Sunday, September 28, 2008

Exciting (and Important) Yogurt News!

While flipping through the coupons that came with today's New York Times, I noticed that Stoneyfield Farm now makes Oikos Greek Yogurt! This is fantastic news because I stopped enjoying the super thick delightfulness of Greek yogurt when I realized that none of the brands sold around me were free of growth hormones like rGBH. (rGBH and the like may cause breast cancer.) Stoneyfield Farm is organic and hormone free, and I know that my local store sells Oikos. Yay!

Speaking of rGBH in yogurt, Breast Cancer Action is asking Yoplait to put a lid on rGBH. Here's why:

Yoplait yogurt is made with milk from cows that have been injected with a synthetic hormone called recombinant bovine growth hormone (called rBGH or rBST). There are numerous health concerns surrounding rBGH, and breast cancer is one of them.

rBGH is unsafe and unnecessary. Mega-corporations like Wal-Mart and Starbucks are already making their dairy products rBGH-free. If these companies can do it, Yoplait can too.

This October, ask the company to do the right thing for women's lives: tell Yoplait to put a lid on rBGH.

Eating yogurt to fund breast cancer research while ingesting hormones that may cause breast cancer is perverse. Say no to rGBH and Yoplait's twisted efforts to make women buy their products by advertising that they are contributing to the fight against breast cancer.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Buffalo Milk Yogurt

Yes, it has been months since I last posted on the yogurt blog. I didn't try very many new yogurts this summer. There was an Israeli leben that was so awful that I didn't want to think about it, let alone write it up. It was very runny and tasted like chemicals. (Supposedly, it was strawberry flavored.)

Fortunately, I noticed a buffalo milk yogurt, Bufala di Vermont at Whole Foods* yesterday. It was $1.99, which is a little pricey, but still more than $1 less than Icelandic yogurts and 20 cents cheaper than my favorite sheep milk yogurt, Old Chatham Farms. I figured that I enjoy bufala mozzarella, so why not give it a try? I bought the plain, although it comes in a few different flavors.

This yogurt makes Greek yogurt look like its water. It's so thick it is nearly a solid block, which makes it hard to stir. I found it very tangy, so I added some Equal to sweeten it up. In some ways, the consistency reminded me of ricotta. Overall, I enjoyed it immensely.

There's a decent amount of calcium (25% RDA) and it is very low on carbs (only 6 grams!). As a full fat yogurt, I thought that 8 grams of fat and 120 calories were not bad. (Almost all the calories are from fat, though.) Next time I am at Whole Foods, I'll buy this again.

*Which, incidentally, sells my beloved sheep milk yogurt for 60 cents less per container than Fairway, my bargain neighborhood grocer!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Give Me Liberte, or Give Me... Um, Other Yogurts

People who enjoy very sweet yogurt with texture will love Liberte Goat Fresh Cheese Vanilla. (Yes, something is definitely lost in the French to English translation, as it seems to be yogurt, not cheese. Also, this product is not listed on the Liberte website as of this writing.) Unlike the Redhill Farms goat yogurt that I worship, the Liberte goat yogurt has no goat cheese aftertaste. This is likely because of the overwhelming sweetness.

I like sweet yogurts as much as I like tangy ones, so I enjoyed Liberte Goat Fresh Cheese Vanilla. It has a lot of calcium (30% of the RDA) for a 6 ounce container. Unfortunately, it also has a lot of carbs (20 g) and no fiber. There are 4 grams of fat and 160 calories.

For someone who wants to satisfy a sweet tooth, I think this would make a very healthy alternative to chocolate or a granola bar. The texture felt heavy enough on my tongue, and I felt like it hit the spot. Not sure I would want to eat this with lunch every day, though. I think it is more a treat yogurt. It cost me $1.79 at my local grocery store, Fairway.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Pucker Up for Erivan Yogurt

Wow, Erivan Yogurt is the sourest yogurt I have ever ingested. It is also very, very thin. Since I was not paying attention when I bought it, I assumed it was Greek yogurt. Ooops. Totally the opposite of the super thick style. That said, I thought it was really good. I mixed in two heaping teaspoons of fig jam, and th resulting sweet and sour combo was superb.

One thing to be aware of is that this yogurt is made with whole milk that is unhomogenized. The fat supposedly gathers at the top so you can scoop it out for lower fat yogurt, but I didn't notice any cream.

