Homemade “Noosa” Yogurt – a diet staple
Each week, sometimes a couple of times a week, my daughter makes homemade yogurt in the instant pot. We no longer buy yogurt at the grocery because her yogurt is so delicious and ever so much less expensive. She makes a batch of low fat Greek yogurt to use in recipes through the week and to eat in meals where there are a few carbs involved. For you Trim Healthy Mama Diet folks, you know that carbs and fat do not go together so low fat and some carbs in a meal are considered an E meal (Energizer). For the Greek Yogurt she uses a recipe from This Old Gal.com.
But this post is all about the penultimate of deliciousness….Homemade “Noosa” Yogurt!
Have you ever had Noosa yogurt? Go ahead, splurge. Put out between 2 and 3 dollars for an individual portion of deliciousness at the grocery store. You will enjoy the experience even with your smarting wallet. Now think about seven people in your household wanting that experience at least once a day every day. You will quickly see a hundred dollars a week going out the door for yogurt! (We never actually permitted such a splurge. We lived with the big sad eyes of yearning young’uns.)
Then my daughter found the copycat Noosa recipe on This Old Gal.com. With a few revisions, the recipe became THM diet friendly. She bought wide mouth half pint canning jars and plastic lids to pack her delicious yogurt with fruit on the bottom into scrumptious stacks in the refrigerator. The family eagerly gobbles down the yogurt for breakfast, for snack, even for dessert!
I keep a tub of the yumminess in my refrigerator to scoop out the thick custard-like yogurt and top it with whatever berry is in season (or in the freezer).
Now, to be fair. This is not your mama’s nonfat or low fat yogurt. This baby is made with whole milk and heavy cream. While This Old Gal’s recipe calls for sugar and yogurt, my daughter uses Gentle Sweet (a blend of sweeteners found in foods – xylitol, erythritol and stevia) to replace the sugar. Since we have eliminated sugar and many of the carbs in our diet, we have found that the fats in the foods are consumed and we are not gaining weight…in fact losing. Eating deliciousness!