“This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Fage.”
First of all, it's pronounced "Fa-yeh".
I know you've seen FAGE Greek Yogurt in the markets at places like Trader Joe's (where I first discovered it) or Whole Foods. It is hands-down my favorite yogurt and it's made its way into my grocery basket in some form or another since 2004. Yes, I've been a FAGE fan for going on five years. How do I know it was 2004? Because that's when my second daughter was born. I craved yogurt like crazy during that pregnancy and I'm pretty sure she's made mostly out of 100% natural FAGE Greek Yogurt. That and maybe a marionberry pie or three. (Which goes great with FAGE Greek Yogurt, by the way.)
I have never been much of a yogurt eater, because my mom, the health food freak, always bought the mouth-puckeringly-tangy all-natural stuff when all I wanted was creamy, sugary Yoplait. Once I moved out of the house, I vowed never to buy yogurt again except for the times when I needed it for tzatziki or smoothies.
Then came my second pregnancy and my discovery of the FAGE. I bought a container of the plain 2% yogurt, took it home, and promptly devoured it. It was super-thick, creamy and not-at-all tangy. I think it's the tang that turns many people off about yogurt, including me. I just want my yogurt to be fresh, creamy, and smooth, with just a bare hint of sweetness. FAGE is all that and more. During that pregnancy, I bought containers of FAGE 4 at a time. If I only had one left, I'd promptly run out and buy three more. That summer, I made gazpacho almost every day and swirled in the yogurt, sometimes flavored with cumin and lime, sometimes plain, I would cut up cucumbers and chopped up some garlic and fresh dill and slurp it up with a spoon. It was so thick it stood up to anything I put into it and never got watery as yogurt can do. I put dollops atop cut-up bananas or in my muesli, I could not get enough. And that is why, when the opportunity came along to review the FAGE yogurt, I said, "Yes! Oh, yes!"
I've always bought the plain FAGE yogurt, usually the 2% which my whole family adores, but my girls also love the FAGE with honey. My mom buys it, too, and it's the first thing they look for in her fridge when they visit her. The honey is in a separate container and the girls can drizzle it into the plain yogurt as they wish. FAGE sent us some plain and honey yogurt but they also sent their (new to me) fruited flavors. The fruit is on the side, just as with the honey, and comes in fantastic, fresh-tasting flavors like peach, cherry (always my fave), and strawberry. The kids have been fighting over who gets to take what flavor in their lunch. It really is that delicious, and it's still all-natural, unsweetened, and preservative-free.
As a mom, I never have to worry about my kids getting calcium or protein because they love their FAGE yogurt so much. I won't eat any other kind. I use it in everything, and in case you think I'm kidding, here are some of my own favorite recipes for using FAGE Greek Yogurt. (You can subsitute FAGE Greek Yogurt for any recipe that calls for plain yogurt.)
- CityMama's Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Tzatziki
- Tortilla Roll-ups with Lime-Cilantro Yogurt Dip
- Yogurt Parfaits
- Yogurt-marinated roasted chicken
What I like about it: Everything. It's luscious, creamy, ridiculously thick, and best of all—versatile. I also like that my kids love it. It's a healthy and tasty treat that I feel good about serving.
What I don't: I wish it came in bigger containers. Like vats. Vats would be good.
Cost to you: Around $2-$2.50, but depends on where you buy an size of container
Cost to me: Free, plus I accepted payment for this review because it's a product I believe in, love, and use anyway.
Am I preaching to the Fage Greek yogurt choir here? Do you already love it? How do you eat FAGE? What is your favorite flavor? Why do you love the pure, creamy, ridiculously thick goodness of FAGE yogurt? Leave a comment on this post, sharing your thoughts about FAGE and you could win a free case of FAGE!
There will be a new winner every day!