Pros: Mixes well with jam; very high in calcium, acidoplius, and enzymes; comes in an 8 ounce container, unlike most yogurts which are only 6.

Cons: Lots of fat (2/3 of it is saturated); no fiber.

I purchased my 8 ounces for $1.39 at Fairway, my local grocery store. I think I would buy it again.

Friday, June 6, 2008

The Proof is in the Echo Farms Pudding

A few days ago at the grocery store, I forgot to pick up more of my usual delicious Kozy Shack Original Rice Pudding before I headed upstairs to the organic floor. It seemed like too much effort to drag my basket downstairs, where the lines for the check out are usually longer anyway, so I figured I'd pick up something new. Echo Farm Pudding's Royal's Rice seemed to do the trick. It was not terribly expensive (under $3 for a 16 oz. vat, which is even cheaper than Kozy Shack if I recall correctly) and the product is Humane Certified. Nice.

Of course, what matters most is how it tastes, and I am pleased to say that it is pretty yummy. The pudding is not nearly as thick and creamy as Kozy Shack Original, but the rice felt good on my tongue anyway. It has the perfect balance of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg, which is why I think I liked it so much. I would definitely buy this again. It comes in individual servings, too, which makes it good to pack with lunch. I am also very intrigued by the other flavors advertised on the Echo Farms website, which includes Indian Pudding (as in Native American Indians, not Indian Indians) and Coconut Cream. Mmmmm....

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

siggi's, Take Two

One of the first "fancy" yogurts I tried was siggi's Icelandic style skyr. I bought the pomegranate flavor at Whole Foods, and I thought it was OK. It didn't rock my world or present me with any revelations about yogurt, but it wasn't bad, either.

Given the price (well over $2), I didn't think that I would bother trying siggi's again. However, when I was at the store two nights ago, I thought that another flavor couldn't hurt. I'm trying to stay away from my beloved Fage because I don't think they use hormone-free milk, and I'm craving a nice, thick yogurt, which skyr promises.

When I opened the blueberry flavor this afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful it appeared - a light purple-pink shade that resembled raspberry mousse both in color and consistency. My expectations shot up immediately. I dug in, and found that damn, this yogurt is super thick. It certainly gives Fage a run for its money in terms of thickness.

But how does it taste? It is good, but not great. It is very lightly sweetened with agave, and while I am glad it is not an artificial sweetener, like the pomegranate, it is not sweet enough. There's something about pre-mixed flavors that I don't like. It has a very tart undertaste, which I think I like, but honestly am not sure how I feel about it.

Given its high level of calcium (20% of the RDA), low calorie and carb counts (120 calories and 13 grams of carbs in six ounces), and fat-free-ness, I'd probably try another flavor. It's too expensive ($2.69 at my local grocery store, Fairway) and not special enough to merit the price (unlike the sheep milk yogurt that I get every two weeks for the same amount). I should buy the plain and mix in my own flavoring. It's worth it as a once-in-a-while replacement for Fage.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Quick Impressions


Wallaby Yogurt: The least favorite of all the yogurts I have eaten and reviewed thus far, Wallaby is merely OK at best. I tried the organic nonfat Strawberry Guava flavor, which was pre-mixed. It was not too sweet, but oddly gelatinous. In so many ways, it reminded me of Yoplait, from the pre-mixed to the consistency, and maybe even the taste a little bit. There was something weirdly artificial about it, although it is an all-natural yogurt. It is way healthier than Yoplait, though, and I'd definitely select Wallaby over Yoplait, Dannon, or any non-organic yogurt. Maybe my impressions were skewed by the fact that I ate it on a Greyhound bus. I think it is only fair to try another flavor at some point.

Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Yogurt: In a previous review, I revealed my love for the apricot mango flavor of Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Yogurt, and this time I indulged in cranberry-orange. It was just as delicious, rich, and perfectly sweet as the apricot-mango. Plus it had that undertaste of goat cheese that is weird, but also just right. I wish it more calcium and fiber, though.


