Yogurt Substitutes

19 Oct

As a woman, there are certain times when stocking yogurt is an essential part of the diet. Contrary to what the yogurt marketing people seem to think, this has little to do with diets and female-ness in general and a lot more to do with the consequences of yeast and the benefits of probiotics. Whenever I’m prescribed antibiotics, I pack away the yogurt to prevent… unfortunate feminine complications (ladies, you know what I’m talking about). Most recently, I used soy yogurts as an additional source of protein during pregnancy, and then to help prevent thrush in the early days of breastfeeding.

I think it’s really important to check the nutritional labels of these products. Yogurt is sold to us as a health food, but in reality, I’ve found most of the flavored yogurts to have only slightly less sugar than the comparable soy ice creams. I’m not saying that eating yogurt is a bad thing. I just think it’s disingenuous to label them as health food.

Whole Soy & Co Organic Yogurt

This is probably my favorite brand so far. It’s got a great balance of flavor and price — the only one cheaper in my grocery store is Silk, which is usually only a few cents cheaper and is not organic. Whole Soy, by contrast, is certified organic, non-GMO, Kosher, Vegan, and gluten-free (why would you have gluten in yogurt? Is that really a concern?).
The texture is thick and creamy, with a smooth consistency. The flavors are bright, with a significant tanginess, so I usually stick to flavors where the tang works well (lemon and lime are good, vanilla is a little awkward on its own). The lemon is probably my favorite, followed closely by lime and peach. I’m not crazy about blueberries in general, so when I found whole blueberries in the bottom of the “mixed berry” and very little other berry flavors, I was a bit disappointed, although the raspberry and strawberry are among the assortment I enjoy.

Protein content is good — for example, the lemon has 6g of protein to 18g of sugar and 3.5g of fat (See? Not health food). My organic grocery store of choice sells them for 89 cents per 6 oz tub. They’re a little harder to find than some of the more mainstream brands, but not impossibly hard to find.

Verdict: Whole Soy & Co is the brand we usually keep on hand because of its great balance of price to flavor.

DSC_0051So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt

My mother picked up several of these for me after my daughter was born (see above: preventing thrush), in raspberry, chocolate, and pina colada.

This was the first time I’d tried coconut milk yogurt, and wow is it different than the soy. It’s a lot thinner in texture, and the consistency was a little lumpy. Not horribly so, but there wasn’t the smoothness I’m used to from the soy yogurts. There was definitely real fruit present, which gave a nice raspberry flavor. But it was also definitely sweetened further than I usually think fruit needs. You can see that in the nutrition info too: 20g of sugar, 1g of protein, and 6g of fat.

The other big consideration: as with all of Turtle Mountain’s coconut milk products, it comes with a hefty price tag. They usually run about $1.89 per 6oz tub where I shop. However, they are available in some major grocery stores.

Verdict: If you can’t do soy and you like your snacks sweet, this is a good option for you. Personally, I’ll stick with the less expensive soy options.


Amande Almond Milk Strawberry yogurt

Amande Almond Milk Strawberry yogurt



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