Types of Yogurt

  • Greek Yogurt
    • Greek Yogurt
    • Regular Yogurt
    • Kefir
    • Frozen Yogurt
    • Skyr
Greek yogurt parfait in a jar with berries and granola

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt gets its thicker consistency from having any excess whey and lactose drained from it. It’s a great source of protein! 

There’s also Balkan-style yogurt, which is similar to Greek yogurt in consistency and taste but has slightly less protein.

Regular yogurt parfait with berries and granola

Regular Yogurt

Sometimes called “stirred yogurt,” this yogurt has a creamy texture and is available in plain or flavoured varieties from vanilla to delicious fruit purées. 

Kid-friendly, drinkable yogurt is an easy way to get nutrients on the go. 

 

Glass of kefir

Kefir

Kefir is a thin, fermented milk drink with yogurt-like consistency that has protein, probiotics, calcium, B vitamins and potassium! Its texture makes it a great ingredient for smoothies.

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Frozen Yogurt

A delicious rival to ice cream, frozen yogurt comes in many flavours and typically retains some live bacterial cultures throughout the freezing process.

Creamy Skyr in a jar

Skyr

Widely available in Ontario, skyr is a traditional, cultured dairy product that originated in Iceland. Skyr is typically made from skim or low-fat milk and is high in protein with a similar consistency to Greek yogurt, though with a milder, less-sour taste.

How is yogurt made?

Yogurt can be made in different ways, but the process usually involves these simple steps.

The fermentation process

The fermentation process

To start, bacteria cultures are added to fresh, pasteurized milk. This is what eventually gives yogurt its texture and tangy flavour.

Heating the milk

Heating the milk

The milk is heated and kept in a temperature-controlled environment so the bacteria cultures are activated.

Cooling and adding flavour

Cooling and adding flavour

Once the yogurt is a thick consistency (the longer the fermentation process, the thicker it’ll become) it’s cooled down and flavour is added.

How to make the most of yogurt

Honey drizzling onto Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt as a substitute

Try plain Greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream, mayo, and veggie dips. 

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Using yogurt in baking

Opting for yogurt will make your baked goods more moist. Plus, the acidity helps activate the baking soda, which will make them fluffier.

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Perfect for packing lunches

Drinkable yogurt is an easy and nutritious addition to your kids’ lunches.

Our favourite recipes made with yogurt

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Local Brie & Maple Charcuterie

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Plate of flatten baked potatoes covered with melted cheese and creole yogurt sauce

Cheesy Smashed Potatoes with Creole Sauce

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Are yogurt and other dairy products healthy for you?

Health and nutrition

Find out why dairy is an important part of a well-balanced diet.

Read more on dairy nutrition

Nutritional Q&A

Check out our most popular dairy-related dietary questions.

See nutritional questions

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