Still, I was on this diet a while back where you had to have lean protein every three hours, and it allowed fat free Greek yogurt as a lean protein. I figured I could live on the stuff. It's very low calorie and low sodium.
I took one bite of plain Greek yogurt and spit it out. Oh God. Oh God! It was so so gross, like swallowing an entire olive.
I didn't even like the flavored Greek yogurt. I tried all the sugary versions. Vanilla, cherry, banana, honey, fruit on the bottom. No. Nope nope nope. I wanted nothing to do with Greek yogurt. Oh, but I tried. I added honey, bananas, peanut butter, pumpkin butter to sweeten it up. I added ranch flavoring, spices, tried to make it savory. Each time I was left with an icky, tangy, sour aftertaste that reminded me of bile.
One day I dipped a pretzel stick into it plain, just mindlessly while I was at my desk tooling around with a spreadsheet. To my surprise, it was tolerable. "Hmm," I thought, "This does not taste like stinky expired milk." Actually it finally dawned on me that it reminded me of sour cream.
Now, I'm no dummy. I had heard that you could use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. I just did not believe it. It tasted too vile, too strong and sour cream was mild and delicious. But that is only because when I hear the word yogurt I expect sweetness and goo, or even ice cream.
But if I shut my eyes and tell myself it isn't yogurt, that it's sour cream, I now like Greek yogurt better than sour cream. I know this because I went to Chevy's this weekend and had sour cream on a quesadilla and thought, "This would definitely taste a million times better if it was Greek yogurt."
People tell me there's a difference in flavor between the Greek yogurts: Stoneyfield, Fage, Oikos, Chobani, but they all taste exactly the same to me. Only now that I am not expecting candy, I can get along with plain Greek yogurt just fine.
So now I use plain Greek yogurt as a dip for my celery and a topping for my Triscuits. It makes me feel like I'm eating potato chips, and who doesn't want their food to feel that way?