Yogurt, Greek Yogurt, & Frozen Yogurt – What’s the Difference?

In today’s modern world, there are always many options for everything.  I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but when it comes to grocery shopping, you could spend an hour in the dairy aisle just trying to choose a yogurt.  First there are the types:  regular yogurt, non-fat yogurt, low-fat yogurt, Greek yogurt, plain yogurt, and flavored yogurt.  There are yogurt cups with chunks of fruit and ones that include granola, sprinkles, or cookie crumbs.  Others include whipped dessert styles for adults and squeeze tubes that are fun for kids.  Don’t even mention the multitude of brands available!  So, what in the world do you buy?

Do you prefer a certain brand or opt for something new?  Is it the packaging or merely the marketing?  John Stamos is pretty convincing for Oikos.  Are you health conscious and looking for specific ingredients?  Do the amount of live active cultures concern you or do you solely look for flavors?  Is this getting so overwhelming that you’ve now given up and ventured over to the ice cream aisle for frozen yogurt instead?  My guess is yes.  I’m currently viewing my local grocery store’s online dairy aisle and there are 609 options for yogurt! Yes, just yogurt!  Holy cow — literally.  

So let’s look into the yogurt craze.

Regular Yogurt:  Regular yogurt is made from milk, but contains live active cultures (probiotics) that benefit the healthy bacteria in your body.  It is generally creamy and light in texture.

  • Can have a lower fat content compared to Greek yogurt.
  • Can have a higher amount of lactose and whey compared to Greek yogurt.
  • Can have less sodium compared to Greek yogurt.
  • Can have more flavor choices.

Greek Yogurt:  Greek yogurt is creamier and thicker than regular yogurt because the whey is extensively strained and removed.  It also contains the benefits of probiotics like regular yogurt. 

  • Has less lactose than regular yogurt.
  • Has more protein than regular yogurt. 
  • Has fewer carbohydrates than regular yogurt. 
  • Unfortunately, some companies label regular yogurt “Greek” by thickening the product with certain additives, rather than using the more expensive straining process, so always check the label!

Frozen Yogurt:  Frozen yogurt is the less healthy alternative to the other forms of yogurt.  It is made with several additional ingredients and often has more calories than plain forms of yogurt.  That being said, we all need a little indulgence sometimes.

  • Can have fewer calories than some other types of ice cream.
  • Contains probiotics; however they often do not survive long enough to benefit your body as those found in other types of yogurts.
  • Large portions and extra toppings can make calories add up quickly.

In my opinion, I prefer Greek yogurt on a daily basis.  I enjoy the texture and it seems more like a sweet treat.   I find if I eat some at breakfast, the protein helps ward off hunger.  In the evening, the rich texture can replace my craving for a bowl of ice cream.  The probiotics benefit my system, and the digestion is easier on my body.  (I’m lactose intolerant.)  I prefer to buy yogurt in large tubs, as they can be used for many different recipes.  I can add my own fruit and don’t have to worry about extra sugars, syrups, and preservatives.

In fact, even my dog (a German Shepherd with a grumbling tummy) prefers a little bit of plain yogurt.  I don’t think he minds the style, but we all seem to be benefiting from the probiotics aiding in his digestion.  We can all finally sit in a room together, without him driving us out — if you catch my drift and not his.

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Swimwear Care

Land's End Bathing Suit by the Pool

Swimwear Care: Land’s End Bikini Poolside
Photo Credit: Amanda Gill

Swimsuits are one of the most fascinating pieces in fashion.  The prints are extraordinary and the colors are bold.  When I purchase a new bathing suit for the season, I want to keep it nice.  Many times, I have favorites from previous seasons that were a perfect fit and I’d still like to wear them.  If you’re looking for style and fit advice, be sure to read my post Swimsuits for All Silhouettes.

Now, with the proper care, a swimsuit can last you for years.  Here’s the best way to care for your cute suit!

It is imperative to wash your bathing suit after use, even if you’re only able to do a quick rinse.  Pool chemicals (like chlorine), salt water, and suntan oils and lotions can damage the fibers of the fabric.  It is crucial to at least rinse your swimwear in clean water immediately after use to prevent bacteria and chemicals from breaking down your bathing suit.

Always wash your bathing suit by hand with a mild soap, or delicate laundry detergent.  There are specific soaps designed for bathing suits; however if you’re in a pinch, you can use a light dish detergent like Dial Pure and Clear.  Woolite works well, too.

Avoid throwing your swimsuit into the washing machine, even if you have it set on the hand wash, delicate cycle.  The agitation can wreak havoc on the delicate parts of your swimsuit; like the straps, ties, padding, under-wire, etc.  Instead, fill up a basin or your bathroom sink and swish your suit with soap.  Be sure to rinse it a few times to remove all of the soap.  If you are able to take out any padding in your bathing suit top, I’d highly recommended removing them for washing, as well.

Hang your bathing suit up to dry and avoid wringing it out.  This will keep fibers intact.  If you must blot your suit dry, lay it out on a clean towel and roll the towel over the bathing suit to squeeze out the moisture.  Then hang it to dry in a shower or laundry room.  Obviously, it is never a good idea to put your bathing suit in the dryer.  I would also not recommend laying your swimsuit out in the sun to dry.  You will risk adding to the fading that the suit will endure from sun exposure over time.

If you treat your bathing suit with care, I guarantee you’ll be able to keep it looking like new for a few seasons.  Additionally, I always sit on a cushion, poolside to prevent any pilling on the bottom of my bikini.  Concrete can be rough on fabric.

There will always be a few bathing suits that I treasure and keep nice; following this laundering regiment after every use.  I’ll continue to hold on to the ones that have faded or aged for times when pool chlorine levels are high or I’m not dressing to impress.  There isn’t any sense in wasting a good suit, if you’re the only one poolside!

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Trend: Fall 2013 Leather in Clothing

As we near mid-August, fashion week is around the corner.  We’ll be seeing the looks prepared by designers for Spring 2014, but what I’m wondering is how the Fall 2013 runway looks will be sold and translated into other price points for the coming Autumn.  Here are two of my favorite looks using leather in clothing from the Fall 2013 collections.

Leather in fashion is on the rise (either real or faux).  Look for it in jackets, vests, pants, dresses, and panels/inserts paired with fabric (see above).  Personally, I love the look!  See more Fall 2013 runway looks at MarieClaire.com.

 

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