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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Must Have Items from Target: Part 1

METHOD PRODUCTS

I love all of Target’s Method cleaning products because they clean so effectively without the harsh chemical smell of other popular cleaners. Method has non-abrasive cleaning products for counter tops, wood, hardwood floors, bathroom (tub, tile and shower), dish/hand soap, detergent and many more!

MY FAVORITE METHOD PRODUCT

My absolute favorite Method product is the Method Pink Grapefruit All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner shown above.

SPARKLY CLEAN

This all purpose cleaner eliminates dust and cuts through dirt, grease and grime so impressively! For deep cleaning, let the product sit for about 5 minutes and the cleaner will soften and dissolve even the toughest grease and grime. Your counter tops and stove tops will shine! After spraying, this product wipes off clean, smear-free and streak-free.

The consistency of this all-purpose cleaner is thin, watery and it doesn’t leave a filmy residue, unlike many abrasive cleaners.

NO HARSH CHEMICALS

Ditch those harsh cleaning products like Windex, 409, and Fantastik! Method Pink Grapefruit All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner is all you need : ) You can still have that “clean” feel and smell in your home without all the harmful chemicals!

I felt comfortable cleaning with Method products all through my pregnancy. Even now with my 20 month old toddler touching and climbing on everything, I feel confident that I don’t have to expose my family to all those harsh cleaning products that wreak of heavy chemical fumes and noxious toxins.

Cook’s Illustrated (Published January 1, 2012) reviewed several cleaning products and Method’s All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner was on top of their list!

ALTERNATIVES

If you don’t like the grapefruit’s citrus scent, you can try Method’s Cucumber or French Lavender all purpose cleaner. You can also dilute the cleaner to temper the scent if the fragrance really bothers you.

PRICE

A 28 ounce spray bottle of this item costs about $3 to $4 at Target. You can also buy it in bulk on Amazon. Don’t forget to regularly check Target’s coupon website!

DISCUSSION

  • What are your favorite non-abrasive cleaning products?
  • Do you have a favorite Method product?

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Stay tuned for Must Have Items from Target: Part 2.

Great Blender for Green Smoothies

Hamilton Beach Wave Maker Blender 56221

The Wave Maker Blender 56221 is one of the latest models made by Hamilton Beach. I bought this blender three weeks ago to accompany my daily routine of making my Glowing Green Smoothie (see post below). I needed a new blender that could crush ice regularly without ruining the blades. I’ve been using this blender everyday (sometimes twice a day) to make my smoothies (primarily made with frozen fruits, ice cubes and spinach) and here is how this blender has fared so far:

PROS

  • Crushes ice and frozen fruits easily.
  • Easy clean-up touch pad buttons (AWESOME!)
  • “Wave Action” system really “pulls down” the ingredients (with 700 watts of power).
  • Creates an even consistency and smooth mixture every time.
  • Has a preset “SMOOTHIE” button function.
  • Storage under the blender to hide away cord.
  • Sturdy die-cast metal base.
  • Large glass jar, 40 ounces, dishwasher safe.

CONS

  • LOUD! (Think of the highest setting on your blow dryer times two!)
  • The lid on the blender sometimes shifts when you’re making a large batch, so be sure to always closely monitor the blender while operating.
  • More expensive than the average blender. This blender runs about $60-$70.

Notes: Just a tip, I place the ice cubes first in the blender, before any other ingredients. The ice cubes crush more evenly this way.

You might also like this other blender: Hamilton Beach 50235 Wave Maker 10-Speed Blender. This one worked as well for my smoothies, but I prefer the “smoothie” setting and touch pad buttons on the 56221 model because it cleans up so easily!

DISCUSSION

  • Do any of you have the Vita-Mix blenders?
  • How do you like the Vita-Mix blenders compared to the regular blenders? Are they really that much better?

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