I eat yogurt several times a week for breakfast because of its probiotic benefits. When I was recently shopping at a different Aldi store that I don’t often visit, I had trouble finding the organic whole milk yogurt tub I usually buy. I settled on an alternative: Friendly Farms Light Nonfat Plain Yogurt.
I prefer to buy whole milk yogurt over nonfat or lowfat yogurt because science is on the side of whole milk for its metabolic benefits and omega-3 content, among other things. But when you just need some yogurt, any yogurt, even nonfat will do in a pinch.
Friendly Farms Light Nonfat Plain Yogurt cost $1.69 for a 32-oz. container at the time of publication. It’s a Regular Buy, which means it’s on shelves all year. It comes in a vanilla flavor as well, but that has added sugar, and for breakfast purposes I try to avoid sugary yogurts that are more like dessert.
This yogurt has Vitamins A and D added and claims is has 33% fewer calories than regular lowfat yogurt. The back of the container says that “regular lowfat yogurt” has 150 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving, while this yogurt has 90 calories and no fat per serving.
One container has about five servings, with one 2/3-cup serving netting you 90 calories, 0 grams of total fat, 120 mg of sodium (5% DV), 15 grams of total carbohydrates (5% DV), 0 grams of dietary fiber, 8 grams of total sugars, 0 grams of added sugars, and 7 grams of protein.
Ingredients are cultured pasteurized Grade A nonfat milk, modified food starch, whey protein concentrate (to maintain freshness), Vitamin A Palmitate, and Vitamin D3.
The container does not list what kinds of live active cultures are in this yogurt. (My usual Simply Nature whole milk organic yogurt from Aldi does list the cultures.)
For those looking out for allergens, not surprisingly, this contains milk.
I ate this yogurt in my usual way: sweetened with a drizzle of honey and mixed with fruit and granola or sliced almonds. It is a little on the runnier side, but not bad. It tastes how I would expect a plain yogurt to taste, and it tastes similar to my usual organic whole milk yogurt. I’ll be sticking with whole milk yogurt when I can find it, but this is not a bad substitute when the whole milk option is not available.
Friendly Farms Light Nonfat Plain Yogurt is an economical way to get some no-added-sugar yogurt into your diet. It does not come with some of the benefits of whole milk yogurt, but it’s fine if you just want some yogurt.