Rice to Riches: Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting up with fellow Live Active Cultures contributor Count Mockula's mom and step-dad in New York City. We went to Rice to Riches, which is a rice pudding restaurant. This place sets the bar high for rice pudding. All rice pudding is made with sushi quality rice, and they come in a variety of wild flavors. I had the marscapone with cherries, Count Mockula's mom had the hazelnut chocolate, and her step-dad had a small portion of chocolate chip. The portions are huge and about $5, and by the time I finished mine, I was a little nauseated. Customers looking for more basic flavors, like chocolate chip or cinnamon raisin, can get smaller portions for about half price. It's amazingly decadent, and I love Rice to Riches.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Redwood Hill Farm Apricot Mango Goat Milk Yogurt

Redwood Hill Farm's Apricot Mango Goat Milk Yogurt is the best yogurt I have ever eaten. Ever. Hands down, no competition. The goat milk adds a rich, thick complex taste to yogurt. The apricot mango on the bottom was sweet, but also light. I cannot wait to try the other flavors.

While the flavor is unparalleled, how does this yogurt stack up nutritionally? It's overall very healthy! Only 3 grams of fat (although two of those are saturated), and a mere 135 are in the six ounce container. However - and this is a big sticking point for me - it only provides 15% of the RDA for calcium. For people at risk for osteoporosis like me, that may not be enough. A lot of other yogurts offer 25% or 30% of the RDA for calcium, also without a lot of fat or calories, so even though this is the yummiest yogurt ever, it's a big trade off.

The low level of calcium is one thing that will prevent me from making this my daily yogurt. The other is the price. At $1.89, it is not nearly as expensive as some of the other gourmet yogurts on the market. (It's on par with Fage, and much less than Old Chatham Farms Sheep's Milk Yogurt.) Still, it's a lot to spend on yogurt when Stonyfield Farm is decent and only 89 cents, plus has 30% of the RDA for calcium. But I will definitely be eating a Redhill Farms Goat Milk Yogurt once a week as my daily yogurt, or even (in addition to my daily yogurt) as a dessert. It's that good that I would consider this a dessert!!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Coach Farms Yo-Goat

Coach Farms Yo-Goat not only has a hilarious name to make it stand out, it is also very unique. It is a drinkable yogurt, and therefore is very thin. I didn't get a sense that I was consuming yogurt as I gulped it down. Lassis and kefirs are much thicker.

The flavor I tried was strawberry, but it was so lightly sweetened that I didn't taste any fruitiness at all. There was a slight aftertaste at first that made me think of soft goat cheese. I didn't notice the cheese-flavor as much as I consumed more, though.

Yo-Goat has a lot of calcium (30% of the RDA), a moderately high fat content (8 g), medium amount of calories (160 calories), and a reasonable amount of carbs (15 g), but no fiber. These days, most commercially sold yogurts come in 6 ounce containers, but Yo-Goat is a full cup (8 oz). It cost me $1.69 at my local grocery store, Fairway. Hence it holds its own against the other yogurts out there.

If you are seeking a unique drinkable yogurt, I'd definitely recommend Yo-Goat. I'm not sure if I'd buy it again for myself, but I think it would be good for days when I am traveling and need a yogurt that does not require a spoon, so we shall see.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pudding in "The New York Times"

Although all my posts on this blog have thus far been about yogurt, my original plan was to also review delicious, creamy, thick, and luscious puddings. I adore pudding. Perhaps a decadent chocolate pudding garners less respect amongst dessert-a-holics than rich chocolate cake, but it (or any flavor pudding) is just about the perfect way to finish a meal (or have a snack) in my mind.

It seems like my enthusiasm for pudding is more than matched by Melissa Clark. Her article, "You Call That Pudding, Grandma?" in today's New York Times explores many mouth-watering versions of chocolate pudding. I want all of them, except for maybe the spicy flan.

Clark's article inspired me to get my act together and round up some puddings to write about. I was supposed to eat many delicious treacles, custards, and puddings while I was in London in March, but somehow managed to not eat anywhere in which these traditional treats were served. (Meaning: I ate at a lot of fast food places, although in retrospect, I bet Pret a Manger serves up something good. Their fresh yogurts, which I ate many of and neglected to review, are superb.) Back in the US, I've only had Kozy Shack rice (and once, accidentally although pleasaingly, tapioca) pudding. This is good stuff, but not as motivating to write about as the goat's milk yogurt that I have waiting for me at home. From now, on I pledge some pudding reviews.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Nuttin', Honey!

