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I was raised to be an adventurous eater by relatives who urged, “Try it. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat all of it.” I clearly remember an adult cousin warning that one day I’d need to introduce my children to new foods, so I should have an open palate.
Well, we know THAT didn’t happen, but I’ve always been willing to taste almost anything. The problem is that no one told me that taste preferences can change, meaning that at some point, it’s a good idea to give “disliked” foods another spin.
There’s a long list of foods I used to hate, but count among my favorites today. Blue cheese. Raw tomatoes. Ceviche. And now, Greek yogurt.
I’ve loved Dannon blueberry yogurt since college. Regular, Light & Fit…as long as it was blueberry, I was happy. As the flavors expanded, so did my courage. Strawberry, lemon, peach…heck, I even tried Key Lime Pie and occasionally, other brands. As a classic yo-yo dieter, I was proud to say that most days, I genuinely enjoyed yogurt.
At some point, I started hearing about the benefits of Greek yogurt, which was supposed to be better for me (though I couldn’t have told you why at the time). When I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1995, I was urged to make the switch. Greek yogurt, my diabetes counselor said, was lower in carbohydrates.
I don’t know what brand I tried back then; I only know that it was awful. It was unflavored, and very watery. I didn’t finish the container. A friend who loved it during her pregnancy said I was supposed to have strained it before eating. Cheesecloth in hand, I tried again. I felt like Sam-I-Am: I did not like Greek yogurt!
And so it was, for 15 years.
Fast forward to 2011, which has been a very adventurous year for me. In March, I followed my passion to Austin, Texas and the annual 5-day celebration of all things Internet, South by Southwest. I didn’t know any of the 14,000 attendees, and I went alone. I followed up in August with a trip to San Diego for BlogHer, the yearly gathering of women bloggers.
In BlogHer’s supersized exhibit hall, I found a booth sponsored by Dannon giving away samples of Oikos®, its new Greek yogurt. I walked right by. After all, I don’t like Greek yogurt.
But, this is the New Me, the brave soul who can hold her own with thousands of geeky strangers. Surely I could give Greek yogurt another try, I thought. Besides, they were offering the blueberry flavor!
As I walked and tasted, tasted and walked, I knew I should be on a commercial. It was not only delicious, I was convinced it was actually ice cream. Seriously. I thought I was being punked. This stuff was sweet, creamy and, delicious! The next day, I went back to the booth and tried it again. Yum x 2.
Back home in Ohio, I used the booth-provided coupon to buy more. To tell the truth, I honestly couldn’t believe that I really liked Greek yogurt. But, I do! I keep saying that I’m going to cook with it, but it doesn’t last long enough for me to try a recipe. I have yet to try another flavor: Strawberry, Vanilla, Honey, Peach or Black Cherry.
That might have been the end of the story — just another food that I used to hate but love — until I had the chance to officially blog about the Dannon Oikos brand.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
- Dannon® Oikos® is created through an authentic Greek straining process which gives it a rich and creamy-thick texture. Clearly, something’s changed since my first experiment with Greek yogurt in the ’90s.
- Dannon® Oikos® 0% fat varieties contain active yogurt cultures and range from 80 calories (Plain) to 130 calories (Fruit on the Bottom) per 5.3 oz. cup. I am nobody’s dietician, but there’s something about the 0 fat, 16 carbs and 13 grams of protein that fills me up better than the old-school yogurt I used to buy.
Last week I heard a story on NPR saying that sales of Greek yogurt are up in the U.S. I am not surprised at all. My experience leads me to share 2 suggestions for my NotMom peeps:
Give Dannon® Oikos® Greek yogurt a try, and remember that if you don’t like a food or a task today, you may very well change your mind tomorrow.