Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Stonyfield Organic Greek and Chia Blood Orange Greek Yogurt

I don't spend a ton of time in the organic section at the store, although I probably should.  Also, while I've reviewed a ton of yogurts on this blog, I haven't reviewed a ton of Stonyfield Organic yogurts because of what I just mentioned.  That said, I did go through the organic section of my local Kroger recently and I found this single serving cup of Stonyfield Organic Greek and Chia Blood Orange Greek Yogurt which is a new product line for them.  The thought of blood orange mixed in a Greek yogurt also intrigued me, so while I picked up a couple of these at $1.25 each for reviews, I'm taking a look at this one first because of that level of intrigue.  One more thing before I get into the math of this yogurt chia the next big food thing?  I seem to see a lot of products proudly displaying they include chia now.  Hmm.  Anyway, this 5.3 ounce cup of Greek yogurt is 130 calories and includes a fairly robust twelve grams of protein.  It's obviously organic, but it's also gluten free and kosher.

First things first.  This Greek yogurt was extremely thick and it also had a very cheese-like smell to it.  The blood orange and chia mix was at the bottom of the cup and as you can see in the picture above, I stirred that up to the top to give a visual representation of this.  There's obviously a lot of big chia seeds there and the blood orange mix does have a mild citrus smell, but it smelled less like orange and more like grapefruit to me.  One thing that did disappoint me about that blood orange and chia mix is that there just wasn't a whole lot of it.

That cheesy smell also applied to the flavor of the basic Greek yogurt as well.  There was some tang, but it didn't come until the end of each spoonful and what tang did come was very mild.  Next to test was the blood orange and chia mix and this was once again one of those things where the smell did a good job conveying what this would taste like.  I said that the blood orange mix smelled kind of like grapefruit to me and that's also what it tasted like.  It certainly had citrus flavor, but it was more sour than tart, which is how I typically feel about a grapefruit's flavor (you may feel differently).  The plethora of chia seeds certainly added grainy texture, but as I would have expected, they didn't do anything for the flavor.  When I mixed both components together, they kind of cancelled each other out and just brought me a very mild mix of flavor profiles of sour, tang and cheesiness.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Nothing here stood out and it was a fairly mildly flavored cup of Greek yogurt.  The flavors were there, but none of them were heroes.  Still, this was tasty enough that I'll give it a BUY IT rating and I will say that the inclusion of the chia seeds to add a bit of texture (and I'm sure health benefits as well) made what could have been a very boring cup of Greek yogurt into one that is worthwhile of a purchase.  Good save, chia seeds.


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