Yummy Useful Yogurt

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, August 6, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Long ago my family discovered the versatility of yogurt, and it has since become a fridge staple and is included on nearly every shopping list. Breaking it free from the confines of the breakfast category, we now enjoy yogurt from sunup to sundown. This likely accounts for the three…no, four different types in my fridge right now! From organic Greek yogurt and Icelandic skyr to kefir (a drinkable fermented dairy product with a more mild taste than yogurt) and cultured coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk and soymilk, the variety of offerings is as expansive as its uses. With so many brands for all these choices, what do you reach for? Here are a few suggestions that can help: Look for:

  • Probiotics to encourage beneficial bacteria that support digestive system health
  • Yogurts made with animal milk to deliver calcium and protein
  • Some yogurts provide fructooligosaccharides, also known as inulin or FOS, which can add sweetness as well as enhance beneficial bacteria. It may be a mouthful to say but a mouthful of this naturally occurring fiber can be a good thing

Avoid:

  • Artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. Fret not, Whole Foods Market’s stringent quality standards don’t allow them
  • Synthetic hormones (rBGH/rBST). These are sometimes used in dairy production to boost milk production in cows. Luckily, you can eat with ease knowing that 365 Everyday Value® yogurts and all organic yogurts we sell are made with milk from cows not treated with synthetic hormones (rBGH/rBST)

Going Organic We hear a lot about organic fruits and vegetables, but when it comes to organic dairy products, the general public doesn’t seem as cultured (pun intended). So what makes dairy products organic and why choose organic yogurt? According to USDA National Organic Program standards, organic livestock are required to:

  • Have access to the outdoors, shade, shelter, exercise areas, fresh air and direct sunlight suitable to the species, the climate and the environment
  • Be certified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent
  • Be provided feed that is certified organic and without genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Not be treated with antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones

If these things matter to you, and hopefully they do, add organic yogurt to your basket. Breaking Away from Breakfast Yogurt, cereal and fruit are a delicious combination (especially in Vanilla Berry Yogurt Parfaits) but if you limit yogurt to just breakfast or heaven forbid, only enjoy it from the carton, you’re missing out on a genuine secret ingredient. Break free from breakfast with yogurt sauces, dips, baked goods and marinades. Here are a few savory and sweet favorites:

Tip: If you’re looking to stock up and save like I do, The Whole Deal™ value guide frequently contains a coupon for yogurt. Plus, 365 Everyday Value® Yogurt is priced right every day of the year, especially the organic varieties! Look for the new 365 Everyday Value® Greek Yogurts— they’re packed with protein and calcium and are available in 2% plain and fat-free versions with scrumptious flavors like honey, strawberry and blueberry pomegranate. How do you enjoy your yogurt and what’s your favorite type?

Category: Food & Recipes, Grocery

 

