Like Yogurt? Win It!

There is nothing nicer than meeting a product you like and then meeting the lovely “parents” who brought this product to life.  This happened with Chobani Yogurt (a thick Greek-style yogurt). I knew of their yogurt, thought it was great, met one of the wonderful people behind the product, adored her, she loved The Sweet Beet and here we are –  giving their stuff away.

My yogurt passion runs deep. Some people fancy themselves a wine connoisseur (so not me), but yogurt – you’ve come to the right place. So let’s talk Greek…

Getting Out Of The Whey: Why The Hype Over Greek

Greek yogurt is simply “regular” yogurt that’s been strained so that much of the liquid (the “whey”) is removed, leaving the yogurt with double the protein and half the sugar (largely found in the whey).

It was really the Fage brand that made the term “Greek yogurt” ubiquitous in the West, but “strained yogurt” is the official term and is a staple in many countries besides Greece. Moreover, most yogurt in Greece is not even strained! The strained kind is more often used for cooking or as a dessert.

What’s Cool About Chobani’s Take On Greek…

Two things:

1) Their straining process removes more of the water and less of the protein from the whey, leaving most of the nine essential amino acids/proteins intact.

2) They add more probiotic cultures than many yogurt brands. To call a product “yogurt”, you legally have to use two cultures: lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus. Chobani, however, adds three more probiotic cultures: lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidus, and lactobacillus casei.  Is that a big deal? Well there is some evidence that the basic yogurt strains can not be considered “probiotic” as they do not survive the stomach acids and so do not repopulate in the gut (check this from my proB post).  Also various probiotic strains become active at various points of the digestive track, so generally the more strains, the greater chance you’re getting probiotics spread throughout your gut.

Why Are A Lot of Greek Yogurts (including Chobani) Not Organic?

Not certain on this, but I think it’s because with Greek you have to start with so much more milk to get the same end volume (because of the straining), so it would make the end cost to the consumer a lot higher. (Their cows though, are not treated with the growth hormone rGBH.)

Is Greek Any Lower In Lactose?

Yogurt in general is lower in lactose than milk, and Greek typically is lower still because of the straining which removes much of the lactose, and gives it its distinctive tangy taste.

More Fun With Yogurt

This is not just fruit with yogurt …

Sure there is kiwi …

And grated lime… but other secret ingredients too.

Get the recipe here!

Oh and in case you were wondering, yes you can freeze yogurt. While frozen, the active cultures become dormant, but once thawed, they spring back to life.

So How Do I Win

Two cases (12 cups in a case, your choice of flavor) will be given away to two subscribers (one case each).  So to start, you have to be a subscriber to win (sign-up-box top right of page), PLUS — to enter you have to leave a comment. You can say whatever you want … fave ways to eat it, creative ways you cook with it…

The two winners will be announced August 22.

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  • Emily Wolfer

    I love making my marathon mudpie with greek yogurt (chocolate, banana, pb – yum)

  • Laurel

    I eat Chobani Greek Yogurt almost every day. The pineapple is terrific!!

  • Michelle

    I LOVE greek yogurt.  Especially, Chobani.  Since I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, I have found the new “diet” to be a little challenging.  The only food that works as a great snack before bed is Chobani Greek yogurt.  I love ALL the flavors and the best part, it helps keep my morning fasting blood sugar at a very healthy level! 

  • Sandraedman Wilson

    I love Chobani Greek Yogurt. Peach is my favorite. I have just started adding pre-ground flaxseed as a healthy topping. I have asked for it in several stores (the yogurt). I buy it at Publix and Target has a small selection. I heard that Kroger now has it. It is my afternoon healthy snack at work!  I need the protein and the calcium.

  • McKenna

    Greek/strained yogurt has been an obsession of mine for a while now. There are two sure-fire ways that I enjoy it; with some honey (or agave nectar) and organic strawberries, or as frozen yogurt. I really dislike normal yogurt, but I have yet to ever get sick of strained! It’s too darn good!

