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Have you ever tried the Stonyfield cream-top yogurts?

If you have and you love them, you’ll love these.

If not, and you just like yogurt…you’ll love these, too.

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Stonyfield, based off of feedback from their consumers, has now stirred in the cream to create an even smoother, silkier texture and delicious taste.

If you’re a cream top-yogurt fan, you will be happy to know that the cream you’ve always loved is still there, it’s just stirred in. 

Their whole milk yogurt is the creamiest yogurt I’ve ever had!

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As always, all of their yogurts are organic and sweetened only with naturally milled cane sugar. They’re made without artificial colors or flavors, and are made from organic milk produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, or artificial growth hormones (rBST).

Kristina from Stonyfield sent me a package of their new whole milk yogurts with the cream stirred in to sample (yes, the samples were free, but my opinions are my own).

Honestly, I had never had whole milk yogurt before these arrived on my doorstep. I actually can’t get them around here, so I was happy to be able to try these flavors!

In the sample pack, I got:

  • Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
  • French Vanilla
  • White Chocolate Raspberry
  • Strawberries ’n’ Cream
  • Chocolate Underground

I’ve tried their Chocolate Underground yogurt, but only in the fat free version.

And, after trying these yogurts, I can see why people love the whole milk varieties. They are insanely creamy and are not nearly as tart than other yogurts.

In fact, their Strawberries ’n’ Cream yogurt tasted more like strawberry ice cream than yogurt. Delicious!

And while I loved the Chocolate Underground, I think my favorite was a tie between the Strawberries ’n’ Cream and the White Chocolate Raspberry.

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The White Chocolate Raspberry yogurt reminded me of the raspberry pudding pops I used to have during the summers growing up. Do you remember those?

 

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If you haven’t tried their new Whole Milk yogurts (or if you’ve never tried ANY of their Whole Milk Yogurts), here’s your chance!

The prize: 4 Stonyfield coupons (for both quart and 6 oz. size), plus a reusable Stonyfield bag.

To Enter:

  • Leave me a comment with your all time favorite yogurt flavor

 

Good luck! I’ll be picking a winner on Thursday!

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Happy, happy Friday !!!

I am SO ready for the weekend – my family is coming up to visit and it’s going to be fun! We have plans for floatinis, movie watching, froyo eating, and having lots of laughs.

And to start your weekend off right, I’ve got a couple of giveaways for you!

First –

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A few weeks ago, I received these new teas from Celestial Seasonings to sample (the samples were sent to me free, but my opinions are my own).

I was sent three new Antioxidant Max Green Teas to try and their new Sleepytime Decaf Lemon Jasmine Green Tea.

Antioxidant Max Green Teas

Combining the health benefits and smooth taste of Celestial Seasonings green tea with delicious, nutrient-rich superfruits, these new wellness blends contain 35% more free radical-fighting flavonoid antioxidants than other leading flavored green teas and provide 20% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C with each serving. Available in three flavors:

• Blackberry Pomegranate

• Blood Orange Star Fruit

• Dragon Fruit Melon

Sleepytime Decaf Lemon Jasmine Green

The newest variety in the lineup of delicious, health-supporting green teas features the well-known blend of chamomile, spearmint and lemongrass featured in the bestselling specialty tea of all time, Sleepytime herbal tea, but adds healthful decaf green tea and a refreshing, calming lemon jasmine

These came at the perfect time, too. I don’t drink hot tea much in the summer, but in the winter, that’s all I want during the day.

I already love their regular Sleepytime Tea, but the new Lemon Jasmine Green is delicious! I think it will be my new bedtime tea.

Out of all the new teas, I liked the the Blackberry Pomegranate and the Sleepytime Lemon Jasmine the best! But I definitely enjoyed them all.

Also – and this is something I love – Celestial Seasonings’ tea boxes use 100% recycled paperboard, including 35% post-consumer waste, and can be recycled again when empty. AND their natural fiber tea bags are manufactured through a totally chlorine-free (TCF) process, meaning that no dioxin is released into the environment. Plus, they never contain starch or gluten, and they’re completely biodegradable and compostable – making them better for you and for our planet. Best of all, because our unique pillow-style tea bag doesn’t need a string, tag, staple or individual wrapper, we save 3.5 million pounds of waste from entering landfills every year! Pretty cool, right?

Want to win these teas to try for yourself?

One lucky winner will get the package pictured above, which includes one box of each of their new flavors.

To Enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me YOUR favorite tea

For additional entries:

  • Follow @SleepytimeBear on Twitter and leave a comment
  • “Like” him on Facebook and leave a comment
  • Tell me what flavor tea you would make if you could create your own – it can be anything!

I’ll pick the winner on Monday morning, February 7th.

And remember the Chobani Holiday Recipe Challenge I participated in?

Well, all of the recipes have been posted on their Facebook page and if you vote, YOU have a chance of winning an entire year of yogurt! Yup – a whole year of free yogurt. Can you imagine?

