Health: My Love Affair With Yogurt

Try these high-end yogurts for a creamy and so-good-for-you snack


 

Yogurt has been called "the gift of the gods," and throughout the centuries has been thought of as a salve for everything from stomach problems to a longer life. But despite all of its health benefits, I’ve shied away from yogurt over the past few years, striking it from my diet for two reasons: the sugar counts in the regular varieties (it’s shocking. Go ahead and spin that little cup of fruit-on-the-bottom around. 29 grams. I’d rather have ice cream!) and the artificial sweetener in the lite versions. Instead, I opted for yogurt’s protein-packed cousin, cottage cheese. It was lower in sugar, packed with double the protein and was the base for my favorite post-workout smoothie.

But my recent trip to London rekindled my love affair with the creamy goodness. Every morning I would walk down the red-carpeted stairs of the Langham Hotel and tuck myself into a deep plush booth with a cappuccino and a perfectly chilled little glass dish of yogurt. Topped with fresh apricots, peaches, or blueberries, I was in heaven. Never had I known that yogurt could taste so wholesome, so undeniably good for you.

Once I jetted back across the pond, I was determined to find something similar. No, they aren’t in the glass container and I don’t get to enjoy them with London’s bustling shopping district right outside my door, but I’ve found two yogurts locally that have filled the gapping hole that my London breakfasts had left.

Fage Total 0% Greek Yoghurt and Iceland’s Skyr.Is Natural Plain Yogurt. They’re unlike any Americanized version of the food. Fage is packed with 13 grams of protein and Skyr tops the charts with 22. Both only have 6 grams of carbs (zero added sugar), lots of calcium, and contain absolutely nothing but all-natural ingredients. (And Skyr comes with the cutest snap-into-place plastic spoon, so it’s perfect for tossing in your bag for an easy on-the-go breakfast or lunch.)

They’ve become my new little indulgence. I’ve passed up ice cream on a Thursday night for one of these containers. Eat it plain, eat it with a dollop of no-sugar-added strawberry jelly (my favorite brand is 365 from Whole Foods) or with a drizzle of honey. Also, use them as superhealthy replacements for fatty sour cream in dips.

Find both yogurts at Whole Foods, multiple locations, wholefoods.com