TOTAL Greek Yoghurt With Mixed Berries Coulis

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Total Greek Yoghurt with mixed berry coulis

Total Greek Yoghurt with mixed berry coulis

I mentioned in my previous posts that I wasn’t too happy when I found that 2 of my blog posts were stolen. But joy returned pretty soon after. The first one was the box of goodies sent by a lovely food blogger friend, Ann. Then I received a couple of emails from readers that they have tried out my recipes and really liked it. Stella, a regular reader and friend, said she must have cooked the Quick Sour Plum Sauce Chicken at least 9 - 10 times because her young son likes it very much and asks for it often. Wow……even I have not cooked it so many times! Zibi loved the Spicy Cashew Nuts Chicken (Gong Bao Chicken). She has even successfully made it in the slow cooker! That’s fantastic. Now I’m learning from her! I must say it’s all very encouraging. 

Then I received an email from TOTAL Greek yoghurt company saying they would like to send me some samples of their yoghurt. I read through all the information and recipes which were attached and I said, ‘Yes!’. The main reason was it is additive, preservative and sweetener free and I have never tried it! I was so delighted when last Friday Asda delivered the yoghurt…so many tubs! There are the natural Greek yoghurt, 0% and 2% and there are also the natural ones with honey. The company did not ask me to do anything but I’m going to blog about it because I believe in sharing good things. I’m really thankful to the company for sending me so many free yoghurt for samples.

Total Greek Yoghurt

Total Greek Yoghurt

I tasted the honey yogurt and it was thick, creamy and delicious even though it was 2% fat only. It’s unbelievable! The yoghurt comes in 2 compartments…one for yoghurt and one for honey. When you want to eat, you just mix up the 2. Personally I would not buy this type because it’s more expensive. I always have honey in my house so I can easily add to it and the right amount that I want.

I gave some tubs to my friends to try. The next day, I decided to make some coulis to go with it since I have some frozen mixed berries. Cooking coulis is very easy. I love it with pancakes and swiss rolls too, as in Chocolate Swiss Rolls With Raspberry Coulis. It was very delicious with the yoghurt as in the picture above.

Yoghurt plays an important role in healthy living as it contains active, friendly bacteria which are important for our intestines. They prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and keep yeast in balance in the digestive system. This in turn boosts the body’s immune system and improves health. On top of that, yoghurt is a very nutritious, easily digested food, full of vitamins and minerals.

All along I buy another brand of yoghurt but after reading through the information, comparison and taste, I will switch to TOTAL Greek Yoghurt. There’s a lot of information and also some lovely recipes on their website at www.totalgreekyoghurt.com. Yesterday I used it to make a big chocolate yoghurt cake to share with friends. It was very well received. It was very moist and delicious. I will share the recipe in another post.

Read The Ingredients

When you buy yoghurt, do remember to read the ingredients. Some of them contain sweetener like aspartame which is harmful to health. A few months ago I went to a supermarket with my eldest and she wanted the yoghurt drink so I bought a pack for her, 8 little bottles altogether. She drank 2 bottles in the car. When we reached home, my youngest daughter was about to take a bottle to drink when she decided to read the ingredients. Immediately she alerted us, ‘Don’t drink this. There’s aspartame!’ I looked at her with shock, finding it hard to believe that they used aspartame in yoghurt drink. The next day, we returned the other 6 bottles. The lady at the counter asked me if there’s anything wrong with it. I said, ‘Yes, there’s aspartame. It’s bad for health’. She refunded me the money without further question. I’m very thankful that my girls are aware of healthy and harmful ingredients. Constant sharing and lecturing does help!

Do you often take yoghurt? What is your favourite way of eating it? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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58 Comments

Priya  on June 14th, 2010

Gorgeous yogurt with mixed berries coulis, refreshing dessert..

the lacquer spoon  on June 14th, 2010

Parcels one after another and this time.. Yogurt Mountain, woow!! I keep your note when buying one next time. Thank you :)

Jess @ Bakericious  on June 14th, 2010

Hi Mary, you ve recd so many gifts, so lucky :P. the dessert looks refreshing, gd to ve in such hot weather now.

TasteHongKong  on June 14th, 2010

Good to hear the joy : ).

