Yogurt was one of my favorite snacks prior to going vegan. It's a great mid morning snack to have with a handful of nuts to keep me going until lunch. It's ironic because I always hated milk, but couldn't get enough yogurt. When I first tried going vegan years ago, there was like 2 vegan yogurts available and I tried them both and thought they were disgusting. I was so hesitant to try another vegan yogurt again since finally going vegan a year and a half ago. Now a days, it's exciting to see how many vegan yogurts are popping up in store! My food store just got two new kinds in recently! I'm so happy to see there are more options for vegan yogurt now, and with all those options I decided to give vegan yogurt a try again. I have found two kinds to be absolutely delicious! Today, I'm going to talk about those with you!
These are my two favorite vegan yogurts, and I stock up when I go to the food store now because believe it or not, these are starting to sell out fast. On one hands, my heart is so happy seeing that more people are going towards dairy free alternatives. That means things are finally starting to take a positive shift and people are starting to see that dairy free is the way to go. On the other hand, it makes me sad because when I go to buy my yogurts and they're sold out I get disappointed I missed out lol. But overall, I am truly ecstatic to see how much more common veganism is becoming, and that completely outweighs me missing out on my yogurt.
First, let's talk about So Delicious Coconut Milk yogurt.
First of all, if you haven't had anything from this brand yet, you are SO missing it because they're products are seriously SO delicious, as the name implies. This yogurt is coconut milk based, as the description implies, but the coconut flavor is super subtle, and it doesn't overpower any of the flavors. I've tried every flavor my store has had to offer, and they were all yummy. The yogurt is really creamy. There's no fruit chunks in it which is a small let down simply because I like fruit in my yogurt. But it's not something I can't change by just adding my own fruit in, so it's not really a big deal. Because this yogurt is coconut based, it's a little high in fat. It's got 130 calories, and 4 grams of fat. Still, not really all that bad. It does have live and active cultures in it, so you're still getting the benefits from regular yogurt. It does contain 30% of the recommend amount of Vitamin B12 (which vegans can sometimes lack, and calcium. It also has 25% of the recommend value of Vitamin D. All of that is really awesome. However, I wish there was more than 1 gram of protein in this yogurt, and 2% or iron. That's my only real complaint. When you pair it with some nuts though, or another protein filled snack, it balances out to still be a healthy snack. I believe these retailed for $1.99 each.
This brand also makes a delicious almond milk yogurt as well, however, every time I go to buy it, it's sold out lol. So I can't show you a picture of it, but if you see it at your food store, you can bet it's delicious!
The other yogurt I wanted discuss is relatively new on the dairy free market, but the company is well know in being a leader in the dairy free industry. I'm talking about Daiya Greek Style Yogurt.
My favorite yogurt prior to going vegan was greek yogurt, Chobani to be specific. I always enjoyed the texture of greek yogurt more than regular yogurt because it was thicker. This Daiya yogurt is so thick and creamy, just like greek yogurt. It also has fruit chunks in it, so I was happy about that! I love that it's also soy free, because as I have mentioned before I try to stay away from soy as much as possible. It has no trans fat or cholesterol. There is 140 calories, a bit higher than the coconut milk yogurt, but I can justify that by the 8 grams of protein each cup has. In addition to the protein, it has live and active cultures as well. This has slightly less Vitamin B12 and Calcium (20% each) than the coconut milk yogurt. Also, it has no Vitamin D. But, it has 10% of iron. So each has it's pros and cons as far as it's vitamin levels. Each cup retails for $1.79.
Personally, I love both of these. I usually buy both and each one a day and alternate which one I eat daily. This is always my mid morning snack at work. They hold me over until lunch time. I absolutely recommend you check out both of these. I think you'll enjoy them!