I cannot tell you enough how much I LOVE a good bagel smeared with cream cheese, and lots of it! But cream cheese isn’t so great when just 1 Tbsp can easily contain a whopping 50 calories and 5g fat!
As a yummy substitute, I make yogurt cheese! 1 Tbsp has only 11 calories and no fat, and it tastes just as great, especially on Ezekiel bread as another healthier option to a bagel.
Here’s how simple it is to make your own yogurt cheese… all you need is your favorite plain Greek yogurt (Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt and has more protein!) and a cheese cloth.
Empty your yogurt (I used 32oz because my kids will go through this quickly) into a cheese cloth and tie it (alternatively, you can place a coffee filter inside of a mesh strainer and place your yogurt into this, using another coffee filter on top as a “lid”).
Hang your cheesecloth over a bowl in the refrigerator (get creative here) so the whey can drain into the bowl, but so the cheesecloth won’t touch the liquid (alternatively, place your mesh strainer over a bowl in the fridge).
Let it drain overnight (12 hours is best). The excess whey acid will drip from the yogurt, leaving the yogurt thick just like cream cheese. You can then use it as a spread, add your favorite dried herbs and some garlic salt to make a dip, or add some fruit to make a dessert topping!
WALAAH… easy peezy yogurt cheese that’s a much healthier substitute to cream cheese! Enjoy!
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