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For me it’s 12 noon and for my kids it’s 4pm, the two times when hunger pangs strike again in spite of having hearty breakfast and lunch. So we think about feasting on unhealthy snacks which are evergreen popular with young and old alike. Add the ubiquitous samosas and jalebis to the list of snacks and the plans to not indulge in binge eating goes for a toss. After all, junk food is any day more tempting than fruits and salads (for my kids they come under boring- snacks category).
Until, one fine day (it happened in my 30’s when I started worrying about my kids eating habits and my growing girth as well) you wake up to the fact that it’s high time you take care of your health, start eating better and shed those extra layers of fat from your body. Besides, it also dawns upon you that you have to become a food role model for your child so that he/she switches from crap to clap-worthy eating habits.
So nowadays we mothers either experiment with the food to discover healthier snacking choices or search for readily available options. My hunt for the same lead me to an aisle of the supermarket where I discovered Greek yogurt sitting pretty in the frozen section. This prompted the question – what is it? Turns out that it is a thicker and more creamier yogurt which is a good source of proteins and calcium, besides being yummy in taste.
Since the contents of this little cup can be consumed like that, it makes a great snack item for kids. Also it goes well in a fruit smoothie or you can top it up with fresh fruit as a snack. I tried a dip using Greek yogurt with cucumber, mint and olive oil and I am sure I won’t go back to store-purchased dips anymore.
My search for more recipes on the internet using Greek yogurt as an ingredient lead me to some interesting finds, of which following are the three recipes worth sharing. (I did some adjustments though and you too feel free to experiment)
Greek Yogurt fruit combo: This one is no-fuss, super easy recipe made in a jiffy. My kids and I are totally hooked on to it. Once they are back from school, we chat over a cup of this scrumptious snack.
Greek Yogurt-Banana cake: A slice of this cake will sure put your in-between meals hunger pangs to rest (though you will still want more) I sometimes add finely chopped toasted pecans and walnuts in the batter to give the recipe an extra zing!
Apple oat Greek Yogurt Muffin: No oil, no butter, just the magic of Greek yogurt makes these muffins ridiculously soft and yummy.
Hope you enjoy the above given recipes. Share in the comments below the ways you use Greek yogurt in your kitchen.