French women eat yogurt

by Patricia on January 20, 2009 · 6 comments

A couple of years ago, while reading French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano, I was inspired to buy a yogurt maker. I started to make my own yogurt using 2% organic milk. And I was hooked. I couldn’t eat store-bought sugary yogurt any more. Well, not back then anyway. Then the work-and-stress-blah-blah-excuses started and I stopped paying attention to my eating and stopped making yogurt and the yogurt maker was left neglected stuffed into the cabinet with my seldom used blender.

Fast forward to this month. While I have been baking all sorts of goodies, I have also been trying to eat healthier. It’s contradictory I know, but c’est la vie. While pondering my predicament, I ran across French Fridays on Joie de Vivre’s blog. She’s been doing a weekly recap of a few chapters from French Women Don’t Get Fat. So I’ve been reading along. And while my “recasting” is going very slowly, I decided to start making yogurt again. So yesterday I started with a fresh (just opened) half gallon of 2% organic milk and organic plain yogurt and set it up over night in the yogurt maker. This morning it was ready for the refrigerator.
making yogurt
And this afternoon I had some for a snack with a teaspoon of lemon curd:
homemade yogurt with a touch of lemon curd
I had almost forgotten how good fresh yogurt could be. I’m also excited to start playing with add-ins again. My favorites are honey or maple syrup (not a lot, just enough to get a little of the flavor). Maybe this is just the incentive I needed to get my eating on track…


1 Brownies for Dinner January 23, 2009 at 5:24 am

Joie de vivre: Strawberry preserves sounds delicious. The lemon curd is store bought. I’ve been thinking of trying to make my own but haven’t yet. Do you have a World Market near you? They usually have a couple of brands of lemon curd. Thanks for the encouragement and see you Friday :)

Maria: Yogurt is good. I don’t always think of it when I want a snack but I have been adding it to my breakfast lately. Do you have a favorite flavor/add in?

2 Maria January 22, 2009 at 11:22 pm

I love yogurt! It is perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack!!

3 Joie de vivre January 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Thank you so much for the link and for adding me to your blogroll! I’m excited that you have been reading along with me. Just this week I have started back on the yogurt every day. I find it also amazing how it fills up my tummy. And yes, the add ins are wonderful. Yesterday, I added 1 Tbls. of homemade strawberry preserves to my lunch yogurt and it was so good. Did you make your lemon curd? I’ve never seen it for sale anywhere but I do have a recipe for it. Since we don’t live in lemon country though I’ve never tried it. I’m looking forward to “seeing” you this Friday, and good luck with the rest of the week! Remember, slow steps and focus on the good changes you are making.

4 Brownies for Dinner January 22, 2009 at 1:36 am

Hi Sara :) I’ve had a love-hate relationship with yogurt. The store bought stuff I grew up with was too sweet and had weird fruity flavors (well, the proclaimed flavors sound normal enough but the blueberry and strawberry just tastes weird to me). If you get a chance to taste homemade, I say try it :) (there are some recipes online about how to make yogurt w/o a maker, but I’ve never tried it. There are also some inexpensive makers on amazon that make 1 big batch (vs the small cups)… in retrospect I think that would have been a better choice because I inevitably put it in a bowl anyway).

5 Sara January 21, 2009 at 2:22 pm

This sounds so good! I’ve never had freshly made yogurt before. I’m not a huge fan of store bought, I’d probably like homemade better.

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