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June 16, 2012 6:29 PM
Fage greek yogurt is great get the 0% fat oneswink
June 16, 2012 6:29 PM
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I use agave nectar to sweeten plain Greek yogurt. I prefer it to sugar because it's a low-glycemic sweetener, and it's sweeter than sugar so I use less than 1 teaspoon. It doesn't have as strong a tastes as honey, it just tastes sweet.


Ditto! I also use agave nectar.
June 16, 2012 6:31 PM
I like plain Fage + cinnamon. I don't really need anything with sugar... but sometimes I add apple butter.

If I get the Fage + fruit then I only use a bit of the fruit in the yogurt (comes separated) and use the rest to sweeten oatmeal.
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June 16, 2012 6:32 PM
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Fage greek yogurt is great get the 0% fat oneswink
I honestly prefer the original Total full-fat one, especially for making protein smoothies.
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June 16, 2012 6:33 PM
I like mine with a bit of honey, PB2 and banana, if it is for bfast vs a snack I will add one scoop of protein powder.
  5554507
June 16, 2012 6:34 PM
QUOTE:

I like plain Fage + cinnamon. I don't really need anything with sugar... but sometimes I add apple butter.

If I get the Fage + fruit then I only use a bit of the fruit in the yogurt (comes separated) and use the rest to sweeten oatmeal.


Oooh! I like the apple butter idea, got to get some from Trader Joe's!!
  5554507
June 16, 2012 6:37 PM
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QUOTE:

I like plain Fage + cinnamon. I don't really need anything with sugar... but sometimes I add apple butter.

If I get the Fage + fruit then I only use a bit of the fruit in the yogurt (comes separated) and use the rest to sweeten oatmeal.


Oooh! I like the apple butter idea, got to get some from Trader Joe's!!


Or make your own! This - http://www.marthastewart.com/326858/slow-cooker-pear-and-apple-butter - was pretty easy, just time consuming to peel and slice all the fruit. I used the splenda/brown sugar blend, so it cut down the calories a bunch. And it lasted a long while (makes a big crock pot full).
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June 16, 2012 6:38 PM
I always buy plain greek yogurt with more grams of protein than sugar, so I know where you're coming from. My 2 favs for sweetening are honey and pure maple syrup. A teaspoon is enough for 6 oz. Gotta try cinnamon, though.
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June 16, 2012 6:38 PM
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Sugar free fat free pudding works well!


I do this too. I use the chocolate flavor. Mix it up and put it in the fridge for an hour or so, makes like a chocolate mousse. Yummy!!
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June 16, 2012 6:43 PM
Try using a few drops of vanilla essence. A friend of mine used this trick while staying in overseas hostels that tried to save money by only serving plain greek yogurt with breakfast.
June 16, 2012 8:09 PM
Plain Greek yogurt + 1 stevia + 1 True Lemon = Deliciousness!
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June 16, 2012 8:12 PM
I like protein powder in mine. I've also heard, but haven't tried, that people use Mio in their Greek yogurt.
Edited by IronPlayground On June 16, 2012 8:20 PM
June 16, 2012 8:14 PM
1)stevia(all natural 0 cal sweetner) mixed with cinnamon
2) chcolate whey protein powder
3) libbys pure mashed pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg <--love this
4) frozen blueberries
5) peanut butter would be good (or P2B) but ive never tried it, it just occured to me.
June 16, 2012 8:19 PM
I use truvia/stevia and toss in fresh blueberries. It sweetens it up nicely and adds very few calories. The Trader Joe plain greek yogurt is less bitter in taste than Fage or Chobani IMO.
June 16, 2012 8:20 PM
I add stewed rhubarb to it.
Add rhubarb, a little water and sugar to taste to a pot and boil down. I usually make a weeks worth of this at a time.
June 16, 2012 8:22 PM
I make sorbet at home, which does contain sugar but is a pretty low-cal treat. Add a scoop of that on top of your yogurt and mix it up--it's a super creamy sweet-tart dessert. I have that as a snack all the time; with fat-free greek yogurt and the sorbet, a massive bowl of it ends up being about 140 calories and I am STUFFED.

May I also suggest that you try reducing the sweetener little by little? When I started eating it, I needed honey or preserves with it. Now I can lick the spoon clean without adding a thing. For folks like you and me, who were used to pre-sweetened yogurt, it is something of an acquired taste. But it's TOTALLY worth developing! I find myself craving that specific tartness sometimes. I actually can't stand most yogurts now because they don't hold up to what I expect from a good plain yogurt!
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June 16, 2012 8:27 PM
Blue Agave or a little honey smile
June 16, 2012 8:48 PM
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I love greek yogurt, but the only kinds that I have had were little mini cups with blueberries on the bottom and the other was with honey. I loved the blueberry one, but the honey was disgusting (think it was bad). So this time, I bought a big tub of plain greek yogurt and a bunch of fresh blueberries. Today, I had a half of cup of yogurt and half cup of blueberries. I almost gagged. I need some sugar!

So the question is, how can I sweeten it up without adding too many calories? I do plan on buying some real honey and adding it to it, but I would like a variety. Would also like an idea on how I can sweeten it and use the blueberries, something to complement them.


Try the blue agave syrup. It's really sweet so you won't need much and it tastes better than honey. : )
June 16, 2012 8:52 PM
I use plain greek yogurt and add my own honey. It tastes different than the ones you get in the store. Also try to add cereal, the sugar in there should help.
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June 16, 2012 8:56 PM
Fruit is always a good choice, or natural honey or agave. When I just coudn't stand it and wanted some "real" sugar, I woud put in some raw brown sugar, which added a really satisfying crunch too.
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June 16, 2012 9:02 PM
i also add my own locally-sourced honey (right now, it's buckwheat. my favorite is wildflower.) to plain 2% fage when i eat it on its own. i usually put it in my chocolaty protein smoothies these days. i also use a dallop on baked sweet potatoes instead of sour cream. it goes really well with natural sweetness of the potato.
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June 16, 2012 9:05 PM
I have a milkshake recipe that calls for a couple tablespoons of the stuff. I find it way too creamy on its own, but that same excessive creaminess works wonders for the consistency of a drink that would otherwise be either icy or way too high in calories and fat.

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/613773-giant-pistachio-milkshake-80cals-the-secret-to-creaminess
It's basically this recipe, except I use half a cup of skim milk, chocolate pudding powder, and frozen strawberries.
Edited by bulbadoof On June 16, 2012 9:06 PM
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June 16, 2012 9:09 PM
My favorite is honey, with or without some fresh strawberries.
I make homemade preserves, so today I had Fage Total with raspberry preserves ( I use less sugar in my preserves than most store bought).
I have tried a bunch of fruit/sweetener combos, but those are my favorites.
OOOH, and super ripe peaches .... the really, really sweet juicy summer peaches? Those are awesome and don't need any other sweetener, in my opinion.
  19431012
June 16, 2012 9:12 PM
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June 16, 2012 9:16 PM
Stevia and fresh raspberries.
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