I used to eat lots of yogurt, especially those with fruit on the bottom. I liked the variety of fruits they used, but it was always too sweet. And the fact that is was loaded with sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup made me stop eating them.
Then I discovered Greek yogurt which is not as sweet and much thicker in consistency. And it fills me up for a long time too. That’s because it has more protein then regular yogurt.
It seems I’m not the only one that prefers Greek yogurt over regular yogurt. Sales of Greek yogurt has been doing very well, even when it’s twice as expensive as regular yogurt.
Yoplait Greek yogurt with blueberries on the bottom. It’s very thick!
The Altantic reports, “Just five years ago, Greek yogurt was a $60 million market in the U.S. (Too sour! Too thick!) But sales have increased 2500%, accelerating through the Great Recession despite the fact that the “Greek” stuff (it’s actually more Lebanese, but anyway) tends to be twice as expensive as normal yogurt.”
Yogurt is consider one of the world’s healthiest food. It’s health benefits includes building stronger bones, enhances immunity, lowers blood pressure, and may even have anticancer and weight-loss effects. Also improves lactose intolerance and provide probiotics for healthy digestion.
The Greek yogurt I normally get is from Trader Joe’s, but I found these on sale at the supermarket and gave them a try. It’s pretty good and very filling. It has 20 grams of sugar vs the regular 40 grams of sugar.
It seems that yogurt is pretty easy to make. There are many websites with all the tutorial and even Youtube videos too. All you need is whole milk and some starter yogurt (which is from the one you purchase) or probiotic.
It’s even possible to make yogurt with a Crockpot too. When I was reading Stephanie ’s post it reminded me of hot process soapmaking!
Stephanie writes, “I was able to achieve a Greek-style yogurt this afternoon by lining a colander with a coffee liner and letting the liquid drip out of the leftover plain I made. The remaining yogurt was as thick as sour cream.”
Greek yogurt is made the same way, but at the end you strain the yogurt with a cheesecloth. When finish just put them in jars and refrigerate. They should last for 7-10 days maybe longer.
I will definitely give homemade yogurt a try. It would be more economical too. The only problem would be trying to eat all that yogurt.