Dairy Products that Taste Good and Lower In Fat (cont.)
The trick with yogurt is figuring out whether you want artificial sweeteners (many of the "light" yogurts have them) or whether you're OK with most of the calories coming from sugar. Basically, the fruit-flavored yogurts have low-fat milk listed as the first ingredient, with some type of sugar as the second ingredient, and fruit for the third.
Design Your Own Flavored Yogurt
To create your own flavored yogurt, start with whatever brand of plain yogurt you like, and stir in all sorts of foods and flavors into it until you get something you really like. Here are a few ideas from my kitchen to yours:
If you're sensitive to aftertastes in artificially sweetened products, you'll probably want to avoid the "light" yogurts. There are quite a few "light" yogurts to choose from and they all taste pretty good, as long as you don't mind the taste of aspartame. We've listed the major brands below.
The other option? Regular, lowfat, or fat-free yogurts. You probably already have your favorite brand that has just the right texture or tang for your taste buds. If so, stick with it! Check the nutrition information label of your favorites for grams of sugars, though. Some flavors and brands have more than others. Here are a few examples below.
Drink Your Yogurt?
I've got to admit that the thought of drinking my yogurt from a bottle didn't excite me at first. Then I got my hands on Yoplait's raspberry-flavored Nouriche yogurt smoothie and I loved it! Granted, there is plenty of sweetener (the first two ingredients are nonfat milk and nonfat yogurt, but the next two are sugar and high-fructose corn syrup), but each bottle also contributes 10 grams of protein and a hefty dose of vitamins and minerals (about 25% of the Daily Value for vitamin A, along with calcium, vitamin D, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, etc.).
My editor chimed in to say that she really enjoys Dannon's Light'n'Fit Smoothie. It comes in three flavors -- her faves are Strawberry Banana and Mixed Berry. It's only got 5 grams of protein, but it's also got only 80 calories, mostly due to the use of Splenda sweetener. (Editor's Note: If you hate it, blame me, not Elaine.)
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