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Greek Snack

Posted by terrepruitt on April 30, 2009

Tonight we are going to dinner in Willow Glen, which is San Jose, but San Jose is large and spread out so having the sections help us determine the general location.  Downtown Willow Glen is where I have my Nia classes, and is fairly close to downtown San Jose.**  We went with a group of people who Yelp (so they are called Yelpers) on Yelp.com.

We are going to Opa.  It is a Greek Restaurant.  I am part Greek.  I didn’t like Greek food until recently.  Since we are going to a Greek Restaurant it started me thinking about one of my favorite snacks that I have been having lately.  Greek Yogurt.   I didn’t even know that there is such a thing until about two years ago—and I am Greek.

There are probably as many different brands of yogurt as there is (types of) Yoga,  just like there are different brands of regular yogurt, but what you will find is that Greek Yogurt is thicker.  It seems creamier.  And it typically has less sugar and a lot more protein.

I have been eating plain non-fat to which I added a little bit of sugar, vanilla, and some super crunchy cereal.  Yum.  So I guess you could say that I am using it like milk.  But I won’t drink non-fat milk, but I will eat non-fat yogurt and get a lot more protein!  Plus with its smooth, think, creaminess it is like dessert for breakfast!

Also, during our heat wave I decided to make chicken salad sandwiches for dinner.  I didn’t realize we were out of mayo when I decided on that refreshing dinner.  But I used the yogurt instead.  It worked great because it is more like mayo in consistency than regular yogurt.  Don’t tell my husband because it also has less fat and more protein than mayo.  And I did add a little bit of mayo so it would taste like regular mayonnaised chicken salad.

So next time you are in the store you might want to pick up some Greek yogurt and do some experimenting of your own with it.  It can be used a little differently than regular yogurt.  Then let me know what recipe you used it in.  I am always looking for new things to make!

**Good thing I looked up the event before we went, granted it was after I posted this, but we actually ended up going to Opa in Los Gatos!  It is important to check on event locations and not assume . . . . . 🙂

6 Responses to “Greek Snack”

  1. michele said

    I have been hearing about this greek yogurt for a while now and have not tried it because “thick and creamy” are the reasons I would not even try yogurt til I was in my 30’s – but I did and now I like it…so after reading your post on the greek variety and more healthy, I tried some yesterday and while I didn’t love it instantly, I could definately get used to it! Thanks for the encouragement and information.


    • You are eating YoGURT? Oh awesome. So nice to witness that people can change. I always hear you in my head say, “How can you like yogurt? It even SOUNDS gross: YoGURT!” If you don’t really like yogurt and you are “suffering” through it, yeah, Greek yogurt might be better for you because it has so much more protein. So awesome to hear that my little blog gave you the push to try the Greek stuff. Also, don’t forget to try different brands, they are not always all the same, just like you find with most products. Maybe there is a brand that you will love instantly! (Thanks for checking out the blog!)


  2. Michele said

    You bet people can change, I have been watching you change a lot lately, thank you! (even though I love(d) you just the way you are(were) – if that makes any sense 🙂


    • Hmmmmm. I hope what you see is good. I think there is always room for improvement. One doesn’t even have to “not like” the way something is, there is just usually room for improvment. So hopefully the changes you are seeing are improvments on a good thing, huh?

      Thank you for loving me as I am and for being such a supportive friend. I am here today because of you. Thank you. (Oh, and I love you, too!)

      You, my long-time friend, might want to check out my latest (meaning both the last one I posted and “Geez, I posted it late!”) post. It might help you do some Free Dancing of your own.


  3. My favorite breakfast on earth (especially post-workout breakfast, when I am hot and want something cool) is 0% Fat Fage Greek yogurt with blueberries, walnuts and a drizzle of Agave syrup. It is totally like dessert for breakfast.

    And now, so that you don’t think I am a COMPLETE creeper (as my 15 yr old says), I will refrain from commenting on your blog anymore. Tonight.


    • Yeah babay! That does sound like dessert. Ooooooh. I have to try that, although I am not a berry fan, that sounds gooooooood! Thanks for the tip! Hopefully other people will see that because that sounds awesome. Did you post that somewhere on YOUR blog? YUuuuuuUUUUUmmmmmmm!

      I am flattered that you are reading and commenting. I don’t think your a creeper even a little bit. I had thought that I was a creeper on your blog and twitter and e-mail.

      Nia creepy crawlies! Ooooooooooh. GOOEY! My students are going to laugh at me tomorrow when I break out in the “gooey talk!”

      Again, THANK YOU for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it. With your new Nia obsession let me know what you are interested in seeing and I can maybe post it on my blog or put a page on my site or point you in the direction of it! Thanks again.


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