Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pears and Yogurt

In an effort to eat healthier, I have introduced yogurt into my diet. I see the commercials all the time on tv, in magazines, even the newspaper, but I was hesitant to try it. Mostly because dairy, with or without active cultures, often does a number on my innards. Goat' s milk products are usually much better, but Trader Joe's is the only place that I've found to sell goat's milk yogurt. However the 32 oz. package necessitated a level of commitment I didn't have - until now!

This week I took the plunge and bought the big package of plain yogurt and some blackberries. The first attempt was a sad one, plain yogurt with just a bit of honey. Totally gross. Second attempt, yogurt with blackberries. Better, but still quite acid. Finally today, I got it right. I chopped up a ripe Bosc pear (the brown ones) and drizzled it with a teaspoon full of honey, then I added about a 1/2 cup of yogurt and stirred it all together. Delicious! Absolutely, the most refreshing breakfast I've had in a long time. I think the key was a good fruit to yogurt ratio. I'm still not a huge dairy lover, but if there is more fruit than yogurt, then it is satisfying. I think next time, I'll add in some slivered almonds or chopped walnuts to add protein and crunch.


CARMEN said...

Good plan, you can also add some home made granola and strawberries.

jenuflections said...

OMG! I also just started eating yogurt everyday b/c the organic stuff with the live cultures of bacteria are good for my skin. As a lactose intolerant, I also find yogurt quite painful. If I have to eat dairy I usually get Oikos, Stonyfield's greek yogurt and put blueberries in it if I'm feeling sweet, or cucumbers if I'm feeling savory. (For some reason the strained Greek stuff isn't as painful as normal dairy, though I have yet to try to the goat version).

However, I recently discovered Stonyfield has O'Soy! which is soy yogurt with the added bacteria cultures in it, but no lactose. Right now they have peach and strawberry. I can tell you right away it tastes rather bland (enter the soy) but I already see improvements in my skin and it's filling for something besides cereal etc. I'm not a yog fan, but I suck it down anyway for the health benefits. Yay.