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KESTRUNK
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2/27/13 11:31 A

I really like the plain non-fat because you can use it as a substitute for so many things (mayo and sour cream without a doubt). The Chobani vanilla with chocolate chuncks tastes just like chocolate chunk ice cream!



JESSKAPPEL
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2/27/13 11:27 A

i hate regular yogurt, but can actually eat greek. I buy the three pack at costco, its usually under $10

I use it in all my smoothies and as a substitute for mayo in my tuna/egg salad etc. Plus it helps me get my protein.



BUUKWORM14
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2/27/13 11:03 A

I spend more, but only on fat free plain or the occasional vanilla (no fruit on the bottom). Plain, FF greek yogurt is really good for you- much higher in protein compared to regular yogurt, you just have to be aware of the "health halo."

Full fat or even low fat versions can be worse than regular yogurts because there's less water, so more of everything else- protein and fat. Also, as with all yogurts, "fruit on the bottom" is dumping sugar on to a healthy snack. If you need flavor, get plain and add your own (I like frozen fruit or a spoon of jam) or get one that's flavored (like chobani pear or vanilla).



MARY0825
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2/23/13 12:10 P

I find that I actually want to eat the Greek yogurt. With regular yogurt, I would buy it because I thought I SHOULD eat it but then would often never want it. I think it's the texture difference and I do love the added bonus of more protein. :-)

I love all these suggestions of how to use plain Greek yogurt in cooking. I plan to start experimenting.



HAPPY_TRAVELS
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2/22/13 1:23 A

I like the texture and wait till it is on sale.



POPSECRET
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2/20/13 9:12 P

Depends. What is the average price difference anyways?? It's been so long since I bought regular yogurt, I forget how much they are per serving.

But... Chobani (my favorite) is often on sale for $1 each. Wegman's has them for 89cents each. If you buy a bigger tub of it, it's even cheaper.



SUNSHINE20001
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2/20/13 8:24 P

I think so, more filling and love the extra protein. I need all the protein I can get.



JMFWIFE
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2/20/13 2:37 P

I think it's totally worth the money. It has replaced yogurt, sour cream, mayo, and ranch in my fridge. Kinda like Franks Hot Sauce, we put that s*!t on everything. I even use it in my oatmeal and cereal in place of milk.



TIFFANYHADSELL
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2/18/13 9:25 A

Seems more filling- maybe that's mental, maybe it's the protein. I can usually find it on sale and stock up



SYLPHINPROGRESS
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2/16/13 9:15 P

There are more responses here than I can read through, so I may be duplicating.

"Greek" yogurt is merely drained yogurt. You can do it yourself by taking several layers of kitchen-quality cheesecloth:
- rinse them and wring out
- set a large strainer over a bowl and line it with the cheesecloth
- pour in a quart of regular yogurt (amount is only a suggestion)
- let yogurt drain until it reaches the consistency you want

A paper coffee filter or two may work just as well. No need to rinse, of course.

Keep in mind that you'll end up with about half the volume that you started with, which means you're not saving money over Greek yogurt. The higher protein, etc., content of store-bought Greek is due to its being concentrated; yogurt that you strain yourself will also have the higher nutrients.

Whey, the yellowish liquid that separates from the yogurt "solids," can be used in cooking and baking. I've never tried it, but googling "whey uses" is a start. I've never used whey, but don't doubt that it's a good replacement for liquid ingredients in home-made bread.

Down side: Whey is a pollutant. It's a concern of/for dairy mfrs and people.

Had I more time, this note would have been shorter.

