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Go for Some Unique Yogurt

By Allison Burch, February 22, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Allison Burch
To say our family eats a lot of yogurt is an understatement. Every morning my husband and I have some yogurt sprinkled with fruit, granola or nuts. When I’m craving something sweet after dinner I add a touch of honey to plain yogurt and presto, a dessert that satisfies. Our 18 month old must have inherited our yogurt-loving genes. On those days when he refuses to eat everything I put in front of him, he’ll always at least eat some yogurt. (By the way, that's not my family in the image to the left. That's a family that produces Icelandic skyr. I'm pretty sure they eat a lot of yogurt, too.  Read on to find out more about skyr.) Don’t love yogurt quite as much as my family or are your dietary restrictions keeping you away? Well, here are some interesting new products that just might change your mind about yogurt. There’s even a non-dairy option! If you are a yogurt fan, then you’ll definitely want to give these unique yogurt styles a try. Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than the standard yogurt found in U.S. supermarkets. It has a mild flavor, not too tangy, and is a delicious treat mixed with fruit. The consistency and plain flavor is similar to sour cream, so it makes a great substitute. In fact, the classic Greek condiment, tzatziki sauce, is yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic and spices. Try something similar with this Creamy Cucumber Side recipe. Eros Organic Greek Yogurt
  • Crafted in Sonoma County, California, exclusively for Whole Foods Market® stores; you won’t find it anywhere else
  • Uses organic 2% milk from cows raised without added growth hormones
  • Partners with a dairy certified by Humane Farm Animal Care
  • Try these flavors: Plain, Honey, Vanilla or fruit-on-the-bottom Blueberry or Strawberry 
OIKOS Organic Greek Yogurt
  • Authentic recipe makes for a rich flavor and creamy texture with 0% fat 
  • Fresh, organic milk comes from family farms and organic fruits are hand-picked and prepared the same day 
  • Five live active cultures: S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. casei
  • The larger 32-oz size is sold only at Whole Foods Market®
  Skyr (pronounced skeer) is Iceland’s traditional non-fat dairy specialty made with skim milk and live active cultures. The whey is strained from the milk which means you get a thick, creamy, concentrated yogurt. Less liquid, means they need to use 3-4 times more milk to produce a regular cup of yogurt, which means skyr has more protein per serving than standard yogurt. Skyr.is Icelandic Skyr
  • Packed with protein and calcium and naturally fat free
  • Produced by a cooperative of family-run dairy farms and milk producers in Iceland
  • Production facilities use only 100% carbon-fee electricity
  • Member farms are compliant with Iceland’s progressive standards for domestic livestock welfare
  • Available in Plain, Vanilla, Blueberry and Strawberry flavors
Siggi’s Icelandic-Style Non-Fat Skyr
  • A minimal ingredient list that includes real fruit
  • Made with milk from family farms in Chenango County, New York
  • Two new flavors, Peach and Strawberry, just added to the stellar lineup: Plain (available in 6-oz and 16-oz sizes), Vanilla, Acai, Blueberry, Grapefruit, Orange & Ginger, and Pomegranate & Passion Fruit
  • Read about the spread of Siggi’s New York-made Icelandic-style skyr in this Whole Story blog post from 2009, Siggi’s Skyr Going Nationwide, and grab a coupon for Siggi’s in the January/February issue of The Whole Deal value guide
  All this yogurt talk got you down because you don’t eat dairy. Cheer up! Here is a really interesting new product for you, or anyone else who wants to change it up a little. It’s yogurt made from almondmilk. I have to admit, I haven’t had this yet, so I can’t give you the lowdown on the flavor or texture. I really like almondmilk, so I definitely plan to give this a try. Amande Cultured Almondmilk
  • A Whole Foods Market exclusive!
  • Made with organic California almonds and sweetened with fruit juice
  • Contains billions of live active cultures and is naturally low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free
  • Gluten free, casein free, lactose free, soy free and vegan
  • Available in a variety of flavors: Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Coconut, Peach, and Cherry
  These are just some of the many great yogurt options on our shelves. There is surely a style and flavor for every taste. Have you tried an interesting yogurt recently? What’s your favorite?

