Yes, it’s true. I lost my Greek Yogurt-ginity today. I’ve had the plain stuff in dips and such, but the last time I was at the grocery store, Chobani was on sale, so I decided to overlook my usual Yoplait Light and try it.
Why? Well, greek yogurt is all the rage for its health benefits. Like any yogurt, it’s a great way to get a serving of dairy with bone-building calcium. Building bone mass is really important, especially for women. Our bone density peaks at about 30, so as a mid-twenty-something, I’m stocking up!
But, what makes greek yogurt unique is that it has more active cultures and probiotics and twice the protein of regular yogurt, providing much more satiety. I definitely put that to the test today.
After a delicious – and BIG – sushi dinner last night, I wasn’t too hungry this morning, so as I headed out to work, I grabbed some random things from my fridge and pantry to feed me for the day. I usually have a meal packed, but I successfully ate all my leftovers throughout the week and had nothing (and usually try to avoid going out for lunch). I ended up with a cutie, a banana, baby carrots and a vanilla Chobani.
I ate the fruit a few hours later, but by 11:30 I was HUNGRY! I really don’t like to eat [lunch] before noon, but I’m getting better at eating when I’m actually hungry even if the clock is screaming at me that I eat like a senior citizen.
I tried the yogurt plain first just to check it out. Definitely a texture I wasn’t expecting, but not a bad one and the flavor was good. Then I mixed it with some granola and dried cranberries I had in my desk and absolutely loved it. Best of all, even though I ate earlier than I was used to (and ate the carrots a little later), I didn’t get hungry again until around dinner time (okay, dinner time if you’re a senior citizen)!
So, I think it’s fair to say I’m a convert and I’m looking forward to trying the strawberry and blueberry I still have in my fridge (and finding the peach and honey flavors somewhere).