The Greek Wars

I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials for Yoplait calling out Chobani yogurt. I know my yogurt preference, so I thought this was kind of a neat idea. I decided to host a Greek War at my house.

WP_005368Five Greek Yogurts, Five brands, Five tasters…

I kept the challenge completely blind. I wrapped each yogurt container with paper and labeled them A through E. I gave mom, dad, Frank, Barry, and myself a piece of paper listing A to E, ranking 1 through 5 stars, and comments for each yogurt… Oh yeah, I was legit!

The lowest total score a yogurt could receive was a 5 and the highest was 25. It was pretty interesting how honed in your taste buds gets when you’re comparing. I’ve eaten all of these individually, but my opinions surprised me during the tasting.

By the end of the tasting, I was able to rank the Cherry flavors of Yoplait, Chobani, Fage, Dannon, and Shop Rite brand. The real judgement came from mom. She really does not like yogurt of any kind, so her opinion of which tasted the best was one I took seriously. Surprisingly, she was really focused during the testing, more descript than any of the yogurt lovers of the house.

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The comments ranged from texture to color to appearance to flavor. Drum roll please…

Mom

Dad

Barry

Frank

Sammy

Comments

Total

Yogurt

A

2

4

4

5

3

Mild, thick

18

Shop Rite

B

5

5

5

4

5

Chunks of fruit, very sweet, creamy, delicious, thick

24

Dannon

C

1

1

1

1

1

Sour, terrible, no taste

5

Chobani

D

4

2

3

3

4

Sugar alcohol, smooth,

16

Yoplait

E

3

3

2

2

2

Dense, bland, take it or leave it

12

Fage

I, honestly, was NOT surprised that Dannon had won our tasting. Its my favorite. I do not care for Fage, never really have, but I never thought I’d rank Chobani lower than the “original” Greek yogurt.

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Now, I’m wondering…

what is it that makes one Greek yogurt better than another… ?

What is your favorite?

100 and Counting! Sweet and Sour Pork Stir-fry

I am so excited! This is Be Well Bundo’s 100th post!

This blog has helped me so much with managing my crazy, hectic life, growing as a person, reflecting on my life, holding me accountable for my actions, and most importantly, helping to enjoy life again. I am truly thankful to the readers for helping be through my eating disorder.

As hard as I tried, I could not get warm today. Everyone of my patients said to me, “Your hands are so cold! Were you living in an ice box?” Temperatures have really dropped in Wilmington. Where are you sunshine and warmth? I miss you! I took my break early today, just to warm up with some coffee. I also enjoyed a Chobani Pear greek yogurt, that my friend Barbara got me hooked on. To even us out, I brought her Yoplait 100 greek Tropical yogurt. She loved it!

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As of today, I have two more clinical days left. I must say that I never thought of loving a nursing home, but I have really fallen in love with my patients. With the clock running down, I starting to feel the pressure of getting all of these assignments completes, lectures watched, and exams aced! Staying focused on school is the key, not on food and exercise.

To celebrate, the 100th post, lets enjoy:

Sweet and Sour Pork Stir-fry

(adapted from Food Network)

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1 lbs pork tenderloin, fat removed, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

2 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

pinch of salt

1 Tbsp corn starch

3 Tbsp ketchup

3 Tbsp Splenda, granulated

1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce

1/3 cup water

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp salt

2 large carrots (or about 6 oz), sliced

1 bag frozen stir fry vegetable blend

1 1/2 to 2 cups frozen broccoli florets

Toss the pork with 1/2 Tbsp vinegar and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Mix the remaining 2 Tbsp vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch, ketchup, Splenda, and water and remaining salt in another bowl.

Spray a large skillet with some non stick cooking spray, over medium high heat. Add the pork and slowly stir until pork is mostly opaque. Remove the pork using a slotted spoon. Wipe out the skillet and re spray with non stick spray.

Add the garlic, carrots, broccoli, and stir fry blend over medium heat, and cover. Add a bit of water if garlic is starting to stick to the pan. Once the vegetables start defrosting, add the pork, and pour the sauce over the mixture. Stir and cover. Frequently shake the covered skillet to move the ingredients around. Occasionally stir the mix, until sauce thickens. (Its important not to over cook the pork.)

(Confession: I forgot the cornstarch! Which is probably why the sauce didn’t thicken, but it was still delicious!)

WP_002189Nutrition

1/4 recipe, without rice:

Calories: 277

Total fat: 4.1g

sat. Fat: 1.2g

Cholesterol: 81mg

Sodium: 385.9mg

Carbs: 24.8g

Fiber: 4.8g

Sugar: 12.1g

Protein: 31g

Frank wanted rice with dinner, so I made him and dad brown rice, while I got the opportunity to try out my new shirataki rice by Miracle Noodle that came in from netrition.com a few weeks back.

First of all, I was surprised how much I liked this rice! I was pretty darn skeptical. It looks like a weird caviar, doesn’t it? In fact, I’m going to order more!

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Now, onto what you really want to know: Yes, this recipe was great! It was filling, a little sweet, a little sour, full of veggies, and pork, and a winning way to celebrate the 100th post!

Enjoy, everyone! I know I did!

So Bubbly

Wow! I must have gotten a great night of sleep! Even my mom has been asking me why I’m s bubbly today.. I just don’t know! Plus, I feel much better than yesterday!

I began my clinical morning with a shake. The recipe called it a Pineapple Upside Down Cake, but I tasted no such thing…

Anyway… After a day of clinical, I ran to the store and while I was there, I picked up a yogurt that caught my eye. It sounded so heavenly… Yoplait 100 Greek Tropical yogurt… Pineapple, mango, passion fruit! MMMM with some flax! Perfecto! A fantastic afternoon snack! I cant wait to buy that baby again!

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Dessert was also something new I picked up at the store. I have seen this for a while, but have been trying not to buy it simply to avid temptation. Today, I decided it was okay… Pepperidge Farms Carrot Cake Cookie! Big chunks of white chocolate and walnuts, sweet spices! Wow-zah! I won’t lie, I definitely ate two!

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I finished my presentation and some paperwork today. I am prioritizing my work, but I must say, I missed a god workout today. I plan making up for that tomorrow!

Before heading to bed I made a cup of chamomile tea and prepared my lunch for my long day tomorrow in the hopes for another good eating day!