Nancy's Honey Yogurt is supposedly lightly sweetened with honey, although it doesn't taste at all sweet to me. Never mind, though; I love this yogurt! It has the consistency of sour cream, thicker than many yogurts but not Greek-style by any means. It is smooth, tart and tangy, and makes a delightful smoothie. What I like best about it, though, is its versatility. It's really perfect as a base for yogurt-based (or even sour cream-based) dips, including tzaziki (my favorite). I must admit that in this house, we do something a little unusual with the yogurt -- we eat it with rice. My husband is Iranian, and rice with yogurt is a common treat. In fact, when I met him, his most frequent bachelor dinner was rice, yogurt and raw onion. It sounds strange, but it grows on you.

It has 8 grams of fat (4 saturated) in a cup, so again it's a little fattier than you might prefer if you're watching your fat intake, but they do have low-fat and fat-free versions. Just not, sadly, in the honey variety.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Chobani Non-Fat Vanilla

Although I swear undying love to Fage non-fat Greek yogurt, I felt that I needed to try some other brand for research purposes. What if, as deliciously perfect as it is, Fage was the second mass-market Greek yogurt out there? I'd be missing out.

A few weeks ago, my friend Sara emailed me and asked me about Chobani. Since I had yet to try another Greek yogurt from the grocery store (although I have eaten homemade Greek yogurt at two local diners - Big Nick's is utterly fantastic; Manhattan Diner is OK), I could not provide any thoughts. Now I can: buy Fage.

Perhaps this is unfair because I bought vanilla instead of plain. The vanilla left a horrific aftertaste in my mouth. While very thick, it also was hardly smooth. Little pieces and chunks annoyed my tongue. However, it is very low in calories (only 120) and carbs (13 g) for a sweetened yogurt. The cup only provides 20% of the RDA for calcium. At $1.69 for 6 oz., yogurt this nasty is a rip off. (I bought an exotic apricot mango goat milk yogurt for only 10 cents more - can't wait to eat that!!)

To be fair, I will pick up plain Chobani to see if it is as good as the plain Fage. I only hope that it is much better than the vanilla.

Baa Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Yogurt?

Old Chatham Sheepherding Company makes sheep's milk yogurt in three flavors: plain, ginger, and maple. Although they are rather pricey ($2.79 for a six ounce cup in the cheese department of Fairway, my local grocery store), I am obsessed with them as a once in a while treat. I tried the plain first (super tangy), then the ginger (very good, and I don't even like ginger!). Yesterday I finally ate the maple.

Clearly, I saved the best for last. Every bite of this luscious yogurt was rich and flavorful. It was not too sweet, but not too tangy, either. While not as thick as Greek yogurt, it has a good consistency that is not too thin. The yogurt has a very good amount of calcium in it, at 29% of the RDA. Supposedly it is higher in protein than cow milk yogurt, although no amount was listed on the nutrition facts label.

I would eat this every day, if not for three drawbacks:

1. Price.
2. It only comes in full fat - 8 grams per serving (5 of which are saturated), which is a lot.
3. No fiber, although the carb content (15 g) is lower than many yogurts, so the lack of fiber to offset the carb load is not too bad.

The verdict: if price were no obstacle, this would be my daily yogurt. OK, I might alternate it with a Greek yogurt since I love how thick Fage is, but I'd definitely eat the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company stuff more than once every two weeks if I could.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pavel's Russian yogurt

I was curious to try this yogurt for two reasons. First, at my local grocery stores, there is a lot of variety in yogurt brands, but every store I go to carries Pavel's. Second, I had a co-worker at my old job who brought her lunch in a Pavel's yogurt container every day for five years. I never figured out whether that one container lasted five years or whether she replaced it periodically with newer containers.

Anyway, I'm padding this a little bit because I was somewhat unimpressed with the yogurt itself. I bought the low-fat version, which may have contributed to my disappointment, but especially compared to the last two yogurts I reviewed, this one seemed thin and watery. It didn't even have an especially tangy flavor to make up for the consistency. I stirred it quite a bit when I first opened it, but it still didn't get smooth. I stirred in some jam and it was certainly pleasant and palatable, but not something I'll seek out again.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Greek Gods Redux

I was tempted by the Greek Gods yogurt after Suzanne's review, and I saw that they had a honey yogurt. I mistakenly assumed it was a honey yogurt in the style of Nancy's Honey yogurt, which is a favorite in our house (and the subject of my next post). It is, however, just a honey flavored Greek yogurt. Well, I thought it was delicious! It has a delicate flavor and a thick, creamy texture, almost like pudding or flan. I am not a yogurt afficionado -- I'm perfectly happy with Yoplait -- so I haven't had too many fancy yogurts. What this reminded me of more than anything was one of the strained yogurts I've had at various Middle Eastern restaurants. It's approximately the same consistency of the Lebanese yogurt dish labneh. I would absolutely buy this one again, and I may have to if my husband eats the rest of it. Incidentally, I think it might make an excellent smoothie with a banana and a scoop of peanut butter.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Feeling Sheepish

