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Review: Greek God’s Greek Yogurt

I first tried Greek Gods Greek Yogurt and consequently full-fat Greek yogurt on a whim.  It was on sale at Earth Fare and I grabbed it the 16 oz. container hurriedly as the store was closing.  I really loved the taste of full-fat Greek yogurt and have been buying mostly 2% fat Greek yogurt to strike a healthy medium.

I was really excited when the Greek Gods company sent me coupons to try five of their flavors for free.

First up, I tried the Vanilla Orange Reduced Fat Greek Yogurt.  It was still very creamy for reduced fat and I really loved the flavor.  I have never tried orange flavored yogurt before,  but I’m a big fan of oranges so this was a winner for me.  (Vanilla Orange Greek Yogurt Nutrition Facts)

Next up was the Fig Greek Yogurt.  I really thought that this one was going to be my favorite  because I adore figs.  The fig flavor is on the bottom so you have to stir it in with the vanilla yogurt if you want the fig yogurt experience and not a fig jelly experience at the end.  I like this flavor but not as much as I thought I would.  This one only comes in full-fat. (Fig Greek Yogurt Nutrition Facts)

Honey was the next flavor I tried.  I really liked this flavor because I eat more honey than a bear.  This flavor is full-fat, if that’s your thing.  (Honey Greek Yogurt Nutrition Facts)

As much as I like yogurt with a little fat in it for the creaminess factor, I did choose to try the Non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt.  To be honest, this flavor was just okay.  It might taste just like every other Non-fat Greek yogurt, but since I’ve gotten  used to the 2% and full fat over the past few weeks, this flavor tasted like plain non-Greek yogurt to me.  It was still good with some strawberries.  Rather than top my yogurt with berries, I topped my berries with yogurt. 🙂 (Plain Non-fat Greek Yogurt Nutrition Facts)

The Pomegranate Greek Yogurt just my be my favorite in terms of flavor.  It’s rich and creamy and does not come in reduced fat.  I tried this one the first time I purchased Greek God’s Greek Yogurt so I was happy to “try” it again.

Overall, I really like the flavor of the Greek Gods Greek Yogurt, well maybe except for the non-fat plain.  That being said, there are a few things I am curious about.  For one, like I stated in a recent post about Greek yogurt, this particular brand has significantly less protein than some of the other well-known varieties like Chobani and Fage.  There is also quite a bit of sugar in the flavored yogurt.  Pomegranate has the least of the flavored varieties with 16 grams, while Vanilla Orange has the most with 23 grams. The Plain (not shown here but really delicious) has the least with 5 grams in a 6 oz. serving.

Another positive thing about the Greek Gods brand is that they all are gluten-free, including the flavored varieties.     Most plain yogurt are gluten-free, but flavored yogurt often are not, so this is definitely a plus if you have a sensitivity for gluten.  I don’t abstain from gluten but a lot of people do so it’s nice to know which brand is officially gluten-free.

I really appreciate the Greek Gods company for giving me the opportunity to try out their yogurt.   I’m always looking for a good deal, so I don’t have any real loyalties when it comes to Greek yogurt brand.  I will definitely purchase them again, but will probably stick to the plain for the most part and only choose the flavored when I need a treat.  I typically prefer plain yogurt because half the fun is adding it to other things or using fun toppings.

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What’s up with Greek yogurt?

A friend recently posed this question to me.  I just love questions like that.  Not because I always know the answer, because I usually don’t know, or I just don’t think I know enough.  It turns out I like doing research on things I’m curious about and I like being helpful. 🙂

I know why I like Greek yogurt.  It’s creamier, thicker, and richer.  But it does have some health benefits too.

