There are so many kinds of yogurt on the market now that it can be overwhelming. Greek yogurt is very popular but even with that type of yogurt, there are several varieties to choose from. If you regularly eat Greek yogurt and are looking to try a different yogurt out, try one of the international yogurts described below.
Be sure to consider nutritional guidelines when selecting a different type of yogurt to try. Aim to get at least 15% of your daily calcium requirement. Also select a yogurt that has the combination of relatively low sugar and high protein.
Bio: Traditionally called Skyr, this type of yogurt hails from the tiny Nordic island that has produced it for more than 1,000 years. The ancient recipe calls for skim milk (so it’s guaranteed fat-free) and it’s loaded with cultures, so you’ll score a similar probiotic fix to what you’d get with Greek.
Nutritional stats: Five ounces of Siggy’s plain 0% Fat Skyr has 80 calories, 15 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 4 grams of sugar, and 20% daily value of calcium.
Taste: A bit more tart and thicker than Greek
Best for: A substitute for sour cream or heavy cream, and can be used for baking pies, muffins, or pancakes
Bio: A friendly rival to Greek (this Balkan country claims they deserve the title of “Yogurt’s Birthplace”), this variety is not strained and features a culture called Lactobacillus bulgaricus, discovered by a Bulgarian doctor who modernized yogurt production. Whole milk is the base of choice so you won’t find any fat-free varieties.
Nutritional stats: One cup of Trimona Bulgarian Yogurt has 140 calories, 8 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, 6 grams of sugar, and 25% daily value of calcium.
Taste: Tangy, less thick than Greek but still creamy
Best for: Cold soups, quiches, toppings on salads, baked potatoes, and meat dishes
Bio: Originally from Eastern Europe, this fermented drink is made from a bacterial starter similar to Kombucha. It’s full of probiotics and bacteria that help digest lactose, meaning it’s easy on the stomach, even if dairy normally gives you trouble.
Nutritional stats: One cup of Green Valley Non-Fat Plain Kefir has 90 calories, 8 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat, 9 grams of sugar, and 30% daily value of calcium.
Taste: Smooth, unflavored varieties can be a little tangy and sour
Best For: Smoothies, or as a beverage snack
Bio: Although the Aussie alternative doesn’t originate from any particular traditional recipe, the brand Noosa’s whole-milk yogurt is made in small batches for a creamier texture.
Nutritional stats: Eight ounces of Noosa’s plain yogurt has 240 calories, 17 grams of protein, 14 grams of fat, 13 grams of sugar, and 44% daily value of calcium.
Taste: Velvety, something in between Greek and regular yogurt
Best For: Parfaits or on its own
Which kinds of yogurt are your favorites? See some additional ideas on the original article at Prevention.
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