Looking at Treats

I’m a fan of the yogurt. Of courses some call it yoghurt, skyr, or matzoon. Anyway it used to be a food that was a staple for dieters. It came in 2 flavors – vanilla and plain. It was not sweet. Now it is trendy and popular and it comes in every flavor imaginable. It is also full of calories! I generally have a yogurt for lunch with some fresh fruit. I really like the Greek style yogurt which is thicker. The skyr yogurt is even better since it usually doesn’t have as much sugar. If you have been to the grocery store you have seen the vast selection of brands. And of course the popularity has driven the cost up and the size of a serving down. I used to be able to get 8 oz containers but then they shrank to 6 oz and now the standard size is 5.3 oz! Most of the yogurt ranges from $1.99 for the high end Noosa to $1.09 run of the mill Chobani. My favorites are Siggi’s and Oui but I rarely purchase them since the store brand is only $0.89. Imagine my glee when I found yogurt in the discount spot! Now I know some people would sneer at discount yogurt but the expiration date was Jan. 31, 2019 and I fully intended to eat it well before then. I got Wallaby vanilla ($1.77) for 37 cents, Noosa ($1.99) for 49 cents, Icelandic Provisions ($1.49) for 32 cents and Chobani fruit on the bottom ($1.09) for 25 cents!! I couldn’t believe my luck.
So here’s my review of the brands I sampled:
1. Wallaby was smooth but a little “sticky” and it didn’t have a very distinct vanilla flavor. I still like the generic Greek better.
2. The Noosa was very high in calories and so sweet that it made me crave water to wash it down! Still it was a very tasty treat. The texture was silky. If I ever get it again I won’t use the “mix in” of praline bits, salted pretzels, and chocolate chips. It was too much with the caramel already in the yogurt.
3. Icelandic Provisions was fabulous! It had a firm yet smooth texture. The flavor was bright and a little tart but not sour. I think it might be as good as Siggi’s except the only flavor they had was Peach with Cloudberry.
4. Chobani fruit on the bottom was OK. I like fruit on the bottom but this was syrupy. They could have used half as much and still had good flavor. For the cost it was excellent but I’d never pay full price for it.
5. I didn’t try the Noosa pineapple coconut duo since I got that for Sparky and I detest coconut… He reported that the coconut was tasty with real shredded coconut in abundance. I took that as a thumbs up review.

So there you have it – my rundown of the sale yogurt. I still like Siggi’s best and the Oui for a sweeter treat but the next time I see the Icelandic Provisions on super sale or discount I won’t hesitate to make that purchase! What is your favorite yogurt brand/flavor? Or are you anti-yogurt??

21 thoughts on “Looking at Treats

    1. I like the Oikos but it is a lot more expensive than the store brand… I only buy it in the specialty seasonal flavors like the pumpkin (which is really good). I like to have mine with a few whole blackberries and some raspberries (mostly in the summer when you can get them at a reasonable price).

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      1. I agree, it is more expensive. I buy the larger ones when they go on sale. I have them with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries when they are in season (my garden is filled with these). I freeze a lot of berries so I add them frozen, too.

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  1. As vegetarians (not vegans) we eat a LOT of dairy products. I’m trying to wean us because animal products are not all that good for you, especially if you have cancer, and I detest the way animals are raised in this country. The difficulty stems from the fact that I LOVE all things dairy! So, I feel that I can weigh in on this post.
    Noosa strawberry rhubarb is a lovely sauce or dessert but way too sweet for regular consumption; Karoun Mediterranean style, plain, whole milk yogurt is excellent for topping sweet things like fried bananas and savory things like … well almost anything but especially Madras lentils with rice (I use it like sour cream); and my husband thinks Trader Joe’s plain, organic, low-fat,quart-sized container is a single serving (he does add raisins and walnuts). My 94-year old mom is trying to commit suicide by sugar and consumes Yoplait strawberry whip (21 grams of sugar per 4 oz. serving). There you have it, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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    1. Trying to get balanced nutritional meals as a vegan takes a lot of work – more than I want to do. I applaud you for your choices and your reasons. If I had the space (and the home owners’ association would allow it) I’d raise my own chickens for the eggs and the meat so I’d have complete control over their well-being and health. Not likely to happen in my current home… I had to laugh about your mom! Death by sugar at the age of 94 doesn’t sound like a bad way to go! I’d go with straight chocolate and ditch the yoplait whips….

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  2. I have not had yogurt since my stroke and loss of taste. I don’t think we have that big a choice around here. Maybe I will look if I can remember, and try it again. I have found I can taste, sweet, sour, bitter, salt, and what category does tomato sauces fall under? I can taste them too.

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    1. Losing the sense of taste is tough – kind of sucks the joy out of lots of foods… As my husband get older I’ve noticed that he like his food spicy and with more strong flavors -curry, bbq, etc. He used to eat his food without all the salsa and hot sauce!

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  3. I’ve developed a severe intolerance to lactose over the last 5 years so I avoid most dairy products. Yogurt is OK though, because it contains live cultures that aid in its digestion. I buy Greek Gods plain full-fat yogurt by the quart. I eat it for breakfast with fresh fruit, a bit of honey, and sometimes granola. I also use it to make tzatziki sauce and in dips (like ranch or French onion) for chips or cut veggies. My second choice is Fage. šŸ™‚

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    1. I’ve seen Greek Gods but haven’t tried it. Fage on the other hand is not one I like – guess that’s why there are so many brands. Sorry to hear you are lactose intolerant. My sister is flat out epi-pen allergic to dairy. She can’t even have some meats if they have been cured with any lactic acid if it is dairy derived (and there is no way to tell). Yogurt meze is a favorite here. We have one in the refrigerator – plain Greek yogurt with garlic, onion, parmesan cheese, some basil and a little black pepper – great with veggies and any kind of chip/cracker in the house… We have it for snacks.

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          1. I am a big cheese eater. My mom buys those single wrapped slices of cheese like Kraft. I buy 12 slices of deli type cheese. When we go camping I always say I will bring cheese for sandwiches because her cheese is now not something I like.

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    1. Seaweed (nori) and smoked oysters sounds yummy. I will be making sushi (nori cones with rice, smoked squid or imitation crab, sweet potato, topped with eel sauce) this week – probably on Tuesday…

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