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It’s All Greek to Me

Left to my own devices, I’m not much of a breakfasty kind of guy—I’m just not generally hungry when I wake up in the morning. But I’ve been convinced of the benefits to eating at least a small something at the start of the day, so for the past six months or so I’ve been having a container of yogurt. After seeing the wave of “Greek yogurt” options flood into the refrigerated aisle, and reading more than a few articles about the supposed superiority of Greek yogurt, I decided to change things up and give it a whirl.

I was surprised when I opened my first container—it smelled different . . . stronger and more sour than the yogurt I was used to. In fact, it smelled a lot more like the yogurt I used to DESPISE when I was a kid. The kind my mom used to buy because it was “health food,” not the super-sweetened dessert-snack style yogurt that we’ve become so used to.

At first, I really didn’t like this Greek yogurt at all . . . but it was hard to say why. The flavoring (blueberry, in this case) was just like the one from the yogurt I had been eating. Though there was a slightly sour under-flavor, my opinion was already trending negative when that kicked in. The consistency was very different—thicker and more textured.

No, on the whole, I didn’t dig it. But I’d bought 10 servings . . . and I didn’t dislike it so much that I wanted to waste those. I figured I’d just go through those and then switch back to my old brand with my next shopping trip.

But a strange thing happened over the next couple of weeks . . . the Greek yogurt really grew on me. I think that it really helped that the vanilla flavored one actually had the consistency and taste of a yogurt-based cake icing. Now I’m enjoying most of the flavors as much or more than I did the old style. (I still find the blueberry is sour, though . . . which is a shame because that used to be my favorite flavor.)

One Comment

  1. Mark Monlux wrote:

    It must have been at least half a year or more since I too switched to having Greek Yogurt in the morning. I get the big box pack at a big box store with three flavors: Strawberry, Blueberry and Peach. Sometimes I just have them by themselves, but I usually have about 1/4-1/2 cup of granola with it. Again, in bulk at the big box store. Now I find regular yogurt a bit too thin and sweet tasting.

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:47 am | Permalink

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