Yogurt Addiction

I gave up cottage cheese a few months ago due to my lactose intolerance issues and haven’t felt any regret, primarily because I’ve never particularly liked the taste of the lumpy white stuff. As I can personally attest in the case of Ghirardelli Caramel Turtle brownies, it is only hard to give up food one actually enjoys.

This reduced my calcium intake a bit, so I tried bumping up my calcium 600 + D supplements to two a day, but I started to miss my fruity “dessert” snack that used to consist of 3/4 c. of fat free cottage cheese and a serving of fruit.

Thank goodness I discovered yogurt cheese.

For those of you who don’t know, yogurt cheese, or yochee, is basically yogurt with the watery whey drained out. You can do this by wrapping some yogurt in a double layer of cheesecloth and letting it drip suspended over a container, or you can, like me, use a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate acquired by using my Amazon.com Visa card for daily purchases, to pick up a Donvier Yogurt Cheese maker unit for $15.99.

I just dump in 2 cups of fat free or low fat natural plain yogurt, let it drip overnight, and voila! Nice, thick, concentrated yogurt with half of the carbs and most of the remaining lactose drained out in the form of liquid whey. Genius!

Last night I took the yogurt obsession even further by making my very first batch of yogurt at home with a Salton 1 qt yogurt maker. I heated up 4 cups skim milk and 1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk to just under the boiling point, cooled it until it hit around 105 degrees, then mixed in 1/2 cup plain lowfat organic yogurt with live cultures and poured it all into the yogurt container and put it into the heating unit overnight.

By 9 am this morning I had a fresh batch of homemade yogurt ready to chill.

So nifty.

I’ll post a taste review tonight.

1: 3×1 spinach omelette, 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal, 1 T. raisins, 1 T. wheat bran
2: 3 oz. turkey burger patty, 2 small tangerines, 3/4 c. Mandarin mix veggies
3: 3/4 c. yogurt cheese, 2 T. sugar free grape preserves
4: 3 oz. tuna, 1 apple
5: 4 oz. sauteed tilapia, 3/4 c. cooked brown rice, 1 c. broccoli and B. sprouts
6: Whey and mini-bag Smart Pop Kettle Corn :drool2:

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter

Water: 16 cups minimum

8:00 AM Light lower body workout with trainer (30 minutes)
8:00 PM 5K LISS Run (6 mph / 30 minutes)

The Awful Truth:
1. Meal 5 wasn’t quite on target.

Brownie Points:
1. Went grocery shopping.
2. Made my first batch of homemade yogurt.
3. Made another batch of yochee.

Short-term Goals:
1. Work on paper doll sketches.
2. Fix remaining issues with Joomla migration at Pinkdumbbells.com.
3. Locate new Events module for PDB.
4. Upgrade Community Builder component at PDB.
5. Set up archived version of The Training Journal forum at PDB from Hershey Girl’s backup.
6. Plant spring veggie garden; find organic solution for powdery stuff on eggplant leaves.
7. Create workout mix based on fave songs from Guitar Hero….yes, I’m that addicted.

2 thoughts on “Yogurt Addiction

  1. I do yocheese almost every day using the same supplies. I make my own yogurt, drain it and throw a drop or two of splenda in there. Best yogurt ever!

  2. featherz–I completely agree. 🙂 It’s a lot more economical than paying $2.65-$3.50 for a quart of plain yogurt at the store, too.

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