Tags: dairy

Ok, let’s be honest….

I love yogurt.

It internally pains me when my friends turn their noses up to yogurt, especially ones like Pineapple Chobani, or Stonyfield’s Banilla yogurt. HOW?! It just doesn’t make sense to me. In fact, I have a friend who won’t even try the yogurts I eat, because she “knows” she won’t like them. Hasn’t anyone ever taught them to “not judge a book by it’s cover”?!!

Anyway- now that my rant is over, let’s get back to the yogurt. I had been told by a commenter in the past to try this Athenos yogurt. So, the other day I saw the Athenos Greek Strained Strawberry Non Fat Yogurt, and decided to buy it and give it a try.

Here’s how it looked


The yogurt part is EXTREMELY thick. I think this is one of the thickest yogurts I have ever had. By itself, it’s a little tart, but not so tart where it induces lip-puckering and squishy faces like a lemon war head would do. It’s creamy and has a bit of tang.

Onto the fruit part, which went really well with the yogurt. I thought the amount was too small, but it ended up being just right. It wasn’t super sweet, and also had a bit of tartness to it, but I actually enjoyed it. It was a thick syrup/jelly-like side, that tasted like defrosted strawberries. There were tiny chunks of strawberries as well, that were sweeter than the rest of the fruity side that I enjoyed. Together, however, the two complimented very well with one another. Creamy, slightly sweet, and tart with a little bit of tanginess to it!

Another thing, even though I love Fage yogurt, it’s really hard to get all the fruit part out on the side. With this brand, I was able to get almost everything out since it was wider and I could fit my whole spoon on it. So yay for that! 🙂

4 stars. Wish it was a bit sweeter, but AWESOME thickness and creaminess!!! I would buy it again.

So…are you the type of person who won’t try something because you think you won’t like it? Or do you try any kind of food? Interested to hear! 🙂

anyone else digging my nail polish color? anyone?? 🙂

The other day I went to the store quickly to pick up some groceries. I knew I ate my last Pineapple Chobani so I went to the yogurt section to get some more. to my surprise… NONE LEFT. WHAT!?! What was I going to eat now!? So, I had to pick something else to fill my greek yogurt void. I saw something new that I never tried before, or even seen before really. Olympus Authentic Greek Strained Yogurt – I bought one in the 1% Fat Strawberry Low Fat variety. According to the container, this yogurt is “imported from Greece”,  as well as “all natural” and “gluten free”.

I felt special eating this yogurt. It was “imported from Greece”…GREECE! Perhaps I got a tad overly excited over yogurt, but, then again I do have a website dedicated to food so I think I’m allowed to get excited over new varieties and flavors. (Or at least that’s what I will tell myself…)

So I opened up my container and was surprised by a uniform light pink color. For whatever reason I was expecting a fruit-on-the bottom type of yogurt. Who knows? I stirred it up a bit to make sure, and sure enough, it was pink throughout. I took a bite, and I instantly liked it. Mmm. 🙂

It was thick, but not too thick, and had more of a fluidy consistency than other greek yogurts I have tried. It was sweet, with an amazing strawberry flavor, just the right amount of tang, and really no tart flavor at all. There were tiny pieces of strawberries in the yogurt as well as the occasional seed. I noticed I needed to drink water when I ate this, for the flavor was really quite powerful.

Overall, 4 1/2 stars. If I had to say what it really reminded me of, it would be a strawberry smoothie, but in cup form. Delicious!!

What’s your favorite food thats “Greek” or from Greece?

6 ounces is 155 calories, 2 grams of fat (1 saturated), 23 grams of carbohydrates, .31 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein.

11 Jul 2010, Comments (0)

Organic Valley Products

Author: Healthnuttxo

*Before the review begins, don’t forget about the Barbara’s Bakery Beanie Puffin Giveaway!*

Whenever I can, I like to chose organic products over the non-organic, especially when it comes to things like produce, milk, etc. Organic Valley is a brand that makes some delicious organic products. According to the website, “Organic. It’s all we do. In the years since our seven founding farmers got together in 1988, we’ve grown our offerings to over 200 premium quality certified organic products, including milk, cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, eggs, juice, meat, soy and produce.”

So, I was happy to receive some coupons for free Organic Valley products from Organic Valley. I decided to try the Organic 2% Reduced-Fat Milk, Organic Fat Free Milk, and the Organic Plain Yogurt (haha I realized that paragraph said the word organic about 5 times! 🙂

The Organic 2% Reduced-Fat Milk and Organic Fat Free Milk were both a treat. They both tasted so pure and real. I really enjoyed them both, even without cereal or anything else. The Organic 2% Reduced-Fat Milk even had a creamy, rich taste to it, something I’m not used to. I usually always opt for skim or fat free, maybe 1%, but not 2% or whole milk, but decided to give the 2% Reduced-Fat a try. And glad that I did! I can see myself buying both these organic milks in the future!

