Should I Give Greek Yogurt Another Chance?

This may sound strange, but I actually recall the first time I heard of ‘Greek yogurt’.  I don’t remember the exact date, but I was talking to some co-workers and was excited about the fact that our grocery store had a ‘store brand’ yogurt that was about 30-40% less in cost, yet tasted just as good.  A co-worker asked, “Do they have Greek yogurt?”

I stared blankly at her, and only afterward did I learn what it was.  As it turns out, they did not yet have Greek yogurt.

But, you’d better believe that they do now!

I’ve always been fairly dismissive of Greek yogurt.

  • I’ve tried it, and it never really did much for me.  I’ve always enjoyed yogurt, the kind that many people would consider “regular”, which was the standard sold before Greek became all the rage.  I have always enjoyed flavored yogurt, so the standard 6 ounce cups were fine for me.
  • I always believed that the transition to Greek yogurt was just another way to sell something at a much higher price, as Greek yogurt seems to be about 50-75% higher in price from what I’ve seen.

Recently, I’m starting to think that maybe I should give it another chance.  Here are the factors that have changed my mind:

  • It does appear that there are health benefits to Greek – For a long time, I never believed that there was a big difference, except in price, between regular and Greek.  My wife has been trying to convince me there are, and I’m starting to believe her.
  • Regular selection is dwindling – For awhile, it seemed like Greek yogurt was the rising ‘niche’, and started taking away more and more shelf space from regular yogurt.  Now, it seems that Greek has taken over the majority of space.  I’m just not finding the number of flavors I used to see in regular.
  • I switched regular yogurts and have not been impressed – For the longest time, I was eating the low fat, low sugar variety of yogurt, with it generally being in the 90-100 calorie range.  Recently, I’ve made an effort to stop using artificial mb-2014-05sugarssweeteners.  I got rid of the Splenda I put in my coffee and just use regular sugar.  I figured I’d follow suit with yogurt, and have been getting the lowfat variety, but with sugar.  I figure sugar is the lesser of two evils.  Turns out, that has like 60-70 additional calories, and to be honest, I’m not crazy about it.  It almost seems overly rich. If I’m going to make the decision to consume more calories, I at least expect my satisfaction with what I’m taking in to remain the same.

Since there seem to be some health benefits to it, and since I’m at a point where I am not fiercly loyal to the yogurt I eat right now (from a satisfaction perspective), I figure maybe I’ll give Greek yogurt another chance.    Though, I do have to point out that I will forever draw the line at eating any type of Activia yogurt.  I cannot tell you how sick I am of seeing commercials with Jamie Lee Curtis making reference to her bowel movements.  Gross.

The price is still a concern, but if there are benefits, maybe it’s worth it.  Also, I’m finding that as more and more shelf space goes toward Greek yogurt, you can find deals.  Store brands are still cheaper than the national brands, plus Costco sells several varities.  So, while my cost of eating yogurt would increase, I’m no longer as dismissive as it could actually be worth it if the health benefits are there.

Readers, do you go Greek these days?  If so, how do you keep it from breaking the bank?


13 thoughts on “Should I Give Greek Yogurt Another Chance?”

  1. I eat Greek yogurt. I always enjoyed the taste/texture, but never the price. I got around this by buying it at Costco for around $1/per container. But since it has spiked in popularity, I can now get it at my grocery store for less than $1 as the store brand. I’ve read the label and it basically is the exact same thing. The taste is a little different, but I actually enjoy the taste of the store brand better.

    I am happy though because I love strawberry/banana flavor. When Greek first came out, it was only the basic varieties. But now I can find my beloved strawberry/banana.

  2. I eat Greek yogurt only when I am in training for a full or half marathon. The extra protein is what I’m looking for. Otherwise, I stick to our generic store brand, low-fat yogurt. It is much cheaper and the kids like it better than the Greek stuff. Of the ones I tried, I liked Chobani the best.

  3. I have read that Greek yogurt is just regular yogurt with the whey drained off. You could make yogurt, drain the whey off and have homemade Greek yogurt.

  4. When I eat yogurt, it’s only Greek yogurt now. Actually, I eat the non-fat plain kind, and will mix it with ground flaxseed and sometimes a few berries. A few days per week maximum.

  5. Omg. I had a yogurt in my purse today that I meant to eat for breakfast. I didn’t find it until 7pm so that went out the window. There’s such a range of tastes and qualities among brands out there for Greek yogurt. I prefer them not to be super thick.

    • LOl, that’s funny though I’ve heard it said that since yogurt is technically already ‘bad’ by nature, that you can leave it out and it won’t hurt it any.

  6. I eat both, just to switch it up. Sometimes I eat Greek Vanilla, sometimes I’ll get the Dannon thick and creamy, sometimes the whipped kind. I tend to get Greek less often though because it is a bit more expensive. Usually I get several of the less expensive types, with one Greek for the week. In my opinion, the Greek Vanilla that I get has a WAAAY more intense vanilla flavor – but it could be just that brand too.

  7. I have found that if I eat 2 regular yogurt cups, it is just as filling as 1 Greek yogurt cup (Greek yogurt is way thicker). Why pay 2x $0.50 / regular cup when I can get extra health benefits from Greek yogurt and pay the same price?

  8. I prefer whatever I can get buy with coupons bringing the price down to less than $0.25 a container. Yogurt is one of the products you should never pay full price for – wait for a sale, then stack a manufacturer coupon (find printables all the time) and get a store coupon from their flyer or ad. Then stock up. Yogurt lasts months longer than the printed shelf life on the package. I usually have 40 to 80 yogurts stockpiled and never have run out. You can’t be brand loyal though – I like stoneyfield, muller, yoplait and chobani greek yogurts and in FL you can get these free or less than a quarter ALL THE TIME. This week its Muller yogurts that are $0.20/ea after coupons.

    • That’s a pretty low cost per cup. I think our average cost per cup is a bit higher, though it is probably because we’re semi-brand loyal, there’s a few brands that each of us will eat.

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