Thursday, February 2, 2012

Going Greek

Nope sorry, this post is actually not about Fraternity and Sorority Life, sorry to disappoint!

This is actually about my on-going love affair with Greek yogurt. I first learned about this gem during Summer '10 and tried it while I was babysitting for a family to save some money before starting grad school. It was a Chobani fruit flavor, and it's continued to be my favorite brand.

It's so much heavier than plain yogurt (without as much sugar) and is packed with protein making an awesome ingredient in a breakfast parfait, filling snack, or even a creamy dessert. I'm pretty sure that my first year of grad school it's all that I ate. Plain Greek yogurt with honey and Kashi Go-Lean Crunch cereal--YUM!

If you haven't tried it before, I would suggest trying out a flavored kind first. The plain is actually a bit tangy and tart but that's what I like about it, and why it pairs well mixed with some honey. There are some new flavors that have been introduced lately and I picked them all up at Bi-Lo last week to check them out.

Apple Cinnamon-this was TOO good! Eating it plain was phenomenal but I put it in a bowl with some Kashi Go-Lean Crunch and it was like having apple pie. This would definitely be a great dessert flavor.
 Blood Orange-this was tangy and citrusy while also having just enough sweetness to it. I think this one would make a perfect snack flavor for a little punch of tang & sugar to pick you up in the afternoon.
 Pomegranate-I love anything pomegranate and so naturally this was a fan-fave! I'd mirror my thoughts on the Blood Orange flavor with this one.

While I typically tend to get Chobani (definitely with flavored yogurt), there are some other brands I really enjoy as well. I've also really enjoyed Athenos and Oikos which is an organic brand from Stonyfield farms. I had been eating this brand for a while and learned some great things about their story and what they've been doing when I watched Food Inc., it was one of the only uplifting parts of the video!

Fage (pronounced fah-hay) makes a great plain variety, but what I enjoy is that their flavored yogurts come with the fruit, or topping, in a separate container on the side. For individual containers that are honey flavored, the honey is either on the bottom or mixed in and I don't particularly care for that. With Fage I can pour or drizzle the honey into my yogurt, mmm!

My next venture is trying to find the Oikos frozen Greek yogurt, and it comes in my favorite flavor, honey! Has anyone seen it stores around Columbia yet?

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