Do you like yogurt? I sure do. As food trends adapt to changing diets, I’ve sampled and reviewed a variety of delicious non-dairy yogurts. While these yogurts are ideal for fans who are lactose intolerant, and also those who follow a vegan diet, the bottom line is that it has to taste great. With nut-derived milks becoming increasingly popular, it makes sense that an almond milk-based yogurt would hit the market. If you’re curious about non-dairy yogurt alternatives, let me introduce you to AYO, a delicious and healthy yogurt made with organic almond milk.
AYO was created by the Billings family, who have been growing almonds on their farm, based in California’s sunny San Joaquin Valley, for four generations. The Billings‘ are forward-thinking farmers who are passionate about introducing better-for-you foods with clear traceability, vertical integration and sustainable practices. Their commitment to innovation, and a farm-to-spoon philosophy, created AYO yogurt. From their almond orchards where everything starts, to picking, then churning, blending with organic fruits or organic vanilla, and culturing the yogurt — the result is luscious, probiotic-rich yogurts that taste fantastic.
Since I’ve been working from home, yogurt has been one of my go-to snacks, so I was thrilled to receive samples of all four flavors (Strawberry, Peach, Blueberry, and Vanilla) of AYO yogurt to enjoy. Each variety has only 150 or 160 calories per 5.3 ounce cup, so you can stay on your diet as well!
When I opened my first cup, what I noticed right away about this yogurt is its very smooth, almost drinkable consistency. No stirring is needed because the fruit is thoroughly blended with the yogurt, to guarantee that the first spoonful tastes as sweet and tangy as the last.
Peaches are one of my favorite fruits, so I enjoyed this flavor every much. You can see little bits of peach on my spoon. Yummy.
The Vanilla AYO is just sweet enough, but also has the distinctive tangy flavor that tells you that you are eating real yogurt.
You can snack and work at the same time!
When you peel back the lid of the Blueberry AYO Almond Milk Yogurt, guess what you smell? Blueberries.
AYO would be perfect as an ingredient in variety of recipes for healthy shakes and desserts, but today I’m going share with you the most delicious Granola Yogurt Breakfast Popsicle recipe, which they call Gro-Yo Pops. The whole family will love these, as they are great for the summer months and make an easy, nutritious breakfast!
Gro-Yo Pops (Dairy-free, Plant-based, Farm to Freezer Popsicles)
Stir yogurt, berries, 2 teaspoons coconut oil and almond extract together in a medium bowl. Divide among six 3-ounce popsicle molds. Stir coconut flakes, and ground almonds and the remaining 2 teaspoons of coconut oil together in a small bowl. Top each popsicle with 1 tablespoon of the coconut almond mixture. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.
Visit This Link to learn more, to find a store near you that sells AYO, and to get money saving coupons to use towards your purchase!
More and more it seems, food allergies or intolerances to commonly used ingredients such as nuts, wheat, soy and dairy no longer have to keep you from indulging in your favorite foods. For example, Yogurt lovers who have been missing out on this creamy treat due to a lactose intolerance can now enjoy healthy and great tasting Good Karma dairy-free yogurt, which I recently had the chance to taste test at home, after first meeting product representatives last summer at a food show.
Vegan-friendly and free of major allergens, Good Karma is versatile, creamy, fresh and delicious. This dairy free yogurt is made with flax milk (derived from cold-pressed flaxseed oil) which is a rich source of Omega-3 healthy fats. Each serving of Good Karma contains 5-6 grams of plant-based protein, plus 7 live and active cultures to aid digestion. Even better: each 6 ounce serving has only 90 calories!
As you can see by the photo above of the Blueberry variety spooned into a serving dish, Good Karma is very creamy in texture and not at all gelatinous, as is Greek-style yogurt. The fruit is already blended in, rather than being at the bottom of the cup, so you get a very consistent fruit flavor in every bite.
Good Karma Raspberry
Using plant-based milks, the company’s goal is always to create a delicious yogurt that gets as close as possible to a traditional dairy yogurt, while also being free of all major allergens, with added protein and a tangy, fruity taste that makes you smile!
Besides these three luscious fruit flavors, Good Karma dairy free yogurt also comes in comes in Plain and Vanilla varieties.
I tasted the Vanilla Good Karma at the aforementioned food show, where I was served a tasty fun yogurt parfait recipe that knocked my socks off! Find out more about Good Karma dairy-free products (made with Flax Milk, which, as you can see below, they also offer), plus get recipes like the one you see above, and download money-saving coupons good towards your first purchase of Good Karma, at this link!
