Know Your Yogurts And Which Is Best For Which Recipe

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

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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. 



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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. 


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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. 

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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. 



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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! 


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



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