Nectar of the Gods on Aisle 4
User Pick: Chobani Nonfat Greek Yogurt
The Issue: We all know women love yogurt, but with so many kinds out there, how's a chick to choose?
The Fix: One of the healthiest and tastiest on the market: Chobani Nonfat Greek Yogurt, a fave of our reader Sophie Yoon, 28.
Greek yogurt is not your standard yogurt fare. It's made using a straining technique that removes excess liquid, making the yogurt thicker and creamier. And while "creamier" is one of the grosser words of all time (it's right up there with "moist" and "panties"), no one wants her yogurt looking like cafeteria slop, right?
The richness of Greek yogurt makes it particularly filling and satisfying, and it's healthier than the standard stuff to boot. According to Chobani's site, their yogurt is all natural, has two times more protein than regular yogurt, 50 percent less sodium, and fewer carbs. Take the six-ounce cup of Chobani Plain Nonfat yogurt: with only 100 calories, you're getting 18 grams of protein-that's 36 percent of the generally recommended daily value. And it packs 20 percent of your daily value of calcium. Calcium's important, and getting it from food (rather than supplements) is the best way to go. No wonder this stuff is trendy.
Chobani yogurt also has five active live cultures, including three types of probiotics, which are "living organisms found in certain foods and dietary supplements that help replenish and strengthen the bacteria naturally living in your body," their site explains. That's important because these good bacteria in your body help maintain balance in your digestive tract and boost your immune system.
When we asked our Facebook fans about their fave yogurt, we weren't shocked to see a whole lotta love for the Greek goodness. But while several readers suggested Fage brand, Sophie's pick, Chobani, was our fave. That's because Chobani is less expensive and offers a greater variety of flavors in the nonfat version, like blueberry, honey, raspberry, peach, pomegranate, strawberry and vanilla (the fruity flavors are made with real fruit). The nutrition info varies by flavor, but for a nonfat six-ounce cup, you'll consume anywhere from 100 to 150 calories.
Just don't go crazy on the toppings if you're watching calories. We like Sophie's Chobani routine: the plain version topped with blueberries and Bear Naked banana nut granola. Or, since the plain version has a great creamy, tangy taste, eating it alone or with a little bit of sugar may be all you need.
Another perk: You can use Chobani in a slew of cooking recipes as a healthy substitute for many ingredients higher in calories and fat (you can check out some recipes online).
It's good for your body and a lot easier on your heart than the Greek god you kept calling "Nicolai" all night because you couldn't pronounce his actual name.
This is not a product endorsement or recommendation on behalf of ChickRx. Please use your own judgment and consult your physician before using any new product.