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FAGE Greek-style Yogurt
Greek-style yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. It is strained to remove the watery whey and leaves concentrated milk solids packed with protein.
In the world of Greek-style yogurt FAGE is my favorite!! FAGE Total comes in 2% and 0% fat. You can get it plain or with fruit added. Both are creamy, delicious and indulgent with tons of protein (20 grams per serving) and little to no fat!
FAGE has been around since 1926 and is located in Athens, Greece. It is created using authentic Greek recipes with zero added ingredients, stabilizers or preservatives.
While there are plenty of Greek-style yogurts on the market I encourage you to try FAGE once! You can find it at some large grocery stores. Price varies depending on the store purchased. Ranges $1.50-$2.50.
Although buying Greek Yogurt in an individual container from the store is easy, quick and more convenient than whipping up a batch at home, homemade "Yogurt Cheese" has its benefits. Homemade Greek Yogurt or Yogurt Cheese is cheaper, smarter, and often, so much better.
WHAT IS YOGURT CHEESE?
It's the creamy white cheese you get when liquid whey drains from yogurt. It's all natural -- and the best way to add calcium to your diet without adding fat. It's low in sodium and lactose but high in protein. It's FAT FREE when made from nonfat yogurt.
WHY IS YOGURT CHEESE SPECIAL?
Yogurt cheese takes on the flavor of whatever you mix it with. That means you can "thin out" the fat calories from ice cream, peanut butter, mayonnaise, etc. by mixing them with yogurt cheese.
If you're on a diet low-fat or low-sodium diet or you're lactose intolerant yogurt cheese can help you stick with it. That's because it taste so rich with no sodium or chemicals added, as in commercial "lite" or “fat free” foods.
When you make yogurt cheese from sweet yogurt (like lemon or vanilla), most of the sugar drains out in the whey. But the sweet taste stays in the cheese!
10 WAYS TO CUT FAT BY USING YOGURT CHEESE!
Bagel & Cream Cheese: spread a bagel with plain yogurt cheese.
Danish: split an English muffin in half, toast it, and spread with sweetened yogurt cheese. Sprinkle with cinnamon and heat under broiler until bubbly.
Peanut Butter: mix 1 tablespoon peanut butter with 1 or 2 tablespoons yogurt cheese
Mayonnaise: mix 1 tablespoon commercial mayonnaise with 1 or 2 tablespoons yogurt cheese. This is great for tuna / chicken salads!
Baked Potato Topping: add sour cream flavor buds, chives and/or herb mix to yogurt cheese.
Whipped Cream: mix 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to vanilla yogurt cheese.
Ice Cream: mix 1/4 cup commercial ice cream and 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt cheese.
Lemon Tart: place a thin cookie in the bottom of a cupcake paper; spoon in lemon yogurt cheese; top with slice of fruit. Chill.
Chocolate Mousse: add 1 packet low-calorie chocolate drink mix to 1 cup yogurt cheese.
Vanilla Frosting: mix 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with 1 cup vanilla yogurt cheese. Chill. Spread on cake just before serving.