I told you before. I don't like yogurt. I am supposed to like it. It's good for me. It's fantastically super for the digestion, so I need to like it. The problem is, I can't have the kind with all the fun of sugar and fruits, I have to have the sugar-free varieties, which generally have a slimy texture and I have Texture Aversions.
Everyone raves about The Fage! You've Got To Eat The Fage! I did, I ate the Fage. I bought it what, twice? Apparently I couldn't get that attached, because it hasn't made it's way back to my house in a while even though I really did enjoy it and it is So Good For Me. But we're not talking about The Fage!
We're talking about Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt from Stonyfield Farms. I found this at Super Wal*Mart (where else?!) for $3.98 for a big tub. I thought that was sort of expensive, but then I considered the quality as compared to the tub of artificially sweetened slime next to it, and picked it up.
If you live under a rock and haven't been down to the end of the food chain in a while, greek yogurt, specifically Oikos:
Called “yiaourti” in Greece, Greek yogurt is creamier than regular yogurt. Authentic Greek yogurt like ours owes its extra creaminess to a centuries-old straining process that removes the whey (liquid) from the yogurt.
For hundreds of years, Greeks have prized strained yogurt for its richness and creaminess, and because it makes a great cooking ingredient that’s less likely to curdle when heated. Today, we know that straining also makes Greek yogurt richer in protein than regular yogurt, and lower in lactose.
Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt has 0% fat, just 100 calories per five point three-ounce serving*, twice the protein of regular yogurt, and fewer carbohydrates. Because it’s organic, Oikos is also better for the earth. And we think it’s better for you, too!
It is. It is much better for you.
That wasn't the point for me, I knew it was good for me. I have a hard time getting through textures and tastes, and foods that come out of a big mammary gland, even harder to do.
I opened the container, the yogurt looked and smelled similar to a fat free sour cream, but without the sour, and without any of that nasty liquid! The texture was pure and creamy. HOORAY. The taste, simply, creamy plain yogurt that doesn't really taste yogurty, at least not the way WE are used to it. I couldn't eat it plain, unless we went the savory route, using it as a topping on beans or something. I actually dug through the cabinet searching for a can of black beans, lentil soup, fat-free refried pintos or something else that wouldn't require prep, but not finding anything I went the sweet route. I added a half serving of Bear Naked High Protein Granola, picking each and every raisin OUT because raisins are disgusting little bugs of death - hush - and a quick slug DaVinci Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup. Mixed, and tasted, it's good.
I think would next time want to go savory though - just my preference with a food that reminds me so much of full fat sour cream - an old love. I must admit, I had to sort of force myself to finish it, I wasn't full so much as I was just not loving it the way I prepared it.
The Oikos yogurt texture seems slightly gummier than I remember the Fage being, but it's still a giant improvement to typical yogurt. Would I buy it again? Sure, in the smaller serving cups, and I plan on feeding it to my kids and using it for recipes immediately.
- Product: Oikos Greek Yogurt by Stonyfield Farms
- Purchased: Super Wal-Mart for $3.98
- Pros: Easily digested (I hope, I will let you know,) Lower in lactose, Zero FAT, High Protein, Lower Carbs, Zero Sugars
- Cons: Mammary Glands, Picking raisins out of my breakfast.