 

46 Comments

Comments

Kevin says ...
I'm so glad you're finally getting almondmilk yogurt!!! AGHH!!!! Words cannot describe how happy I am! I can't do soy, and the coconut milk yogurt is too coconutty for me. Wooohooo!
02/22/2011 8:51:29 AM CST
Emma says ...
I found a yogurt maker at a thrift shop for $4 and have been making my own yogurt ever since. It is GREAT! All you have to do is warm the milk to 180F, let it cool to about 110F, pour it into the containers, and let the yogurt maker do its thing. Eight hours later, perfect, creamy, tart yogurt that is way cheaper than store bought! (no offense) My favorite way to enjoy it is plain as is, but sometimes drizzle a bit of maple syrup over it for a special treat. I also like mixing in lemon juice and a bit of honey or stevia for a lemon-flavored yogurt, or stir in some canned pumpkin, maple syrup, and spices for a guilt-free version pumpkin pie. All of these are good slightly frozen for a "soft-serve" dessert also!
02/22/2011 10:19:31 AM CST
Dawn says ...
My favorite yogurt is my own homemade yogurt. I use the EasiYo yogurt maker and their sachets. I live in New Zealand (which is the originate home of EasiYo) and luckily their sachets are much cheaper to buy here. I know that some people worry about using a sachet of powder to make yogurt - they feel it is an artificial unnatural substance. This couldn't be further from the truth in the case of EasiYo. The sachet ONLY contains milk powder - and almost every yogurt recipe advises you to add milk powder to thicken it - and the yogurt starter bacteria plus probiotic bacteria. Note: I have no affiliation with EasiYo.
02/22/2011 2:03:20 PM CST
Estee says ...
I am a big yoghurt fan and after reading this, wish they had some of these delicious looking products in the UK! They have a company called Yeo Valley Organic Yoghurts, which are delicious, but no Almond yoghurt??!!!
02/22/2011 2:14:26 PM CST
K S says ...
So disappointed that they only sell Siggi's in Seattle. The skyr from skyr.is is the real deal and I drove a long way to get some only to be disappointed by the stuff from NY!
02/23/2011 2:07:52 AM CST
kristen says ...
Each member of my family eats a different yogurt, so when I check out at whole foods I usually have 4 different yogurts in multiples of 3 or 4. They must think I am a yogurt nut!
02/23/2011 5:36:16 PM CST
Ash Lauren says ...
I love Greek yogurt and Oikos is my brand of choice! I love all their flavors. Siggi's is really good, too.
02/24/2011 2:28:46 PM CST
John says ...
Quote: "K S: So disappointed that they only sell Siggi’s in Seattle. The skyr from skyr.is is the real deal and I drove a long way to get some only to be disappointed by the stuff from NY!" Hi KS, I work in the Whole Foods Market Pacific Northwest office and we DO in fact sell the skyr.is in Seattle stores! We're happy to offer both of these great products but you can the skyr.is only at our stores. So, let me know which store you shop and I'll make sure they help you out!
03/01/2011 5:53:49 PM CST
Anna says ...
The Icelandic yogurts should have a lava cake flavor--knowing how they've been geologically active lately. And an offbeat, quirky one inspired by Bjork. Siggi's is great... it would be nice to see more flavors here in Napa. Siggi's is EXCELLENT!!!!
03/07/2011 5:54:57 PM CST
Sarah says ...
We love Siggi's & Fage at our house! I recently bought a couple of the honey-flavored Eros yogurts and though they were thick, the texture seemed almost gummy to me - almost like it had some sort of thickener in it. Also, it had more calories than other flavored Greek yogurts I've tried, but less protein. :(
03/14/2011 11:40:52 AM CDT
Mark manley says ...
Any idea if Skyr is available in the San Francisco bay area stores? My local ones have not heard of it... Eagerly awaiting it here in Cupertino :-)
04/13/2011 1:39:43 AM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Mark: Our stores determine their own product selection. Please contact the store where you shop to find out. Thanks!
04/13/2011 12:27:00 PM CDT
Lisa says ...