The Organic Plain Yogurt was also a bit different. It came in a 32 oz. bottle, rather than a container. I poured some in a bowl, and at first thought… is this just a thicker milk? It had a more liquidy consistency than what I am used to for yogurt, but still provided that tart yogurt taste! It tasted very fresh, and I loved that I could close and reuse the bottle after using some of it. I also loved the fact that it had 2 grams of fiber for an 8 oz serving! 4 1/2 stars

After trying some plain, I decided to mix it up a bit. I added some of those chocolate-milk mix powder to the plain yogurt, and then put it in the freezer for a bit to let it thicken, and get slightly frozen. Then I sliced up some banana, and added a dollop of whipped cream. What a treat! The yogurt was perfect with the chocolate-milk mix, and it was certainly a satisfying and healthy snack for me! Here is a picture below

For more information about Organic Valley products, you can click here 🙂

I. love. yogurt.

I’ll be honest, I probably eat a yogurt once or even two times a day. And, one of my favorite brands for flavored yogurts is Stonyfield Farms. I enjoy several flavors they have to offer, and try to keep my refrigerator stocked with their yogurts at all times 🙂
(I also love how the cartoon cow above the word organic on the front of the cups always seems to have something to go with each variety. For example, on this cup I think he has “cherries” covering his eyes, for the Strawberry Fruit on the Bottom yogurt, he has “strawberries” over his eyes! I think it’s cute!)

So, as a change from the standard blueberry and strawberry yogurts I usually have for the fruit on the bottom options, I decided to try the Stonyfield Farm Organic Fat Free Fruit on the Bottom Black Cherry yogurt. Cherries usually remind me of the summer- a fruit I usually nosh on at the beach, at my house, wherever! They are a great and delicious fruit.

What I love about Stonyfield Farm yogurts is the consistency. Even the fat free versions have a creamy and thick texture to the yogurts that I love. This one also did not let me down. The yogurt on top had a very faint hint of cherry flavor, otherwise was plain. On the bottom, was the delicious cherry part. It was more of black cherry preserves for the consistency- it was jelly like with bits of cherries scattered throughout, and dark in color. It wasn’t too tart, but not overly sweet. There was also a decent  amount of the fruit. As a whole, I enjoyed this yogurt. I like that it tasted real and pure. I do wish it was a tad bit sweeter, but overall, a very refreshing and delicious yogurt.  Although there is added sugar, there is no high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners/flavors. Woohoo! 4 stars 🙂

One 6 oz container is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Cultured Pastuerized Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Cherries, Naturally Milled Organic Sugar, Pectin, Natural Flavor, Organic Elderberry Juice Concentrate (for color), Vitamin D3.

11 Aug 2009, Comments (2)

Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt with Honey

Author: healthnuttxo

Stonyfield Farm is my “go to” brand for yogurt. They have made a branch, so to speak, of organic greek yogurt, Oikos Organic Greek Yogurts. I like greek yogurt usually, but it’s bland tasting, and needs some flavor in my opinion, may it be fruit or granola or SOMETHING. Oikos has flavored yogurts, with honey, vanilla, strawberry and blueberry. I decided to use my free coupon provided generously by Stonyfield Farm and bought the Honey flavor.

So, 3 o clock rolls around and i am famished. I had a good workout at the gym today, so i’ve been craving protein all day long. Instead of my normal snack, i grabbed the Oikos Honey Organic Greek Yogurt out of my fridge. Greek yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt, and has almost double the protein. Opening my container, it was greek yogurt on top, honey on the bottom. Without mixing, the yogurt part tastes sweet. It’s really thick and creamy, with a sour cream like consistency. It’s slightly tangy, but the honey’s sweetness “leaked”, so it’s not too tart like plain greek yogurt. Onto the honey part, i know what your thinking. Honey? Isn’t it too thick? Nope. This isn’t your straight up “honey” from a jar- it’s more liquidy and has a jelly-like consistency. It’s almost like honey applesauce on the bottom. By itself it also isn’t as sweet as PURE honey, so it’s not overpowering. It’s a nice compliment to the greek yogurt. I didn’t completely mix mine, but i would just take a scoop and half my spoon would be honey, half yogurt. Delicious!

So the Pros & Cons for this snack? Well, it’s higher in protein, so it’s more satisfying. It hit the spot where my hunger was roaring this afternoon. It also has no fat, but tastes like it’s made from whole milk. Yummy! My only complaint is they added sugar AND honey. Why both? Shouldn’t honey be enough? And, it’s slightly lower in calcium than regular yogurt (15% as compared to my usual 25-30%). Otherwise- this yogurt is a winner in my book. It’s a nice change from other flavored yogurts. In fact- i went to the store today and bought another flavor-strawberry! (I will blog about that flavor soon!)

1 cup is 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of filling protein.

CULTURED PASTEURIZED ORGANIC NONFAT MILK, ORGANIC HONEY, ORGANIC SUGAR, PECTIN, ORGANIC CAROB BEAN GUM.

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