Sunday, February 21, 2010

Greek Yogurt- What's all the hype?

Good Morning! So...Greek yogurt! Everyone is eating it and if you aren't...I am sure you are thinking about it!  First a couple quick facts! 
The main difference between greek and regular yogurts is it's generous portion of protein, it's thicker consistency and grittier (is that even a word?) feel.
Now while that doesn't sound like it tastes very me their good!

So...I thought I would help you decipher which brands (in my opinion) taste and nutritionally score above the rest.

Now here's what I have in my fridge cause let's face it...I was still about clueless which I liked best...until now!

We've got (across the top):
Yoplait's new 2x protein greek yogurt (here we have blueberry flavored)
Trader Joe's Pomegrante flavored greek yogurt and on the bottom is Oikos Stonyfield plain greek yogurt.

Measuring up! On the label's the stats read:
Yoplait (6 oz container): 130 kcal, 0g fat, 18g Sugar,12g Protein, Calcium 30%, Vitamin D 20%
TJ's (5.3 oz container): 110 kcal, 0g fat, 11g Sugar, 14g Protein, Calcium 15%, Vitamin D not labeled
Okios (1 cup serving): 120 kcal, 0g fat, 9g Sugar, 23g Protein, Calcium 30%, Vitamin D not labeled

Your smart snacker weighs-in: While Yoplait soars above the rest with 20% of Vitamin D, Okios is your faithful protein source ringing in with 23g per serving while keeping your sugar lowest at 9g per servingand still manages to carry the highest (tied with yoplait) in calcium (30%). All have a reasonable and comparable amount of calories and no fat! Now this is just nutritionally...for tastebuds are most tickled with TJ's greek yogurts :) 

So obviously I couldn't just play with my food all morning...I had to eat some!

With my trusty little magic bullet I whipped up a smoothie!

 In the blend:
1 container of Yoplait Blueberry Greek Yogurt (as seen above)
1 cup of blueberries
1 small banana
1 Tbsp flax (eyeballed)
Splash of vanilla extract
Couple of ice cubes

That's it mixing! This is the point where I am thinking  I know my neighbors must hate me because the magic bullet is so loud...opps!

and voila...

 Probably the best shake I have made yet!

Have you tried greek yogurt? Which is your favorite?

Have a great Sunday!!



  1. That looks like a great smoothie. I just can't get into Greek yogurt however I haven't tried a lot. I really didn't like TJ's plain but perhaps I might like the pom kind. YUM!

  2. I love love love Greek yogurt. It's also a really good substitution for sour cream and for mayo in things like chicken and tuna salad.

    I made a smoothie on Sunday morning, too. But I didn't "go greek." =)

  3. just bought greek yogurt for the first time this week after reading 3 different articles in three different magazines about the benfits of it. I bout chiobani - the plain is good. i added fresh pinapple to it and it sweetened it up naturally. If you like blueberry yofurt - the dannon greek in this flavor is delicious! Im definitely on the greek yogurt band wagon!

  4. I like to sweeten the plain naturally as well. Adding fresh fruit is a great way to do it! It's a great band wagon to hop on!!