Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Can you substitute for Mayonnaise? YES!

A friend told me once that you can substitute Mayonnaise for yogurt.  I was very skeptical and just pushed the idea to the side.  Although, today my husband received a bit of a knee injury during his morning run so I wanted to  increase his protein in his meals today.  When training, if you have sore muscles or injury it sometime is caused by micro-tears in the muscle tissue and/or the tendons.  So he will rest today and tomorrow, stretch, and give his body the nutrients it needs to build and repair.

For his lunch I made a Waldorf salad, carrots, almonds, and red grapes.  I rarely eat mayonnaise and  have come to dislike the taste.  I made his sandwich as normal, but before adding the mayo I took half the chicken mixture and tried the yogurt instead.   I was shockingly surprised.  The chicken salad was creamy, tasted amazing and had a slight zing from the yogurt.  This was a wonderful find that I can substitute the high calorie and oily mayo.  Can I substitute for egg-salad or potato-salad?  Not sure but now excited to try! The bread is a new find for me as well.

I love bread.  We usually switch up our breads between whole grains and wheat.  I enjoy making my bread as well, but can never get the sandwich bread feel and lightness.  So I picked up an Organic Sprouted wheat bread at Costco.  I have read that the grains are still whole and soaked so that the grains start to sprout.  In this germination the grains contain life and growth.  Now that sounds like something I want to put into my body.  When we eat we should be looking to foods that give us life, instead of over processed foods.  We should eat from the source while they hold their life giving quality to them.  I found that these grains, sprouted, are easier on the digestion.  They have a wonderful texture and a sweet nutty taste.  Over all a wonderful new bread that the family has really enjoyed.

Facts about Sprouted Wheat bread
  • provides more protein
  • the germination increases the absorption of vitamins and capture proteins and carbohydrates in enhanced states
  • during germination the grain contains its densest nutrient value of A, B and C
  • germination releases iron, potassium and calcium; and increases protein levels
  • sprouted enzymes break down gluten and other difficult-to-digest wheat components, aiding digestion and those sensitive to gluten. 
Read more on Sprouted Grain Breads. 
Benefits of Sprouted Bread
Food for Life

Waldorf-salad Sandwich (with yogurt) recipe
  • 4 ounces chopped chicken  
  •  10 red grapes
  • 5 sliced baby carrots
  • 4 green onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp vanilla yogurt
with yogurt, creamy delicious
with mayo
 
 The Waldorf-salad with yogurt added calcium and probiotics to aid digestion.  The mayo added high calories, oil, and fat.  I also felt the taste of mayo abrasive to the yogurts smoother flavor.  Hands down the yogurt was a better flavor and choice, I am sold!  Yogurt does a great job replacing mayo with chicken, we will see about eggs. 





Kids Corner
My kids were a little skeptical about the texture of the bread.  They could feel the seeds and grains in the bread.  So we tried with peanut butter and talked about why this bread was better.  I told them about the grains in the bread containing life and energy and was providing them with the energy to think and play.  We talked about how it was different and to continue to give it a try.  The second time around still was strange to them, but said that it was not as bad.  Kids really appreciate and understand when you can talk on their level.  Even my children can be stubborn and picky.  Just try to stay patient while introducing it and they will come around.  The kids also preferred the yogurt mixture to mayo taste!



21 comments:

  1. That's the same bread I buy for my husband and kids (I'm gluten free). It took them a bit to get used to it, but they like it now. I'm also dairy free, but use greek yogurt for my kids. It has a higher protein content and no sugar, so it's great!

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    1. I really have come to love this bread too. Yogurt is a big item in this house. Greek and Vanilla are the only two we eat. The kids are not crazy about the plain, but we love Stonyfield Farms Organic with live cultures. Trying to make my own has been difficult. I am trying a new recipe now. If you know of one, please send my way :-)

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  2. Wow! I need to try this. My kids are very fussy about the texture of bread but have always had whole grain so I hope the leap isn't too great for them. Also glad to see organic at Costco.....I might have to become a member again if they do enough organic stuff. Sharing this post :)

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    1. Katy, each Costco is a little different. If you ask them to carry a product they usually will. I have noticed they carry Organic's in almost all departments now. I even find there prices cheaper than most stores. You might be surprised to see their organic selection but ask for what you are looking for. Be sure to come back Thursday, I am making a new organic grain recipe with one of Costco's new items, Italian Pearled Farro! Very tasty recipe! :-) Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I love sprouted wheat bread, thanks for sharing the recipe! My husband loves waldorf salad, maybe I'll see if he can tell the difference without the mayo!

    ~Terri

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  4. That looks great! Mayo is sooo hard to cut out!But I am going to try this- Thanks!

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    1. I completely understand Melissa. It is hard to cut out. Let me know what you think.

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  5. This would not be popular with the family. They love mayo just too much and would be skeptical on this. I will just have to do this for myself. I really want to cut the mayo out of my diet for cold salads. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I completely understand! I was very skeptical. I was wanting Waldorf salad, had no mayo, and thought I guess I'll try my friends suggestion. Glad I did!

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  6. I love mayo but totally need to start eating better so I'm going to try this idea! Thanks for the tip. Your Waldorf-salad with yogurt looks delicious btw!

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  7. I do not like yogurt so I am not sure I would like it

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Mommy and Me! If you do try it let me know what ya think. I did not think the sandwich tasted like it had yogurt so you might enjoy yogurt that way. Let me know :-)

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  8. I've never tried that, but I might. I didn't know you could! I always use Miracle Whip because I don't like regular mayonnaise (I grew up with Miracle Whip too so that's probably part of it.) But the yogurt tip is great. Thanks!

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    1. Mayo and Miracle whip is one of those things we never think to replace. I was very skeptical at first too. I would love to know what you think if you try it!

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  9. I always have plain whole fat yogurt in the house! I sub it for sour cream as well.

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  10. Thank you for this! I'm deffinately going to try it. Sounds great to me!

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  11. I have never tried substituting yogurt for mayo even tho I have seen this suggestion in several magazines. I'm a little more convinced to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I think I am gonna try this I am trying to watch what all I put in my body

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  13. Do you know if this bread has soy in it? I recently found out that I have a soy allergy and have been staying away from bread because most breads have soy in them.

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