Angie's Recipes  on June 14th, 2010

wow ….so generous of them to send so many free yogurts samples.
looks very creamy!

somewhere in singapore  on June 14th, 2010

I hardly take plain yogurt, only with mixed berries, mangos, etc…

tigerfish  on June 14th, 2010

I seldom take yogurts as I cannot find good yogurts here. I don’t like it when I see corn syrup in the ingredients list and don’t like it when I see sweeteners like aspartame.

anncoo  on June 14th, 2010

Oh..Mary, I love yogurt. I’m so jealous of you..wish someone also send me yogurts…hahaa..

Mary  on June 14th, 2010

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@the lacquer spoon - Looks like I’m over eating and my waistline is expanding…haha. But I’m definitely thankful for all the gifts :D

@Jess @ Bakericious - Ya, I do feel lucky….all the healthy food :D Looks like more cooking to do, too!

@TasteHongKong - Thanks very much! :D

@Angie’s Recipes - I was surprised at their generosity but happy that I can share with my friends and all my readers :D The yoghurt is indeed very delicious.

@somewhere in singapore - This yoghurt is very delicious even eaten plain. But with fruits, it is definitely way more delicious. I like it :D

@tigerfish - I agree with you…too many yoghurts has corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and thickener in it. So far I’m glad to find this one doesn’t contain all those. I’m glad my family likes it better too :D

@anncoo - Maybe come and be my neighbour! Then I’ll pass over to you whenever I receive any :D With 2 food bloggers, we may receive even more…haha

yummykoh  on June 14th, 2010

听者有份 - when you send to Anncoo, pls dont forget me. these yogurt with berries look great.

Nasi Lemak Lover  on June 14th, 2010

This sound healthy and yummy.

SathyaSridhar  on June 14th, 2010

Mary,,looks colourful n yummy dear..yoghurt with berries looks beautiful dear.

Trissa  on June 14th, 2010

I haven’t had yoghurt in ages - that berry coulis sure looks lovely on top of the yoghurt.

thatssoron  on June 14th, 2010

MMM…Yummilicious!

claudia lamascolo  on June 14th, 2010

this looks so refreshing great job!

Belinda @zomppa  on June 14th, 2010

Perfect for these steamy days!

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on June 14th, 2010

I used to buy Greek Yoghurt at supermarkets too. It’s not too sour and tasty.

elra  on June 14th, 2010

Wonderful coulis Mary. Looks really refreshing.

Cathy at Wives with Knives  on June 14th, 2010

My favorite breakfast or snack is plain yogurt with fresh fruit and a little granola sprinkled on top.

divya  on June 14th, 2010

I m drooling here for ur coulis..Looks perfect dear..

rebecca  on June 14th, 2010

sorry about your content being stolen this yogurt looks so refreshing and of course folks cook from your recipes there great lol

traveler  on June 14th, 2010

mmmmmm sounds delicious!!!

Pepy @Indonesia-Eats  on June 14th, 2010

Mary, that is also my attention if I want to buy any products. I have allergic to any artificial sweetener such as aspartame since I was a kid. If I want to use low calorie non canesugar, I have to use stevia which is still natural resource.

Also, I have to check for gelatin. I don’t eat any yogurt with gelatin. If they add agar-agar or carrageenan, I’m ok with that. But, I prefer agar-agar added.

kristy  on June 14th, 2010

Oh thanks alot for the infor! I think I better check the ingredients next time. My kids love yogurt or maybe make my own yogurt instead. Hope you’re having a great time!
Cheers, Kristy

Anna  on June 14th, 2010

Hi Mary, Total is the only yogurt I use, I love the texture it’s thick, and yummy, almost like the Greek yogurt. I use it for salad dressing also, it’s awesome instead of Mayo. Loved your Coulis, looks very pretty.

Jessica  on June 14th, 2010

Looks delicious! Yum!

Devaki  on June 14th, 2010

Dear Mary - Your timing is impeccable. I now know what to do with the tub of Greek yogurt sitting in my refrigerator.

The berry coulis & yogurt will be lovely for all this heat we’re having :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Mary  on June 14th, 2010

@yummykoh - I actually asked Anncoo to come here to be my neighbour. You should come too :D We will have so much to eat and talk!

