Nowadays you can't walk down the dairy aisle without seeing a plethora of yogurt containers sporting 'Greek' in their title. Greek yogurt now dominates the dairy market with as an advertised healthier option; people can't seem to get enough of the Greek stuff. Even major dairy based franchises, such as Yeh!, have incorporated Greek yogurt into their menu to draw in the Greek loving crowds. But what is the big deal with Greek yogurt? Why do yogurt lovers flock to it, and nutritionists praise it? Is it truly a healthy food choice, or just another creamy treat masked by clever marketing? Well, we're busting the Greek yogurt case wide open, so read on to find out.
Outside of the Western world, 'Greek' yogurt is actually known simply as strained yogurt. Strained yogurt is only different from the normal variety because it has been strained through some form of cloth to remove excess whey and become much thicker.
Greek and strained yogurt are now synonomous in the West as a result of marketing from major dairy brands. Traditional Greek yogurt isn't really even strained. In fact, some sellers use other thickening agents, as 'Greek' or 'Greek-style' yogurt is pretty much just thicker and creamier yogurt nowadays.
So what's the big deal about Greek yogurt anyway? Well for one, it is much thicker in consistency, and thus can act as a healthier substitute for things like sour cream and crème fraiche. In much the same way, Greek yogurt lends itself to savory flavors just as much as sweet, so it can be used much more in cooking or in dips like tzatziki.
Taste aside, the major appeal about Greek yogurt is its apparent health benefits. Regular yogurt is already known as a fairly healthy food, so is the Greek stuff really that much better for you?
So there are a few things to consider when comparing Greek and regular yogurt: protein, carbs, and fats. With nearly twice the amount of protein in a 6 ounce serving, Greek yogurt is the clear winner in that respect. Naturally low in carbs, both yogurts are good for those still on Atkins, but be wary of added sugar and flavourings. In the fat department, Greek doesn't do too well. Full fat varieties can pack 16g of fat in a 7 ounce serving (vs. 5g for regular yogurt) which amounts to about three chocolate bars. That extra creaminess doesn't come from nowhere.
If you really want to be healthy with your Greek yogurt, opt for low or non-fat varieties. They maintain the carb and protein appeal with none of the added chunk of fat. Here's a breakdown of both nonfat varieties to help you see the differences:
"Yaourti is a story of a Greek family, a family that just loves Greek yogurt and decided to share its Mediterranean heritage and passion with Montrealers through delicious, yogourt-forward dishes," co-owner Kleio Reppa told MTL Blog.
Inspired by the Greek islands, Yaourti's menu highlights wholesome, rich and flavourful ingredients designed to eat in or take to-go. Dishes include sweet and savoury yogurt bowls, salads, sandwiches, soups, smoothies and desserts, each with the "magic touch of yogurt," as the team likes to say.
Vegan and gluten-free options are available, too. And in these summer months, you can grab some frozen Greek yogurt!
You may also notice that the decor, itself, radiates vibes from the Mediterranean and some of the ceramics and pottery displayed is for sale by local artists. The cafe dons serene, neutral tones with pops of colour — quintessential Greece mixed with hints of Montreal.
Cuisine: Healthy, Mediterranean
Address: 1407, rue Crescent, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Check It Out: Feel like you're on a Greek island while eating the tastiest Greek yogurt on the Island of Montreal.
Not only does it look like the perfect refreshing treat on a hot summer day by combining both cool ice cream and watermelon, but it is also darn right ADORABLE. It is a combination of watermelon, two flavors of ice cream, melted chocolate, an ice cream cone, and of course a cute mini umbrella as decor.
With this heat invading Montreal, we are all looking for a way to cool off. Well, instead of ice cream why not try some of Montreal's best yogurt! Not only are these frozen yogurt shops great and tasty, but they are also somewhat more healthy.
Montreal actually has multiple frozen yogurt shops located all across the island! These frozen yogurt shops are great for the summer coming up and for the heat we are having right now. There is a variety of flavors that everyone will love!
So grab your wallet and head on out to some of Montreal's best frozen yogurt shops! I guarantee that you will get addicted right away!
Sprinklz has 100% FAT FREE FRO-YO's that are kosher and there are 12 different flavours to choose from. These flavors rotate depending on the day but they always have over 30 sweet toppings to make your frozen yogurt even better!
So I suggest trying all their flavors to find your favourite! You might surprise yourself with something you didn't even know that you would like. Their newest flavors are Canadian Maple Syrup and American Cheese Cake (both great)!
Everyone has heard about Yeh! Yogurt but has everyone actually tried it? Because it is absolutely delicious! There are multiple shops located all near Montreal so I suggest finding the closest one near you!
The most popular one is definitely the one located right near Station Guy Concordia. But they are absolutely all delicious! They also have rotation flavors and a large amount of crazy and funky toppings. My personal favourite is the Nutella flavor! So find yours!
Well you obviously need to check out The County's Best Yogurt shop in Montreal! Their name says it all! They are currently located in a small building so, it's not the best place if you want to sit and eat your yogurt. But come on it's summer so get outside!
They are the original frozen yogurt shop and I can honestly say that they are great and whenever I have some it's like a blast from the past! They are also having a special for father's day where your dad gets a free frozen yogurt.
If you aren't good at making decisions then I don't recommend checking out Yogurty's since they have over 150 flavors and over 70 toppings! They are known for their healthy low calorie treats. Their yogurt is made with real fruit flavours and real Canadian dairy milk that is available in both non-fat and low-fat options.
So get yo Froyo on and head to Yogurty's. You wont regret it and you'll start looking forward to summer even more to get that delicious cooling yogurt.
Well, whenever you have the munchies... head to Menchie's! They also use Canadian dairy that boasts gluten-free and vegan products. They use natural flavours and are certified as Kosher.
They have non-fat, low-fat, tart, sorbet, and sugar free yogurt so there is something there for everyone! The have over 125 flavors that range from original to banana bread and cotton candy! So get Menchie's for those summer time munchies!
Located right near Mont-Royal metro, we have the Yogourtself Café! They are funky and fresh! Their frozen yogurt is great and they have A LOT of toppings. They even sell smoothies and some cool waffles with chocolate.
It's in a great location with delicious frozen yogurt since you can walk up Mont Royal street afterwards and check out the cool shops! So make a cute summer date here for that special someone. They even have a new Pina Colada flavor!
If you want a smoothie, popsicle, sorbet,or some frozen yogurt then check out Ahys! They are a green yogurt shop meaning that they use recycled products. They have multiple toppings and a great setting with outdoor seating. It's as sweet as can be and you will love their frozen yogurt!
Moozoo has great frozen yogurt! I personally love their yogurt with beaver bites. They roll up beaver tail dough into balls and put the warm dough in your yogurt! It is absolutely amazing. They have a great amount of flavors and its a great place to stop this summer in Old Montreal.
It seems that Starbucks is once again trying to shed their coffee shop image by expanding their drink menu. They announced this week on their website that they will be serving cold-pressed Danone smoothies with kale, Greek yogurt and nutmeg.
The smoothies will come in 3 flavors: mango carrot, strawberry and sweet greens. Not sure what that last one is but it sounds pretty gross so I guess it must be good for you.
Those aren't the only changes coming, they've also announced new frappuccinnos and low calorie drinks for after you work out. They also will be adding some new savory food items: The Edamame Hummus Wrap and The Thai Peanut Chicken Wrap.
The new products are being tested in certain markets in the US and we hope to see the new items will be here soon.