Good Karma Non-Dairy Yogurt and Flax Milk Products!
Anne and I had been at the Monarch Rooftop, enjoying its unparalleled view of the Empire State Building and drinking Lychee Martinis until we were fucked-up out of our minds, when we decided to stop in at Jack’s — which is this gigantic close-out emporium — on the way back to the subway in Herald Square. All I wanted to do was go home and slouch in front of the telly, but the idea of buying Indian food frozen entrees for $1.49 each was just too good to pass up.
While Anne searched in the refrigerator section for milk (yes they sell milk at Jack’s), I saw this in one of the glass cases, and then did a double-take. Yes It Exists: Hello Kitty Cotton Candy Flavored Yogurt from Yoplait. I couldn’t bring my self to purchase it, so I have no idea how it tastes, but it sounds pretty nasty.
Summer’s here and the time is right for stocking your freezer with lots of tasty frozen treats, amiright? Sure I am. I have reviewed Frozen Yogurt-Type Snack Bars here on The Gig before and those are great if you really dig the sour taste inherent in most yogurt products. But what if you happen to prefer the taste of ice cream while also desiring the nutritional perks of yogurt? If that’s your deal, have I got a product for you: Yasso brand Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars.
A few weeks back, the folks at Yasso sent me a coupon for a free box of any flavor of their Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars and I finally made my way to Whole Foods to pick some up. Coconut is one of my favorite flavors and these bars are loaded with lot of shaved fresh coconut, so you get coconut in every bite. But the most distinct thing about these bars is that the Greek Yogurt makes them taste rich and creamy like ice cream, but without the tart flavor that you generally get in a frozen yogurt bar. To me, this is very appealing.
Not only do the bars taste delicious, but they are also nonfat and have only 80 calories in each serving, plus they pack 6 grams of protein per bar! Most importantly, Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars are a natural snack that you can feel good about indulging in, and sharing with your friends and family. They are an ideal cool and refreshing snack to enjoy on a hot summer afternoon!
Yasso Novelty Bars, as they are also called, come in eleven amazing flavors such as Sea Salt Caramel, Raspberry, Mint Chocolate Chip, Mango and Chocolate Fudge, among others, so there is a variety for every taste! Visit This Link for more information and to locate a store in your area that sells Yasso products.
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Do you like frozen desserts? I sure do. Frozen Fruit, Ice Cream, Yogurt – just put it on a stick and I’m good to go for convenient, tasty snacking! While attending the Health & Nutrition Editor Showcase event in February, I was introduced to a healthy snack called frozen Kefir from the Lifeway family of products. The folks at Lifeway were happy to send over a couple of boxes of their Frozen Kefir Bars in two delicious flavors and I have been enjoying them this past week as a light and low calorie snack while TV-watching!
For those who need a little back-story, Kefir is a cultured milk product that is similar to yogurt in that it contains probiotics – healthy bacteria that aid in digestion – as well as having other healthy benefits. I actually did a little research on the differences between Yogurt and Kefir, and you can check that out for yourself at This Link and learn about Lifeway Kefir’s various benefits by clicking Here.
The most distinctive flavor profile aspect of frozen Kefir is its tart sourness, which keeps the bar from tasting overly sweet. The Coconut Frozen Kefir Bar tastes exactly like Coconut as soon as it hits your tongue, but it is a light sweetness that contrasts well with Kefir’s natural tanginess. The Vanilla flavor also optimizes the natural tanginess to create a taste similar to delicious, rich Vanilla cheesecake — and who doesn’t love that? Kefir’s texture is creamy and there are only 56 calories per bar – which makes it an ideal dessert choice for anyone watching their weight. These all-natural bars are gluten free and 99% lactose free as well.
Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars come in four flavors, including the very tasty Coconut and Vanilla mentioned in this review as well as Green Tea Raspberry and Peach, which sound delicious! Sign up to receive free discount coupons on Lifeway Products and find stores near you that sell Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars at This Link!
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Four times each year we get very excited in anticipation of our favorite food trade show, Food Fete, because it is so awesome. Winter Food Fete took place last week on February 25th and while it was on the small side, we discovered plenty of cool new products to tell you about.
