Whether or not you were purposefully looking for a healthy alternative to sour cream, cream, or mayonnaise, I encourage you to check out Fage (pronounced fah-yeh). Unless you’re just not a fan of any of these, I’d venture to say that the rest of us could definitely use a much healthier substitute. I’m not exactly sure how popular this particular product is, but I accidentally came across Fage in my local Costco while looking for plain yogurt. Fage is advertised as Total 0% (meaning all natural-nonfat) Greek Strained Yogurt. I’d personally never heard of Fage or Greek strained yogurt, but after taking a look at the solid nutrition facts, I decided to pick up the 35.3oz tub for less than $10.
As I said, I’d never heard of Greek Strained Yogurt and consequently didn’t know what to expect when I took the container out of my fridge the next morning as part of my breakfast. I was somewhat assuming that Fage would taste similar to any plain yogurt, but I was surprised when the thick, white cream reminded me of something else I enjoyed but rarely ate – sour cream! It has a smooth, creamy, and rich texture with a slight tart. Even though it tasted great mixed in with blueberries and Grape Nuts, I have found Fage to be an even better and healthy alternative to sour cream and cream. It also works as a light mayonnaise spread, and I’ve used it on multiple sandwiches. If you like sour cream, cream, or mayonnaise, here are some reasons to try Fage:
1) For those of you trying to lose weight or maintain a clean diet, Fage is fat-free.
2) Fage also contains no cholesterol, a meager 85mg of sodium, 9g of carbs (sugar), and 20g of protein per serving (1 cup, 227g). 1 cup is an extremely large amount, so an even smaller portion would yield less sodium and carbs while still maintaining a relatively high serving of protein.
3) 1 serving is only 120 calories! Yet once again, even consuming 1 serving in a single sit-down would be quite difficult.
4) Fage is completely natural and free of artificial additives and preservatives.
5) It contains live active yogurt cultures.
6) It is gluten free!
If you’re looking for an extremely versatile and healthy eating/cooking alternative to your traditional sour cream, mayonnaise, or cream, I really believe that Fage could be exactly what you’re looking for! Try substituting Fage in whole-wheat burrito recipes, pasta sauces, smoothies, or spreads. My personal favorite is use Fage as a dip for my raw vegetables like broccoli or mixing in fruit for breakfast or dessert. You can find Fage at your local Costco or check online at your local grocery’s website.