I do not find on your site anything about Liberte Meditiranee yogurt. It is the best and puts other Greek thick yogurts to shame. I have asked to no avail that Whole Foods get the flavors they used to have of this: lemon and walnut/plum. Now, I have to make two stops, to W.F. and to Sprouts who carries lemon, coconut, and plum/fig (what happened to plum/walnut?!).
04/13/2011 6:13:03 PM CDT
Debra says ...
I just tried the new Amande yogurt from Whole Foods. They had samples available, and I liked them so much that I bought cherry, strawberry, and blueberry! I haven't been able to have yogurt for years because of dairy/soy intolerance, but I used to eat it all the time. I just finished some yogurt with granola - yum! Thanks Whole Foods for offering this great new brand! I hope the price comes down as more people start buying it!
05/23/2011 4:30:50 PM CDT
Sue says ...
does Whole Foods carry yogurt starter?
08/07/2011 4:47:38 PM CDT
Bobby Hawley says ...
Our product selection varies from store to store. Please check in with your local store directly http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/. Thanks!
08/08/2011 10:29:49 AM CDT
lia says ...
Does the Princeton (west Windsor), NJ Whole Foods store carry Amande in the 24 oz plain variety? I can't tolerate dairy, soy or even cornstarch, so I would like to try it, after I read the label. Please let me know. Thanks.
10/13/2011 7:09:17 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Lia Since our product offering differs from store to store based on a number of variables, the best way to get the most accurate information is to reach out to your store directly. A Team Member will be happy to let you know about the size variances they offer. http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/
10/17/2011 4:56:20 PM CDT
Trish says ...
I also use Easiyo which I shipped fr/ NZ. I can't find the packets in the US but they are available elsewhere. I think the company has a problem importing them to the US. Anyway I still use the container since it is the perfect size. I also bought another non-electric to make our own & it works well. I usually use Yogourmet starter but we've recently gone from vegetarian to vegan so now I'm looking for a vegan starter & experimenting w/ soy & other yogurts, almond sounds good.
10/23/2011 9:13:44 AM CDT
Tracy says ...
The almond yogurt is really delicious! I've tried blueberry, cherry, peach, and Plain. I didn't know the almonds were organic, it doesn't say on the package. If the fruit was organic I would buy this product all the time, but peaches, blueberries, and cherries are the worst with pesticides. Oh, please, Amande, make it organic!!!
12/10/2011 11:08:56 AM CST
Penelope says ...
How much do they cost!!!!???
02/27/2012 10:35:33 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Penelope Product prices may vary from store to store based on a number of variables (how far the product must travel). I encourage you to reach out to your community Whole Foods Market to learn if your store stocks this yogurt and at what price. The link below will help identify the contact information for your store where a Team Member will be happy to chat with you. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
02/28/2012 1:59:01 PM CST
Deborah says ...
Please keep Plain amande yogurt available at all stores. It only comes in the large tubs. It's a part of my daily diet and has less calories than the fruit or vanilla flavors. Could we please get it stocked on a shelf that's reachable too? It's the best yogurt for anyone who needs a dairy-free alternative. Gentle on the stomach and helps to bring the body back into balance with all the great active cultures. Thank you for keeping it in stock at all times.
08/27/2012 6:44:07 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DEBORAH - Thanks for your comment! If you are having trouble reaching this product on the shelves at your local store, I would suggest bringing this up to a Dairy team member next time you are there. We do not require the stores to stock items in a particular manner and I'm sure they would appreciate that feedback!
08/27/2012 12:55:01 PM CDT
Traci Lindsay says ...
Great! We need more low-fat yogurts from Iceland and New Zealand which do not use as many GM ingredients in livestock feed.
02/25/2013 12:14:04 PM CST

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