Yogurt, whether regular or Greek style is a tasty way to consume protien, calcium and probiotics for healthy digestion. When looking at how to select yogurt you want to make certain you aren’t overdoing the calories, carbohydrates, fats and sugars. I recommend that you choose plain yogurt and embellish it with fresh berries, granola, agave or honey and spices.
Making your own yogurt isn’t that difficult and is inexpensive. It requires very little and you’re guaranteed a fresh, quality product. I guarantee once you make your own yogurt you won’t purchase it again!
2 quarts of 2% milk
3 tbls. plain yogurt
You will need a food thermometer (digital works best) and glass bowl or crock.
Bring the milk to 180 degrees. Pour into a bowl that fits into a bowl of ice. Bring the temperature down to between 115 and 110 degrees. Stir the plain yogurt with a 1/4 cup of the milk until smooth and stir this into the milk. Place the bowl of soon to be yogurt in an oven that stays at about 120 degrees for 6-8 hours. You can heat your oven to as low a temperature as possible, turn off the heat and leave the oven light on to maintain the temperature at an even level. I have a warming drawer and keep the yogurt in there at the low-medium setting which works perfectly. Other people put it on top of a heating pad with a towel on top of the bowl. It’s ready when the milk mixture has solidified/thickened to the consistency of yogurt.
Greek yogurt is made by simply straining the water out of the final product. To do this just place a piece of cheesecloth in a large colander and put the colander in a bowl. Pour the yogurt into the colander and allow the liquid to slowly drain into the bowl. Voila! You have Greek style yogurt.
Adding a vanilla bean to the milk at the beginning of the process adds a hint of vanilla flavor and no additional calories, sugars or carbs.
Yogurt Breakfast Bowl
Makes 4 servings
1 tsp. tandoori spice or curry powder
1/4 cup honey
2 cups 2% plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup granola
1 cup fresh berries
1 cup freeze-dried mango, pineapple and/or berries
Small sprigs fresh cilantro
1. In a small skillet toast the spice on low, stirring until very fragrant (about 2 minutes). Remove from head, add honey and stir.
2. Divide yogurt among 4 bowls. Drizzle with spice honey; top with granola, fruit and cilantro. Serve.