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We’re huge yogurt fans at our house but I have to be honest – the last time I brought home Greek yogurt for the kids they all turned their noses up at it and refused to eat more than a bite. I love that Greek yogurt is lower in fat and higher in protein than regular yogurt but I was nervous about getting the kids to try it again. I’d heard good things about the new Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt so I thought we could give it a try again, and since my five year old quadruplets can’t read the word “Greek” I knew I could get them to give it a shot. There are so many flavors to choose from that I was able to get something to suit everyone. Check out these available flavors:
- Black Cherry
- Strawberry (fruit on the bottom)
- Strawberry (traditional)
- Key Lime
Hubby is a beekeeper so I thought he’d like the honey variety, but he really didn’t – said the combination just wasn’t for him, turns out he loves the blueberry. One of my boys decided that he really likes the blueberry also, and the rest of us (including mommy) favor the traditional strawberry with the fruit mixed into the yogurt. I am SO happy that they like it because Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular low-fat yogurt, plus the fruit on the bottom varieties have 0% fat and the blended varieties contain only about 3% fat.
So what makes Greek yogurt so different? Well it’s thicker and creamier than regular yogurt because of the authentic Greek straining process that removes some of the liquid part of the yogurt, or whey, and leaves more of the milk solids. That process is also the reason that Greek yogurt is lower in fat and higher in protein since removing the fatty whey liquids leaves a denser yogurt with a higher level of protein.
I also really love to cook with Greek yogurt, because it’s so rich and creamy it is perfect for using in recipes and makes a great base for marinades. I cannot wait to try this recipe for Tandoori Chicken – it’s one of my all time favorite dishes and the nearest Indian food restaurant is an hour away from me. Check out the Dannon Oikos website for more great recipes, and while you’re at it you may want to go ahead and ‘like’ Oikos on Facebook so you can keep an eye out for promotions and coupons.
Disclosure: I have partnered with Dannon to help promote the Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt Series. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about the promotion and product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.