Sometimes I’m down for Greek yogurt, but sometimes I want cake. Yes, you’re incredibly handsome. Yes, I have had a crush on you since your days on Full House. And no, I still can’t believe Rebecca left you, even if it was for Jerry O’Connell. However, sometimes a girl just needs a piece of cake.
That being said my current obsession is Greek yogurt. Growing up in a 1/2 Persian household we called it “Persian Yogurt” or “must“. We put it on rice, mix it with cucumbers, eat it in our soup. It’s kind of a garnish of sorts or appetizer. We do not however mix it with fruit. When I first tried this “Greek yogurt” with fruit I was like, “What the…?” I was used to having it with savory items, so it was a bit shocking to my taste buds. Then as I got used to the flavors, I grew to enjoy it.
Currently I’m eating the Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt. Sorry Mr. Stamos again, I know you advertise Oikos, but at least they’re both Dannon products. I admit I haven’t gotten to trying Oikos yet, but the Light & Fit version has me hooked. What Dannon has done is create a yogurt that has under 100 calories and seven grams of protein. You would think at 80 calories the portion size would be tiny, but that’s the beauty of Greek yogurt. It has less fat and fewer calories than your typical diet yogurt. I don’t know about you, but after a cup of Yoplait I’m like, “Did I just eat something?” I end up using my spoon to try to scrape up anything that may possibly be left in there.
That’s not the case with the Light and Fit Greek Yogurt. After a workout at the gym I’m pretty hungry. I workout in the evenings typically, because I work full time. The best way to gain weight is to eat late at night, but it’s hard to get to sleep when you’re feeling maximum hunger. Plus, you’re supposed to have protein after you workout. The solution: I have a Dannon Greek Yogurt and a protein bar. Combined they’re around 25 grams of protein. I’m full, I haven’t had too many calories, and I’ve taken care of my after-work0ut protein need.
While Greek yogurt is a great healthy treat, it will never replace “real” deserts. If you substitute during the week, you can treat yourself to something sweet during the weekend. Life is about moderation. If you want to stay on a healthy diet for the long run, you can’t deprive yourself. Enjoying the delicious things in life isn’t naughty. The French eat pastries, the Italians eat gelato, the point is to have a little here and there and not over-indulge. Have some Greek yogurt when you’re trying to shed the pounds, and treat yourself to some stellar sweets on “Heck Yeah” days. I call them Heck Yeah days, because the term “cheat day” makes it sound like you’re doing something bad. It can ruin your mood/self esteem, and also because on these days I say “Heck Yeah” to what I want.
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