Here is a break down of what I think are the most important stats when it comes to yogurt.  The first two are your standard plain fat-free yogurt.  The following four numbers (3-6) are fat-free Greek yogurt.  All stats are for 6 oz. servings, even if they aren’t sold in that serving size.  I converted them for comparative purposes.  How nerdy of me. 🙂

Calories Fat Sugars Protein % of daily Calcium
1. Dannon (All Natural) 80 0 12g 9g 30%
2. Yoplait* 98 0 13g 11g 30%
3. Greek Gods 60 0 7g 6g 25%
4. Fage* 90 0 6.75 15g 18%
5. Chobani 100 0 7g 18g 20%
6. Oikos** 105 0 7.5g 18g 23%

*Individually packaged in 8 oz containers.

**Individually packaged in 4 oz. containers

The most notable difference is the amount of sugar in plain non-fat versus plain Greek yogurt.  In most cases, the amount of protein is greater in Greek  yogurt, except in the case of Greek God’s Greek yogurt, which puzzled me a bit.  The only reason I can think of is that because their calorie content is lower than the other Greek yogurt, some of the protein (almost 2/3) is removed during the process of reducing the calories.  On the other hand, this yogurt has the most calcium, although the difference is pretty negligible when compared to the Oikos.

That being said, it seems that there are obvious health benefits of the Greek yogurt, mainly with the lesser sugar content.  However, if you’re a fan of sweetened and flavored yogurt the Greek yogurt can pack in almost as much sugar as the traditional yogurt.  Flavored Greek yogurt ranges anywhere from 16-23 grams of sugar in their flavored varieties, based on my observations.  Traditional flavored yogurt fall in the 25-30 range.

But like all things in life, there is a trade-off.  Greek yogurt is typically more expensive than plain yogurt; sometimes even twice or more than twice as expensive per individual serving.  I try to be as thrifty as possible, within reason.  I believe in buying quality foods because it’s a good investment in my health, which is worth more than saving money only to fill it with questionable chemicals.  I typically buy Greek yogurt, but not always.  If I do not buy Greek, it’s Organic and plain. Mostly I buy the larger containers of yogurt because you save money with less packaging than when you buy individual serving sizes.  I figure I can be inconvenienced a little if it helps me save some money over time.  I also am willing to try different brands, so if I see a brand on sale, I grab it.

This is how I recently came to try Greek God’s Greek Yogurt and full-fat Greek yogurt for the first time.   I also had the good luck of being sent coupons to try the Greek God’s yogurt line, which I happily obliged.  Stay tuned for a full review.

Question: Do you prefer Greek over plain yogurt?  Is the cost differential worth nutrition/taste difference?

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Full Fat Flavor

I was recently at the grocery story and realized it was closing time, so I swung by the dairy section and grabbed the first Greek yogurt I saw that was on sale.

I later realized that I had bought the full fat version.  The last time I did this I actually returned the yogurt for the fat-free version.  However, this time I decided to go with it.  Can I just say that full fat Greek yogurt is life changing?  Yes, it is that good.

This got me thinking about whole milk versus skim milk, which one is really better for you, or  really which is better for me, because that’s what really matters.

After doing a little digging in research studies, I finally decided that the research is really unclear.  Studies show that whole milk will raise your cholesterol (because of the higher cholesterol content).  But more recent studies suggest that whole milk can aid in less weight gain.  Perhaps its the fat that makes you feel full and helps you to eat less. (?)

Here are the stats from my yogurt.

The difference in calories, fat, and cholesterol is significant, but boy is it yummy.

So what are we to do with all of this unclear research?  I know what I’m going to do.  I’m going to not be so all or nothing until I know all of the facts.  I might buy full fat every now and then because i really like it, but overall, I’m going to mix it up and when I do use full-fat, I will use less.  Typically I bring fruit and granola with my yogurt; this time I did not.

In other news, I have managed to dress decently for two days in a row.  Usually my clothes choices have more to do with my inability to iron than what I really want to wear.  How do people take decent pictures of themselves this way?  This sub-par picture was one of four failed attempts.

What do you think?  Some people are die-hard full-fat dairy product consumers, while others won’t go near anything but skim products.  Where do your loyalties lie?


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