Product Review: Higher Protein Yoghurt

As our supermarket shelves get more and more varied, yoghurt continues to be a food item that switches and changes according to our consumer demand. With the success of Chobani on the market, it was only a matter of time before some serious competitors joined in on the higher protein yoghurt party.

We have taken our testing to new levels by getting hubby involved in the blinding process for all things taste and texture. We also weighed up visual appeal, cost and of course the overall nutrition value of the product. We are not going to lie though, I am not a personal fan of 0% fat yoghurt. So although these products stack up, I would love to see more variety in offering some moderate fat options around the 2-4% mark – they are just so much better in creaminess, mouth-feel and satiety!

For the sake of testing like with like, we taste tested all the strawberry versions against each other and also looked at comparing all of the plain options too. Keep in mind that our comments are focused on the flavoured options. The plain options in all brands are absolutely awesome and you can’t really go wrong with any that you pick – so I say just pick the one on special that week!

 

This little infographic shows where the leaders are in each category and our overall pick for all categories. However, we have plenty of detail to read through if you want to scroll further!

New Addition: Coles Greek (Strawberry)

Flavour: Quite sweet due to fruit flavour at bottom (but I don’t think it is as overpowering as Chobani)

Texture: Very smooth

Creaminess: Great creaminess factor – finally a higher protein yoghurt with a little fat factor!

Tartness: No tartness – definitely one of the sweeter options

Visual Appeal: Good upon opening and nice with the strawberry puree swirl from the bottom

Price: $1.50 per 170g tub / $0.88c per 100g

Nutrition Rating: 7/10 (plain version is a definite 9/10 though – high protein, 4% fat and low in sugars)

Ingredients List: Sugar in top 3 ingredients for flavoured options, so be aware that the plain versions stack up much better!

  • Energy: 792kJ/serve or 466kJ/100g
  • Protein: 14.5g/serve or 8.6g/100g
  • Fat: 5.8/serve or 3.4g/100g
  • Carbs: 19g/serve or 11g/100g
  • Sugars: 12g/serve or 7g/100g

Chobani (strawberry)

Flavour: Quite sweet due to fruit flavour at bottom

Texture: Very smooth

Creaminess: Great creaminess factor

Tartness: No tartness – definitely much sweeter than other options

Visual Appeal: Good upon opening and nice with the strawberry puree swirl from the bottom

Price: $2.25 per 170g tub / $1.32 per 100g (however plain versions available in 900g tubs for $6.30 / $0.55 per 100g)

Nutrition Rating: 7/10

Ingredients List: Sugar in top 3 ingredients for flavoured options, so be aware that the plain versions stack up much better!

  • Energy: 530kJ/serve or 315kJ/100g
  • Protein: 14g/serve or 8g/100g
  • Fat: 0.3/serve or 0.2g/100g
  • Carbs: 17g/serve or 10g/100g
  • Sugars: 15g/serve or 9g/100g

Procal Skyr (strawberry)

Flavour: Quite tart even though it is a sweetened option (Almost overpowers the strawberry flavour).

Texture: Smooth

Creaminess: Ok creaminess, but the mouthfeel isn’t as good as the others.

Tartness: High tartness factor – so keep this in mind if you aren’t a big fan of this in yoghurts (Plain is also the most tart out of all options)

Visual Appeal: Not great on first opening it – colour is a little bland and it doesn’t look as inviting.

Price: $3.50 per 180g tub / $1.94 per 100g (no bulk options available)

Nutrition Rating: 7/10

Ingredients List: Added sugars, but has a beautifully simple ingredients list for a flavoured yoghurt.

  • Energy: 570kJ/serve or 320kJ/100g
  • Protein: 18g/serve or 10g/100g
  • Fat: 0.3/serve or 0.2g/100g
  • Carbs: 15g/serve or 8g/100g
  • Sugars: 14g/serve or 8g/100g

Danone YoPro (strawberry)

Flavour: Not as sweet as Chobani (personally I preferred this) with a much softer strawberry flavour

Texture: Very smooth and almost fluffy like a Fruche!

Creaminess: Excellent considering it is a low fat product

Tartness: Slight tartness but it has a good balance of flavours with the strawberry.

Visual Appeal: Upon opening, this was my pick of the bunch. It looks appealing and very smooth.

Price: $2.25 per 160g tub / $1.41 per 100g (no bulk options available)

Nutrition Rating: 8/10

Ingredients: Quite a long ingredients list and no added sugar, but sweetness attained through juice concentrates and stevia

Energy: 400kJ/serve or 250kJ/100g

  • Protein: 15.5g/serve or 9.5g/100g
  • Fat: 0.3g/serve or 0.2g/100g
  • Carbs: 7g/serve or 4.5g/100g
  • Sugars: 6.5g/serve or 4g/100g

Rokeby Farm Quark (strawberry)

Note: I didn’t try this at the same time as others so it isn’t part of our ‘sophisticated’ blinding process & forgot to get pictures!

Flavour: Well balanced and not overly sweet (the plain option is almost savoury, so a great addition to many meals)

Texture: Smooth, with a nice creaminess

Creaminess: Great creaminess factor

Tartness: Slight tang, but much less sour than most yoghurts

Visual Appeal: Looks smooth and appealing

Price: $2.80 per 170g tub / $1.65 per 100g (no bulk options available)

Nutrition Rating: 8/10

Ingredients List: Sweetness is attained through a few different additions of sugar, strawberry flavour & juice concentrates. Despite addition of these, the ingredients list remains basic compared to Chobani or YoPro.

  • Energy: 550kJ/serve or 320kJ/100g
  • Protein: 15g/serve or 8.7g/100g
  • Fat: 1.5/serve or 1g/100g
  • Carbs: 12g/serve or 7g/100g
  • Sugars: 10.5g/serve or 6g/100g

Nutrition & Cost Comparison

Our Verdict

Overall, when choosing a yoghurt, you can’t go too wrong with any of these options – so go with the best option for your personal taste preference and budget. Our personal pick in all the categories was easily the Yopro and closely followed by the Quark. However, when talking plain higher protein yoghurt we cannot go past Chobani 4% as it comes in bulk, it ticks all nutrition & flavour boxes and it is so much cheaper when feeding a family.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

As soon as you choose a flavoured option, you need to be aware of the sharp increase in added sugars that comes with it. To combat this, go with the plain version as often as possible and then add your flavours to it such as fruits, berries, nuts, seeds and muesli.

Alicia Edge

ALICIA EDGE HEAD SPORTS DIETITIAN

Alicia is the head Advanced Sports Dietitian at Compeat Nutrition. She is also a mum and triathlete, so advice extends beyond the basics and is instead focused on providing effective and achievable nutrition for both training and racing.

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