Here’s Your Guide To Which Yogurts Are Actually Healthy (And Taste Good, Too)
Whether you love or hate yogurt, you can’t deny that it’s a healthy and accessible breakfast food staple. You also can’t deny that the supermarket aisle where you’ll find it is completely out of control with options, making it feel far too overwhelming and impossible to pick the “best” one out there or even the right one for you. That’s why we stepped up and tried a fair number of them — so you don’t have to waste time and money on experimentation.
Now, before we share the list of yogurts worth mentioning, know that we intentionally picked 2 percent milkfat varieties when available since it’s important to include healthy fats in a balanced diet. We also paid close attention to sugar and protein content since most health-minded folks aim for less of the former and more of the latter. And don’t forget about the actual flavor analysis! Because what’s the point of eating something healthy if you can barely get it down, right?
We chose one winner per yogurt category to make your grocery shopping decisions easier. (You’re welcome.) Here are the seven products that made the cut.
There’s no contest for us when it comes to Greek yogurt. Fage will forever reign supreme with its perfectly thick and creamy texture. Plus, it’s not overly sour despite being a plain flavor and you can add as little of the natural honey pod as you want if you’re trying to keep your sugar in check. The ingredients couldn’t get any simpler — milk, cream and live active yogurt cultures. And 12 grams of protein is definitely a positive way to start your morning.
For the lactose-intolerant folks out there who just so happen to love yogurt, know that you do have options. Kite Hill is one of the best almond milk yogurt brands that can be found in most grocery stores that carry dairy-alternative products. We tried the vanilla flavor, and while it’s pretty sweet and a little soupy in texture, we think it’s acceptable for your morning parfaits. Plus, it still delivers 10 percent of your daily protein needs along with added live active cultures.
Here’s another dairy-free option if almond milk just isn’t your thing. So Delicious has a pretty extensive line of coconut milk-based alternative yogurts with plenty of flavors to choose from. To keep things consistent, we opted for the vanilla with active cultures added in. We were a little turned off by its translucent look, and the texture is a bit grainy and watery, but the flavor definitely works. We suggest tossing this one into morning smoothies for a probiotic boost.
If you have yet to try Icelandic skyr, head to the supermarket the second you finish reading this article. The texture and flavor profile of Siggi’s is life-changing — so dense yet creamy, delicately fruity yet not too sweet. We tried the lingonberry & strawberry flavor, and we would happily eat it again at any time of day. Plus, it has only 10 grams of sugar (which is very low for fruit-flavored yogurts) and a whopping 15 grams of protein. This skyr honestly gives Fage a run for its money.
Australian-style, whole-milk yogurt is by far the most indulgent option on this list, but wow is it worth it. Noosa comes in so many flavor varieties, and we liked it so much the first go-round with raspberry that we tried another half-dozen options while we were at it. The large containers make it so you can portion it out for two 4-ounce servings if you’d like, each with a solid 6 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein. (You’ll feel full, we promise.) They can be a little high on the sugar because of the whole-fruit blends at the bottom of each cup, but they’re made of wholesome ingredients and taste oh so yummy.
Quark is a European style of cultured dairy that is naturally loaded with protein while keeping any tartness in its flavor to a minimum. The texture is also impossibly creamy. Misha, a New York state dairy brand, does quark well in all flavors, but especially the strawberry rhubarb. Similar to Siggis, it offers just the right amount of fruitiness without feeling overly sweet. Plus, how can you beat 15 grams of protein per cup?
Last but not least, we have kefir, which is a cultured, drinkable yogurt. And Wallaby Organic certainly knows what it’s doing when it comes to kefir. The raspberry flavor makes it feel like a probiotic-rich breakfast smoothie, as well as a refreshingly healthy dessert depending on how you roll. One cup offers up 7 grams of protein, and the low-fat varieties include 12 live active cultures to help keep your gut healthy and happy. Cheers to drinking your yogurt rather than spooning it!