  • Mzkatana229

    i use the Chobani greek Yogurt   in chicken salad in place of mayo yummy, where ever mayo is used its a great substitute

  • Paulap222

    Greek Yogurt has rocked my world. I’m a graduate student and gained about 40 lbs. my first year. Now thanks to healthy eating including regular helpings of greek yogurt, I’m well on my way (-15 lbs) to getting back to my “confident weight.” I LOVE that chobani is so delicious, portable, and the protein keeps me going through long days in the labs and in the books. Thanks for the ideas! 

  • Apeck

    I like to eat the Blueberry Greek Yogurt at night. It helps me to fill full so I don’t snack near as much during the night. It’s a great way to get protein!!

  • Burgess T

    I’m new to Chobani Yogurt.  A friend was raving how good it was so I thought I’d give it a try and now I’m hooked.  Following some advice from Dr. Oz, I’m buying the non-fat plain, adding a banana, a tiny bit of honey and toasted or plain slivered almonds and having this for lunch and am loving it!  It fills me up, satisfies any cravings and hopefully doing what the good Dr. claims it should do. 

  • Micelle Rose Marino Horner

    I subscribed! I love this yogurt- so much protein, so little calories! I eat one daily for breakfast and sometimes for desert at night.

  • Scribblerr9

    Can’t live without my nice, thick yogurt… supplemented by homemade lime curd and fresh pie cherries.  Or with any other fruit I have handy — fresh, canned, or dried.  Or, just plain.  

  • Michele K. Winslow

    I eat it right out of the tub every morning…  Yummy way to start the day!  : )

  • Busmom427

    I absolutely love Chobani Greek Yogurt.  I’m getting ready for gastric bypass and changing the way I eat and the way I look at food.  My nutritionist reccommended Chobani to me for the protien and I fell in love with it.  My fav is the blueberry.

  • Lilktny

    Greek yogurt is especially good just with a tiny bit of brown sugar and cinnamon or berries. Best part of my day on some days.

  • karrie

    i have mixed plain chobani with onion soup mix for a great dip, also made dill dips with it too…I LOVE AND LIVE chobani….AND just found out walmart is now carrying it YAY….

  • Anonymous

    I eat your yogurt every day with my  grandson Tyner. He’s 2 and I get our tub of Cherry yogurt out and stir it and while I”m doing that he gets his little baby spoon and I get my spoon and he runs to the couch and we both enjoy our tub of Cherry Yogurt. And we both go yummmmmy! He won’t let me feed him he has to stick his little spoon in and boy does he dig in, I’m lucky to get my share! But that’s ok cause he’s my little buddy!

  • Anonymous

    I eat your yogurt every day with my  grandson Tyner. He’s 2 and I get our tub of Cherry yogurt out and stir it and while I”m doing that he gets his little baby spoon and I get my spoon and he runs to the couch and we both enjoy our tub of Cherry Yogurt. And we both go yummmmmy! He won’t let me feed him he has to stick his little spoon in and boy does he dig in, I’m lucky to get my share! But that’s ok cause he’s my little buddy!

  • Bambi Wright

    Your blog is fabulous, many props to you! Truthfully, I haven’t tried many brands of greek yogurt.. they all tasted very bland and sour. Ah, that’s when my dear husband brought home a cup of Chobani black cherry yogurt. I’m not big of cherry anything but it was yummy. The next day I went to our local grocer and wiped them out of all of the black cherry (for my husband) and pineapple (all for me!)..I’ve died and gone to Chobani heaven! I had oral surgery last week, Chobani has been my life-line!

  • Kelly Brown7

    New subscriber here. Chobani is the first yogurt I’ve had where I can truly say the “plain” in my favorite. But that’s only because I love to add my own goodies to it. I’m partial to blueberries, strawberries and sliced almonds. That’s not to say that I don’t also love the flavored varieties. Pomegranate has to be my favorite there.

  • Cherelynr

    Can you get Costco to carry your product?

  • Ksnyder529

    Chobani is my favorite breakfast..use it in all my baking..really pumps up a cake mix..try it…great on baked potatoes..

  • Kim

    Thanks for the info.  I wondered what the difference was.  I love Chobani!  Eat it twice a day!  I’m still trying to figure out how something that is so good for you can taste so good!

