November 23, A Discussion About Yogurt, Should it be Greek or Regular?

A bowl of tomato soup

A bowl of tomato soup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m writing this post to to use the word count toward my nano project for the month of November. I thought I’d talk a bit about yogurt, the difference between Greek and regular yogurt and why people prefer one over the other. Another thing to think about is why one type seems to be preferred over the other and is one more beneficial than the other?

I would never have thought about picking this topic for a discussion for one of my blogs on my own. Today, I visited with my mother a bit and my sister is visiting from Detroit as she came up for the Holiday. I happened to mention to her that I made tomato soup today and added Greek yogurt to the soup as Dr. Oz had a guest speaker that suggested doing so.

The guest speaker said that there were certain types of food items that when eaten with other foods provided a fuller feeling in the stomach allowing for some weight loss to take place.

I didn’t see the whole show as I was doing other things, but I did happen to see a portion of the section where they were discussing putting Greek yogurt into tomato soup to thicken it.

I decided to give it a try today as something to eat so I could take some pain medicines hoping not to feel ill (from the pain medicines) afterward. I like tomato soup and I enjoy eating Greek yogurt, so I had no problem mixing the two together, plus on the show it made the tomato soup look nice and creamy, with a nice texture.

When I cook, I don’t like to hang out at the stove, I prefer to be at my computer trying to get some writing done, or anything other than standing at the stove top, plus, (if you’ve read my other blog-the nano one- at all in the last few days) you would know that it’s especially difficult for me to stand in one place right now. Even cooking is difficult to do.

So, I was telling my sister about mixing Greek yogurt with the tomato soup, and she mentioned her thoughts about Greek yogurt and regular yogurt.

I’ve heard it said that the main difference between Greek yogurt and regular is that the water is squeezed out of the Greek. Greek yogurt also has more protein. I have two yogurts in front of me for this discussion, if I do more with this later, I may purchase several brands to make this more complete, but for what I am writing today, this is fine as is.

The Greek yogurt I have is a store brand one, the store I work with specifically, but not one that the majority of you would be familiar with as it is only located (the store, not the yogurt) in the mid-west, mainly.

The regular brand I am using today is Dannon.

Dannon                                                                                Store Brand-Greek

6 oz                               serving size-1 container          6 oz

150                                                        calories                  100

1.5 gr                                                     total fat                  0gr

5mg                                                      cholesterol             10mg

80mg                                                       sodium                  100

290mg                                                potassium               230mg

28g                                                      carbohydrate          8g

<1g                                                       dietary fiber           <1g

26g                                                            sugars                    8g

6g                                                            protein                    18g

I did not get a flavored Greek yogurt, whereas the regular yogurt I have is with peaches. I was going to state all the types of sugar that comprises the 28g of carbs in the regular yogurt, but that would only be a good comparison if I were to have flavored Greek yogurt also.

My sister questioned the use of Greek yogurt just because the water was squeezed out of it. So what if it’s smoother and creamier. What if someone doesn’t drink enough water, but likes yogurt, this may be one way for them to get more water.

Personally, I enjoy eating several of the common brands of Greek yogurt, but I don’t like the prices. I’ve said to many people that if I ever win the lottery, then maybe I would buy them on a regular basis, otherwise, it’s not a need in my life.

Another option might be to purchase a canister of protein that many mix with milk and some brands can even be mixed with water. These products provide a reasonable amount of protein to supplement anyone’s diet.

My husband drank protein shakes when his leg was healing several years ago.  I have a canister in my home now that I purchased for my use. It has 14g of protein which can be mixed with 8fl oz of either milk or water.

My original intention was to mix the unflavored Greek yogurt with the tomato soup I was heating up on the stove today. Since I didn’t stay at the stove and mix the yogurt in when it was just starting to heat up, the yogurt didn’t mix in as nicely as it could have had I been taking care of it properly.

I did have one bowl of it anyway, and it tasted fine and was smooth and creamy. For my last bowl, I reheated it in the microwave and had the bright idea to add a small amount of extra protein from my canister. It wasn’t until I had sprinkled it on my soup before re-heating it that I realized the canister probably wasn’t plain.

I endeavored to eat it anyway, but it wasn’t palatable at all. The slight vanilla taste it was flavored with was just enough to mess with my head making it quite difficult to manage. I didn’t eat much before I had to quit.

It’s hard to believe it would make that much of a difference, that one bowl would make me feel fuller for the rest of the day. I love sweet potatoes and salads, so later in the evening I cooked up a sweet potato, yet was only able to eat about half of what I planned, then a bit later I thought I’d try to eat a salad. I never have a problem eating salads, one of my favorite foods. The same thing happened, I was only able to eat about half. Odd. It would be nice if that was all I was missing, a bit more protein, to be able to eat less and lose the weight I’ve been working on for most of my adult life.

I was going to post the link for the Dr. Oz show from YouTube, but it seems that since the show  was only broadcast this past week it’s too early for it to be online. I will try to come back and check for it again in a week or so.

This post is 1131 words while another section I wrote earlier on my writing website is 1448, totaling 2579 for the second part of today. I’m counting these separately than the totals found for today on my nano blog.


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