Yogurt Frenzy: Greek vs. Regular Yogurt

Well, I’m home today with a sick dog. It was a great night of waking up at 11pm, 1am, 2am, and 4am to take the dog out so that he could do various gross things outside instead of in his crate. My only theory is that when I gave him a chew thing earlier in the day that should have taken him hours to work on, it was gone in 30 minutes – I’m thinking he swallowed it mostly whole. What type of food toys do you all use to keep your dog busy?

And on that note, it’s probably not a good day to share a recipe. But I would like to talk about my new obsession… yogurt!

My husband will tell you that I go through “food phases,” where I’m obsessed with something for about two weeks and then I never want to eat it again ever. He dreads that some day one of my food phases will include something he loves dearly, and then he’ll never get to have that food again. What can I say? It’s possible!

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We’re about one week in to my obsession with yogurt. I saw a post from Cookie Madness that mentioned a cool new yogurt, and it really resonated with me. I ran right out to a huge grocery store I don’t usually go to, and it was a mecca for yogurt… so many flavors and kinds, all invitingly arranged. I stocked up on Yoplait Greek Blueberry Yogurt, Stonyfield Organic Pumpkin Pie Yogurt – Limited Edition, Chobani Greek Yogurt, Stonyfield Soy yogurt and others. I don’t know what to tell you.. it was a yogurt frenzy.

So far I’ve loved pretty much all of them. The only one I didn’t like (at all) was Yoplait’s Whips – Chocolate Mousse Silk. I guess I want my chocolate to taste like chocolate, and not sour yogurt!

I’d never had greek yogurt before, and if you haven’t had it you’re truly missing out. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what greek yogurt actually is, however.

Greek yogurt is, simply, yogurt that has been strained. You know how sometimes you open a cup of regular yogurt and there’s that watery film on top? That’s an example of not strained. To strain the yogurt they use some kind of filter or cheese cloth which removes the whey (whey or milk plasma is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained). So greek yogurt has a similar taste to regular yogurt, but it’s thicker – like the consistency of sour cream. Also because it’s strained it’s allowed to make claims like “2x the protein,” because it’s more condensed.

But is it healthier? Pretty much. You’ll find less artificial ingredients, additives and sugar in greek yogurt. And since it’s more condensed, it actually fills you up a little better. Unless the thought of thick, creamy yogurt is really off-putting to you… I strongly advise you run to the grocery store and engage in a yogurt buying frenzy of your own!

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7 Responses to “Yogurt Frenzy: Greek vs. Regular Yogurt”

  1. caroline says:

    i hear the whips are better if you freeze them – comes out more like a sorbet, i am told. the consistency of those always bothered me..

    LOVE the greek yogurt with the honey, or with the strawberry..

  2. Interesting… I did not try freezing them. I have one left that I haven’t eaten yet, maybe I’ll pop that in the freezer and see how it goes!

    I saw the greek yogurt with honey but haven’t tried it yet. I did try and like the strawberry, but I think blueberry is my fav so far!

  3. Rhapsody says:

    Greek yogurt is great! Plain is good, or you can do traditional with some nice pure honey poured on top.

  4. I’ve read a lot about people buying plain greek yogurt and adding in their own fresh fruit. Yum!

  5. Lindsey says:

    Putting yogurt in the freezer is delicious. I like yogurt, but have to be in the mood to eat it. If I’m not, I eat half and then can’t eat the rest. However, putting it in the freezer is definitely the way to go. I can almost always finish that up.

  6. Chef Edwin says:

    I love freezing yogurt. I get the individual cups, nuke it for 30 seconds and chow down. It’s my ice cream cheat.

  7. You “nuke” yogurt?? I feel like there must be something wrong with that!