Saturday, June 5, 2010

Minty strawberry yogurt

What Americans call Greek yogurt and Bulgarians call strained yogurt is thicker yogurt minus the watery whey. Strain it a tad longer and you have yogurt cheese you can spread, or even something that can pass for sour cream if you are out and you pretend it's the real deal.

I like Greek yogurt, especially the ones that are medium fat, because you can get as much protein as you can from cottage cheese and still use it as a base for a sweet snack. In today's Saturday afternoon snack, I used:

1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup strawberries
1 tbsp cranberries, dried
1 tbsp cream
1 ml vanilla extract
6 mint leaves
green leaves and half a strawberry for decoration

Blend the strawberries, yogurt, cranberries, mint leaves and vanilla extract. You could use any dried fruit to add sweetness, but red colored would be best. If you like your snacks even sweeter, feel free to add 1/2 small packet of Stevia. After blending well, transfer to a bowl, pour the cream on top to add a nice decorative touch and place strawberry and mint or other green leaves on top. Enjoy on a warm afternoon, since the combined cooling effect of yogurt and mint will leave you shivering on a rainy day.

Happy Saturday :)

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