Sunday, March 22, 2015

Part of a healthy lifestyle for us

In today's world, eating healthy isn't always the first option, if an option at all.  Schools, dining places and even grocery chains are slowly working to offer better choices for families. I personally do not believe it is a one sided campaign, this is something that takes a team to accomplish. With three children, all at various stages in their lives, we work hard to achieve this goal in our house. When I say we work hard to accomplish it, we work daily.  We have two that eat anything and everything.  We have one that we wonder how she functions and survives. Seriously.

Her answer......

Greek Yogurt!

While the majority of our meals are considered healthy, we do have splurges here and there. Don't we all crave that cookie, ice cream, and pizza? All of our meals and snacks have one thing in common in our house, Greek yogurt. For as long as I can remember, yogurt has been part of my like. My dad used to mix it with green peas as a child for us to eat.  It's no wonder why I dislike green peas, can you imagine? We've had Greek yogurt in our house long before the new fad of eating it.  To us, it was always the healthier choice and worked as a great replacement for milk and ice cream in many ways. All three of our kids us parents too all agree that our favorite Greek yogurt has always been Chobani. Our middle child eats very little but we can not keep enough yogurt in the fridge for her.  A favorite sweet around our house is frozen Greek yogurt or dipping stuff into black cherry yogurt. Or any berry flavor to be exact.

Like I said earlier, many places are adding or coming around for more options when it comes to snacks or lunches. Hailey Grace eats at school very rarely, the choices aren't always the best. Sometimes I am shaking my head at the meal choice.  Packing can get boring with daily sandwiches so we try to get creative. Daily, no matter what we pack into her tiny lunch box, we always include cibonai yogurt. Not only do we feel she will get a little food in her belly, it will be a healthy choice packed with protein. If you haven't been to an elementary school cafeteria lately, you really should go join them. There is no way you will actually finish your meal unless you do no talking and a lot of shoveling.  Can you imagine kids not talking in the cafeteria? I sure can't.  I worry about all the children still around me and the lunch ladies who are doing their best that they are allowed to do. This is where Chobani yogurt tubes, squeeze pouches and snack cups could work perfectly.  They can chit chat all they want and still manage to eat. Wouldn't it be awesome if the cafeteria included these in their meals? The kids are served milk, in our case it is always chocolate milk, but this could be a perfect alternative for many. We have quite a few non meat eaters in our Kindergarten class and see the children pulling out various forms of yogurt from their lunch boxes.  This would allow more options for some of those children as well as the school cafeteria.

Another way we indulge in the healthy items from Chobani are these new to us tot pouches.  I can sneak in loads of vegetables while all the kids taste is wholese goodness.  If you know me, I am always trying to sneak something healthy into something not so healthy for Harper.  She is the cutest, most precious and lovable little tyke ever. But she doesn't eat. I have spend days praying or in tears for just one bite of anything.  Thank you Chobani yogurt, you constantly save us.  We never leave home without them.  At times, Harper might eat 4 pouches in a 30 minute drive. To us, this is huge.

Each family has their own idea of nutrition and healthy choices. At our house, I would say we are on the upper end of healthiness by the choices we make. We strive to be a better, healthier family.  Chobani contacted us to write about their Greek Yogurt and it was only natural that we did a blog post about it.  When you have child that has food issues and the one thing she loves is the product that contacted you, how could you not brag and promote their product. 

Here is our quick list on how we use Chobani Greek Yougurt in our lives:

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks
  • School lunches
  • In the car snacks
  • Sporting events such as swimming, gymnastics, soccer, etc,
  • School parties
  • Middle of the night snacks
  • PANCAKES- my kids some pancakes!
  • In place of ice cream. We dip fruit, cookies, and other various treats into the greek yogurt
  • Use instead of butter
  • Muffins, dips, cupcakes
  • Instead of Sour cream
What ever healthy or non healthy lifestyle you and your family choose, I urge you to try Chobani Greek Yogurt. I would have told you in Target, in the grocery, or at the park even before I was contacted to post about it.  We buy Chobani greek Yogurt at least twice a week, many times three times a week and we buy in what we consider in bulk each time. 

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