What Goes Well With Strawberries?

As I mentioned in my previous post about leaning into vegetarianism, I’ve been taking advantage of the many delicious and healthy foods that are abundant this summer season.

Along with other summer staples like avocados, tomatoes, watermelon and corn, I’ve been serving my family a lot of strawberries lately.

Here are some of my favorite pairings with strawberries:

  • Chocolate
  • Nutella
  • Bananas
  • Cream
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Pancakes/Waffles
  • Cheesecake
  • Lemonade
  • Balsamic Vinegar

For a quick non-dairy and sugar-free healthy snack for your family, enjoy my quick, inexpensive and super easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe:

1 cup of ripe bananas

1 cup of ripe strawberries

2 cups of unsweetened almond milk

Handful of ice cubes

Blend ingredients on high until smooth and creamy.

Read more about the wonderful benefits of strawberries here.

Browse through the most popular strawberry recipes here.

DISCUSSION:

  • What are your favorite pairings with strawberries?
  • What are your favorite strawberry recipes?

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Converting To Greek Yogurt

Have you noticed that Greek yogurts are so heavily advertised nowadays? I don’t recall Greek yogurts ever being so prevalent as they have been recently. There’s a variety of brands available now: Oikos, Chobani, Fage. Surely you’ve seen the several Greek yogurt commercials on TV (my favorite is the one with Uncle Jesse aka John Stamos). Even the more popular yogurt brands like Dannon and Yoplait have released their own Greek yogurt versions.

I sampled all the Greek yogurt brands I mentioned above, but I found that most were too tart for my liking.

After trying several brands, the kind I really enjoyed the most was Yoplait’s Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt. It’s unexpectedly so good!

I’m definitely converted! So here’s why: Unlike the other Greek yogurt brands which left me feeling like I was eating a bowl of heavy sour cream, Yoplait’s Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt¬†is slightly tart, but the faint sweetness from the honey cuts right through the tartness. The vanilla flavor is actually quite pronounced in this yogurt which is great for a vanilla lover like me. What I also like is that Yoplait’s Greek Yogurt is thick and hearty and made me feel fuller longer.

As you can tell, my son is also a fan : )

According to a U.S. News Health online article, here are the main benefits of Greek yogurt:

  • Protein. Greek yogurt is high in protein, which helps promote fullness. That makes it particularly appealing to vegetarians, who sometimes struggle to get enough of the nutrient.
  • Carbohydrates. Going Greek is a smart choice for low-carb dieters. It contains roughly half the carbs as the regular kind of yogurt. Plus, the straining process removes some of the milk sugar, lactose, making Greek yogurt less likely to upset the lactose-intolerant.
  • Fat. Whether it’s Greek or regular yogurt, stick to low-fat and fat-free versions.
  • Sodium. A serving of Greek yogurt averages 50 milligrams of sodium – about half the amount in most brands of regular yogurt.
  • Calcium. Greek yogurt loses some of its calcium through the straining process, but still packs a wallop. A 6-ounce cup typically supplies about 20 percent of the daily recommendation.

I compared the nutrition facts between Yoplait’s Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt with Yoplait’s Low Fat Strawberry Yogurt (what I usually eat every day). Check out these numbers! The Greek yogurt version is so much healthier!

Yoplait’s Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt (6 ounces) Nutrition Facts

  • Calories:100
  • Calories from Fat: 0
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 80mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 16g
  • Sugars: 12g
  • Protein: 8g

Yoplait’s Strawberry Low Fat Yogurt (6 ounces) Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 170
  • Calories from Fat: 15
  • Total fat: 1.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Sodium: 85mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Sugars: 26g
  • Protein: 5g

As you can see, Yoplait’s Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt, has no fat, is low in sodium, low in carbs and sugar, but high in protein. Plus the flavor is perfectly sweet and very satisfying!

Yoplait’s Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt has become my absolute favorite because the flavors are just as appealing as its health benefits! Its tartness is not as strong as the other Greek yogurts out there.

If you’ve been thinking about trying Greek yogurts, this is definitely the best version to start with.

Let me know what you think once you try it! Maybe you’ll be converted like me and my toddler : )

Evan couldn’t get enough!

DISCUSSION

  • Does your family enjoy Greek yogurt?
  • What are your favorite Greek yogurt brands and flavors?

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