Fitness Minutes: (219,109)
3,775 6/8/13 10:16 P
I've always bought Chobani. I never tried any other brands. The only one I've tried that I haven't enjoyed as much as the rest is the lemon because it wasn't as tart or lemony enough for me. I should have just added the pulp and juice from a lemon to the plain, but I haven't tried that yet, but I will someday.
I make my own. It's incredibly easy to make regular yogurt; you just heat milk to 180 degrees, cool it to just below 120, stir in some plain yogurt (from the store the first time, and after that just save 2 tablespoons from the previous batch), pour it into a jar, and set it in a warm place for 6-10 hours. (I put it in my car if it's daytime, or in the oven with the light bulb on if it's night). That gives you regular plain yogurt, and if I want Greek style, I put a coffee filter or some cheesecloth in a strainer and let it drain for about an hour. Save the whey that drains out and use it in place of buttermilk in bread or other baked goods. You lose a little less than half the volume of the milk (in other words, 2 quarts of milk make a little more than 1 qt of Greek style yogurt), but you also have the whey to use so you're getting 2 products for the price of plain milk.
For 10 minutes of work, you can have yogurt exactly the texture you like and with only the ingredients you choose to put in it, for about 1/4 the price of store-bought.
Plain greek yogurt is my favorite because you can add anything to it, and it is very versatile -- add granola and fruits, use as a dip for veggies (spiced with fresh herbs), as a sour cream substitute, or even a binder for pasta salads, chicken salad, etc.
Greek Gods Plain is a mainstay in my house.
Fitness Minutes: (22,302)
359 6/8/13 10:01 A
I love Greek yogurt because it fills me up. Chobani, Mullers and Fage are the best. Chobani now makes it with added goodies like dark chocolate chips or pistachios. I don't care for the honey one either. Try Chobani Flips.
Fitness Minutes: (61,427)
3,321 6/7/13 1:35 P
I like Dannon Fit&Light Greek - fruit on the bottom.
Fitness Minutes: (212,240)
20,875 6/7/13 1:13 P
Count me with the FAGE and Chobani group. Recently, I tried the Chobani Flips. Those are tasty, but watch the sugar. I'm shocked at how much sugar some companies put into yogurts. Stoney Field Farms/Dannon makes OIKOS greek yogurt. the sugar is insane. As much as 24grams in a 5.3 ounce serving ! That's six teaspoons of sugar.
There is a newish brand of yogurt called MULLER. Quaker brand distributes it in the US. it's a European style yogurt. That is very tasty. it's not Greek, but it's still good if you like yogurt.
I've noticed that many yogurt companies are jumping on the "Greek" brand wagon to make money. Do read your labels.
Fitness Minutes: (52,580)
384 6/7/13 1:08 P
I've tried many, but so far Fage is my favorite. I like that it's just yogurt, and the mixers have very few ingredients too. (My faves are Cherry & Blueberry Acai) I just can't stomach Sucralose any more (literally, I get physically ill) & so many of the yogurts out there use it to save on calories. I know it's more expensive, but where I live I can usually only find it at Target & they have it on sale for $1 each quote often. I only have to buy groceries for me, so to me that's a deal & convenient, but I can see where that would be expensive for a family.
Anyway-I think the Cherry is 2% & the Blueberry 0%, and both come in at 140/160 calories if I remember correctly. Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack.
I was devoted to Fage then I tried the store brand (Shoprite) plain greek yogurt 0% fat and didn't taste any difference....except I'm 35 cents richer for every serving. I can deal with that. and my favorite splurge is plain yogurt with a tsp of Hershey's special dark cocoa powder and a packet of splenda.
Fitness Minutes: (15,821)
833 6/7/13 12:46 P
I use Dannon light and fit 80 cal Greek yogurt or the 100 calorie kind. Sometimes I add more fruit. I've also discovered Dannon's greek yogurt dips--so far I like the french onion and the dill and cucumber ones--more than the vegetable herb one. Those each have 25 calories for 2 tbsp--very low cal.
Fitness Minutes: (56,311)
3,507 6/7/13 10:35 A
Fage is my favorite but Chobani comes in second. I only buy plain, nonfat or 2%. I mix in my own stuff to give it more flavor.
Fage nonfat, plain. It's very versatile stuff. It's just got milk and cultures in it and is a real Greek Yogurt vs some of the other ones that use thickeners, etc. You can sweeten it however you want or you can use it as a sour cream substitute. I prefer choosing what I want to add to it over letting a food manufacturer choose for me. Usually, I eat it sweetened with a little Splenda and/or a drizzle of honey (a lot less of both than I'd get in one of the presweetened kinds). I Love it with granola on top. Sometimes, I like to add fruit (and I can choose whatever I want if I get the plain and it's actually whole fruit, not "flavors" and juice and flavored pieces). Today, I'm going to use it as an ingredient in "cream" of broccoli soup.
I don't like the pre-sweetened Greek Yogurt because I think they ruin it (IMO), turning it into just another processed food filled with sugar and other ingredients (pectin, evaporated cane juice, colorants, "natural flavor" whatever that means, etc.). I'm not someone who is super against processed foods and I eat some of them for convenience. But, I do try to limit them because they often have a bunch of stuff in them that I just don't need (stuff like added salt, sugar, or whatever else they add). I don't need the convenience factor for yogurt when it's so easy to just add stuff to it myself.
I use plain for some of my recipes and as a substitute for sour cream. I could never just eat plain. My favorite greek yogurts are from Smiths. They have Kroger brand Greek lite which is just 90 calories with 16g protein. (I have one in front of me right now for my breakfast.) I always eat them with some frozen berries mixed in. It's delicious and full of protein of course.
Fitness Minutes: (76,867)
5,418 6/7/13 10:21 A
I am still really struggling to find a Greek yogurt I like. I can't get past the texture being so thick. The only ones I have been able to stand are the kid's ones...although they are probably pretty high in sugar.
Fitness Minutes: (4,818)
406 6/7/13 10:16 A
I used to eat Chobani, but they have too much sugar. I have now switched to Yoplait 100 calories tropical fruit - only 8 grams of sugar. It helps tame my sweet tooth.
I get the fat free plain Fage brand from Costco. by itself, I don't like it, but with a bunch of fresh berries, it is my "go to breakfast".
Fitness Minutes: (6,555)
2,250 6/7/13 9:04 A
I get the plain non-fat greek yogurt from the grocery store brand and it has the same ingredients as the name brands (milk and active cultures, that's it). I add my own flavors and sweeteners.
Fitness Minutes: (31,556)
218 6/7/13 8:53 A
Whose tried it? What kind (brand) do you like? Do you look for calorie content when you buy it, or do you already know what kind you are going to buy?
I have tried Chobani honey, and did not like it, and I tried Yopa blueberry with granola, which I loved. They were both relatively the same amount of calories (160 and 180). But, I am not sure if it is the flavor I didn't like or the brand. Anyone else?
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