42 Comments

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Jessica says ...
I love making ranch dip for veggies with fat free greek yogurt: http://twothirtyate.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/when-i-dip-you-dip-we-dip/
08/07/2012 9:37:13 AM CDT
Vered| Healthy Recipes Blog says ...
Definitely Greek yogurt! Since I discovered thick, creamy Greek yogurt, I can't go back to "regular."
08/07/2012 9:51:24 AM CDT
Amanda C. says ...
I use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and in some cases, it can also replace mayo. Another great use: it can replace buttermilk in baking because the yogurt will still activate the leavening agents.
08/07/2012 10:43:17 AM CDT
Daniela @ food recipes HQ says ...
Greek yogurt in my burritos tastes so good. Very interesting article, thanks.
08/07/2012 11:20:35 AM CDT
Grace says ...
Yoghourt it's part of my daily diet and specially Greek yoghourt...love it!!! I have an amazing recipe for yoghourt biscuits, so fluffy and flavourful...lovely!!
08/07/2012 2:06:32 PM CDT
Wendell says ...
I wish WFM's 365 carries non-dairy yogurt for vegans like me.
08/07/2012 3:24:26 PM CDT
Monica says ...
Mixing frozen fruit, greek yogurt, a dash of lemon juice, and about a 1/4 c. of sweetener....blend and freeze...====Yummy!!!
08/07/2012 7:08:21 PM CDT
J. says ...
"Yogurts made with animal milk to deliver calcium and protein" I'm a vegan and choose non-dairy yogurts which totally contain equal amounts of calcium and complete protein.
08/08/2012 12:56:07 PM CDT
Linda Purr says ...
I've been buying non-dairy yogurt at my Whole Foods Store. They carry at least one brand and sometimes a second. I've been mixing it with frozen berries (very affordable) and some raw oatmeal. I've lost weight by eating this for my evening meal most days, along with some salad.
08/10/2012 2:39:58 PM CDT
Anna Crosby says ...
I use yogurt to make low sugar mini muffins for my toddler http://www.toddler-recipes.co.uk/berry-buns.html
08/28/2012 12:33:21 PM CDT
Shira Josefovitz says ...
I'm looking for vegan yogurts that are good. Do you carry the vanilla Amande yogurt? I haven't seen it in your stores. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
11/04/2012 10:41:49 AM CST
Elaine says ...
Do you carry -----Whole milk, plain, not fruited,kefir, at your Framingham store ??
11/09/2012 8:08:52 AM CST
Jan says ...
The 365 Greek yogurt container says that 1 cup contains 80 percent of the daily requirement for calcium. That is radically higher than other Greek yogurts. Also, regular yogurt is reported to have more calcium than Greek and the highest I have seen for regular is 40 percent for 1cup. Does 365 really have 80? Percent and, if so, how do you accomplish that.
12/11/2012 6:03:00 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JAN - Great question! I was able to get an answer directly from our Private Label team. The calcium is correct. Our manufacturer uses a unique straining process that results in the higher calcium. There are 765mg per cup. We get this question a lot and have asked them to verify it in the past. Thanks for checking!
12/11/2012 4:48:00 PM CST
frankie says ...
hi, i'm interested in the 365 non fat greek yogurt. the label says it only has 2 grams of sugar. thats 3 to 4 times lower than other greek yogurts. what are the remaining carbs? or is this a mis print?
12/27/2012 9:34:37 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@FRANKIE - This is actually correct. Our manufacturer uses a unique straining process that results in the lower sugar.
12/28/2012 11:33:34 AM CST
Alicia says ...
Our local store seems to never have any of the 365 yogurts (lowfat, whole, plain) anymore. Its been a few months. I can't find them on the website anymore either (just the greek one) are these now discontinued?
01/04/2013 4:07:49 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ALICIA - I was able to speak with the Private Label team and they mentioned that we are in the process of switching vendors (keeping the same recipe). This will produce an overlap of production which is why you have not seen the yogurt on the shelf recently. Have no fear, they will be back and ready for purchase once the new vendor is up and running with production. Thanks for checking!
01/08/2013 2:18:51 PM CST
Jill Leight-Sklar says ...
What happened to 365 organic Yogurt? It disappeared form your shelves end of last year. Is it coming back? Thank you
01/25/2013 6:19:37 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JILL - Have no fear it is definitely coming back. We are in the process of switching vendors (keeping the same recipe). This will produce an overlap of production which is why you have not seen the yogurt on the shelf recently. They will be back and ready for purchase once the new vendor is up and running with production.
01/28/2013 12:35:08 PM CST
LC says ...
I am just curious as to who makes your private label greek yogurt? I just bought some yesterday and it was pretty good. But it did not taste like Fage or Chobani. It seemed creamier.
02/05/2013 8:51:31 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LC - Unfortunately, we cannot say who makes our yogurt but the manufacturer uses a unique straining process compared to other Greek yogurts that might affect the overall creaminess.
02/05/2013 11:32:31 AM CST
Beth says ...
Hi, the carb count for a serving of the 365 0% fat yogurt is 16g, but there are only 2g of sugar. I've never seen greek yogurt have additional carbs outside of the grams of sugar, what are these? Thanks.
02/10/2013 11:24:57 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BETH - It’s important to note that true Greek Yogurt (365) as opposed to the “Greek Style” will differ in taste and nutritional info. In many cases, “Greek Style”, uses binders and thickeners to create the appearance of Greek yogurts. The 365 Greek Yogurt is produced on a family run farm and is made in the true Greek Yogurt process by straining to remove excess moisture resulting in a creamy texture. Often this will make the calcium and protein levels higher than other yogurts.
02/12/2013 4:30:35 PM CST
Lindi says ...
I try to get my daily 1200 mg of calcium from food only....I'm amazed at the statement below re the calcium content -- average Greek Yogurt (other brands) average around 230 mgs a cup!!!! Is your manufacturer really being truthful?!! Nikki - Community Moderator says ... @JAN - Great question! I was able to get an answer directly from our Private Label team. The calcium is correct. Our manufacturer uses a unique straining process that results in the higher calcium. There are 765mg per cup. We get this question a lot and have asked them to verify it in the past
03/08/2013 2:21:33 PM CST

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