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My Big (Non)fat Greek Yogurt

A few weeks ago, the folks at Stonyfield sent me some coupons to try out their brand of greek yogurt, OIKOS. OIKOS comes in plain, honey, blueberry, strawberry, caramel and chocolate. I’m hoping they make a peach variety soon. Peach-mango if they really want to win my heart.

If you are new to greek yogurt, it’s a very thick and creamy variety of yogurt (it’s about as thick as sour cream). It’s just strained yogurt so there isn’t liquid on top or a runny texture that you’ll often find with regular yogurt. As a result, it’s also higher in protein since it’s more condensed.

I just got around to actually using the coupons since I was limiting my dairy intake for a while. I think I’m one of the few food bloggers who hadn’t tried OIKOS; I was previously a Fage or Chobani girl, mostly because they were carried at Costco.

I. have. been. missing. out. Oikos is awesome, and I’m not just saying that because they hooked me up. And look how cute their little containers are! 🙂 That little cup packs 10 grams of protein. (FYI, I always get the larger container of plain yogurt since I use it for so many things: substitute for sour cream, substitute for oil in baking, putting it in smoothies, etc.)

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The plain isn’t too tangy, like I sometimes found Fage to be. And their vanilla flavor has that greek yogurt tang I like while still sweet enough to not mess with my granola flavor. (I don’t like plain yogurt with granola…I always have to mix some honey or fruit with it.)

I was pleasantly surprised that the blueberry flavor was the fruit-on-the-bottom variety. I love that, especially when there are little chunks of fruit instead of just a syrup. I love that their flavored versions are not too sweet. I’m excited to try the strawberry now that I know it won’t be overly sugary. Sometimes I had to mix flavored Chobani with some plain yogurt since their fruit flavors were too sugary, even for me.

I tasted the caramel flavor today and I thought it was just OK. But, to be fair, I never really like caramel, chocolate, etc. flavored yogurt; I’d rather have fruit-flavored yogurt any day. I wish I could find the four pack varieties in the fruit flavors, but I’ve only seen chocolate and caramel so far.

Once I get another container of the plain greek yogurt, I’m going to try this Pinkberry frozen yogurt recipe . Winston-Salem only has one frozen yogurt place and it’s not fantastic, so I need to find a suitable substitution and what better way than to try a homemade version? (Ashley, maybe you should add frozen yogurt to your homemade week! Yeah!)

I don’t think OIKOS is quite as thick as Fage or Chobani, but I didn’t mind that. I do wish their plain flavor came in a larger size, but I like that I can get two “snack” sizes: 4 oz cups in the 4-pack or 5.3 oz individuals.

I definitely recommend the OIKOS brand, especially knowing a little bit about the Stonyfield company and their company values.

What’s your favorite brand of yogurt? Favorite flavor? Do you like greek yogurt or regular yogurt better?

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Jess
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    Okios plain is my absolute fav! It is like a blank canvas : ) I like the honey and vanilla flavors too though.

    I have not tried the chocolate or caramel flavors yet, I have yet to see them sold in single servings and a 4 pack for $6 is a bit pricey for me – especially if I may not really like them. I am on the hunt for a single serving though – I have high hopes for the caramel : )
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..{no scale weekend} =-.

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      Teri
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      I agree that Oikos is pricey. I try to justify it that it’s a good company with good practices and I’m putting my money/vote to a good cause. But still…I can’t afford it all the time.

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    Ashley
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    I’m confused by what you said about you wishing their plain came in a bigger container? Bigger than the 16oz? The only fruit flavor 4-paks I have seen are the strawberry which are INSANELY delicious. I don’t like the blueberry very much and I actually DEspise the vanilla. I think it has a really weird flavor. The honey is obviously delicious and the caramel is perfection, for dessert. I am a caramel freak! Chobani are WAY too sweet for me. I just bought two and it was hard to finish eating them. I definitely like that SF’s are not as sweet and they’re organic. The chobani flavors sound awesome, but too much sugar. The one time I tried fage I did not like it…it tasted spoiled, and very well could have been? The only other flavored Greek yog’s I like are Voskos brand, which I don’t find in many stores. They have a plain variety as well that’s pretty good. There is a brand called Greek Gods, and it’s SO weird b/c the protein content is less than regular yogurt..and it wasn’t very good! Lame! =P I wanted to MAKE yogurt but I think you really need a yogurt machine to regulate the temperature. It’s definitely on the list of “needs” [not on the huz’s list though, hehe]. I will look into making frozen yogurt because of course I have an ice cream maker!! I was also going to try making vegan coconut milk ice cream…mmmm. Moral of the story I like Greek yogurt better than regular. I can still handle SF low-fat flavored yogurts though..not too sweet for me but I prefer Greek. SF is my favorite with Voskos coming in close second. Aaaaand now I’m done 🙂
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..swampy =-.

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      Teri
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      Yeah, Fage comes in a huge container that you can get at Costco (maybe 32 oz) and I love it the larger container. So, yes, BIGGER! 🙂

      I brought the strawberry one today for part of my lunch and now I’m really excited to try it!

      YES please figure out how to make coconut milk ice cream. I’m totally addicted to Purely Decadent but it’s so expensive!

  • Reply
    janetha b
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    greek is all i eat! and oikos is my fave brand, with voskos and chobani coming in 2nd. i usually just eat nonfat plain!
    .-= janetha b´s last blog ..odds & ends. =-.

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      Teri
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      I’ve never tried voskos…I’ve seen it so I’ll have to get it sometime.

