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 sweeteners. 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?