Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Greek Yogurt & Raspberries

Mixing yogurt and berries is nothing new.  Most national brands of yogurt and even a few smaller producers of artisanal dairy products offer premixed yogurt combinations with just about any type of fruit these days.  I tend to bypass those in favor of another type of yogurt.  That other yogurt happens to be thick, tangy & delicious plain nonfat Greek yogurt.  This type of plain yogurt paired with a few fresh berries is simply one of the best things one can have for breakfast or any time of day. 

I love trying different types of fruit like blueberries, strawberries or even kiwi, but at the moment, it's all about raspberries.  These delicious fruits are ripe, plentiful & everywhere here at home, so I've been enjoying them in various ways.  Sweetening Greek yogurt with a bit of local honey or some pure Vermont maple syrup is perhaps my favorite way to have something light to start the day or when I feel in need of a snack in the afternoon.  One would never imagine that a half cup serving was low in calories and sugar, but luckily for all of us this is the case.  If you or your family have a favorite berry, add it to his or her tastes.  A combination of blueberries and raspberries would be highly delicious for anyone's breakfast.  What's not to love about yogurt & berries?    

A delicious serving in a Wedgwood white bone china teacup.  This one is flavored with local honey from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 

I always smash a few berries against the side of the cup to release the flavorful juices & marbleize the yogurt.

Freshly picked raspberries sitting on my countertop were still warm from being in the sun when I took this photograph.  So juicy. So tart.  Infinitely edible.

My Combination: 1 serving
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or local honey
  • berries to taste

Whip the yogurt & sweetener and serve in a teacup or small bowl.  Enjoy!

Served in a Wedgwood drabware teacup on a different day, this one has been sweetened with pure maple syrup from Vermont.  Grade A fancy is absolutely delicious. 

Aren't you tempted? 


Coax the flavor of delicious summer berries by mashing a few of them into your yogurt when you eat this tasty treat.  Offer this wonderful duo as part of a brunch buffet along with coffee or tea for those who prefer a light start.  Yogurt & berries also make a simple, light dessert at the end of a meal without having to make too much fuss in the kitchen.  The only thing I do stress, however, is using the best berries available to you; if you grow your own, even better!  For those who haven't enjoyed the luxurious taste of Greek yogurt ever, I recommend buying a container of some the next time you're at the supermarket.  I think you're going to enjoy every spoonful.  Bon Appétit. 

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