@Nasi Lemak Lover - Thanks very much, Sonia! :D

@SathyaSridhar - Thanks very much, Sathya! :D

@Trissa - Thanks very much, Trissa! :D

@thatssoron - Thanks very much! :D

@claudia lamascolo - Thanks very much, Claudia! :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Time to enjoy more :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - I’m a little behind…only found out now that it’s so delicious…but not too late :D

@elra - Thanks very much, Elra! :D

@Cathy at Wives with Knives - That’s really healthy. Sounds very delicious…mmmm. I’ll try for breakfast one day :D

@divya - Haha….time to make and enjoy :D

@rebecca - Thanks very much, Rebecca! :D Bad things never stay long, right?

@traveler - Thanks very much! :D

@Pepy @Indonesia-Eats - Yes, stevia is a good alternative. I didn’t know that gelatin is added to yoghurt. i don’t see in the ingredients here. Maybe it’s a different brand. It’s good that you always read the ingredients :D

@kristy - Yes, would be good to make your own yoghurt. I used to make when I was back home. I had a yoghurt machine. I used to make yoghurt and honey drink. Just put all in the blender. It’s very refreshing and delicious. But do take note of the ingredients especially aspartame. Sometimes it’s only stated as ‘artificial sweetener’. Enjoy your cooking :D

@Anna - I have just discovered it! Still not too ate :D It’s really delicious. I love how smooth it is. I’m going to try that in salad dressing like you. I’m sure it’s very delicious. Thanks very much for sharing, Anna! :D

@Jessica - Thanks very much, Jessica! :D

@Devaki - Now you can enjoy lots of cold yoghurt…would be perfect for your weather :D It’s still cold on my side here. Can’t wait for summer to be here soon.

Juliana  on June 14th, 2010

Oh Mary, what a nice combination…so pretty and healthy :-)

Faith  on June 14th, 2010

My hubby and I eat a lot of yogurt — we like to make it into soup (called shakriya), use it as a marinade for meat or chicken, or eat it with fruit. This looks delicious!

Choclette  on June 14th, 2010

It’s great getting all this yogurt isn’t it and such nice yogurt too. I’ve still got one pot left! You’re pudding looks really pretty.

Priscilla - She's Cookin'  on June 14th, 2010

Sorry to hear that you’ve had content stolen - it’s too bad that people won’t insert a simple link. The yoghurt and berry coulis looks delicious with the added benefit of nutritious, which I always like!

lequan@luvtoeat  on June 14th, 2010

Hi Mary,

Thought you might want to know that there might be something wrong with your totalgreek yoghurt link. I trie clicking on it a couple times and it kept popping an error message for me. Maybe it was just me.

That is so nice of them to send you all those without asking anything of you, and so nice of you to return the favor. Can’t wait to see your chocolate yoghurt recipe :-P I usually just eat yoghurt as is or with fruit. That’s awesome that your daughter
knew that aspartame is not good for you. You’re such a great role model Mary! Hope you have a great week.

hopeeternal  on June 14th, 2010

Nothing beats a home made fruit mixture to go with yoghurt - delicious and healthy too. So much better than the shop bought flavoured yoghurts!
hopeeternal
‘Meanderings through my Cookbook’

food-4tots  on June 14th, 2010

Last time, I used to eat lots of flavoured yoghurts but now after being a mother, I only opt for plain yogurt. Greek yoghurt is something I haven’t tried but love to do it soon. Thanks for such an informative post. Sorry to hear about your stolen contents. How did you find out about it?

Jeannie  on June 14th, 2010

My family love yoghurt too, in fact everything to do with yoghurt! From drinks to dessert or just straight from tubs like those shown in your photos with assortment of fruits. Lucky you!

Blackswan  on June 14th, 2010

Mary, u’ve all our support :)

veron  on June 14th, 2010

I love, love the stuff. It is so good with fruit!

Mary  on June 15th, 2010

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Julian! :D

@Faith - Wow….made into soups? Interesting but sounds delicious. I have heard of using yoghurt in cooking chicken. I’ll check out. Thanks very much, Faith! :D

@Choclette - Thanks very much! Indeed, it was such a joy getting so many tubs of yoghurt and more joy sharing it around :D

@Priscilla - She’s Cookin’ - Thanks very much, Priscilla! :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - Oh, thanks very much for letting me know of the wrong link and also your lovely comment, LeQuan! Appreciate very much :D I forgot the .com at the end. I have just checked and the website looks very different and nice now.
You can start teaching your children about all the preservatives and additives. They learn very fast. I remember my friend taught her children to look for E with numbers in the ingredients. It works. I’ll post the chocolate yoghurt cake on Friday. Have fun with your children and have fun cooking! :D

@hopeeternal - Totally agree with you. Now I can go wild with more recipes using this Greek yogurt :D

@food-4tots - I used to buy fruit yoghurt but now I’ll just go for this TOTAL Geek yogurt and add fruits etc myself. It’s really creamy and delicious and yet low fat. Give a try. Oh, I found out about my stolen post from Google Alert. Try to sign up if you haven’t. It’s very easy to use.

