Yogurt is a great thing. It’s one of those treats that you can have for a sane amount of calories, it’s sweet (many even come in dessert-inspired flavors), and because yogurt is full of calcium and protein, it’s good for ya. These reasons are precisely why I eat yogurt darn near everyday. Usually, it’s the last course of my lunch meal (the first being raw veggies and the second being a cup of soup or a sammy), or it’s dessert in the evening when my sweet tooth is a-talkin’ to me and I need to talk back.
However, similar to the nutritional bar aisle, the refrigerated yogurt case at the grocery store is crazy-packed, and the varieties are endless. But we’re here to help you sort that section out. I recently loaded up my shopping cart with five healthy and lower-cal varieties for an official FBG taste test. Below are my results. So, bust out your grocery list and prepare to add a few must-haves to it!
Better Whey of Life
The name of this yogurt couldn’t be cuter, and its nutritionals are definitely to be noted, as each 6 oz. container has 15-17 grams of whey protein with about 145 calories. The Peach Mango and Acai Mixed Berry flavors are good and natural tasting (read: not overly sweet, which I prefer), and the plain variety is good with a little honey or cereal. I will warn you though: the yogurt isn’t overly creamy and was a bit runny for my taste. The extra protein may be worth that though.
Erin’s husband and one of my good friends swear by this yogurt in helping their systems get, er, regularly movin’. I sampled the Blueberry flavor and enjoyed its taste, but the portion seemed terribly small. Sure, it’s only 70 calories, but it’s also only 4 oz. The 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein in each serving helped, but, honestly, I’d rather up the cal count and have a couple more bites. One thing is for sure though, Activia’s prized ingredient “bifidus regularis” sure is tasty!
Weight Watchers Smooth & Creamy
I am in love with these. I had never tried them before because they’re a little pricier than my usual store-brand yogurts, but, believe me, it’s worth the extra buck. The Strawberry Shortcake flavor was good, but the White Chocolate Cheesecake flavor was ah-mazing and lived up to its name of Smooth & Creamy. In fact, the yogurt was so rich that I didn’t even notice that a serving size was just 4 oz. With just 70 calories, it could easily be a decadent dessert that fools you into thinking you really splurged.
While I really, really liked the above yogurts, I may have saved the best for last. Fage 0% has almost a cult following in the healthy food blogging world, as this brand of Greek-strained yogurt is rich, creamy and full of protein with no fat. The plain versions of Fage are more like sour cream than plain yogurt, so they’re not for everyone, but I find them to be very savory with some honey or granola.
Have you tried any of these yogurts? Are you in love with a different brand or flavor? Let us know in the comments! —Jenn
Fage photo grabbed from marstheinfomage on Flickr.