Since working with Nicole Hallissey, RD, I have been against flavored yogurts! I never really felt the need to look at the amount of sugar in yogurt because I just thought any kind of yogurt was healthy for you when I was young and naive. I don’t usually use or eat yogurt unless I’m putting it in a smoothie, and I used to use pineapple flavored Shoprite brand greek yogurt. My first experience with greek yogurt wasn’t so great. I hated the taste and the consistency, but I knew it was a better option because of the protein content, so I would try to deal with it in my smoothies. After a while, I got used to it and now I can even eat it without having to hide it in a smoothie! However, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat plain greek yogurt and not make a ‘grossed out’ face. Recently I’ve been buying the Chobani ‘Almond Coco Loco’ Flip cups as a treat, because there are 22g of sugar in each little cup. If you eat yogurt a lot and are watching your weight, I’d suggest you check out the sugar content and possibly change your flavor. Flavored yogurts are evil! I also suggest, if you can tolerate plain, to just add your own sweeteners like fruits, some honey, agave, those types of things. I decided to make my own version of the ‘Almond Coco Loco,’ and it came out pretty awesome if I do say so myself. OH, and guess what flavor yogurt I used?
Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt (~6g sugar/ 1cup)
Dark Chocolate (~6g/ 1tbsp)
Sliced Almonds (1g/ 1/4cup)
Shredded Unsweetened Coconut (<1g/ 3tbsp)
That’s about 14g of sugar per 8oz of yogurt AND additives! Chobani Coco Loco flip cup is 5.3oz and 22g of sugar. I’d say adding your own sweeteners is a good idea 😉
Mix the ingredients and enjoy!