I never used to like yogurt much. Until I discovered how easy it is to make your own. Now my family and I enjoy yogurt practically every day in smoothies, for breakfast with fruit, and dolloped on soups and Indian dishes.
The yogurt I make is "real" yogurt, made from whole milk and occasionally cream. In fact, sometimes I make sour cream using the same starter. It's delicious, and unlike sour cream from the grocery store, it has beneficial probiotics.
One thing my yogurt doesn't have is sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Most of the yogurt you buy has sugar, is made with skim milk, can be marketed as healthy because it's low- or no-fat (now in the process of being discredited), and has no live cultures. The small amount of fruit in some flavors is just jam added to what is basically a slightly tangy milk shake. I cringe whenever I see Michael Westen grab another container of yogurt out of the fridge on Burn Notice. You could do so much better, Michael!
Greek-style yogurt is becoming popular, and I can make that too, if I want to bother with it. It's just yogurt with the whey strained off so it's thick. Whey is nutritious, though; so I just stir it into the thicker part if it separates a little.
At least once a week, I use a couple of tablespoons of yogurt to culture a new batch of mesophilic yogurt. I mix it into the milk in a Mason jar and let it sit on the counter, usually overnight, at room temperature.
I got my starter at CulturesforHealth.com, which has tons of information and articles, too.
So save money and eat healthier by making your own yogurt. Now could somebody please tell Michael?