Yummy Useful Yogurt

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?

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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/

Vered| Healthy Recipes Blog says …

Definitely Greek yogurt! Since I discovered thick, creamy Greek yogurt, I can't go back to "regular."

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.

Daniela @ food recipes HQ says …

Greek yogurt in my burritos tastes so good. Very interesting article, thanks.

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!!

Wendell says …

I wish WFM's 365 carries non-dairy yogurt for vegans like me.

Monica says …

Mixing frozen fruit, greek yogurt, a dash of lemon juice, and about a 1/4 c. of sweetener....blend and freeze...====Yummy!!!

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.

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.

Anna Crosby says …

I use yogurt to make low sugar mini muffins for my toddler http://www.toddler-recipes.co.uk/berry-buns.html

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.

Elaine says …

Do you carry -----Whole milk, plain, not fruited,kefir, at your Framingham store ??

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.

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!

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?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@FRANKIE - This is actually correct. Our manufacturer uses a unique straining process that results in the lower sugar.

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?

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LINDI - Yes, the manufacturer has all of the proper documentation to verify this nutritional information.

Lindi says …

My local WF were unable to tell me when they might be stocking the larger containers of the 365 non fat greek yoghurt -- they only have the smaller 6 oz (?) size individual portion sizes. Any idea when we might see these in stock? Thanks!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LINDI - We do have the plain 0% in larger containers (17.6 and 32 oz sizes). I had our Private Label team check on any delays in the supply chain and they said that your local store should be able to order these sizes. The UPC for the 0% are 09948244215 (17.6oz.) or 09948244432 (32oz). Check with your local store to see if this is something they can look in to special ordering for you if it's not something they generally carry on their shelves!

jo says …

just wondering how 365 Brand plain greek yogurt has 80% RDI for CALCIUM. So much higher than all other yogurts (usually 35-40%). Any idea if this is a true number, and if so, how they did it? Thanks!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JO- 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.

Elaine Meyer says …

I have not been able to find a retailer for the 365 Greek Yogurt. Can you tell me what stores sell that product? I live in the 78414 area. thank you

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ELAINE - The 365 line is our private label line and only sold in Whole Foods Market stores. Looks like you are in Corpus so the closest location to you will more than likely be San Antonio or Houston. You can find a list of our stores at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

Joann says …

I'm so disappointed that your don't have a 32 oz. 365 ORGANIC Greek non-fat or low fat yogurt. I can't afford to pay $7.99 for Stoneyfield. You have Plain Yogurt, why not GREEK! Thx

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JOANN - I will pass this along to our Private Label team. Thanks!

Jen says …

Are your yogurts gluten free?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JEN - While most yogurts are gluten free I would suggest checking with your local store to see which vendors they have in stock that are certified gluten free.

Sandi says …

Do you carry a brand of yogurt called SOPHIE?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SANDI - Our exact products differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they have this in stock!

Glenn says …

Consumer Report says your Greek Yogurt contains 11g of sugar, not 2g as stated on your label. There also seems to be a lot of comments about the calcium content. WF replies to these questions has been that your manufacturer has a special filtering process. Could your manufacturer be telling you lies? Is your mfgr paying for the test results? Does WF have them tested by an independent lab? If you are relying on the mfgr to provide you with confirmation of good test results, isn't that like the FDA and the USDA relying on Monsanto or big Pharma telling us their products are safe? I'm wondering if I really can trust the 365 brand.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@GLENN - We strive to only provide the highest quality products with accurate product labeling under our 365 Everyday Value line. This product was tested by a reputable third party lab using FDA-approved testing methodology to determine the labeling. We recognize that Consumer Reports is a trusted publication and are looking into why their test results differ from ours.

Amber Sanchez says …

Hello: I live in San Antonio, TX and I just wanted to know if the local store here sells kefir. The store that is in our city is not very near by, I'd have to travel 20-30 minutes to get there. Any help you could provide with letting me know whether or not the store off of Blanco Rd. and Highway 1604 sells it, I'd appreciate it. Also, I just wanted to tell you, and I'm not quite sure how this works on your end, but I'd love it if you had a store closer to our area (Highway 1604 and Culebra road). Love your store and the healthful options it provides. I greatly appreciate your assistance. Thank you, Amber Sanchez

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@AMBER - I just called and spoke with the Vineyard store and they currently have a low fat and full fat kefir option in stock. You can give them a call at 210.408.3110 before you head over to make sure they still have some if it's not today. It will be located in the Dairy department.

Jo Ann says …

I am looking for a substitute for yogurt to use when baking muffins or cakes. Can Almond Breeze Cultured Milk but used for this purpose? If so, do you have a list of stores that carry this product in the Little Rock, AR area? I am allergic to dairy, soy and gluten. Thanks you

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JO ANN - If the recipe calls for yogurt, you should be able to sub a non-dairy alternative since most yogurts tend to be similar in consistency. Our products do vary between stores so it's best to check directly with the Little Rock store at 501.312.2326.

Jennifer Hoffer says …

I like the 365 yogurt you carry especially the pumpkin spice. Are you able to get more of that?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JENNIFER - That flavor is so delicious! They are seasonal so check with your local store directly to see if they plan to get more in stock.