Posts Tagged ‘Greek yogurt’


April 10, 2013

In a society where woman are still second-class citizens, this one takes the cake.

All we ask for is equal pay for equal work, and the opportunity to make our own decisions where are bodies are concerned. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask, does it? Just when we think we are making a little headway, this happens:

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Introducing Powerful Yogurt for Men. Yes, a men’s only yogurt, created “by men, for men.” Brogurt, if you will. Seriously? Now we need gender specific yogurt?

This 0% fat Greek yogurt claims to have more protein than it’s less butch counterparts, and comes in a manly 8-ounce portion size.

The container is sleek black, and bears the slogan “find your inner abs.”

It purports to address the unique needs of the male population, and is all natural, and void of artificial sweeteners or hormones.

Um, don’t other yogurts make this claim? My unisex fat free Greek yogurt (Fage) also has about 3 grams of protein per ounce and about 16.5 calorie per ounce vs. 17.5 calories per ounce for the manlier type. It’s in a plain-ish white container that holds a more delicate 6 ounce serving.

Will something happen if women accidentally partake in this men’s only ritual? Will we grow facial hair and start farting in public? Or is it just a marketing ploy to get “real men” to eat yogurt?

What do you think?

Substitutions Welcome

September 10, 2012

I am extremely health minded when it comes to fitness and nutrition. I don’t believe in using anything fake in my food to make it lower in fat, calories, sugar or even gluten. I prefer to avoid these things on a regular basis, and indulge in the real deal from time to time.
Recently, I have started experimenting with substituting a bit, and have been creating recipes that still use all natural food based ingredients, but make things just a bit healthier in the process.

When last night’s gluten free cheesecake with an almond meal crust drew rave reviews from people who preferred it to my usual cheesecake recipe, I realized that I was onto something.

Butter is a mainstay to baking, and I would never consider using margarine or “fake butter” instead.  There are lots of healthy and even vegan foods that can be substituted that will still yield moist, rich baked goods without sacrificing taste.

Applesauce is a great alternative to butter in denser baked goods, such as muffins and banana bread. Substitute ½ the butter for the same quantity of applesauce. You can use all applesauce if you like an even moister, heavier texture.

Avocado is also a good butter substitute. Use ½ butter and ½ of the equivalent amount of mashed avocado. It creates a softer, chewier texture, making it a great choice for cookies.

Greek yogurt is a rich creamy dairy product that can also be used instead of butter. The rule of thumb is replace ½ of the butter, with ½ the amount of yogurt. (If the recipe asks for 1 cup of butter, use ½ cup of butter and ¼ cup of yogurt.)

You may need to experiment a bit to find the consistency you like best.

I have made an amazing lemon yogurt loaf cake that is one of best versions of a lemon pound cake around. It uses both yogurt and canola oil, instead of butter.

I will continue to experiment and share some of my successes here on indigo jones.

Remember that even with substitutions to make baked goods a little more virtuous, they still are not “diet foods.” With a little practice, you may actually come up with something better than the original recipe!

photos: Glasshouse Images 

Unrecipe of the Week: Skinny Dipping

February 3, 2012

Looking for a creamy dip that isn’t a fat bomb? Craving something that’s super easy to make, and doesn’t use a preservative, MSG and sodium packed mix?
Try this easy  and low calorie option where 0% Greek yogurt replaces sour cream, and fresh herbs add the kick you’re looking for.

It’s great with crudités as an alternative Super Bowl snack, but I ‘m having a dollop of this on my salmon tonight!

Before you touch that onion or ranch dip this weekend, try this Skinny Dip. It tastes so much better with a fraction of the calories!

Yogurt Dill Dip

2 cups 0% Greek yogurt

juice of ½ a lemon

a handful of finely chopped dill

one finely diced clove of garlic

 salt and pepper to taste. Mix it up and enjoy!

Get creative: In addition to the  fresh dill, try some parsley, chives or cilantro to shake it up!

photo: Glasshouse Images

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