Cooking · Fitness

The Battle of the Great (or should I say Greek) Yogurt

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Good morning! I am blogging at Starbucks while enjoying this snow day- so relaxing! My drink of choice today was a hazelnut macchiato. Vanilla flavor, espresso and milk combine to form the base of this drink; light foam and hazelnut syrup top it off. I’ve never had one before, but I would recommend it so far. What are your snow day plans??

 

 

 

Since I had several snow days this week, I was up in the morning and home when Good Morning America was on TV, so I sat down with a cup of coffee in hand (always a must!) and watched it one day. It was actually really relaxing and a nice way to wake up! One of the topics that they discussed was the current debate over several brands of yogurt.

In the running: Yoplait and Chobani.

 

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On Good Morning America, they didn’t give much information about either kind of yogurt; however the show did say that several commercials would air during the Super Bowl. Yoplait’s commercial features short clips from a taste test the company recently did. Yoplait gave samples of both kinds of yogurt to 300 people, not telling them which kind they were sampling. The company reported that 2/3 of the taste-testers liked Yoplait over Chobani. I’ve eaten both kinds, and enjoy them both! I typically do buy Greek yogurt because of the extra protein it offers, and I usually do buy Chobani (I just prefer the taste over Yoplait, not sure why), but I do like them both. No matter the kind, most of my mornings start like this:

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I love the possibilities that yogurt offers! It is delicious by itself, but there are also a variety of toppings that you can add. My personal favorites are fruit and granola. However, it is also good with pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds or pecans, pumpkin, chia seeds, flaxseeds, banana slices, strawberries, or blueberries… I could keep going all day! I was interested to find out more information though, so I took some time today to look over a few articles online, comparing the kinds available and the nutritional facts of each. Watch a short version of the news segment here—> ABC News

I used Two Foods: Instant Food Comparison online to compare the nutritional information for Chobani and Yoplait Greek yogurt. For a single-serving container of Chobani yogurt (un-flavored), there are 120 calories, 19 grams of carbs, and 12 grams of protein. A single-serving size of Yoplait offers 140 calories, 22 grams of carbs, and 11 grams of protein.

So as you can see, both kinds seem pretty similar. In an effort to compete against Chobani’s multi-billion dollar company, Yoplait introduced their 100-calorie individual serving of Greek yogurt in August 2013. Not to be outdone, Chobani released its own version of 100-calorie Greek yogurt in December 2013. The nutritional stats for each brand include:

Yoplait: 100 calories, 0g fat, 11g carbs, 13g protein, and 7g sugar (Source- Calorie Count)

Chobani: 100 calories, 0g fat, 14 to 15g carbs, 12g protein, and 6 to 8g sugars. (Source- Shape)

Both kinds of the 100-calorie yogurts seem to be pretty similar as well. So, pros and cons! Tough decisions for a runner…

 

Question of the Day:

  • What is your favorite brand of yogurt? Favorite flavor?

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored in any way- I was personally interested in looking at the difference and information about these two brands. All opinions are my own!

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