Reading labels is important. Companies often change their recipes or manufacturing methods. It’s a sad day indeed when something we thought was gluten-free turns out to contain gluten.
But then there are those occasions where the opposite occurs, like with Oikos yogurt from Stoneyfield. At press time for the third edition of the Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide, Stoneyfield’s gluten-free list stated it was NOT GF. (Our editors suspect it was GF all along. Perhaps they did not want to state as such until they had time to complete GF testing, but we were unable to get the complete scoop from the company.) But now the results of testing are in and, as many customers in the dairy section have been happy to find, we now know that Oikos does not contain gluten! But with all of the yogurts out there, how does Oikos compare?
I’m a bit of a yogurt fiend, so I was happy to investigate for Triumph Dining when Stoneyfield offered us samples.
Oikos is a Greek yogurt, so don’t expect the semi-liquid texture of the average American yogurt. This stuff has a thick, almost chunky texture similar to cream cheese. Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurts and is very healthy. Oikos is also fat-free.
I tend to prefer plain yogurts, and I was happy to find that even the flavored options (like blueberry, honey and vanilla) let the yogurt taste shine through. For a fantastic breakfast, exercise recovery snack, or dessert option, I recommend mixing in your favorite gluten-free cereal, chunks of fruit, or some dark chocolate chips.
But Oikos yogurt can be the star at dinner as well. Add garlic, mint, and grated cucumber to plain Oikos, and you’ve got gluten-free Tzatziki sauce. Make it a gyro night with gluten-free pita bread and your choice of meat and toppings. Who needs take out?
Another great gluten-free Greek-style yogurt is Chobani. Kay buys hers at Costco for less than a $1 a package.
Granted, both brands are a little pricer than regular yogurts, but the high-protein content makes it a cheap, filling snack.