The market for non-dairy milk alternatives is growing for a variety of reasons, and whatever your reason for not eating dairy, there is likely a milk alternative out there to meet your needs. Soy milk may not be an option because of soy allergies and nut-based milks like almond or cashew may not be an option because of nut allergies. This is why there is coconut milk and rice milk. The milk alternative isle may seem overwhelming with all of the available options. To navigate the milk alternative isle like a champ, check out my milk alternative post at https://www.lilslice-health.com/post/battle-of-the-milks-dairy-almond-soy-rice-coconut.
For a while there were only milk alternative drink options, so if you had a dairy intolerance or just chose to avoid dairy, there weren’t many options outside of just milk alternative beverages. They did have dairy free ice creams and dairy free cheese options, but not many dairy free yogurt options. Needless to say I was very excited to find these yogurt alternatives at the grocery store last week and couldn’t wait to try them out to see how they compare to dairy yogurt! I was very happy to see that all three of the yogurt alternatives I found did contain live active cultures, so they can potentially be a good source of probiotics and they all had calcium added to them. Each of these yogurts are also vegan certified, gluten-free, and dairy free.
All of these opinions are my own, except for the nutrition facts. Here is how each of these yogurts compare to vanilla dairy yogurt.
Dairy yogurt 5.3 oz:
Nutrition: 130 calories, 1.5 g fat, 23 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 5 g protein, 3-5 live active cultures
Soy Yogurt 5.3 oz:
Nutrition: 140 calories, 3.5 g fat, 20 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 6 g protein, 4 live active cultures
Appearance: More yellow in appearance than dairy yogurt
Texture: Smooth, but stickier than dairy yogurt
Flavor: Resembles vanilla dairy yogurt, Overall flavor is great!
Thoughts: This yogurt alternative is a great option for individuals who have nut allergies and who choose not to eat dairy products. I felt that this yogurt most resembles dairy yogurt in flavor and texture. It also most closely resembled dairy yogurt nutritionally, and even included fiber which dairy yogurt lacks.
Almond Yogurt 5.3 oz:
Nutrition: 200 calories, 11 g fat, 21 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 5 g protein, 5 live active cultures
Appearance: More tan than dairy yogurt
Texture: Thinner than the soy yogurt and dairy yogurt, almost has a grainy after texture
Flavor: Has a nuttier flavor to it, overall flavor is good
Thoughts: This yogurt alternative is an excellent choice for those who have soy allergies and choose not to eat dairy. I felt that this yogurt alternative least resembled dairy yogurt because of the strong nutty flavor and did have a grainy after texture. I didn’t think this yogurt was bad, but just know ahead of time that it does have that strong nutty flavor in addition to the vanilla flavor. This yogurt alternative is higher in calories and fat than dairy yogurt because it does contain almonds. Like the soy yogurt, it also contains fiber.
Coconut Yogurt 5.3 oz:
Nutrition: 130 calories, 4 g fat, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g sugar, <1 g protein, 7 live active cultures
Appearance: Very white in appearance, most closely resembles dairy yogurt
Texture: Light and airy
Flavor: Doesn’t have a strong vanilla flavor or much flavor overall
Thoughts: This yogurt alternative is a good option for those who choose to avoid dairy or have soy and some nut allergies. I was a little disappointed in this yogurt. It was very light and airy and did not have much flavor. There were hints of vanilla, but it was very mild. I didn’t dislike this yogurt, it’s just not what I expected. I also prefer thicker yogurts, so that is likely why I did not care for this one overall because it was so airy. If you like your yogurts light and airy then this is a perfect yogurt alternative option for you! Nutritionally speaking, this yogurt alternative is similar to dairy yogurt, and does contain fiber like the other two yogurt alternatives. However, it contains less than 1 g of protein so if you are looking to improve your protein intake try one of the other yogurt alternatives if you are able to.
Overall, I was not disappointed in these yogurt alternatives! I think that any one of these is a great way to enjoy yogurt if you choose to not eat dairy yogurt or you are unable to eat dairy yogurt. Each of these yogurts has their own unique traits. One bonus to choosing these yogurt alternatives over dairy yogurt is that you get a little extra fiber in your diet!