I absolutely love my after-lunch yogurt with berries! I consider this my “healthy little dessert” that doesn’t have a lot of sugar…or so I thought.
As I have been trying to cut back on my added sugar overall, I took a closer look at the sources of added sugar in my diet. It turns out that my main source of added sugar was in my Chobani mango-flavored yogurt, which contains 16 grams of total sugar. Since 4 grams are natural sugars (lactose), 12 grams falls into the category of “added sugar”. It is recommended that women not consume more than 6 teaspoons or 24 grams of added sugar per day. Men should not consume more than 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of added sugar per day.
As it turns out, half of my daily added sugar allotment was coming from my “healthy little dessert”!!
Hence, I set my plan in motion to find a lower-sugar yogurt that could substitute for my beloved Chobani.
A few considerations for this plan:
- I really don’t like plain yogurt, even flavored with fruit. It makes a great substitute for sour cream, but not a great fruity dessert.
- I also do not like artificial sweeteners, especially in my yogurt. That ruled out MANY low-sugar yogurt options.
Siggi’s was the winner! It has more protein than sugar and really tastes good! It is thick and creamy like Greek yogurt, but has less sugar and more protein!
My favorite flavor is the Orange and Ginger (what a heavenly combination) – only 9 grams of total sugar, 5 grams of added sugar, 17 grams of protein and 120 calories!!
Now I really do have a “healthy little dessert”!!