The first time I tried Old Chatham Sheepherding Company's Sheep's Milk Yogurt, I bought a container of plain. I ate it without adding jam, which I usually do to plain yogurt to get a hint of sweetness, but I wanted to see how sheep's milk yogurt tasted plain. I liked its intense tanginess, but thought I should try one with flavor. My friend Sara M. recommended the ginger flavor, so for $2.79, I scooped one up at my local grocery store in the cheese section.

Keep in mind that I don't particularly like ginger, so this was potentially a stupid and costly yogurt decision. Yet I enjoyed the ginger even more than the plain. The chunks of ginger were not overwhelming, and the contrast between the ginger and the sour yogurt made every spoonful heavenly.

When I indulge in another sheep's milk yogurt, I think I will mix in some berry jam or even crack open a jar of fig jam that I bought a few weeks ago and have not gotten around to you. Very nice.

St. Benoit


St. Benoit home page

I bought this yogurt primarily because I wanted to contribute to this blog. Also, it came in a cool ceramic container. It is described as an "artisinal, French-style yogurt made in small batches." The container is supposed to be one serving, but with 9 grams of fat, I decided to call it two servings and round out my mid-morning snack with some fruit.

There were three varieties on the shelf (the others were plain and strawberry), and I bought the Meyer lemon. It has a medium-thick, slighty grainly texture and is not as sweet as I initially expected. It isn't overly tart, though, and tastes strongly of Meyer lemons, which are sweeter and less acidic than regular lemons.

Overall, I would say I enjoyed this yogurt, but at over $2.50 for one serving and with the high fat and calorie content, I will probably not be purchasing it again. I will, however, find a use for the cool container!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Props to Fage on "The Biggest Loser"

In the most exciting moment on TV these days, Rocco diSpirito just commended Fage non-fat yogurt as a prime ingredient for homemade ice cream! Given how much I love plain, fat free Fage with mere jam added, I bet it makes a lusciously creamy ice cream. Now if only I had an ice cream maker!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

C'est Bon for Real

Yoplait's slogan is, "C'est bon!" However, I am of the opinion that Yoplait is shitty yogurt. Not the nastiest yogurt on the planet by any means (see: whatever the Dannon fat free, sugar free stuff is), but not very good. I'll eat if I have to, but way prefer other mass market products, like Stonyfield Farms. (Although I prefer my yogurt without small pieces of glass in it - my friend told me that all Blueberry Stonyfield Farm yogurts were recalled because they may have shards of glass in them.)

This brings me to Liberté Yogurt. For 99 cents, I secured a 6 oz. carton of Six Grains Yogurt with pear. It is low fat, with no sugar added, has no aspertame, and is rBGH free. The taste is superb. I think the six grains (barley, oat, rye, wheat, rice, and buckwheat) add an excellent chewy kick, and are better than granola. The chunks of pears were large and sweet.

On the downside, the yogurt is not very thick. I'm not expecting Greek-style thickness, but I think even Stonyfield is thicker. It's not liquidy, but anyone looking for a thick yogurt might be disappointed. It also has a little less calcium (25% RDA) than some other brands.

Still, I will definitely buy this yogurt again (and again). It also comes in strawberry, raspberry, and peach. How do you say "yum" in French?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Not Baad (The Yogurt, Not the Pun)

While visiting my friend Mara in London this past weekend, she gave me some sheep milk yogurt to try. I'm not sure what the brand name is (I think it literally said, "Sheep's-Milk Yogurt" on the container), but it retailed for 2.49 pounds for a pint size carton. If it didn't cost me $600 in airfare to get it, I would buy this yogurt all the time. It was super thick (as thick as Greek yogurt), rich, and creamy. I didn't add any sugar or jam, and I savored each spoonful. Delicious.

Back at home, I finally broke out the sheep milk yogurt I bought about two weeks ago. My friend Sara, who does not like yogurt, highly recommended that I indulge in Old Chatham Sheepherding Company Sheep's Milk Yogurt. At $2.49 for a six ounce carton, it is cheaper than flying to London, but only slightly. I purchased the plain flavor, but it also comes in Maple and Ginger.

