I am talking about my newly-found appreciation for Trader Joe's organic greek style yogurt. Particularly, the vanilla flavor.
It all started simply enough, last month, when I was watching the Today Show and they did a segment on "power foods." The nutritional expert described greek-style yogurt as thick, creamy, NONFAT and full of protein. I was all, "what?! how I come I have never heard of this amazing-sounding goodness?"
Then, one day, I was flipping through Trader Joe's fearless flyer and it had their greek style yogurt as a featured item!
Off to Trader Joe's I headed, and there in the dairy section, was an array of flavored greek style yogurt waiting for my virginal consumption.
(Coincidentally, during that same shopping trip, I discovered Trader Joe's extra sweet strawberries. Um, yummy. and they're HUGE).
And then I rushed home and proceeded to ravage through my groceries like a kid opening presents on Christmas. I took my first bite and the skies got that much more clear.
I've always added fresh fruit (of any kind) to yogurt (I hate the syrupy fruit kinds that come with some brands). But the combination of Trader Joe's extra sweet strawberries and the thick, creamy yogurt is MIND. BLOWING. If you follow me on Twitter, then you may already be aware of my infatuation with this stuff.
Trader Joe's greek style yogurt comes in other flavors: blueberry, honey, plain, apricot and pomegranate. Vanilla, honey and plain are the only flavors that come organic and in a bigger size.
If you have never tried this type of yogurt, it has the consistency of custard. It's really thick and smooth and tastes more like a dessert rather than a snack. If you are just trying it out, I would recommend the vanilla because the flavor is not overbearing nor artificial-tasting. I have tried the plain and I am not a fan. I thought it tasted a bit sour and, sadly, the taste didn't improve with the addition of strawberries.
There are many different brands out there (most notably, Oikos)and if you are feeling adventurous, I suggest you give them all a try (especially if you live in a Trader Joe's-less area).