Our first stop is the bar, where a featured vendor is always mixing up signature cocktails spiked with their potent potable. This season we discovered Ivanabitch: Vodka with an Attitude, which comes in 13 flavors, including Tobacco and Menthol Tobacco — which we imagine is popular with the smokers! We were not brave enough to sample the Tobacco flavors (though we were informed its taste is more “inspired by” the leaf than actually replicating it) but we did very much enjoy the delicious Peach Vodka cocktail you see pictured above. Produced in The Netherlands, Ivanbitch is comparable quality-wise to Ketel One, which is our favorite vodka! Needless to say, but you can see I am about to, we are looking forward to trying their additional delicious flavors, such as Red Berry, Dutch Apple and Coconut. Check them out at Ivanabitch Dot Com.
Seattle’s Best Coffee co-hosted the bar with its Maple-Tini, made with SB Coffee, Maple Syrup, Vanilla Vodka and Half & Half. This seasonably appropriate cocktail was a big hit with the crowd and we made sure to pick up a recipe card available at the booth.
When we are in Seattle, Seattle’s Best Coffee is our preferred brand to pick up on-the-go, so we made sure to take home a few of their Keurig cups to enjoy at home. Delicious!
Look at this amazing display from the folks at Burpee! Legendary for its seeds, plants and gardening supplies, Burpee has been around since 1876! Wow! These days, Burpee has all kinds of cool and innovative ideas for home gardening/farming even in a small space or indoors! Find out more about their vast selection of products, see photos of the World’s Largest Tomato and request a Burpee product catalog at This Link.
Mmm…delicious melty Cheese. Roth Wisconsin Gourmet Cheese hosted a popular booth where they gave out samples of their insanely fantastic new Raclette Cheese (available in bold flavors like 5 Peppercorn, Roasted Garlic and Mediterranean with Sun Dried Tomatoes) which will be available in stores in the Spring. To serve the cheese, they first melted it in little iron skillets before draping it onto tiny slices of bread. Best. Cheese. Ever. It is no surprise to discover that Roth is part of Emmi, the company that makes the most awesome Cheese and Chocolate Fondues. Go a little crazy with the cheese love at This Link.
Another one of our favorite Booths was hosted by Horizon Mac & Cheese. Their Not Your Mama’s Mac & Cheese and Toppings Bar was an amazing idea executed to perfection as they invited Food Fete attendees to sample their organic White Cheddar Shells & Cheese dinner, which could then be topped with a variety of fresh add-ins including Chopped Tomatoes, Fresh Spinach, Red Bell Pepper and Shaved Parmesan Cheese. What a treat!
Do you enjoy delicious chips? If so, may we recommend Late July brand organic (and gluten free) Restaurant Style Tortilla and Multigrain chips, which come in a variety of appealing flavors like Sea Salt, Lime and Mild Green Mojo — half a large bag of which I have eaten while writing this post. Late July Chips are crispy, light, delicious — and when served with a bowl of fresh salsa (the one pictured here is from Whole Foods) or guacamole (alongside a chilled Cerveza) will make you feel like you are eating in your favorite Mexican restaurant! We also enjoy the name, Late July, which makes us nostalgic for summer weather that can’t come soon enough!
See those English Muffins up there? We made an egg sandwich with one the other morning that was just crazy good. Rudi’s Gluten-free Bakery not only offered samples of its delightful freshly baked Sandwich Bread and traditional English Muffins but also gave away whole packages to take home. Get a coupon for $1 Off your purchase of any Rudi’s Bread product, so you can try it for yourself, at This Link.
Ah, Cascadian Farm Organic, the subject of one our very Favorite Worleygig.com Posts of the past! What fun it was to run into them again at Food Fete, where they were promoting their new Protein enriched Chewy Snack Bars! Each of these indulgent bars packs 9 Grams of organic, plant-derived Pea Protein. Impressive! The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip variety tastes like a Peanut-studded, Peanut-buttery Rice Crispy Treat, for a taste and texture that stands out from the legion of Snack Bars we have written about on The Gig. Much healthier for you and just as satisfying as a Snickers Bar! Discover the joy of Cascadian Farm healthy Snacks at Cascadian Farm Dot Com.
Are you thirsty? Honest brand Lemonade (they also make Honest Tea, get it?) previewed a line of flavored Lemonade and Limeade drinks in family-size, retro style glass bottles. They have a new Half & Half (also known as an Arnold Palmer, after the famous Golfer) which is a popular blend of Ice Tea and Lemonade in one bottle, plus Mango and Berry Hibiscus Lemonades. All very refreshing!