  • Rachel

    I take the plain greek yogurt and add either french onion soup or veggie dip soup mix and use it as a dip for my carrots…one way to get the protein and save on calories

  • eM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE yogurt and Chobani is my favorite! I was introduced to Greek yogurt over a year ago and I’ve tried ’em all. The one I found the best tasting and satisfying is Chobani!

  • Kimberly

    I love Chobani’s greek yogurt so much that I will no longer buy any other brand of yogurt. I don’t need any extras with my yogurt (though it goes great with fruit or to make a cucumber sauce). I just pop one open, grab a spoon, and enjoy!

  • Shawn McGinley Bradford

    I LOVE Chobani – all flavors!  Today I made a delicious tuna salad using plain Cho in place of mayo :)

  • Wendy Alexander

    I love greek yogurt SO much. I’m lactose intolerant, so I’m SUPER happy that it has even less lactose than usual. My doctor recommended that I up my vitamin D intake, so I usually eat a cup of chobani with a couple of vitamin D drops thrown in, sometimes with a spoonful of ground flax seeds. The yogurt’s good enough that I don’t even taste the additions, and they’re good for me. 

    ACTUALLY, my favorite application of greek yogurt ( I leave the frozen yogurt making to experts like Blue Marble ) is in macaroni and cheese! I learned that I could replace the milk AND the butter with plain yogurt. It’s thicker, more savory, and SO creamy. I suppose it’s better for me, but who cares?

  • jadietea

    Just discovered this brand a couple months ago, and I love it over any of the other brands. I love adding it to my fruit smoothies to give it a creamy flavor. Yum!

  • Candace

    I just subscribed :) I LOVE mixing chobani plain yogurt with my steel cut oats every morning topped with cinnamon and walnuts. It’s definitely my favorite breakfast!!

  • Laura

    Hello- I love Chobani Greek yogurt.  I recently started trying to eat healthier and get in shape.  I was told to increase my protein intake and that I should try Greek yogurt.  It is so tasty!  My favorite is to make a breakfast yogurt parfait with fruit and granola.  It is also a great afternoon snack. You know how sometimes you get so sleepy after lunch but before dinner?  Chobani takes the edge off and gives me energy.

  • Tami Harris

    My treat for the day is always chobani yogurt (these days the champion size) over a bowl full of fresh berries: strawberries; blackberries; blueberries ~ even yellow seedless watermelon in the mix! Covered with Chobani; topped with crushed walnut and choclate chip morsals. O M G DELISH !!  :o)

  • Shelly_albright

    Heaven in the morning

  • karen

    great for post work-out snack!  Keeps the cravings at bay.

  • Michelle Hauff

    I love my greek yogurt, drizzled over angel food cake with strawberries and blueberries and a little agave makes for an interesting take on simple strawberry shortcake! Its also breakfast. Every. Morning. With a cinnamon and apple mixture, sautéed in a little butter with raisins and nutmeg and a bit of granola to top it off

  • Armanixchangeguy

    I am a nutritionist and love the benefits of Greek yogurt for all people I talk to. These live and active enzymes within the yogurt do amazing things inside our bodies and I keep sharing this with people who want to be healthy.

  • Oralia Ruiz Rodriguez

    I love Chobani so much, I wana take it behind the bleachers and get it PREGNANT!

  • Angie Dobos

    i freeze them each night and put them into my kids lunch bag for school …it’s  a great tasting , healthy snack….and it keeps their sandwiches cool!!   a win/win situation…and, i feel good about them having the extra protein to help their little brains function at their peaks.. 

  • Valerie

    Love Greek yogurt! Not a sour cream/mayo fan, so I use it in the place. And as a vegetarian, love a mediterranean diet. I get your blog posts on my Google Reader, and love you blog!

  • Anonymous

    While baking, replace butter with the same amount of vanilla or plain (flavor if you want to spice things up) Chobani for healthier baked treats!

  • D. Robert

    I learned about strained yogurt 30-years ago when I took a trip to the Greek islands in my youth.  I spent a week on Mykonos and every morning I’d go down to my favorite the waterfront cafe and have a big bowl of yogurt covered in honey while I watched the fishermen return with their squid catch for the day. I’m so happy this yogurt has finally caught on in America.