Edited by: SYLPHINPROGRESS at: 2/16/2013 (21:20)


SHARONKAY13
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2/13/13 5:55 P

FIRST GREEK YOGURT I TASTED I HATED... WENT BY THE PLAN --ADDED PINEAPPLE AND A SPOON OF THE JUICE LOVED IT SO DID MY SON. NOW THAT IS ALL I WILL BUY



CARLENLLOYD
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2/13/13 1:58 P

Personally- I like the fact it's got extra protein in it. :)



MONKIESMOMMY
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2/13/13 1:21 P

In the health reference the greek yogurt is way better and for me absolutely more filling. Its also great for me when I want something sweet or just need a snack so I don't grab something bad I love the key lime pie one when I'm in the mood for something like pie. If you go for it I really recommend trying different brands, personally I prefer the Oikos over all the others but my friend likes the Chobani ones they are very different depending on the brand. My daughters are 2 and 8 and they absolutely love the Greek yogurts, they have smaller ones that I get for them that are perfect. Not that my oldest doesn't come to steal my black cherry ones sometimes. :) I haven't tried it yet in cooking but a friend uses it all the time even for dips and its great.



PJANTO
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2/12/13 8:22 A

Greek yogurt is higher in protein and lower in sugar than even sugar-free fat-free yogurt. The natural milk sugars are drained off with the whey, along with some extra calories.

I make my own yogurt, a gallon of skim milk at a time, and strain it overnight in the fridge. A gallon of milk weighs 8 pounds. Depending on how long I drain it, it yields 3-4 pounds of greeked yogurt.

I get a gallon of milk for $3.53 right now. Homemade is very easy, and economical.



EVERGLAD
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2/7/13 1:33 P

Yes Greek yogurt is worth it!



ELIZABETHWCREW
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2/6/13 12:56 P

I absolutely love it. I can't even eat regular yogurt now, it tastes all watery and nasty. And it's a bonus that it's healthier. If you're on a budget (and who isn't really..) you can often find the small Chobani cups for 10/10. Or find a coupon, they're pretty popular.



SADWHITEWOLF
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2/5/13 9:07 A

I eat a yogurt every weekday and one a week it is a Greek yougurt as a treat. I love the texture and flavor. So satisfying. I save it for the "hungry day"



SLACHETKA103145
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2/5/13 8:35 A

I like using the Greek yogurt in cooking. Sometimes I replace the sour cream other times I do half and half. I think that the Greek yogurt is a healthy fat substitution in recipes. I skip oil, butter, and heavy cream, mayo while bumping up levels of calcium, protein, and probiotics.

Here are some examples of how I have learned to use:
1. Sour cream: Replace sour cream with Greek yogurt, and most people won't even be able to tell the difference. Use it on top of baked potatoes or serve alongside Mexican fare; you can also use yogurt as a sour-cream substitute when making chip or veggie dips.
2. Baked goods: Ditch the eggs and oil in store-bought cake or muffin mixes by substituting one cup of yogurt and one cup of water. Yogurt keeps cake from tasting overly sweet while also giving it a more dense and homemade feel. Instead of making cream cheese frosting, make Greek yogurt frosting; the ratio of Greek yogurt to cream cheese is 1:1.
3. Heavy cream or milk: In stove-top dishes that call for dairy like mashed potatoes, curries, soups, or pasta, use yogurt. (Or add yogurt to any sauce-based dish that you'd like to make rich and creamy.) To avoid curdling, stir in the yogurt once the dish has been taken off the heat, then gradually reheat if necessary. It will also replace buttermilk if mixed with water so it is the same consistency.
4. Mayonnaise: Skip the oil-based mayo in tuna, macaroni, and potato salads; same goes for salad dressings like Caesar, Russian, or ranch: just use a 1:1 ratio. The tang that yogurt brings these recipes is even tastier than mayo.

I would suggest that you use you favorite recipe and do a makeover in the recipe calculator to see how much healthier they are. If a warning to wise is sufficient you do have to develop a taste which happened quickly in my household. Deviled Eggs are an example!




SARAHMO4
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2/4/13 9:26 P

For me its not worth the price. I already get enough protein in my diet and I find it rather sour and the texture to be weird. I use regular yogurt, the non-greek kind only in smoothies anyways I dotn eat it other than that. In smoothies regular is helpful because it has a sweeter flavor and I dont need to add sugar or honey to the smoothie. I have thought about greek yogurt in cooking possibly, I am not sure yet.