  • Reply
    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
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    Stoneyfield was kind enough to send me a package of coupons too, but ever since, I haven’t been able to find Oikos ANYWHERE – ahhh! It is sooo yummy. I agree…the Chobani flavors are too sweet.
    .-= Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]´s last blog ..Pudge for the Pitiful =-.

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      Teri
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      what?? you can’t find it? even at Whole Foods?

  • Reply
    Jessica @ How Sweet
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    I don’t like any other yogurt besides greek!! I am a Fage girl, but will occasionally get Oikos. I like getting plain and adding my own stuff. 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I need to be better about just adding stuff to plain. It’s just easier to not have to pack multiple containers to bring to work if I just buy the preflavored ones. I know, laziness is a bad excuse. 😉

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    Lauren
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    Oikos is my FAVORITE brand of Greek Yogurt! Out of them all, these are the best! 🙂
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Back to a Week of Normalcy =-.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    i love Oikos…they were the first greek yogurts i tried, and i still love them more than any others! i got those coupons too, and tried the caramel ones…holy yum! i do love chocolate and caramel though 🙂
    .-= Heather (Heather’s Dish)´s last blog ..We Be Rockin’ Dem Beats =-.

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    Jessica
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    I’m a H.U.G.E. fan of greek yogurt. It’s flavorful – even when it’s plain. I also like it because it’s the only yogurt that doesn’t tigger my migraines.

    Let me know what you think about the Honey Oikos. I tried it recently and thought that the honey tasted like cough syrup.
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Walk Like An Egyptian! =-.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      oh yuck! Now I don’t want to try the honey flavored one! 🙂

  • Reply
    Tina
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    Oikos is my favorite yogurt. I love the consistency and flavor of greek yogurt. Plus Oikos is more readily available to me. I love the honey and vanilla flavors. I would love to try the chocolate or caramel flavors too though.
    .-= Tina´s last blog ..Spring Is Popping! =-.

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    Tiffany
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    I’m a Chobani girl but buy Oikos too because it’s on sale more often than Chobani. I like Chobani because it’s thicker and they have a variety of flavors.
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..We never found out who let the dogs out. =-.

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      Teri
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      I do wish OIKOS had as many flavors as Chobani. Maybe soon?

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    Anna
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    We love Greek yogurt. We like Dannon but my store has recently stopped stocking it so we may have to switch brands. The vanilla is like eating dessert.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Happy St. Patrick’s Day =-.

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    Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
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    I love plain greek yogurt! I use it as a substitute for sour cream in just about everything from cooking, baking, dips, toppings. Too me it’s just as cool and refreshing as sour cream and tastes amazing topped on a baked potato with scallions or a crisp dip on a veggie tray. I serve it to my friends as sour cream and they never even know! 😉
    .-= Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble´s last blog ..Words from the Wise =-.

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      Teri
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      Your friends never know when you serve it as sour cream? My hubby catches me every time! 🙂

      Love the name of your blog, BTW!

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    Jenny
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    I love the Oikos with honey in them- they’re great for on-the-go! And I love plain Fage:)

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    Ashley
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    I went from eating regular yogurt to Greek yogurt to Mediterranean yogurt…I found a brand at Whole Foods (Liberte) that comes in fun flavors like apple crumble (it’s awesome, it’s got apples and raisins and cinnamon in it!) and plum and walnut. I eat it pretty much every day for breakfast, although if I run out and can’t get to Whole Foods I fall back on Chobani. And I buy plain Fage for recipes. I’ll only eat regular yogurt if that’s the only option.
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Cluck Cluck Moo =-.

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      Teri
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      that Liberte brand sounds so good! I’ll have to check it out.

  • Reply
    Caitlin
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    BLECH! I simply cannot STAND Greek yogurt. I have tried so many brands – Chobani is the only one I haven’t – and I can’t get over the sour taste. I may give it one last shot with a flavor that has fruit in it, but I find myself making the craziest sour face when I eat it. I want to like it, I really do!! 🙁
    .-= Caitlin´s last blog ..Thanks, but no thanks =-.

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      Teri
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      haha! Have you only tried plain?? Because I didn’t like the plain at first either.

  • Reply
    Gracie @ Girl Meets Health
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    SO glad you discovered the glory that is Greek yogurt! I’ve actually been hooked on it for years…before I even came across food blogs. The only problem is that I can barely stand the taste/texture of regular yogurt now!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I’ve been hooked for awhile, just on a different brand. But now I love OIKOS! Yeah, regular yogurt is kind of like mucous-y now! eew!

  • Reply
    spants
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    To anyone who can’t find Greek or Greek-style yogurt, or for those who prefer the taste of their favorite non-Greek yogurt: you can strain yogurt through cheesecloth, paper towels, or a clean dish towel (must not smell like detergent or softener). Just line a strainer with cloth/towel and place over a bowl. Spoon the yogurt into the strainer and place in the fridge until desired consistency is reached. The remaining liquid is whey and can be used in smoothies, soups, sauces, or other applications easily found through Googling. Note: the volume of the yogurt will decrease by about half, but this method is sometimes cheaper than buying Greek yogurt.

    My favorite Greek yogurt is Fage, though I also like Oikos. But as far as bang for the buck value, Trader Joe’s Greek yogurt is the way to go.

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      Teri
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      good notes…I’ve done this before and it works well. but luckily greek yogurt is readily available in most places now and sometimes I’m just lazy. 🙂 I wish I had a TJ’s closer to me to try their brand!

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    Kim
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    I have a question … so you know how one of the healthiest things about yogurt is when it has live active cultures? Does greek yogurt like Oikos have that? Usually it says it on the container, but since the Oikos brand doesn’t, I wondered.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Getting an Epidural — Is it for You? =-.

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