May is Mediterranean Diet Month

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS! With the latest rage of fad diets already making headlines for 2013, it is good to know that there is the tried and trusted Mediterranean Diet which still remains in the top three diets in the world. A healthy diet equals a healthy body, and with the Mediterranean Diet’s focus on naturally healthy foods such as fresh vegetables, olive oil, citrus, and low-fat dairy.
Karoun Dairies award-winning, natural and lower-fat Mediterranean line of quality cheeses and yogurts are only made from cow’s milk free from growth hormones, BGH/rBST, are Real California Milk certified, and fit perfectly within the healthy dairy food group of the Mediterranean Diet.
Labne (often spelled “Labneh”) is a thick and creamy spreadable Kefir Cheese that is a healthier choice for cheese lovers watching the fat and sodium in their diets.
Karoun’s all-natural Kefir Cheeses (Labne) are extremely versatile, and easy to incorporate into any meal or snack. Recently announced as one of the hottest new products of 2012 by Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, Karoun’s Kefir Cheeses (Labne) are also now available in a low-fat version, Labne-Lite.
For years yogurt has been considered an ideal option for those seeking a healthy meal, snack or treat. One 8-ounce cup of yogurt contains 100 milligrams more calcium than a regular cup of milk. Yogurt also contains as much potassium as a banana, and as much protein as an egg or 1 ounce of meat
In Karoun’s Non-Fat Yogurt there are a whopping 13 grams of protein per 8-ounce serving. This means one cup of non-fat yogurt contains the nutritional value of a glass of milk, a banana, and lean meat all rolled up into one!
Karoun Dairies non-fat yogurt makes it easy for individuals to benefit from a hefty amount of nutrients without consuming such a large amount of food. Like kefir cheese, yogurt also contains probiotic bacteria to make for a happy digestive tract.
All these amazing health benefits can be a part of anyone’s diet simply by eating 1 cup of Karoun Dairies Non-Fat Yogurt or Lite-Kefir Cheese (Labne) a day. Who knew so many health benefits could come from such a small change in a diet!
Founded in 1992, Karoun is a family-run business reflecting fulfillment of the American dream. The company has continued to grow from creating hand braided String Cheese for local ethnic and specialty grocery stores, to producing a wide variety of Mediterranean specialty cheeses and yogurt products with nationwide mainstream distribution.
Over the past week, I have enjoyed all these delicious foods from Karoun Dairies. I encourage you to add these delicious Mediterranean cheeses and yogurts to your diet. The Labne makes fabulous dips and the honey yogurt is the best yogurt I've ever had!
Karoun Dairies Labne Vegetable Dip

16 oz. Karoun Dairies Lite-Kefir cheese (labne)
1 medium Persian cucumber
1 medium carrot or red bell pepper
1 T. fresh chopped parsley
1 T. fresh chopped chives
Salt/fresh ground pepper to taste
4 T. extra virgin olive oil
Toasted pita chips

Mix Karoun Dairies Lite-Kefir Cheese (Labne) with olive oil.
Dice cucumber and carrot (or bell pepper).
Mix Karoun Dairies Lite-Kefir Cheese (Labne), diced vegetables, and parsley together.
Sprinkle chives on top and serve with toasted pita chips.
Karoun Dairies Mediterranean Yogurt Dip

¾ cup Karoun Dairies non-fat yogurt
2 Tbsp. fresh chopped mint
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. minced garlic

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pita chips or fresh vegetables.

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