MARYBETHMORGAN
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1/22/13 8:41 P

I think it's worth it because you can add fruit for dessert or use it in savory dishes in place of sour cream. I really love it.




CHELLSADOLL45
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1/21/13 1:45 P

I think it is worth it to spend the extra money on greek yogurt because it tastes creameir than regular yogurt. Sometimes I have it for desert. also it has more proteiin.



SABLEARTS
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1/18/13 10:55 P

For me Greek yogurt is probably one of the main reasons why I've gotten further with my weight loss "this time" than I have in the last 7-8 years. I don't really like the taste of "normal" yogurt, so if I didn't have Greek yogurt I wouldn't be eating yogurt at all, though.

For me, it's all about the protein, and then also the fact that it doesn't taste "diet-ey." I like Oikos's better than Chobani, but I also like the Yoplait 100-calorie Greek (they do the best Key Lime Pie flavor out of all of them - amazing!) and it seems to be priced not much more than the "normal" stuff. I also will get the big tubs of store-brand Greek yogurt in plain, which seems to be a lot cheaper than the individual-serving sizes, and either use it in cooking, or have a big bowl of it with a tablespoon of honey, which is a great post-workout snack!

If you haven't had any, get some to "try" and see if it's worth it to you!



SPKRAUSE
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1/13/13 3:10 P

The main reason for going with Greek yogurt has got to be the added protein vs. 'regular' yogurt. If you're just going for it because you like the texture/thickness, then ignore the following.

[1] Check the nutritional info and ingredient list. 'Greek yogurt' is not a 'regulated' name and there are no rules as to what it is. There are lot of thickened yogurts calling themselves 'Greek yogurt' that are just regular yogurt thickened by pectin. They are a bit cheaper than the good Greek yogurts, but they're usually only about 4g of protein per serving; whereas, say, Chobani might get you 9 or 11. So if the yogurt is only milk & a bacteria culture, you're fine, but if it's milk & bacteria & pectin ... skip it

[2] Make your own! Slow cooker, plus milk, plus a bit of yogurt from the store as a starter, and coffee filters if you want to make 'Greek' vs. regular yogurt. So much less expensive if you eat a lot of it!



APRILLPHILLIPS
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1/12/13 11:10 A

I think it is worth it but I also use alot of coupons and in my area the Sunday paper almost always has coupons for the greek yogurt. I use it smoothies and cooking as well.



CADDYMAN101
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1/11/13 11:20 P

Greek yogurt has 3x the protein than our american varieties. As far as the texture goes some of the cheaper greek style yogurt kind of cheat you by thicking there product up with dextrose or sugar. I get the kirkland brand at costco. 2 32oz container for $6.99. I just add a touch of honey and some fresh berry for breakfast before I hit the gym. 24 gram of protein per serving.



JENNDLN
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1/11/13 12:56 P

I definitely think it's worth the extra cost!



HMARTO
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1/11/13 10:00 A

I had a hard time getting used to the texture of Greek yogurt, but really needed the extra protein in my diet and I need yogurt t get the calcium that I need as I don't like milk. I tried a regular yogurt with my lunch the other day and it was almost too sweet.

My favorite brand is Chobani and I eat it with 1/4C of Special K granola cereal in it for some crunch.



FITMARTI
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1/7/13 8:23 P

I like greek yogurt in my smoothies



COTTERR
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1/7/13 1:34 P

Nutritionally, 2 regular, light yogurts have about the same amount of protein, but more calories than 1 greek. It's cheaper to buy 1 greek yogurt, than 2 light regular. I buy the store brand and find coupons for yoplait on coupons.com.



PSCHIAVONE2
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1/7/13 11:15 A

I use yougurt mostly for cooking and the greek stuff stands up better for this purpose. It is worth the price.



_CALLMELU_
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1/3/13 9:00 A

I like the texture of Greek yogurt better and I too find it more filling. I also like the fact it's not as sugary. My tastes buds prefer the less sweet.



