Our Top Picks for Healthy Yogurt
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Our Top Picks for Healthy Yogurt

Today's yogurt options are wide-ranging and offer myriad health benefits from probiotics to low sugar to high protein

By Kellee Katagi

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Yogurt is rich in nutrients like calcium, probiotics that aid in digestion, and protein. Here are our top picks for healthy yogurt, from Greek to kid-friendly to drinkables. 



Why we like it: Variety is king with this extra-creamy yogurt brand. Choose from lower-sugar options (45% less sugar than conventional yogurts), “flip” containers with tasty mix-ins, abundant flavors and no-dairy alternatives.

Fave flavors: Madagascar Vanilla & Cinnamon, Strawberry Rhubarb, Almond Coco Loco

Company shout-out: Chobani collaborates with both Fair Trade USA and the World Wildlife Fund.

Also try: Fage – This popular brand started in Greece in 1926. It’s super rich and creamy, made with only milk and live  active yogurt cultures.



Why we like it: Every 5.3-ounce serving of this creamy yogurt serves up 1 billion CFUs of probiotic star BB-12, which may help support healthy digestion when consumed daily. GoodBelly is made from low-fat milk and contains zero lactose and 11 grams of protein. And did we mention it tastes great?

Fave flavors: Peach, Black Cherry

Company shout-out: GoodBelly also offers probiotic bars, juices, shots and more.

Also try: Activia – An early adopter in the probiotic yogurt world, Activia uses three live and active probiotic culture varieties in every product, including a proprietary strain.

Also try: White Mountain – This rich and tangy Bulgarian-style yogurt is made simply with milk and live active cultures, with up to 90 billion CFUs of probiotics per serving.



Why we like it: Kids are picky. So, whether yours prefer a pouch, a tube or a cup—or whole or low-fat milk—Stonyfield has you covered. Little ones love the flavors, and parents appreciate that all Stonyfield offerings are 100% organic and non-GMO.

Fave flavors: Strawberry Banana, Blueberry Apple Carrot

Company shout-out: Stonyfield has been all-organic since 1983, long before organic was cool.

Also Try: Danimals – The kid-friendly packaging houses yummy yogurt with no artificial flavors or colors, and multiple live and active cultures.


Why we like it: This Australia-inspired, Colorado-made creamy yogurt just got even better with its new Hilo yogurt—a high-protein (12 grams per serving), low sugar (30% less than most Greek yogurts) variety. Sweetening comes from North American wildflower honey and real fruit, while the milk is from Colorado cows.

Fave flavors: Blueberry, Mixed Berry

Company shout-out: A fourth-generation Colorado dairy farmer taste-tests every batch of Noosa yogurt.



Why we like it: Made with ultra-filtered milk (read: 99% lactose-free), this thick and creamy yogurt is jam-packed with 15 grams of protein per serving, with a hint of sweetness. 

Fave flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla

Company shout-out: Yoplait launched in France in 1965—that’s 55 years of yumminess!



Fage TruBlend

Why we like it: This new Greek-yogurt offering from longtime favorite FAGE has health on lock: no added sugar, no sweeteners; 100% natural ingredients, non-GMO; 13 grams of protein; and blended with real fruits for excellent flavoring—with no funky aftertaste.

Fave flavors: Vanilla, Strawberry

Company shout-out: FAGE products are Non-GMO Project Certified.

Also Try: Two Good – This non-GMO brand contains just 2 grams of sugar (none of which is added sugar), plus a bit of stevia.




Or, go for one of the newest new trends and opt for plant-based drinkables, such as those from Califia Farms. Califia uses a blend of almond milk and coconut cream to achieve a smooth, yogurt-y taste—without dairy. Each serving contains 10 billion CFUs of live cultures, including Bifidobacterium (BB-12). The drinks make an excellent base for smoothies, frozen treats
and dressings. Click to try a Lemon Dijon Dressing recipe.

Chobani Drinkable

One of the latest U.S. trends—drinkable yogurt—has been a staple for centuries throughout Asia, Scandinavia, parts of Africa and more. The nutritional profile is comparable to thicker yogurts, and it’s easy to use in cooking or smoothies, as a mealtime beverage or as a standalone snack. Many varieties include gut-friendly probiotics. Brands to try: Chobani and Activia.

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