I used to think, like most people, that full-fat dairy was a no-no once you were not in elementary school any more. So, I started drinking skim milk...or should I say "white water". I wasn't enjoying milk anymore. I would also go for non-fat yogurt and sour cream. Those aren't too enjoyable either.
Just before my senior year in high school, I went on an exchange program to Germany. I noticed something right away...the only dairy available was full-fat. If you asked for skim milk, they looked at you like you were asking to buy crack! I fell in love with dairy again. All the delicious yogurts, cheeses, and yes, milk! It was creamy and delicious. I have heard this is a trend all over Europe....and I didn't see too many overweight people. They may have eaten foods with a lot of fat in Germany, but they kept the carbs and processed foods at a minimum.
I found a wonderful website that had an article about the topic. Diagnosis Diet: Are High Fat Dairy Products Better for you? It is very simple article to read, and it has me convinced that I shouldn't feel bad for enjoying my full fat cheeses and other dairy!
Here are some delicious recipes for dairy:
- Chia seed yogurt blend:
- Blend a 6oz container of plain Greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, and 1/4 cup of coconut milk in a bowl. Then add your favorite sweeteners to taste. I put about 1 tsp vanilla, 1 Tbsp honey or agave nectar, and a pinch of cinnamon. Let sit overnight and enjoy for breakfast the next morning. Feel free to top with your favorite fruit. **Chia seeds are a wonderful food that is considered a "power food". They are full of fiber and Omega-3's. They are also known to keep you hydrated, fuller longer, and help to control blood sugar.
- Ricotta Cremes:
- Mocha Ricotta Creme: Blend 1 cup part-skim or full fat ricotta cheese,21 packets Splenda (or your favorite sugar substitute), 1 heaping tsp cocoa, 1 t instant coffee, 1 T chocolate syrup (I use dark chocolate syrup), 1 T vanilla extract, and 1 T half & half (milk or coconut milk can be used also) in a bowl. Top with some dark chocolate chips. Chill for at least an hour. Makes 2 servings.
- Lemon Zest Ricotta Creme: 1 cup part-skim or full fat ricotta cheese, 2 packets Splenda (or your favorite sugar substitute), 1/2 t vanilla extract, and 1/2 t lemon zest in a bowl. I also like to add a squeeze of lemon juice. Chill for at least an hour. Makes 2 servings.