I used to loathe yogurt. L O A T H E D it. Even the super sweet, yucky fruit on the bottom kind. I remember my brother would eat it as a kid and my mom would say it was good for us because it was "alive." That always freaked me out. I didn’t understand. How was it a living thing and WHY would you want to eat it?
Of course as I got older I learned more about yogurt and what it is but I still didn’t like it. It wasn’t until I was pregnant that it started to sound appealing. Strange, I know. I literally never bought a container of yogurt until perusing my local grocery story about 3 months pregnant. All of sudden, it sounded good and I’ve been eating yogurt ever since. Go figure. lol
I started just buying the small cups of Dannon or Yoplait, which ever one was on sale Then I moved to the large tubs of fat free plain and started using it in recipes (everything from smoothies to salad dressings.) It’s such an awesome way to add a creaminess without any fat. Soon people where urging me to try Greek yogurt but I didn’t get it. I mean yogurt’s yogurt. Right?
Then I tried Fage. Boy was I wrong. Greek yogurt really is different. It’s thicker, tastier and well, just different! I enjoyed it even more. The problem is it’s not readily available where I shop. I’ve seen it in Trader Joe’s, of course, but my local store doesn’t carry it. So when Stonyfield asked me to try their new organic Greek style yogurt, OIkos, I was psyched! Stonyfield is a pretty popular brand and I know my store already carries their regular organic yogurt.
They shipped me plain, vanilla, honey and my favorite, blueberry. All were delicious. I even used the honey for a quick smoothie idea using mango and banana. I haven’t had Fage in awhile but from what I can remember it has a very similar taste and texture.
If you never tried a Greek Style here’s a bit of info from Stonyfield…
Oikos Organic is the only nationally distributed organic Greek yogurt on the market today.
Called “yiaourti” in Greece, Greek yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt. Authentic Greek yogurt like Oikos Organic owes its lavish texture 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. Before the time of mechanical refrigeration, Greeks also knew that yogurt stayed fresh longer with the liquid strained off. Today we know that straining makes Greek yogurt naturally richer in protein than regular yogurt, and lower in carbohydrates.
Oikos Organic Greek yogurt reflects that tradition as a tangy, incredibly lush yogurt with twice the calcium of the leading Greek yogurt.
Other benefits of 0% Fat Oikos Organic Greek yogurt:
- It’s diet friendly with 120 calories or less, 0g fat and up to 15g of protein per 5.3 oz. serving.
- It includes five live and active cultures, including L. acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei.
- It’s certified organic, made with milk from farms that don’t use toxic persistent chemicals and fertilizers, antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones.
- An excellent source of hunger-satisfying protein, Oikos Organic Greek yogurt has no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners — no aspartame or sucralose, ever!
I also got word that they will be introducing a new strawberry flavor next month. Which I’m psyched for as I’ve always been a strawberry fiend myself. :)
Has anyone seen these at their local stores yet? Have you given it a try? Let me know!