What are all the different types of yogurt?
It can be easy to walk into the grocery store and feel overwhelmed by the different types of yogurt you may find there! Yogurt is so versitle, and can be used as part of a meal (like breakfast or for a snack) or as an ingredient in many delicious recipes. Some people hate it, others love it, but the good news is that is comes in many different varieties that suit every person’s flavor or dietary need.
I myself, am a huge fan of yogurt. You see, I grew up in a family, where my father would make homemade yogurt on a weekly basis, and we ate yogurt at least two times a day. We would eat it with fruit and honey for a sweet treat or we would make our version of mast-o-khiar, a Persian yogurt sauce made with dried dill and mint, and enjoy it with meals.
I am not one to consider myself a “yogurt connoisseur”, but I have had my fair share of different types of yogurt, each with their own taste, texture, and consistency. So here is a list of some of the varieties you may encounter at your local grocer. You may even dare to try something new!
10 Different Types of Yogurt You Can Find At The Grocery Store
1. Original Yogurt
This is the standby yogurt, the kind most people are familiar with. Some common brands include Yoplait, Stonyfield, Dannon and most stores have their own generic brand. An 8-oz portion is chock full of calcium, vitamin D, and even some protein. They also come in various flavors and include lowfat, fat-free and sugar-free options for those with dietary restrictions.
2. Probiotic Yogurt
Probiotics are live and active cultures that help with the fermentation of yogurt. They are also beneficial to you gastrointestinal health. While most yogurts do have probiotics and any yogurt that states live and actives cultures are good for your health, some brands like Activia develop specific kinds of cultures.
3. Greek-style Yogurt
This is one of the most controversial types of yogurts, where many people either love the tang or hate it. It is higher in protein than original yogurt, and some popular brands are Oikos, Chobani and Fage. This yogurt is made from straining most of the whey, leaving behind a smooth thick consistency. I for one, am extremely grateful for its popularity, as its consistency is very similar to the homemade kind I grew up with.
4. Icelandic Yogurt
Skyr is similar to Greek yogurt when it comes to the amount of protein and consistency, but lacks the tang. So this may be good for those who are turned off by the taste of Greek yogurt. Two populars brands include Siggi’s and Smari.
5. Swiss Yogurt
This yogurt is similar to the blended yogurts of America, but sometimes gelatin is added as a stabilizer. Some brands include Emmi.
Lassi is a fermented milk or yogurt drink that hails from India. The consistency of this is more akin to a smoothie, and can be flavored with anything, which means Lassi flavors can range from sweet to savory. One of the most popular varieties in the US is mango lassi. Like other yogurts this kind is full of Vitamin D, and popular brands include Bio Green Dairy or Dahlicious.
Doogh is something that I am very fond of, growing up drinking it often as a child. Doogh is basically a carbonated yogurt drink that is very common in Persian cultures. It is similar to the consistency of kombucha or mixing club soda in a smoothie. The most common flavor is mint, and you can buy it premade or make it easily at home! Some popular brands include Sadaf and Abali.
Kefir, like lassi, is a fermented drinkable yogurt. Kefir tends to have more a tangy flavor and comes in a variety of flavors. Kefir has also seen a rise in popularity among Americans in the past few years especially since some studies show that the good bacteria in kefir helps with lactose digestion. Common brands in grocery stores include Helios and Lifeway.
9. Frozen Yogurt
I decided to include this delectable treat as it has had a major boom in the American market as a tasty dessert option in the past few years. Frozen yogurt shops have become very popular, and are in a “self-serve” style where amounts served are weighed and a plethora of toppings are available to mix and match. But, there have also been more brands that are including frozen yogurt in their product line, so check out the freezer section during your next grocery run!
10. Non-dairy Yogurt
If you have a dairy allergy or intolerance, you may think that yogurt is out of the question, but not to fear! There is a yogurt for everyone even those who are dairy-free. The dairy alterantive yogurts have become increasinly popular, and are made from different bases, including soy, coconut, rice, and almond milk. Popular brands include So Delicious, Silk, Kite Hill and Almond Dream. Be sure to check the label because some do contain trace amounts of milk.
Our Favorite Breakfast Yogurt Recipes using different types of yogurt:
Cranberry Orange Smoothie
Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal
Our Favorite Appetizer Recipes Using Different Types of Yogurt
Buffalo Cauliflower with Ranch Greek Yogurt
Butternut Squash Soup
Our Favorite Main Meal Yogurt Recipes Using Different Types of Yogurt
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
Greek Yogurt Coleslaw
Tuna & Pasta Salad
Our Favorite Dessert Yogurt Recipes Using Different Types of Yogurt
Chocolate Greek Yogurt Mousse
Ready to try different types of yogurt?
Whats your favorite type of yogurt or yogurt recipe?
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Blog reviewed and updated October 2019.
Rebecca Bitzer loves to empower Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and their clients. Co-author of Welcome to the Rebelution: Seven steps to the nutrition counseling practice of your dreams and Taste the Sweet Rebellion: Rebel against dieting.