Walking down the yogurt aisle at the store can be pretty confusing and overwhelming when you’re trying to make a healthier choice for you or your children. Over the past few years the types, brands and varieties of yogurt have vastly expanded. The options used to be just plain and few varieties of flavors. Now you can choose from Greek, Icelandic, French and plain in a wide variety of fat percentages. Deciphering all the claims on yogurts like low fat, fat free, sugar free etc can be equally as confusing.
When it comes to milk fat percentage I prefer some fat in my yogurt. I typically buy whole milk or at least 2% milk fat. I find that having some fat helps me feel more satisfied and the texture is much more creamy. When it comes to protein Greek or Icelandic is going to have more protein than your traditional yogurt and typically less sugar.
If dairy is an issue there are more non-dairy options than ever before on the market that are made from soy, almond, cashew or coconut. Just like the traditional yogurt the flavored varieties tend to be high in sugar. I typically buy plain Silk almond milk yogurt and the strawberry almond milk yogurt and mix the two for my daughter.
The goal of this guide is to make choosing yogurt a more simple process. The primary ingredients should be milk and probiotics. Looking at the total sugar on the label is a great idea and I like to aim for less than 12g per serving. Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar in milk that can contribute to the sugar content of the yogurt but added sugar can take that to another level leaving you with a yogurt that has the equivalent amount of sugar as ice cream.