As you all know, yogurt is one of my favorite foods. I would guess that I eat yogurt five or six days a week. It is my oatmeal. I don’t eat it for breakfast, but one of the healthy substitutions I made early on in my weight loss was to switch out “fake” healthy foods like 100 Calorie Packs with a cup of yogurt, usually accompanying some kind of sandwich for lunch.
As time went by and I learned more and more about nutrition, I shunned my beloved Yoplait once I realized it was full of HFCS and other slightly scary ingredients. Eventually, I fell in love with the high protein content and lack of scary ingredients in Greek yogurt! It is still my yogurt of choice, though cost can be an issue.
The folks at Oikos yogurt were kind enough to send me some coupons so that I could try their products and give some away to you, too! Oikos is a part of the Stonyfield Farms family of products. I really respect their outlook on food–they strive to promote health and nutrition and to keep the planet healthy, as well!
I first tried finding Oikos at my usual grocery store of choice, Super Target. I wanted to sample a couple of flavors. Unfortunately, they only had one–vanilla! So, I went by the nearby Hy-Vee the next day and found Strawberry and Blueberry as well. I wanted to find the plain, but no luck. Plain Greek yogurt is supposed to be a great substitute for sour cream. They also have a honey flavor that sounds delicious but I could not find.
First, I sampled the Vanilla. Greek yogurt differs from regular yogurt, taste-wise, in two basic ways (as far as I can tell): it’s thicker, and it’s a little bit more sour tasting than mainstream yogurts. However, it’s also wonderfully creamy and delicious. I tried a bite of the vanilla plain and it was very good–the vanilla flavor was very light but definitely present. Then I made one of my usual yogurt bowls:
Strawberries, Oikos vanilla, and granola. It was great mixed with these, too. I could still taste the vanilla but it wasn’t overwhelming.
I’ve had the blueberry and strawberry in the past, but it’s been awhile. So, I have the strawberry in my lunch today and will bring the blueberry tomorrow and update you as the week goes along!
All in all, I give Oikos two thumbs up for taste and nutrition. The only thing that holds me back from being a regular Oikos purchaser is cost–the individual cups are about $2/serving (on sale!), which is a wee bit too much for my pocketbook given that I eat yogurt pretty much every day. I will keep an eye out in the future for sales and stock up then, though!
While I was at the store, I also purchased a cup of Stonyfield Farms plain yogurt. I’ve heard that plain yogurt is great for dogs and cats in small amounts to help keep the bacteria in their stomach healthy. I’m a firm believer in proper nutrition for our furrier friends, too! So, I gave some to Milhouse in a Kong as a treat.
Two paws up! He was a HUGE fan. Dogs shouldn’t get much–no more than a tablespoon or two at a time because they can have trouble digesting dairy–but a little bit on a regular basis keeps the healthy bacteria in their stomach functioning and happy! You should also make sure to use plain yogurt and not flavored.
Oikos was generous enough to give me enough coupons to share with Fit Bride readers. So, this week’s giveaway will be free yogurt coupons of your very own! Again, like last week you have three chances to win:
- Leave a comment on this post about your favorite yogurt concoction.
- Tweet about the giveaway and then come here and post a comment here saying that you tweeted.
- Blog about the giveaway and then come here and post a comment about it.
This contest will again run through Saturday, December 5th, at noon. Comments left on the Knottie Files feed will not be counted, so click through to my blog!