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    I've decided to try adding good full fat unsweetened yogurt to my diet, for a variety of reasons (seems like an ideal breakfast on the run and a great backup meal/snack to have lying around, in addition to the health benefits), but I could not find any at Whole Foods! My WF is usually pretty good, what with grassfed heavy cream and organic ghee and so on, but they had shelf after shelf of flavored and/or proudly 0% fat yogurt, with nary a "classic" yogurt as nature intended it in sight.

    If there are particular commonly available brands worth looking out for (I'm in the mid-atlantic US), I'd really appreciate suggestions. There's a farmers' market nearby as well and a locally sourced minimart, but I can't say I've seen it at either of them. Maybe I'll have to ask about having some ordered. Regardless, I'd love some recommendations of good products out there!

    Thanks

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    I usually buy Greek Gods brand- which I find at Kroger by the mainstream yogurt, not in the natural/organic section. That might be King Sooper's for you, depending on what state you're in. They have a store locator on their website too: Greek Gods Yogurt!

    I know a lot of people like Fage and I've seen it at Kroger (organic section), Aldi, and Trader Joe's but can only ever find the nonfat kind. I'll keep an eye on this thread because I'd like a tip on where to find that too!

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    • #3
      Nancy's and Brown Cow are two I can usually find in health food stores. Look for those that say cream at the top. I think Trader Joe's even has its own brand that is cream at the top and a European style that is like another brand that I can't remember the name of. Also, if you have to get low fat yogurt, that's okay. You can always add cream or creme fraiche to it if you really need the extra fat. I've made my own yogurt at home and it seems it actually comes out better if I use 2% milk. Really the key to good yogurt is that the milk is good quality (not ultrapasturized crap) and the cultures are truly alive.
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      • #4
        Tough to find anything better than 2%...so just eat sour creme

        Just kidding...we make our own. Just heat your best sourced milk to about 110, then add 1TB/Quart of your best sourced yogurt. Put in oven with light on (keeping ambient temperature between 90-110) and let ferment for 24 hours. The longer ferment leads to more beneficial microbes and less lactose, and this is super cheep compared to just buying that amount of yogurt.

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        • #5
          I've been buying Cabot 10% plain greek yogurt at the supermarket. Trader Joe's also has a full fat plain greek yogurt.

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          • #6
            FAGE has a good full fat one

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            • #7
              I recommend Fage as well for the taste. It's a lot richer and less tart than other Greek yogurts. Even the 2% is divinely rich.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by KimNKY View Post
                I usually buy Greek Gods brand- which I find at Kroger by the mainstream yogurt, not in the natural/organic section. That might be King Sooper's for you, depending on what state you're in. They have a store locator on their website too: Greek Gods Yogurt!

                I know a lot of people like Fage and I've seen it at Kroger (organic section), Aldi, and Trader Joe's but can only ever find the nonfat kind. I'll keep an eye on this thread because I'd like a tip on where to find that too!
                I too am a fan of Greek Gods, which I can find at my Whole Foods and in the health market section of my local grocery store. It's what I'm looking forward to most at the end of my Whole 30!
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                • #9
                  Really difficult to find full fat yogurt anymore. I found Olympus brand 10% fat at our Safeway. It's really good and creamy and not as tart as some other Greek yogurts.

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                  • #10
                    I find it very surprising that you would not find any at Whole Foods. I find that they sometimes run out of things, so you might try going at a different time. The cream-top grass-fed whole milk usually runs out by the evening, for example.
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                    • #11
                      I typically buy full fat Fage or Greek Gods. Usually Greek Gods, since it is sold at more places in town. I can get Fage 2% everywhere but not the full fat one, that is only sold at one store in my town.
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                      • #12
                        I like Greek Gods or FAGE. Both of which I can find at City Market (another permutation of the Kroger stores) and at Natural Grocers (a vitamin cottage store).

                        Greek Gods is much more tangy and sharp, the FAGE is creamy, smooth and almost sweet. So 2 very different products! Brown Cow (City Market) is pretty tasty if you want a more 'regular' yogurt instead of greek yogurt.

                        But you do have to look around to find a source. My local independent market here in town (which I support minimally because the owner is a jerk and doesn't treat his employees very well) carries several brands of greek yogurt and EVERY one of them is low fat or non fat. Stupid world we live in.

                        And, if you don't find some or you want your usual store to carry it, ASK! If they get some requests they might actually start carrying it! And since yogurt keeps quite well long past it's expiration date you could ask them to order a case for you too. (And a lot of the time you can get a discount that way!)

                        Good luck!

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                        • #13
                          In addition to those already mentioned you can try to search out ethnic middle eastern markets. They always have full fat yogurt much cheaper than anywhere else. A while back I bought 64oz. for $4. Good stuff, no other ingredients than cream and milk and pectin.

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                          • #14
                            I also have had this struggle. Was buying the 10% Cabot for a while, but I notice local grocers no longer stocking. TJ has a Euro yogurt but comes in a very smaller container.

                            I used to have this every morning with a fruit/whey smoothie but am thinking to switch it up now. It's easy to find non-grass fed/non-organic heavy whipping cream (I guess SAD folks use for coffee). Would this be a good substitute for some things you would ordinarly combine with yogurt, like fruit?

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                            • #15
                              I would stay away from the non-organic stuff. You can't find any Stonyfield? Also I'd stick with plain yogurt, not Greek, as its closer to nature... Whey and casein are the two dairy proteins that work together...though the composition of cow's milk (80% casein and 20% whey) is vastly different from that of human milk (40% casein, 60% whey)... not to mention milk is only designed for babies of the species, even cows don't drink cow's milk after reaching adulthood.. So there is question of should humans really be putting this stuff in their bodies? if you aren't a big dairy eater, I see no reason to introduce it, you are probably better off without it. But if you're gonna eat it, the Greek yogurt has the whey strained out, so you're eating pure casein (22g in a cup of greek yogurt vs 8g of total--i.e. whey and casein combined--protein in a cup of regular full fat yogurt)...but if you can do without dairy altogether, that is your best bet.
                              Last edited by 2ndChance; 11-11-2012, 01:38 PM.

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