Ideas for Jazzing Up Plain Fat Free Yogurt
In the same vein as the earlier post about jazzing up cottage cheese, I would love some ideas about jazzing up my fat free plain yogurt.
I'm interested in sugar free, fat free suggestions. I'd particularly like some vegetable, and savory seasoning suggestions, but would also be happy with (artificially) sweet suggestions in addition to the ideas that I'll share below.
So far, these are the ideas that I've come up with that I really enjoy. I eat them for breakfast, or for a mid-day or evening snack.
I mix my yogurt with artificial sweetener (Equal) and a cut up fruit, and add a compatible flavoring - cinnamon, vanilla extract, almond extract, lime juice....
I find that mixing the plain yogurt with fresh fruits is much more satisfying than using the store-bought fruit flavored yogurts.
I usually mix 3/4 of a cup of the yogurt with the sweetener, and my flavoring of choice. I eat 1/4 cup of this without the fruit, and then add the cut up fruit (in the amounts below), to the remaining 1/2 cup of yogurt. This may sound wierd, but for me, this is the perfect ratio of yogurt to fruit (just the right amount of cream in relation to fruit.)
Some good fruits and combinations are:
4 oz. apple with cinnamon and vanilla extract
" " apple with almond extract
" " blueberries with either vanilla or almond
6 oz. clementines
6 oz. strawberries
4 oz. kiwi
6 oz. peaches
12 large cherries
2 slices canned pineapple in juice, (drained), cut in chunks
20 small, or 12 large grapes
Some of these fruits are great to mix in frozen, especially halved frozen grapes.
The yogurt freezes around the frozen pieces of fruit, and it's a very refreshing and delicious treat.
The yogurt is also very tasty just mixed with any one of the flavorings, without the fruit.
I particulary enjoy the plain yogurt with artificial sweetener and lime juice to taste.
i use plain yogurt in savory things instead of sour cream. recently i roasted a spaghetti squash, pulled out all the flesh and ate it with salsa and yogurt. simple, easy, very low-cal. i spoon some into scrambled eggs or tofu, put a dollop on top of any beans or lentils, or mash potatoes with it.
if i'm going sweet, i like frozen raspberries. take a cup out and let them sit. when thawed, they have a little juice in the bowl which loosens the yogurt a bit.
Curry! Caramelize onions in a touch of olive or canola oil, add steamed potatoes, cauliflower and maybe some chickpeas. Saute this a bit more and stir in the yougurt at a low heat. Add the curry to this (or add it to the yougurt first). Dinner! Firm tofu works well too.
Does honey count as sugar?
Fresh pineapple with a little maple syrup-not technically sugar free. Also frozen berries plus granola.
Cucumbers with dill or with garlic, sesame seeds and a dash of sesame oil or even, I did this week, some citurs/champagne vinegar.
You can splash plain yogurt on the strawberries with balsamic vinegar thing, too.