Monday, March 23, 2009
Chobani Yogurt: Protein Satiation
On my journey to a healthier lifestyle, one realization I had was that I wasn't getting enough lean protein into my diet. I would eat low-cal/low-point but would not be satisfied. According to the New York Times health guide: "You need protein in your diet to help your body repair cells and make new ones. Protein is also important for growth and development during childhood, adolescence, and pregnancy."
An easy way to get in protein is to up your yogurt intake. Yogurt is also beneficial for a number of other reasons, according to a Mayo Clinic article published at Medical News Today. However most of yogurts on the market are either high in fat and calories, or contains artificial sweeteners.
A friend of mine suggested that I try out Greek style yogurts, which are higher in protein and usually contain no artificial sugars. However I was sorely disappointed by the lack of flavor options and relied on mix-ins... which made traveling more difficult. Until I found Chobani yogurt!
Chobani comes in 6 different flavors, and in nonfat/lowfat/regular options. It is a single serving container that can toss easily into a purse (I carried one to work in my purse today!) and contains no artificial sweeteners!
Today I wanted to tell you about two of the fruitalicious varieties I have tried. Both of which, I will continue to buy.
The first flavor that I have been enjoying is the blueberry. With fruit at the bottom, this yogurt is creamy and thick and has whole berries you can enjoy! The yogurt is tart, but less so than most yogurts. It is also very smooth. I could imagine enjoying this as a dessert, or as a sweet mid afternoon snack. I most recently enjoyed it at the JFK airport after a long day of traipsing around NYC. It helped keep me satiated on the nonstop back to California.
Strawberry Chobani also contains fruit on the bottom, but the strawberries are not as sweet as the blueberry and the yogurt is a bit more tart. It made the perfect midmorning snack for me, as the 14 grams of protein will help keep me full, but the strawberries gave it just enough sweetness to also satisfy my morning sweet tooth. I could imagine mixing some toasted oatmeal into the yogurt for a filling and healthy breakfast.
Chobani is slightly high in calories than the "diet" yogurts. This is due to the fact that it doesn't contain artifial ingredients. And I am okay with paying 30-50 more calories to enjoy something that will keep me satisfied for longer while not harming my body for the sake of weight loss. If my body can't lose weight, it isn't the extra 30 calories from a healthy yogurt that is the issue. Consider this my rant on many of the artificial diet products out there that never left me truly satisfied. There is a rare moment when one of those finds rocks my socks off... but the truth is sometimes you have to go for the real thing. And Chobani is the real thing.
Ingredients for Blueberry Chobani: cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, sugar, blueberries, contains five live active cultures including s. thermaphilus, l. bulgaricus, acidophiluc, bifidus and l. casei.
Nutritional Information: 140 calories / 0 grams of fat / 1 gram of fiber / 14 grams of protein
Ingredients for Strawberry Chobani: cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, strawberries, sugar, natural flavor, beet juice concentrate (for color), contains five live active cultures including s. thermaphilus, l. bulgaricus, acidophiluc, bifidus and l. casei.
Nutritional Information: 140 calories / 0 fat / less than one gram fiber / 14 grams of protein
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