|Readers of THE NIBBLE know of our devotion to the plain, 0% fat FAGE Total Greek Yogurt. We eat it daily, sometimes with sweetener, sometimes plain, sometimes with cereal, sometimes with fruit or farmer cheese. (We prefer farmer cheese to cottage cheese—it’s a dry curd product like pot cheese, made in a loaf and sold in 8-ounce slices, or in specialty stores cut to order from the loaf. We like the Friendship brand, with salt.) We enjoy different yogurt brands throughout the day—usually fruit-flavored ones as dessert. But one deserves a special shoutout: Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, made by Stonyfield. It tastes very much like a light-flavored sour cream, with all the body and thickness of sour cream. And the 0% fat Oikos is only 130 calories for an entire cup (8 calories/tablespoon), compared to 480 calories/cup (30 calories/tablespoon) for sour cream. The entire line is 0% fat, and includes Blueberry, Honey and Vanilla flavors, plus Plain, in 5.3-ounce cups. We haven’t gotten to the fruit flavors yet.|
|Oikos isn’t cheap (our local store charges $5.99 for 16 ounces, compared to $4.69 for 16 ounces of FAGE Total), but you can get a $1.00 coupon on the OikosOrganic.com website for the 16-ounce and 5.3-ounce sizes. And what’s money when you could lavish an entire cup of “sour cream” on your baked potato, chili or salmon caviar (if you wanted to be so extravagant) for just 130 fat-free calories? We tested Oikos next to Cabot Fat Free Sour Cream, which is the best fat-free sour cream we know of (10 calories/tablespoon, $2.69 per 16 ounces at our store, also OU(D) certified kosher). We prefer Oikos for the “sour cream effect.” For the record, FAGE Total 0% Fat, which has a sweeter profile than Oikos, is 120 calories/cup, 7.5 calories/tablespoon.
Oikos is USDA-certified organic as well as OU(D) kosher-certified.
-Read more about our favorite yogurts in THE NIBBLE’s Yogurt Section.
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