by Jen L.
I think I've shared before that I am lactose intolerant and I know I've shared about my friends with dairy allergies. These issues keep me on my toes when food shopping. I always keep my eye out, particularly when I can visit a "natural foods" store like Whole Foods or The Fresh Market, for non-dairy options. Lately, I've been trying to branch out, particularly since I haven't been able to find my favorite soy yogurt, mad by Silk, in over three months. Here's what I've learned: Some things are a great yogurt alternative, while others are just gross.
I recently started buying Stonyfield Organic O'Soy Yogurt. The only kind I can consistently find at any of my stores is the six-pack of peach and strawberry. That's all fine and good, but I get SO TIRED of these two flavors. I also really miss more traditional "fruit on the bottom" yogurt options. Stonyfield makes a great fruit on the bottom variety, but alas, I cannot find it locally.
Hi, blueberry. I miss you.
I recently stumbled upon Whole Soy & Co. at my local Earth Fare store, then again at Whole Foods. This stuff is the bomb. They have a nice variety of flavors, a great texture (with fruit on the bottom!) and a perfect taste. So many times, soy yogurt can taste a bit like the box it came in. This brand has the perfect combination of sweet and tangy that I crave. I eat it alone or mixed with granola. My favorite is the mixed berry, followed closely by the apricot mango.
Know what's not good? Almond milk yogurt. I was SO disappointed, as almond milk has pretty much replaced soy milk in my house. I was expecting a great, smooth, nutty experience, but was met with a horribly grainy texture, a bit of a sour taste and a smell I couldn't quite get past. There was a lot of liquid (and maybe some oil?) on top that never really went away, no matter how much I stirred. Too bad--I had high hopes for almond milk yogurt.
My next conquest will be coconut milk yogurt. I'm anxious to see how coconutty it tastes and how exactly I feel about that.
Do you know of any non-dairy yogurt options I should explore?
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