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Monday, June 13, 2011

greek yogurt and bananas

I'm SURE I'm not the only fan of greek yogurt out there.  Many of you have written about how much you like the taste (and the amount of protein!).

Chobani isn't my thing because I detest mixing the creamy texture of yogurt with chunks of fruit.  I'm not a picky eater though.  I swear!

My favorite brand of greek yogurt is Total Fage.  It's so thick and creamy.  At Costco I get a big container, so it's a little cheaper there...

But it's plain.  So it gets boring after awhile.

After finally burning myself out on my not-so-original Cinnamon and Splenda combination, I started experimenting.  Someone (sorry I can't remember who) suggested the Torani syrups to give the yogurt some different flavors.  I tried that and it tasted oooookay.  Actually the flavor was good, but it thinned out the yogurt enough to ruin the heavenly texture for me.

So here's what I found that's yummy & doesn't spoil the texture:  Crystal Light!

It comes in lots of flavors, as you know.  I buy the little packets that are made to be mixed with 16.9 oz water bottles.

All you need is a little pinch though!  About 1/3 of a packet will flavor a full measuring cup of yogurt.  So be careful.  Then I stir in some Splenda.  Yummy!

My favorite is the Margarita flavor sold at Target under their Market Pantry brand.  The citrus flavor by Crystal Light is a close second.


Now for a word on bananas.  My husband came home from work with this story.  Some guys found a banana in the breakroom with someone's name written across it.  One of them grabbed a Sharpie and they took turns writing messages on it.

Such as, "Hey Cindy*, just what you planning on doing with this?"

And, "Just use the tip."

O.M.G.  I said, "Please tell me there weren't any women in the room--that could be considered sexual harrassment you know."  He said, "Oh puh-leeze, we know who can take a joke and who can't."

And these are the people responsible for keeping you sedated, paralyzed, pain-free, and BREATHING during surgery.


  1. Ohhh, I love the Crystal Light in yogurt idea. :)
    And too funny about the banana. teehee

  2. Hi, I'm glad I found your blog! I had VSG surgery on 1/11, I look forward to following your journey. It is such an amazing process!


  3. I do lowfat Fage, a drop of vanilla extract, splenda, fiber powder and some sugar free cocoa powder (very little does the trick, and it is low in calories). It tastes like chocolate cheesecake to me, without the junk.

  4. LOL...I like medical professionals with a sense of humor!

  5. I like fage mixed with a little honey or splenda and vanilla extract.

    Lol about the banana.

  6. Oooh, try some Sugar Free Jello pudding mix (the dry kind in the light blue box, any flavor) and mix that into your Fage. YUMMY! It turns my yogurt into dessert!

    Glad you found my blog, I look forward to following yours! Good luck with the upcoming surgery.

  7. LMAO at the banana story! I've only tried a couple different kinds of greek yogurt but I didn't like them. May give this a shot.

  8. I stumbled on your blog today - Yay! I also have a blog to share my journey. It's onmywaytolivingwell.blogspot.com. Visit anytime! Thanks for sharing your journey :-) ~Kazia

  9. I just heard Lap Band Gal talk about the crystal light in the plain greek. I'm going to try it next week.

    I'm a new follower to you, I saw you stopped by and began following me. Thanks and I look forward to getting to know you.

  10. What a GREAT idea! The Crystal Light in the yogurt...not the banana. :)