Quark may be new to Americans (so new that Elli may not have reached your area yet), but Europeans and Canadians have been enjoying it for years. It’s a “spoonable fresh cheese,” as Elli’s label notes. But to most people, it will probably seem more like a Greek yogurt or sour cream. In fact, it’s got live active cultures, just like yogurt.
Choose a 6 oz. Plain—a perfect companion for your fresh berries, peaches, or other fruit—and you pocket 17 grams of protein plus 20 percent of a day’s calcium for only 90 fat-free calories. And Quark has enough tang to stand in for sour cream on baked potatoes or other dishes.
Go with the Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pineapple, or Strawberry—or the other (fruit-poor) flavors—and you walk away with 14 grams of protein plus 20 percent of a day’s calcium for 80 calories. But unlike yogurts that are sweetened with sugar or with the questionable artificial sweeteners acesulfame potassium, aspartame, and/or sucralose, Elli uses only stevia (a plant extract) and the sugar alcohol erythritol.
Both are rated “safe” by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Nutrition Action’s publisher (see chemicalcuisine.org). Some people detect a slightly bitter aftertaste when they eat stevia. If that’s you, switch to plain Elli and reach for some blueberries or banana.
“Elli Quark is a spoonable fresh cheese with a creamy texture similar to Greek yogurt, but with a richer, less sour taste,” says the label. Sweeet!
To find where Elli Quark is sold near you, visit elliquark.com or call them at 855-998-3554.
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