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Unread 08-01-2014, 11:56 AM   #1
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Greek Yogurt

So...what's the deal?

I like my fat free yogurt but someone told me that if I am going to eat yogurt...I should do the Greek thing.

Well?

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Unread 08-01-2014, 12:09 PM   #2
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It's thicker. There is basically no other difference that I'm aware of.

And I like my yogurt full fat.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 12:11 PM   #3
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It also has more protein than regular yogurt.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 12:13 PM   #4
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It's thicker. There is basically no other difference that I'm aware of.

And I like my yogurt full fat.
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It also has more protein than regular yogurt.
So...the question remains...do I make the switch or just keep eating what I currently eat?
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Unread 08-01-2014, 12:21 PM   #5
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So...the question remains...do I make the switch or just keep eating what I currently eat?
You know it's not a lifetime commitment, right?
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You know it's not a lifetime commitment, right?
I keep hearing the word "thick" come up and I fear the consistency is going to be...um...well...yucky. It took me forever to give regular yogurt a try.
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a little off topic, but we are going to be trying to make our own yogurt next week.

i could be totally off here, but doesnt greek yogurt have more probiotics?
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Unread 08-03-2014, 11:59 AM   #9
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it's less processed. my grandma has always made her own yogurt, which we use for things like chip dip, sour cream substitute, for topping dolma or bean soup, on an egg-crepe dish, etc.

i can't stand store-bought sweetened yogurt because it tastes like poison to me, so when i left i had to find a better yogurt alternative. i eat fage 0% yogurt. it's unsweetened, which makes it way more versatile. i use it in smoothies, for all of the aforementioned purposes (thicker yogurt is a fantastic sour cream substitute, since homemade yogurt tends to be runnier. i branched out and bought a local yogurt brand this week - tastes like home, so i am going to hurry and finish it, then go back to fage), plus i eat fage yogurt for breakfast sometimes, with honey if i have it, or raw sugar if i don't. in fact, til i ran out of yogurt breakfast consisted of yogurt, frozen blueberries, some raw sugar, and once i sprinkled in the last remaining teeny tiny chocolate chips from a place down the street. super good.

i've tried yoplait's honey greek yogurt (couldn't find it in california but heb in texas had it) and their regular fruit yogurts (okay the mousses, while sweet, are really good), dannon, oikos - i used their vanilla greek to bake blueberry muffins and it was okay alone but i prefer plain, activia peach, and fage honey greek. but like i said, fage 0% plain is my staple go-to.
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The texture isn't a lot different; it's still very smooth. The thickness varies by brands, just like any other yogurt. From a nutrition standpoint, there isn't a strong argument for switching, but a lot of people prefer the taste and thickness. Talk Robin into trying it, then steal a bite.

I like Oikos brand best.
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For me, it's a little more sour or something. The taste is different. I am trying to find one that I like and can eat, but I haven't had much success lately.
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We've been buying the Dannon Light & Fit brand. The Strawberry Cheesecake and Caramel Macchiato are GREAT.

I like some of the Oikos ones too.
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Unread 10-04-2014, 05:27 PM   #13
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Going to put my two cents in here:

I used to (and still do sometimes) hate yogurt, but when I tried Greek yogurt I like it! I agree with mostly everything ms. beanbag said (well, except I've never had homemade yogurt) and here are a few things I personally like and do with my yogurt:

- I am loyal to Fage and Chobani brands for a few different reasons: a lot of other commercial brands have corn starch or other fillers in them to make them thick. This shouldn't be so. Actual Greek yogurt is a bit thicker than "regular" yogurt because it's strained and whatever science is behind it. I know for a fact these two brands don't use filler additives.

- Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt, and tends to be a bit thicker. It can still be a bit runny, which is not really a texture I'm a fan of. I like to mix muesli, granola, and/or chia seeds into my yogurt. I also add honey or some kind of sweetener if it's plain because eating tart yogurt is just weird for me.

- Plain Greek yogurt is super diverse and you can use it for so many things! As mentioned above I'll eat it just as a snack with some stuff in it, as a replacement for sour cream for dressing, dips, etc. You can use it for baking and all sorts of things.

- A final note about yogurt (well, and food in general) is to check the label. Fewer ingredients (generally) = a better product. Most yogurts have a TON of sugar in them and not that much protein or other benefit - you might as well be eating ice cream, in my opinion. For reference, I think most of Chobani's flavored/fruit-included yogurts are around 18g sugar/cup (5.2 oz?) and 12 - 13g protein; most other brands I've checked have 24g+ of sugar/cup, and depending on the kind and brand, 5(ish)g of protein. That's a pretty big trade off for me. Don't fall into the "oh this is healthy because it's yogurt!" trap.
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