekiel cereal for some crunch :)
I like to add a handful of bare naked granola, and a chopped banana, kiwi, or skip the fruit and add a drizzle of honey. Btw I think some brands taste better than others; for example Fage 2% is creamier than the 0% but both can be a bit...yogurt-y, Oikos is sugar garbage, Athenos is too tart, Chobani is the best of all (creamy not as yogurt-y), but can be sneaky with the sugars.
I'm with vonapathy: you have to try different brands. To me, all fat-free plain Greek yogurts taste tart and bitter.
Fage 2% is my favorite with Chobani low-fat (also 2%, I believe) coming in second.
I like adding some peanut butter to mine. Either that or blueberries and truvia. Or honey. Or pumpkin, cinnamon and real maple syrup.
You can also go savory. I use it in tuna salad, potato salad, egg salad. Anywhere you might use sour cream or mayo. And of course honey, berries, and granola.
When my daughter started eating solid foods, I would blend the combos below for her. I was so surprised at how tasty they are!
1. about 1/4 cup applesauce, a tsp cinnamon & a tsp vanilla extract
2. 2 Tbsp peanut butter, 2 tsp jelly (or homemade strawberry preserves)
Finally, this one is a little too "babyfoodish" for me, but it does have a nice flavor:
add a mashed sweet potato, some cinnamon & vanilla extract
Greek yogurt is terrific. Enjoy!
I eat it every day as a snack by mixing cottage cheese and Greek yogurt with Greens powder and nuts, seeds, berries, etc. This is not for everyone since the colour isn't pretty but I love the combo of tangy yogurt and the naturally sweetened (with stevia) Greens.
Plain Greek yogurt with thick honey and walnuts or pistachios is an awesome combination too.
I also use plain Greek yogurt in cooking as a sour cream substitute (on tacos, curries, soup, etc) or as a mayo substitute (in chicken or tuna salad).
I'll sometimes use it in baking muffins or breads. Instead of plain maple syrup, I'll mix some yogurt with nut butter, jam, whatever and use it as a pancake topper.
I like Greek yogurt combined with banana slices for sweetness and chopped almonds and corn flakes for crispiness.
stevia and flavor extracts
The only greek yogurt I like is the Trader Joe's brand regular, not 2% or non-fat. Add your favorite granola or a bitter chocolate and it's really yummy.
I put grape nuts in mine, with a little maple syrup and sliced almonds. I use 2% Fage and I eat this every morning for breakfast. I'm not even hungry for several hours afterwards.
I like to mix my greek yogurt with onion soup mix and a bit of fresh black pepper and have it as a dip with my veggie sticks for lunch. I put the greek garlic and cucumber yogurt on my baked potato so I can skip the sour cream, butter and salt.
I havn't tried this one yet but my friend says she sneaks a few tsp of it into her hummus for veggie wraps.
Wow, thanks for all the great ideas everyone. I think my greek yoghurt with be a lot more tastier now I know all these different ways of adding flavour :] xx
- You can use Greek yoghurt as an alternative to heavy cream when making alfredo sauce for pasta. If you add a pinch of salt, it can be a great substitute for sour cream.
- You can also use it instead of mayo on chicken, tuna and egg salad.
- You can also stir in a light jam, raspberries, raisins, cinnamon or shredded coconut for a quick dessert.