Thank you Stonyfield for sponsoring this post. As a member of the Clean Plate Club, I’m excited to review their new Grassfed and Whole Milk yogurts. As always, the opinions expressed here are solely my own.
Throughout the years I’ve always tried to keep up with what foods and products I consume. Is it healthy? What are the ingredients? Is it sustainable and ethically farmed? When I became a mother those thoughts became concerns. What would I provide for my children to ensure that they grew up as healthy as they could. Providing good ingredients that would help their development and also to educate them on how to go about picking and choosing for themselves. Being a mother to two children who have had food allergies, well that just added to my daily homework. As those of you who suffer from food allergies know, reading labels is key to a happy and safe life. You, as others know, that labels with less ingredients can also be trusted more!
About two years ago my daughter, Caroline, outgrew her allergy to peanuts and eggs. I thought we were home free, but recently my son, George, has been exhibiting food allergy symptoms. What this meant was eliminating certain foods to figure out what was going on. Lots of label reading and lots of crying from him as we removed some of his favorite foods from his diet. Thankfully, we were quickly able to bring back dairy and re-introduce his favorite snack, yogurt. I’ve been a Stonyfield fan for years and recently became a member of their Clean Plate Club. Not only can I stand behind their products as a label-reading, food conscious mother, but they are also absolutely delicious.
When I was asked to review their new Whole Milk Greek Yogurt and Grassfed Yogurts I was excited. I honestly am not a fan of Greek yogurt. I eat it because it’s good for me and to lead by example with the children. What I loved about the Whole Milk Greek Yogurt was that the consistency wasn’t as thick as your normal Greek yogurt, but the whole milk added a richness and creaminess to it. I wasn’t left with that bite at the end. They also come with great little flavor sidecars which I love because I can see the fruit being added to it and add as little or as much as I wanted. Really, we know I’m adding “as much.” The kids loved the yogurt and had a ball with the sidecars.
The Grassfed yogurt was what I was most excited about. We purchase grassfed beef, but I hadn’t heard of grassfed dairy before. There is a good reason for that. Until recently there was no true standard for dairy. Tim Joseph of Maple Hill Creamery, the source of the milk used in Stonyfield’s 100% Grassfed yogurt, worked with Pennsylvania Certified Organic to create and protect the standard. The cows at Maple Hill Creamery are fed all grass all of the time. One of the benefits of grass fed cows is the healthy balance of omega 3 and 6. When cows are left to eat corn and grains, these balances are thrown off. Milk from cows who graze naturally on lush grass gives yogurt a rich and unique flavor. Their pH is off balance as well. So when cows are grassfed, it is healthier for the cows and for those that consume their meat and dairy! So, how did it taste? Besides the fact that it was nice to know it was better for me, we really enjoyed these. It had the consistency of a regular yogurt and the fruit was at the bottom so the kids had fun stirring it and watching the fruit flavor the yogurt and change colors. The taste of the plain yogurt was delicious, which says a lot from me since I’m not a plain yogurt fan unless I am using it for cooking or baking. The blueberry and the strawberry was fought over by the kids, but I had a “taste testing” bite of each and it was easy to tell why the kids loved it so much.
Being able to provide the kids with a healthy snack is important to me. Being able to provide them with a ready made snack on busy days is even more so. Nothing beats being able to provide them with something that is good for them and gives them the benefits to grow strong and healthy. All of Stonyfield products are organic, non-GMO and made without the use of artificial hormones.
I love now being a member of the Clean Plate Club since it has already given me the chance to learn so much about their farming practices. If you’re interested, take a look at the links above and read more for yourself. Let me know what you think. Have you tried their new lines yet? Do you love the taste as much as we do?