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12 May 2009 @ 03:23 pm
Fage: Total 0%  
No, this isn't the new McDonald's brand of derrogatory homosexual labels. It's yogurt.

The cup says it's pronounced "Fay-eh," but I pronounce it "ullgghghhuch"

I've been looking into some more options for protein content in my diet. I always feel like snacking on chips/bread/etc when my macronutrient ratios are out of whack, so I thought it would help if I could find more sources of protein that I can snack on other than chicken/turkey lunch meat, etc. I've also had yogurt and skim milk string cheese sitting around, but I was a little surprised when I looked online and saw greek yogurt to be all the rage now. And it has a surprising ammount of protein!!

Unfortunately, no matter how open-minded I thought I was going into this, nothing could prepare me for what the stuff is actually like. I bought a few different brands and flavors to make sure that I wasn't just picking up some that I didn't like, and base my opinion of the stuff off one type. I got some Fage, which is supposed to be the best/most authentic/most... whatever... brand out there. I also got 2 cups of the Greek Gods brand in the Vanilla/orange/cinnamon flavor, and 2 cups of the Oikos. I heard that the stuff could be pretty harsh, and most people like to mix honey into it. So.. I figured I'd try the Greek Gods stuff first, and mix in some honey. No lies, it was weird, but it tasted like a cream cheese kolache. Very bizarre.

Today, I decided to try the Fage with some fresh cherries. The taste is very harsh. I mean, I know it's not gone bad or anything, but I really wasn't prepared for it. I thought the cherries would be a nice compliment, and would help sweeten it up a little, but nuh-uh. It's like licking sour cream. Not that there's anything wrong with sour cream. But you know how when you take a drink of a clear liquid in a cup thinking it's Sprite and it's really water? It's a total shock that results in revulsion, even when there's nothing wrong with water, and water is great. Sour cream is great too! But goddamn if I didn't load this with honey and it's still hard to swallow.

I really don't know if it's for me, but considering the protein content, I may have to try and develop a taste for it.

I'm also told that Fage 2% is super happy awesome, but the fat content of the 2% really turned me off, so I thought I'd try the Total 0% first.

I don't know.. maybe this would be better with a cup of mandarin oranges tossed in.

While eating this, though, I'm still making that face like a cat who's licked somthing nasty and can't get it off it's tongue...

I have my 2-month lipid panel tomorrow. Wish me luck. (Of course, I won't know the results for a couple of weeks afterwards.. but hey. I've dropped around 15 lbs so far. Surely that's got to ammount to somthing in the bloodwork)
Samurai G33Ksamuraig33k on May 12th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Were I you, I wouldn't try to sweeten it...you're not going to end up happy really unless you're acclimated to the flavor, and that's probably a cultural thing. Most of my friends don't care for it, but I can eat it plain and be a happy little piggie. :D Rather, I'd use it in a more traditional manner, ie; Tzatziki! :D Add some dill, a teensy bit of sea-salt, a bit of chopped cucumber, maybe a little mint, and viola! Tasty goodness. It's just as good for you as the sweet kind of yogurt, but IMO a hell of a lot more tasty! Eat it with pita chips to get that carb-nom fix, or if you're avoiding carbs, use crunchy veggies.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on May 12th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tips! I was wondering if it wouldn't go better with somthing savory, but most of the sites I was looking at suggested sweetening it, so I thought it was supposed to be sweetened like the regular yogurt you see at the store.

My mom used to make a cold cucumber salad when I was little, with sour cream, a little raw onion, celery seed, and (of course) cucumber. I went to a mediterranean place here in town a while back, and tried the cucumber salad there, and it seemed very similar, but with dill and no onion. That must have been it! If they were using greek yogurt, that would explain why I thought it was similar to sour cream.

Dipping veggies in it sounds like a great lunch idea, too.
Celineceline on May 13th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Dude, my mom made me try goat yogurt at her house this weekend. I've never heard of fagurt but I feel the need to tell you about goat yogurt. Goats do not make good milk. Therefore, they do not make good cheese or good yogurt.