May 28 2009
Since I was a little girl, I’ve loved yogurt. Granted, my taste in yogurt has changed greatly over the years, but I can’t think of a time when I didn’t like yogurt in some form or another. I remember the pre-mixed yogurts being popular when I was young, but I soon discovered a love for the fruit on the bottom variety. I ignored the instructions, however, and refused to mix in the fruit; I found it was much more delicious to eat the lightly sweetened yogurt first, leaving the fruit/jam mixture on the bottom.
It was likely my blatant disregard for the package instructions that resulted in my making an easy switch to plain yogurt as an adult. I enjoyed the tartness, and I loved the interplay of tartness and sweetness between the plain yogurt and seasonal fruit.
I pretty much eat yogurt daily for breakfast, taking advantage of whichever seasonal fruits are available, but also utilizing the frozen fruit stash in my freezer. Since my discovery of Greek yogurt, I pretty much have been eating it exclusively; it keeps me full, but also because the thought of the thick, creamy texture of this yogurt helps get me out of bed in the morning!
While I admit I’m likely in the minority here, the texture of this yogurt is reminiscent of frosting. I’m not going to go so far as to say it tastes like frosting, but it has a mouth-feel that falls somewhere between frosting and…cheesecake batter.
It doesn’t hurt that this particular breakfast requires relatively zero preparation. The first thing I do in the morning is head to the freezer and take out some frozen fruit, usually wild blueberries. Then, I simply let it thaw at room temperature while I get ready for the day. If the fruit is in larger chunks, nuking it for a few seconds works just fine. Then, mix the thawed fruit and yogurt – the natural juices from the fruit will help to flavor and sweeten the yogurt, and of course, you can add whatever fresh fruit is on hand.
If you want your yogurt breakfast to fill you up and keep you going all morning, walk right past the nonfat yogurt in the market. Frankly, it doesn’t taste very good, it won’t keep you full, and who wants the fillers that replace the fat in an attempt to replicate the texture the fat gave the yogurt? Blech! Instead, try the real deal – you just might love it.