@Jeannie - Wow…that’s really wonderful to know that your family loves yoghurt. I used to make yoghurt honey drink or lassi for my girls. It’s quite sometime I have not made that. Have to start again. It’s very refreshing and great for the coming summer :D

@Blackswan - Yeah…..we should all support each other to eat right and eat well to stay healthy and young! :D

@veron - With all the baking, I’m sure some yogurt with fruits would be most welcoming and refreshing :D

Mary  on June 15th, 2010

Nothing beats homemade yogurt topped with a homemade fruit topping. You’ve made me hungry. I hope you had a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

pigpigscorner  on June 15th, 2010

I tried this once for baking! It’s really creamy!

yummy koh  on June 15th, 2010

Thanks, Mary for the invitation. I certainly missed Scotland. When will I make a trip there again??

Catherine  on June 15th, 2010

Mary, what a wonderful way to utilise that free yoghurt, it looks delicious! :) Sorry to hear about your work being stolen, thats awful :(

5 Star Foodie  on June 15th, 2010

Such a pretty and delicious treat! Wonderful Greek Yoghurt!

Cheah  on June 15th, 2010

Mary, with so many tubs of yoghurt, you’ll have a great time experimenting with them!

my little expat kitchen  on June 15th, 2010

I love Total! I am Greek so I’ve grown up on this stuff. No need to persuade me :)
Magda

tasteofbeirut  on June 15th, 2010

Such a lovely dessert! i am actually planning something similar for tomorrow!

rosebelle  on June 15th, 2010

Hi Mary! What a surprise that we both write about content plagiarism. I wrote about your experience. Please let me know if the account of the inciden is wrong.

I love to use greek yogurt in cooking because it’s thicker than other yogurts.

Little Inbox  on June 15th, 2010

This is a refreshing and healthy dessert.

Shawnee  on June 15th, 2010

I too would probably not buy it, due to smaller packaged items being more expensive, but it does sound tasty and convenient!

Ananda  on June 16th, 2010

easy and refreshing dessert for summer!

food-4tots  on June 16th, 2010

Thanks for the info. Already created mine. ;)

Mimi  on June 16th, 2010

We always have greek yogurt in the fridge. We eat it mixed with fruit.
Mimi

sweetlife  on June 18th, 2010

wonderful treat, kid friendly..so nice of them to send you such great yogurt..

sweetlife

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Mary  on June 23rd, 2010

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! :D

@pigpigscorner - Wonderful to know that you tried it too. I would love to try more. It’s really delicious…mmm :D

@yummy koh - You are always most welcome! :D Summer is a good time if you are one like me who don’t like the cold.

@Catherine - Thanks very much, Catherine! :D Hope I can catch every content thief.

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@Cheah - Haha…you are very right to say so :D I wish I have more time to try them! In fact I gave most away.

@my little expat kitchen - Lovely to know that. I’m sure you have lots of ways to eat it then. I have to learn from you :D

@tasteofbeirut - That’s wonderful to know. Wonder what you are making. I’m sure it’s another fabulous dessert from you! :D I’m drooling…mmm

@rosebelle - Lovely to know you wrote about it too :D It’s good to spread this awareness around so that less bloggers fall victim to it.

@Little Inbox - Thanks very much! :D

@Shawnee - Thanks very much, Shawnee! :D

@Ananda - Thanks very much, Ananda! :D

@food-4tots - Lovely to know that! :D

@Mimi - I love it mixed with fruits too…mmm :D

@sweetlife - Yes, I’m so thankful to receive them :D

Zibi  on June 30th, 2010

That is a lot of yogurt! I make my own yogurt in my slow cooker so I’m always on the lookout for healthy ways to add flavour. Thanks for sharing the coulis, it looks really good :)

Divina  on April 19th, 2011

I absolutely love Greek yogurt. I’m here in Manila for a two week break and I bought some local Greek yogurt which is absolutely the best I’ve had.. It’s good you were given free samples. :)

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