PUDGYPUDDLEPIG
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1/3/13 8:44 A

I like greek yogurt because it has less sugar than the fruity plain yogurts. I buy a huge container of 0% Chobani and mix in frozen mixed berries, YUM! emoticon An added plus, my kids love it too emoticon



CSROBERTSON621
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1/2/13 11:05 P

Greek yogurt is actually just regular yogurt with the extra liquid strained out. The reason it is more expensive (and has a lot more protein) is that it takes about 3 times more milk to make the same amount of Greek yogurt compared to regular yogurt. That is also why it is thicker and can taste somewhat more intense. (Icelandic skyr -- which is just starting to show up in regular grocery stores, but has been around for a while at Whole Foods and the like -- is an even more concentrated form of yogurt.)

I like both kinds, though I tend to eat mostly Greek these days because of the difference in nutritional value. I also find the Greek style more filling.



MTNMIMI
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1/2/13 8:26 P

Totally worth it, love it and can't take the regular kind now. So rich and creamy.



HHB4181
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1/2/13 7:18 P

Regular yogurt is too sweet for me now. I buy plain Greek yogurt and add a tsp of local honey and flax seed, it's delicious!!!



DOLPHIN62598
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1/2/13 4:31 P

I am a huge fan of Greek yogurt! It is a little more on the expensive side, but I buy the large containers of chobani fat free plain and when you work out the costs for the little cups of dannon or yoplait it's really not that much more for Greek!! Greek yogurt is so versatile as well! I can't tell you the last time I bought sour cream! I never use it anymore. If you buy plain Greek you can add frozen fruit and throw it in the blender for a quick smoothie. You can even freeze Greek yogurt with fruit and whip it in the food processor with fruit for a soft serve frozen yogurt. To me - there's really no comparison between Greek yogurt and regular. I'll choose Greek every time! Now, if I could just get my husband to switch to Greek yogurt! Lol!



1GROVES2
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1/2/13 2:23 P

It depends on what you are using it for....I buy Fage 0% plain Greek yogurt by the qt. It is expensive, but much healthier than sour cream and I eat .25-.5 cups of it with .25-.5 cups of frozen fruit as my dessert/treat 4-5 days a week . Regular and Greek yogurts are really not interchangeable, I would never dream of trying to cook with regular yogurt. By the way , the Greek I eat only adds up to about 50 caloies and it isoaded with protein.



COCOBUCKMAN
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1/1/13 8:05 P

Greek yogurt is worth the price difference. The calcium/ protein/ and reduced sugar alone is well worth trying Greek yogurt. I started out with the honey and vanilla yogurt. It is dry and tart and take some getting use to. After a week or two you can try various flavors and see which you like best. I strongly suggest you don't go back to Yoplait or and other regular yogurt. The sugar will shock you. It's like eating a candy bar! I prefer Okios over Dannon. Plain yogurt is great for cooking or adding your own fruit, honey, etc. Sugar ( particularly brown sugar) does not work in plain yogurt. Bon Appetit.



GRATTECIELLA
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1/1/13 3:21 P

I have trouble getting enough protein, so I buy Greek yogurt. It makes a snack of yogurt and berries into balanced nutrition! You could also take regular yogurt and strain it yourself through a cheesecloth, but you'll get a lot less yogurt, so this may not be more cost effective. :)



YOJULEZ
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12/31/12 1:57 P

Depends. How are you on your goals for protein? Greek yogurt is good because it has tons of protein in it. But if you're getting plenty of protein otherwise, I don't see any reason to get it instead of regular yogurt, if you're eating it by itself.

I do use full fat or 2% greek yogurt in cooking as a replacement for stuff like sour cream or even heavy cream. It works better than subbing in regular yogurt. But for just eating I don't spend the money and just have regular since I get a lot of protein otherwise.



MUFFINSANDMOCHA
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12/31/12 11:41 A

Hello,

I am a bit confused about the Greek Yogurt. Is it worth it to spend the extra money for greek yogurt as opposed to a different brand of regular yogurt? Im sure this has been discussed before but im honestly confused by it. Greek yogurt is a lot more expensive :( Trying to figure out if benefits are worth it...



 
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