My New Year’s Resolution for the past few years as I’ve shared on my blog has been to eliminate artificial sugars from my diet. Chewing gum was the last lingering item in my diet but my pregnancy oddly helped me kick that habit. However, even as savvy as I think I am, I still need to read every list of ingredients. A food that often has surprising hidden artificial sugars is yogurt. I challenge you guys, my health conscious label reading readers, to take a closer look at what’s in your light yogurt.
During pregnancy and now, I’ve been loving Greek yogurt as a quick breakfast solution and good source of calcium and protein for baby/breastfeeding. I’ve always preferred plain Greek yogurt over flavored because I wanted to control the amount of sugar in my morning meal or post workout snack. Reduced sugar versions have recently popped up on grocery store shelves in response to people like me but some are too good to be true and do in fact contain artificial sweeteners.
Chobani recently introduced two new flavors to their Chobani Simply 100® light yogurt line, the only 100-calorie Greek yogurt on the market made with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. The Simply 100 blended now come in 13 flavors including the new Mixed Berry and Strawberry Banana.
With just 100 calories, 12g of protein, 5g of fiber and only 7g of sugar, you have plenty of room to add granola, nuts, seeds or more fruit to satisfy your hunger if you want. My favorite way to enjoy it is with a low sugar granola which helps keep me full and energized after a morning workout or session of breastfeeding – which feels like a workout when it comes to hunger levels afterwards! If I’m out and about though, I’ll enjoy a cup plain as is.
I really love both flavors for being subtly sweet and fruity. It is sweetened with stevia and monk fruit but doesn’t have any aftertaste that often plagues stevia sweetened products. It’s thicker than regular yogurt of course but not overly so (Nick hates when Greek styles are almost paste like). As I start to think about my calorie intake a little more, 5 weeks postpartum, I like that I can cut a few calories without sacrificing flavor when I enjoy Greek yogurt (… and save those sugar calories for chocolate later in the day).
The Simply 100 cups have 75% less sugar than regular yogurt based on USDA data. They are also made with non-GMO ingredients and milk from cows that are not treated with artificial growth hormones. You can learn more and get a coupon by visiting The Light That’s Right.
Have you kicked artificial sugars to curb yet?
This post is sponsored by Chobani. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I definitely try to avoid artificial sugar, too. It just seems so sketchy! I love finding great tasting yogurt with nothing added. Thanks for sharing this great find!!
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Fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt is very high in added sugar, indeed! I’m glad Chobani created a low sugar alternative for this, plus using no artificial additives.
Do you consider Splenda a safe sweetener? Did you during pregnancy? I’m pregnant now and just don’t know. Thanks.
No. I do not.
If you search my site with sucralose you’ll see my thoughts 🙂
What about stevia. How does it rate??