Know Your Yogurts And Which Is Best For Which Recipe

Pick the right yogurt for the recipe you'll be making.

IMAGE Pixabay

Yogurt is delicious on its own but there are more ways to enjoy yogurt: You can create marinades for meats, create a sauce to go with your grilled food, make popsicles, or use a blender to create delicious smoothies and milkshakes.  


However, there is more than just one type of yogurt in the market and if you're curious about the varieties that are now available, here's your guide on how to tell which is which, and how to tell if it's the version you want to use for whatever recipe it is you're going to be making: 


1 Traditional or plain yogurt 

The generic yogurt, these are the most common among the varieties. It's made from fresh milk which contains a live culture to produce the probiotics that promote good digestive health by obstructing the growth of bad bacteria. It's available as plain as well as flavored.


Great for those with a sweet tooth, traditional or plain yogurt serves as a good base for fruits, nuts cereal, and granola. It doesn't have the added artificial sweeteners of fruit-flavored ones. This is the default yogurt to use as a sour cream or buttermilk substitute when adding to a rich chocolate cake recipe. 



More from

The brown butter muscovado glaze adds the sweet notes to this decadent cupcake.

Mediterranean-style grilled chicken with tangy yogurt sauce.



2 Greek Yogurt

This is your top pick if you want something thicker. Excess liquid (the whey when the solids and liquids of the milk separate) has been taken out of the yogurt, making it slightly sour and giving it a dense, rich texture. It also has less lactose content, making it easier to digest. 


Serve it lightly sweetened with honey and sprinkled with nuts for a quick yet delicious snack, or use it as the base of your Mediterranean meat marinade. 


More from
Greet the day with a nutritious, delicious bowl of yogurt!

Dash some Mediterranean flavors in your chicken, lamb, fish, shrimps, vegetables with this marinade.

This pasta dish can be served as a side dish for grilled items.


3 Soy Yogurt 

Soy yogurt, which you can buy from health food stores, is your best bet if you're lactose intolerant. This dairy-free option is made from fermented soy milk, and while it has slightly less protein than traditional yogurt, there's barely any difference in taste. 


Fantastic served as is, eaten like taho, or whizzed in the blender for a delicious yogurt drink that won't hurt your lactose-intolerant tummy. 


Chug on this refreshing watermelon, yogurt smoothie on a scorching summer afternoon.

This light and fruity dip is great with almost anything-especially sweet treats!

More from
You'll love the tang the yogurt gives to an otherwise ordinary fruit salad.


4 Kefir 


Kefir technically isn't a yogurt, but you'll find it in the dairy section of health stores and some supermarkets. This slightly sour drink packs even more probiotics than yogurt, and is also rich in protein, calcium, and B vitamins. It's the perfect addition to smoothies, milkshakes, and fruit shakes! 


More from
All you need to make good-for-you popsicles is some yogurt, honey, and your favorite fruit!

This sweet yogurt-based drink will surely make you go "ahhh" after the first sip.


Article from “Lighten Up With Anna” from January-February 2016 issue of Yummy magazine. Minor edits have been made by the editors. 


More from
Save by making your own yogurt at home. It's surprisingly easy!


These sammies are perfect for weekend playdates or as an after-school snack. You can prepare the skewers in advance, then grill and assemble the sandwiches right before serving.


Add fruits, nuts, or granola for ready-to-serve snacks.


Comments. Join the discussion below!