The lovely folks at Stonyfield contacted me a few weeks ago and sent me several coupons for some free Oikos Greek Yogurt.
I’m a huge fan of Greek yogurt because of it’s rich, thick and creamy texture. Due to a straining process which helps to remove some of the whey (liquid), Greek yogurt is able to achieve a thick consistency, even when the fat is removed. While full fat Greek yogurt is certainly available for purchase, the inherent creaminess of the nonfat Greek yogurt makes it so I don’t need to miss the fat at all.
In addition to it’s wonderful consistency, Greek yogurt provides a hefty amount of protein. One container of Oikos 5.3 oz. Plain Greek Yogurt offers 15 grams, or 30% of your daily recommended intake. As you can see, Greek yogurt packs a lot of protein in a small amount.
While Greek yogurt doesn’t contain quite as much calcium as regular yogurt due to the straining process it undergoes, it still contains a considerably substantial amount. A serving of Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt contains 20% DRI of calcium, just ten percent less than Stonyfield’s orginal plain yogurt.
And as with all yogurt, Greek yogurt contains probiotics, live bacteria known to benefit the body in numerous ways, such as helping to aid with the process of digestion. Oikos plain yogurt contains the following five strains: S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. casei.
Oikos offers several flavors, including plain, vanilla, honey, strawberry, blueberry, caramel, and chocolate. I was lucky enough to sample the plain, honey, and blueberry. I plan on searching for a store near me that offers the chocolate and caramel, two very intriguing flavors!
I have to admit that Oikos didn’t have quite the same thickness and richness as some of my other favorite Greek yogurt brands, but it definitely captured a wonderful taste. My favorite was the blueberry, containing vanilla yogurt on top and real blueberries on the bottom. While I didn’t dislike the honey flavor, the honey on the bottom was just a little too liquidy for my predilection, and I think I would prefer to add my own honey to Oikos’s plain variety.
What I really like about Oikos is that it’s organic. As quoted on their website, “Oikos is the first certified-organic Greek yogurt on the market.” This means Stonyfield created Oikos without the use of antibiotics, artificial growth hormones, genetically modified organisms, chemical fertilizers, or toxic and persistent pesticides. This not only benefits our bodies but the environment as well. Kudos for this!
If you decide to try Oikos, check out Stonyfield’s’ recipe page, which will give you more than a handful of creative ways to put your Greek yogurt to use!