Okay so lets talk about healthy eating and diet. In particular I would like to discuss the importance of incorporating yogurt into our daily routine. I know, I know, some of you cringe at the mere thought of yogurt. But let me tell you yogurt has come a long way since the plain old days of the past. There are so many varieties of yogurt out there nowadays it could be downright confusing. There’s yogurt with fruit on the bottom and yogurt with fruit on the top. Then there is yogurt that comes with crunchies, chocolate, candies, granola, and more. Lets not forget the yogurt that is supposed to help you have a more regular digestive system. There’s also low fat, sugar-free, organic, lactose free, soy, vegetarian, kosher and Greek yogurt.
The latest craze has been all these New Greek yogurts that have come out. Now I for one had never heard of Greek yogurt up until a few years ago. I really wasn’t sure what it was so I did a bit of research. What I have found out is that both traditional and Greek yogurt starts out the same way. They ferment milk with live bacteria cultures. Sounds kind of scary but hey what do you think is in cheese? And these cultures are supposed to be good for us. The difference between the two yogurts is that in Greek yogurt they remove the liquid whey making it thicker than regular yogurt. Because of this it takes more milk to produce Greek yogurt. The end result is a thicker creamier yogurt that has more protein and less sugar than traditional yogurt.
With all that said I have to ask what have they don’t about the taste? Well just as I pondered this question along came a company called YoCrunch, which makes an authentic non-fat Greek yogurt called YOPA! (www.yopa.com) The people over at YoCrunch asked me to give their yogurt a taste test and review. They sent me 2 coupons for free Yopa! multipack greek yogurts. I have to say I wasn’t to crazy about trying Greek yogurt again, especially after my first experience. I relented however and figured why not, lets give it another chance.
The next day I went to my local supermarket (Stop & Shop) and found that they don’t sell Yopa! multi-pack yogurts but instead they sell individual single containers. So I got some YOPA! Strawberry flavor and gave it a shot. I thought the price was OK. The Yopa! yogurts were on sale and I paid 0.99 for a big 5.3 oz cup (150 g) as pictured above.
The YOPA! Greek yogurt is definitely thicker than regular yogurt. But this time instead of having a bad experience I really enjoyed this new yogurt. The texture was smooth; the flavor was prevalent but not overpowering. (I got was Strawberries & 9 Whole grain granola)
The granola that came with it gave it a very nice taste and it wasn’t too sweet.
I was happy to find that my Yopa! yogurt was a good source of protein. My 5.3 oz cup contained 13 g of protein, good source of calcium, 0g of cholesterol and trans fat, Made with 5 cultures and 3 probiotics. No preservatives or artificial colors
Overall this Yopa! Greek yogurt from YoCrunch was pretty good. My son who is a huge yogurt and crunchie lover gave Yopa! yogurt 5 stars
Speaking of balance, gold medalist Gabby Douglas is an expert, and she’s challenging you to take the Yopa! Taste Challenge where you can win a variety of prizes, including $10,000! Just “like” Yopa! on Facebook for a chance to win and to grab a coupon for $.50 (or more!) off one cup of Yopa! Authentic Greek Yogurt.
I participated in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective on behalf of Yopa! Regardless all opinions are mine and mine alone.
Now I have 2 coupons for a free Yopa! and I would like my readers to experience Yopa! Greek yogurt as well. I am giving away 2 coupons for a 2 Yopa! Multipack to one lucky reader. Each Multipack contains 4 yogurts. Coupons expire June 30 2013.
To enter the giveaway:
1. Find out if your nearest supermarket sells YOPA!
2. Leave a comment below & tell me what do you think about greek yogurt? Have you tried Yopa! before? did you like it…etc
3. I will draw the random winner on March 23 2013 at 11:59 PM est and will email. The winner has 24 to reply or the new winner will be chosen. Open to US residents.
The winner is