Just because Duncan Hines brand cakes mixes have been around since you were an egg doesn’t mean they aren’t on trend. In fact, we’d say they are even a little bit ahead of the curve with three new baking mixes introduced at Food Fete: Blue Velvet and Pink Velvet Cake Mixes and Salted Caramel Brownie Mix! Holy Sweet Surrender! The Duncan Hines booth served tiny cake balls and brownie bites (recipes come on the back of each box) that we could not resist, and practically forced us (though they did not have to try too hard, because: Pink Cake) to take a box of Pink Velvet cake mix to bake at home. Duncan Hines, For The Win!
When you think Yoplait, you think Yogurt, right? Right! The latest addition to the Yoplait Yogurt and Frozen Yogurt Dessert family is their collection of Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars with Granola, which will debut in Spring 2014. Fancy!
This is a picture of my hand holding a non-granola-embossed Yoplait Greek Frozen Yogurt Bar in the Raspberry Flavor. Doesn’t it look good? It tastes like a frozen creamy cheese cake with swirly fruit in it. After about a dozen licks of my tongue this bar escaped from its stick and flung itself onto the ground at the feet of the nice woman who was tending the Seattle’s Best Coffee Booth. She was kind enough to lift it from the floor into a napkin and dispose of it in the bin. Sadness! Anyway, you should check out these tasty bars of frozen goodness!
Look! Happy Little Spoons ready to serve up warm tasty samples of crunchy fruit-laden Modern Oats oatmeal. Modern Oats, which cooks with the addition of Boiling Water in just 3 Minutes and is of course Gluten free and Non GMO comes in crazy rad tasty flavors like Mango Blackberry (which we tried; Yum) and Chocolate Cherry! Perfect for Breakfast on the go or to take to the office!
And that wraps up our report on Winter Food Fete, another great and fun food show! Thanks to Jeff Davis as usual. See you for the next event in April!
Previously on Worleygig.com, we have made a claim that Noosa brand Finest Yoghurt is, in fact, the World’s Most Delicious Yoghurt. I’m confident that I have the background and experience to make such a claim, because I’ve been eating yoghurt since the days when it tasted like a cup of sour cream with a blob of jam at the bottom. Yoghurt is a food that I have been sampling for multiple decades, through every fad and every taste sensation up to and including yoghurt that masquerades as a fancy dessert and the current jump-on-the-bandwagon craze, Greek yoghurt. So, when I say that Noosa makes the best tasting yogurt I have eaten in my life, you can take me at my word.
Of course, I’m sure that Noosa would prefer it if, rather than than taking my word for it, you would try for yourself. Recently, the good folks at Noosa were kind enough to send me perhaps a dozen cups of their yogurt to eat and enjoy. I am going to share with you today the reasons why I love this yogurt so much and to suggest that you would probably enjoy it very much as well.
Noosa Beach: It Looks Nice
Although it is now made on a dairy farm in Colorado, Noosa is named for a Coastal Area in Australia where the yoghurt was first created.
Noosa Peach Yoghurt: So Creamy
Perhaps what stands out most for me is Noosa’s wildly appealing, almost velvety consistency. It has the thick richness of Greek yogurt but is lighter and creamier. Noosa also comes in a ton of delicious natural and fruit flavors including Mango, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Honey, Lemon, Tart Cherry (each of which I have tasted personally ) as well as Blueberry, Passion Fruit and Plain.
Noosa Raspberry Yoghurt, Eaten at My Desk
Each container of Noosa has just the right amount of added fruit and juice to make it lightly sweet and flavorful but to keep the true, tangy essence of real yoghurt. Calorie counts per cup range from 240 to 290, with a fat content that ranges from 11 to 14 g (which is one reason why it tastes so freaking good).
Here is a true story of how I made potentially an entire family into fans of Noosa Yoghurt. Since I had so much in my fridge, I brought a container of Raspberry flavored Noosa to the office to share with my boss. I advised him that it would be the best yoghurt he had ever eaten. After two bites he agreed, declaring, “This is the best yoghurt I’ve ever tasted!” He immediately visited the Noosa website, where he happily discovered that Noosa is sold at several supermarkets in his town. Then he went home and asked his wife to buy some for the family. Voila, New Fans!
Noosa yoghurt comes in 8 ounce resealable containers, so it makes a satisfying midday snack or dessert. And if you want to save a bit to eat later, you can conveniently replace the plastic lid on the cup and know it will be fresh and tasty when you come back to it. As a bonus, if you are a person who has a need for reusable 8 ounce containers, these make perfect little containers for leftovers and small household items (always remember to recycle).
Noosa is the only brand of yoghurt I will ever buy. Please visit Noosa Yoghurt online to learn more about Noosa Finest Yoghurt and to download a Money Saving Coupon to use towards your next purchase!