When I started this journey, the only yogurt I would eat was Yoplait Light - Harvest Peach and Very Cherry were my favorites. At the time, I was only paying attention to calorie totals, not WHAT was in those calories. And that was fine for me - let's face it: going from all that crap I was eating to Yoplait yogurt was a huge improvement. I even added in a tablespoon of Grape Nuts and felt positively virtuous in what I was eating!
Then, as I read more and more blogs, I started seeing the words "Greek yogurt" and more specifically, "Fage" bandied about. But it was plain...as in that sour, yucky taste that I tried once a looooong time ago and instantly disliked. So I figured that I would just have to miss out on the Greek yogurt revolution. However, hearing that so many people absolutely LOVED the stuff, and getting a little more interested in the actual content of my calories, I finally decided to give Fage a try.
And I did not fall instantly in love with it.
But I made it tolerable with a tablespoon of strawberry jam. I rationalized that I was getting more bang for my caloric buck this way because of the high protein and low carbohydrate count in the Fage. So even though I was adding some sugar via the jam, it was still better for me because it was just sugar as opposed to the high fructose corn syrup that I discovered Yoplait was using (reading more than just the calorie count...it's a good thing).
Then I discovered Kashi Golean Crunch cereals - yummy crunchy goodness with some good fiber and protein - added that to my yogurt and I was in heaven! Man, I was eating good! The plain Fage was growing on me, although I was still adding the jam at this point.
Of course, in my reading, I began to hear about the "super foods" - and blueberries were at the top of the list (possibly because it was alphabetical, but stay with me, folks). So I bit the bullet and actually bought a little container of blueberries one day. After it sat in the fridge for a few days, mocking me each time I reached for a Fage and the jam, I finally got brave enough to throw them in the yogurt AND I LIKED IT! What?!? I was eating plain non-fat yogurt with fresh fruit?!? Who was this person?!?
Now I've been dipping sliced strawberries into my Fage and then dipping the yogurt-coated berries into my Kashi cereal. AND I LOVE IT! If you would have told me last summer that I would be eating plain yogurt I would have laughed in your face. But apparently tastes CAN change, and through that, a healthier, cleaner way of eating is slowly evolving for me.
I wonder what will be next?