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Run Oregon Test Kitchen: YQ by Yoplait – High Protein Yogurt

With Fall officially here, there are runners around the country are gearing up for marathon season. I mean, our very own state features a solid amount of marathons in October and November, let alone across the rest of the country. If you have one this Autumn, you are likely right in peak shape and doing your best to maintain training and optimal nutrition leading up to the big race. If you are looking for a snack that can keep your body filled with the good stuff, but not feel weighed down, then YQ, a new high protein yogurt by Yoplait may be something you want to check out.

The nutritional comparison to some other yogurts is easy to see. I even compared it to some other options I had in my fridge, and YQ has fewer calories, carbs, fat, and sugar, with more protein. If you are against extra “stuff”, YQ is also 99% lactose free (via ultra-filtered milk, which is “milk that has been filtered through a small sieve to concentrate the amount of protein while removing much of the milk’s sugar, or lactose”. There is also no gluten and no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors and no colors from artificial sources.

I, for one, am a big yogurt fan. From a nice oatmeal/yogurt/berry breakfast, to utilizing as a late night snack, I have eaten my fair share of the stuff. I even got a few new awesome ideas from Yoplait. While I am not currently in marathon-training mode, I do appreciate the extra protein, as well as the limited sugar (potentially up to 40% less than some brands in my fridge), but I was interested to see how the taste stacked up. Because regardless of how good it is for me, if something tastes awful, I’m not going to eat it anyways.

There are 9 YQ flavors, all with only 9 grams of sugar (sweetened with fruit, pure cane sugar, and some natural flavors) still kept things sweeter than I anticipated. It has a creamy and smooth consistency like “regular” (i.e. not greek) yogurt, and I really liked all of the flavors, especially the lime and vanilla. And my kids agreed (that’s as good of a recommendation as you can get)!  When I can cut almost over half the grams of sugar in their standard yogurt, and they don’t complain about it at all – that’s the dream!

So clearly we recommend trying YQ yogurt out – whether you are trying to appease a 2-year-old or training for a marathon!


Items: YQ by Yoplait

Flavors:

  • Blueberry
  • Coconut
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Peach
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla
  • Plain

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Thank you to Yoplait for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Matt Rasmussen (1224 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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