As my quest for mindful eating continues, I have explored consuming foods I traditionally do not eat. As I mentioned previously, I have not been a fan of yogurt, but I was determined to give it another chance. After some trial and error, I came to the conclusion that pre-sweetened yogurts were the most undesirable for me. Not only do they contain the added sugar I am trying to limit, they produce an undesirable taste on my palate. However, I have become a fan of plain Greek yogurt and have been eating in a variety of ways. Helping me to break out of my cereal rut, I pair plain Greek yogurt with granola (homemade so I can control the sugar content), add it as a garnish on my eggs and even mix it with avocado. At night, always looking for a taste of something sweet, I pair granola with slightly sweetened popcorn or make a shake with Greek yogurt, plain almond milk, banana & cocoa powder (still a work in progress). The point being I have opened my mind (and mouth) to new flavors and textures that I probably would not have done in my previous “mindless” eating life. However, my transition to mindful eating has not been seamless and like anyone with a busy schedule I struggle day to day with making smart choices. That said, we should certainly take pride in any small changes we make in our life that lead to better health.
This chart from Appetite for Health is a great go to guide how to use Greek yogurt in ways you may not thought of.