Upon opening the lid, I noticed that the white yogurt was a little lumpy. I re-checked the expiration date. It said 041108, which I interpreted to mean April 11, 2008, so I stirred it up and dug in. Old Chatham is not nearly as thick as whatever I ate in London, and it is about 1,000 times tangier. I couldn't help but pucker.

I was worried that the yogurt had soured, so I called the company. I explained to the woman who answered that I had never really eaten sheep milk yogurt before, and I was curious if it was supposed to be sour or if I waited too long before eating it. She explained that it is a tangy yogurt that is an acquired taste, and verified that what I thought was the expiration date was, in fact, the expiration date. She also laughed and told me that she has worked at the company for six years, but only recently started eating the Maple yogurt. "Try that one," she advised me.

Once I was sure I would not get food poisoning from the yogurt, I began to really enjoy it. It's a very yogurt-y yogurt, and has a fabulous undertaste to it that I've never experienced before and can't really describe. Maybe like lemon? I don't know, but it is good. For $2.49, I probably will only eat this yogurt for a special treat, and I can't wait for the right occasion.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Greek Gods Plain Nonfat Yogurt

If you are going to name a yogurt after Poseidon, as The Greek Gods brand did for their nonfat plain yogurt, it better be really good. The last thing you want is a tidal wave or band of angry crabs unleashed upon your yogurt factory. Fortunately, I can attest to the excellence of Greek Gods nonfat plain yogurt.

The yogurt is appropriately think and smooth. It has some of the sourness of plain yogurt, but not too much. I could have eaten it plain, but chose to increase my calorie intake by adding teaspoon of jam to it. I thoroughly enjoyed every spoonful of the 6 oz. cup. The yogurt cost me $1.59 at Whole Foods, so it was not cheap, but significantly less expensive per ounce than siggi's, and also cheaper than Fage.

There are other yogurts that give you more slightly calcium, but I thought that 25% of the RDA is a very good amount. At only 60 calories and no fat, this is a great yogurt choice, especially for those looking for a thick and only moderately sour way to get some calcium. I think I might like Fage a bit more, but for the price, Greek Gods does very well. Poseidon should be proud.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Lifeway Strawberry Lassi

Lassis are yogurt drinks popular (for very good reason) in India. While I was there, I drank at least four every day. (I wish I was exaggerating. Fortunately, our hotels had all you can eat breakfast buffets with pitchers of lassis, so I refilled my glass multiple times. Then I usually ordered a lassi with dinner, too.) Generally, they come in three traditional flavors: salty (aka "gross"), sweet, and mango. Lassis also tend to be sort of high in fat and calories in addition to flavor (and cost more in the US than India), so I try not to consume them to often.

At Whole Foods, I was excited to find a small packaged lassi in the dairy case from Lifeway.

The only flavor in stock was strawberry, and the 8 oz. carton had only 174 calories and 2 grams of fat, so I was psyched. Even better, the drink contains 30% of the RDA for calcium. The drink even has 3 grams of fiber to slightly off set the high level of carbs found in flavored yogurt. Excellent. I forgot how much it cost, but I think it was $1.29, which is somewhat reasonable. (I need to pay more attention to these things if I am going to seriously review yogurt, I know.)

Ah, sounds good so far, but how does it taste? I was very pleased. The strawberry was just sweet enough, but not overpowering. I like lassis because they have a sourish yogurty taste that is not overwhelming, but just a perfect balance with the sweet. Lifeway surprisingly got that down. Yumminess. I hope that I can find the mango flavor, too.

I wish they were also organic, but I suppose they'd cost more than $1.29 if they were. The verdict: I'll be stocking up on these babies!

Originally published at CUSS & Other Rants

Siggi's Icelandic Style Skyr

For a special treat, I spent a gazillion dollars ($2.69) on siggi's Icelandic style skyr strained non-fat yogurt at Whole Foods. I read a little blurb about it in New York Magazine a few weeks ago, and when confronted with the 6 oz container of pomegranate & passion fruit, I decided to give it a whirl. It is as good as Greek yogurt, although I'm not sure better. The flavor was not nearly as sweet as I prefer. Still, it is nice and thick. Since it was a couple of bucks and not exactly nirvana, I probably won't buy it again, but I'm still glad I indulged.

Originally posted in part at CUSS & Other Rants