I don’t do giveaways often, but this is a product that I really like. So yes, (disclosure) I was given a slew of free products:
And I was also compensated for writing this review, but I love love LOVE Greek yogurt and Voskos is a great brand, so I’m happy to promote it here.
Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt
I tried Greek yogurt for the first time about a year ago, and immediately fell in love. Regular yogurt is a bit too runny for my taste, the plain variety tastes bland and the flavored is too sweet. But Greek yogurt is different. It is thick and creamy – even the nonfat Greek yogurt. Eating flavored Greek yogurt is a bit like eating dessert, while eating plain Greek yogurt gives you a similar experience to eating sour cream, but it’s a lot healthier.
Greek Yogurt Health Benefits
Of course, yogurt in general is very healthy. It is a good source of protein and calcium, and contains live active probiotic cultures, but until I discovered Greek-style yogurt, I couldn’t bring myself to eat yogurt regularly.
Voskos Greek Yogurt – the plain nonfat variety – is especially healthy. It contains twice the protein per ounce compared to regular yogurt, live and active probiotic cultures, no gums, starches or added sugars and no added flavors. I do love the full fat Voskos Greek yogurt even more, it tastes just like lowfat sour cream but is healthier, although the full fat yogurt does contain saturated fat and less protein than the nonfat yogurt.
My main reason for choosing Greek yogurt in general, and Voskos in particular, is the taste and texture. The health benefits are a nice bonus though. As for specific flavors, my absolute favorite is the Voskos Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Greek Honey:
It’s amazing! Creamy and tasty and satisfying and the list of ingredients is very clean – just milk, honey and cultures. It does contain 17 grams of sugar per serving. Alternatively, you can mix 1 tablespoon honey with 6oz of the nonfat plain yogurt. Delicious.
So, What Do You Do With Greek Yogurt?
Just like any other yogurt, you can just eat it as a snack. Greek yogurt is an excellent snack becuase it is very filling. The sweetened varieties are great just the way they are. The Voskos full fat plain Greek yogurt is great as it is too. It’s incredibly rich and flavorful. As for the low fat and nonfat Voskos yogurt, you can add fruit, granola, a little honey or jam, and you can also use plain Greek yogurt in many recipes. My favorite recipe is Tarator, a Bulgarian yogurt and cucumber soup.
This easy recipe calls for just six ingredients:
16 oz (one large container) Voskos plain yogurt (I like to use the full-fat variety but the nonfat works great too and is of course healthier)
2 cloves garlic, minced (I use a garlic press)
1 large cucumber, peeled, coarsely grated – I just grate by hand and place in a strainer to get rid of excess water:
1 tablespoon high quality olive oil (if using nonfat yogurt, consider using 2 tablespoons olive oil)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
A little salt (about a quarter teaspoon) and white pepper (optional)
Place all ingredients in a medium bowl, mix well with a fork, cover and place in the fridge for an hour to allow flavors to blend. This recipe makes two servings.
Tarator is amazingly refreshing and perfect for alfresco dining in the summer:
Voskos would like to offer five of my U.S.-based readers coupons for free yogurt. If you’re interested, please post a comment below that tells me which Voskos flavor you would most like to try. I’ll pick five winners to collect 10 coupons each next Tuesday.
To get extra entries, you may also:
1. Follow Voskos on Twitter (1 extra entry – leave a comment to let me know that you have).
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