As you may know, I’ve been making a concerted effort to change my health habits; while I still enjoy the not-so-occasional indulgent meal at any of my favorite new restaurants, I’ve been trying to factor in some healthier alternatives and frequently utilizing that Classpass subscription. The struggle has certainly been real, but I consider myself lucky to live in a city where health-conscious food, fitness, and people are not hard to find. Though the journey may be far from over, I’ve learned a lot about my eating habits, and I’ve picked up some helpful tips for creating a health plan that is actually sustainable (like how a juice cleanse simple doesn’t work for a foodie like me). Finding options that are healthy, packed with benefits, and satisfying is always a challenge, but I finally did, so I had to share it with you!
As any human, I prefer meals that don’t feel like I’m depriving myself, and one of my go-to’s has quickly become Greek yogurt. Between making myself a little Greek yogurt snack at home or ducking into Go Greek at the Topanga Village for a post-workout breakfast, this healthy but substantial option is such a great base for working some extra fruits and veggies into my diet. Rich and creamy, Greek yogurt has risen to popularity over the last few years for good reason; it’s packed with protein, probiotics, calcium, and iodine, and is low in lactose (making it easier to digest for those with dairy issues), sodium, sugar, and carbs.
When I first stumbled into Go Greek at The Village, I immediately loved their concept. Even though they feature a Greek frozen yogurt bar, they actually have a huge assortment of regular Greek yogurt dishes, both sweet and savory, that serve as a full, healthy meal. These “Fresko” dishes feature 0%, 2%, or 10% classic Greek yogurt varieties that are rich, filling, made-to-order, and customizable. Currently, I’m loving the Aceso option (pictured above) as my breakfast/ post-workout meal. Go Greek also features a great café, so I can have my breakfast AND my coffee. Yessss. The mango provides that sweet, fruity taste that’s perfect for breakfast, while the avocado adds another rich, creamy element that makes this dish incredibly filling. With fresh chili pepper for a bit of a kick, and Greek olive oil, lemon, hemp seeds, sea salt, and crushed black pepper, there’s a ton of flavor packed into this little bowl.
For lunch, their classic Dodoni is simple, yet incredibly savory and satisfying. With Greek sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, Greek crumbled feta, cumin, basil, Greek olive oil, sea salt, and crushed black pepper, it’s another bowl that packs quite the punch. If you’ve never tried Greek yogurt in a savory capacity before, this dish will convince you how well it works. The tangy, salty, sour feta nicely complements the thick yogurt, while the sundried tomatoes, basil, and cumin cut through the richness. Pine nuts are the perfect textural element to top it off.
Whenever I get dinner at The Village, I try to save room for dessert at Go Greek because I have to end my day with something sweet, and it’s a much healthier option than a heap of cookies or cake. Though the obvious choice would be to go straight for the frozen yogurt, I actually like to stick with their fresko options and go with the Hermes. With dates, walnuts, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, carob syrup, honey, it tastes fairly indulgent, but is actually a much lighter dessert alternative. I love the texture of the cacao nibs and the added sweetness of the honey.
Overall, this Go Greek discovery has been a revelation. It’s been such a pleasure to find a go-to place where I can get a filling dish that I don’t have to feel guilty about afterwards. While so much of my job is to seek out and find those indulgent meals, recently, it’s been a goal of mine to find healthy alternatives and share those with you as well. I’ll definitely keep coming back to Go Greek, and I’m looking forward to trying more of their savory fresko dishes, like the “Greek salad” or one more on the sweet-side, like the "Florina."
Thank you to Go Greek for partnering with me on this post!