Are All Greek Yogurts Created Equal?

In a word? No.

Want some shopping tips for Greek yogurt? I love Greek yogurt, but you have to take care to buy the real deal because it’s not regulated like it ought to be.

I buy Friendly Farms Plain Nonfat Greek yogurt at Aldi (see pic). At over $3, it’s about half the price of other brands, plus Fooducate gives it an A. Try adding berries, bananas, walnuts, pecans, granola, apples, chia seeds—and cinnamon. Cinnamon is not only good for you, it also tastes great. I add cinnamon to Greek yogurt, steel cut oatmeal, coffee… I find that the added flavor lessens the need for sugar.

img_8738I also buy canned pumpkin at Aldi. I sometimes mix half a can of pumpkin with a cup of their plain Greek yogurt, two teaspoons of sugar (the pumpkin needs sweetening), some cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin pie spice for a dish that’s high in protein, calcium and vitamin A. You can add granola for added crunch, but watch the sugar. I didn’t add granola until I got my blood sugar under control.

If I want all the flavor of a dessert, but with none of the downsides, I’ll buy flavored, blended Greek yogurts. However, I’m careful to check the nutritional label. I make sure it’s got at least 15g of protein, that it’s strained like Greek yogurt is supposed to be, and is not overly high in sugar.

All too often, stores sell so-called healthy yogurts that are so full of harmful additives and added sugar that they really ought be classified as a dessert. Don’t be fooled by what’s essentially junk food.

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I’ll buy Chobani sometimes (the blended pumpkin spice sold during Thanksgiving is fantastic), but usually I buy Dannon Oikos Blended Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt. I love the coffee, salted caramel, chocolate, banana cream flavors… Fooducate gave Oikos Triple Zero Greek yogurt an A.

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I buy these yogurts at my Walmart Neighborhood Market. I then scan my receipts into the Walmart app (Savings Catcher) on my phone and it checks the price against other stores in my area. If Savings Catcher finds a lower price elsewhere, I get the difference back as a Walmart credit. Walmart rarely has Triple Zero on sale, but other stores often do.

The Savings Catcher works great! And this way, I don’t have to drive all over the place, chasing sales. That’s a win-win in my book any day.

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6 thoughts on “Are All Greek Yogurts Created Equal?

  1. New Journey says:

    I love Greek yogurt…I strain it and use it for sour cream….I loved the pumpkin spice one over the holidays……my brother said thanks for the info on the shoulder….he is looking forward to getting his done…he is sick of living in pain constantly…we are hoping that he will get some range of motion back…hope your doing well….nice to see you back on here….xxkat

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    • fithotbod says:

      I love Greek yogurt too. I’m craving some Triple Zero flavors right now. Glad your brother found the info helpful. Yesterday both shoulders were hurting—not the throbbing-after-surgery kind, but more from doing too much. I find the balance from wearing the sling or not has to be done correctly. Not wearing it enough doesn’t allow for enough support, while wearing it much too long can cause frozen shoulder.

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      • fithotbod says:

        It’s beyond frustrating! I’m stuck here in the house. Someone was going to take me to the store last Sunday but he never showed. Or texted. Yes, it was raining too hard for me to go anyway, but it amazes me it didn’t occur to him to contact me. Your brother has his wife and you’re across the street, so even though it will still be frustrating for him, at least he will have companionship. I’m starting to feel sorry for myself, I guess.

        The first two weeks are more uncomfortable than the last four weeks. I have to be careful not to do too much. I’m also feeling pain in my other shoulder. I bet I’ve got a tear there too. I want to get an MRI done on that shoulder soon.

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      • New Journey says:

        I agree they should of called….do you have a Safeway in town, the deliver….you can check it out on google….I know its not the same as going to the store and picking out what you want, but it could work in a pinch…..my brother, being a man, is going to be miserable…..he is an artist, musician, and a wood worker….he uses his hands/arms for everything….its going to be a hard couple weeks….hang in there your close….

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      • fithotbod says:

        We used to have Safeways. And Von’s delivers but it’s so expensive. I think I’m just gonna go. I’m tired of waiting. There’s a store down the street. No u-turns, only left turns. Shouldn’t be a problem. Is just a couple of blocks away.

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