Enter here for you own chance at an oven mitt, a tote bag, and most importantly, an entire year’s worth of Chobani!

Happy Friday!

Fashion for this week coming soon…

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‘Tis the season for good will, great food, and even better recipes.

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I’m so happy to be a part of this holiday recipe challenge with Chobani and I can’t wait to share my recipe.

When I received the invitation from Emily at Chobani last week, I immediately said yes –sign me up!

No other time of the year honors the nothing-but-good spirit like the holidays! That’s why we’d like to take the opportunity to spread it through our most valued fans- our fabulous friends in the blogging community.

With the blessing from our own kitchen magician, Mustafa, we invite you to step into your kitchen and create a recipe of your choosing using Chobani. Add an extra dash of spice, a dollop of passion, a sprinkle of love- make it your very own!

The challenge?

Create a recipe using Chobani yogurt, sign this oven mitt and pass it along to another blogger to continue the recipe challenge. Sounds fun, huh?

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Even better?

My recipe is super easy and quick to prepare – a must have during the busy holiday season.

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Pumpkin Party Dip

  • 4 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 6 oz. plain Chobani yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  1. Beat cream cheese and yogurt until smooth.
  2. Add in pumpkin, sugar, and cinnamon and mix until all is combined.
  3. Serve with sliced apples, gingersnaps, or pita chips.

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My favorite way to enjoy this dip? Definitely with gingersnaps.

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I’m so happy to be sharing this recipe with you and I hope it ends up on your holiday table this season. Having healthier options during the holidays shouldn’t have to be boring – and using Chobani yogurt in this recipe adds such great nutritional punch to the dip that you don’t have to feel bad about indulging a little.

This dip is nothing but good.

As for the next blogger on this oven mitt train, I’ve chosen Holly, my favorite Everythingtarian, fellow yogurt lover, and my fundraising partner in crime. Make sure to check in with her this week to see what she cooks up with Chobani yogurt!

And make sure to check in with Chobani after the New Year – you’ll get to see all the recipes and visit each blog stop to explore even more delicious creations and healthy inspirations. One lucky fan will even win a special Chobani Kitchen prize pack of their very own, including an inspiring blogger oven mitt.

 

Here’s to happy, healthy holiday eating ; )

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We’ve been having some strange weather lately: highs in the 70s, strong winds, warm evenings.

But this morning looked like a creepy, foggy fall morning even though it was still in the 50s.

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In fact, the weather has been so mild that I’ve been wanting overnight oats again. Cold breakfasts do not go well with cool mornings, but the past few days gave me a reason to have a few more bowls of overnight oatmeal before the weather truly turns.

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This is definitely “fall in a glass”.

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While working on a few recipes Monday, I cooked up a quick cranberry sauce:

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Bring 1 cup fresh cranberries to a boil with 2 Tbsp maple syrup, 1-2 tsp fresh orange zest, and 1 diced orange. Cook/simmer until most of berries burst, take off heat, and let cool.

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I used this cranberry sauce in another dish but knew I wanted to fit it in with something pumpkin, too.

Introducing, Overnight Pumpkin Cranberry Oats!

Oat base (mix up the night before and let sit in the fridge)

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • ginger
  • nutmeg
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup yogurt

In the morning, layer:

  • overnight oat mixture
  • cranberry orange sauce
  • wheatberries
  • chopped pecans
  • maple syrup

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I added some wheatberries since I had some extras on hand that were cooked and needed to be used, but you definitely don’t need them!

I loved the crunch of pecans in this, though. It went great with the tart cranberries, the fall spices, and the little drizzle of maple syrup.

Do you use fresh cranberries? What’s your favorite way to have them?

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The Darkness

I love fall, but I am not excited about the dark mornings again.

I didn’t see daylight until almost 8 am today! It didn’t help that it’s also cloudy, but still – I miss the early light already.

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My orange breakfast made up for it – tons of fall flavors!

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Oatmeal pancake:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Topped with some pumpkin yogurt: greek yogurt mixed with pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and a spoonful of pear butter I got from a friend. It was the perfect topping! Sweet, tart, and spicy.

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Nick and I split an orange on the side, and there’s definitely some coffee in my morning plans Winking smile

 

A great way to start a very busy Monday. I’ve got a long to-do list, but it’s all self-inflicted and mostly fun items. Better get to it!

 

What did you do this weekend?

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*Don’t forget – you can Vote here to get me into the Barnstorming Tour!

You might also recognize some other bloggers, especially Rose, Heather, Tina, and Anne!

I figured since I’m a finalist in a contest put on by Stonyfield, I should at least eat and share my favorite ways to use their yogurt, so today is day #1.

I still have a ton of yogurt in the fridge so this will also be a great way to make sure I use it all. Plus, after a fun talk with a friend yesterday, all I could think about was a big bowl of yogurt!

Today’s dish?

It’s a little hot. A little cold. A little reminder of Janetha (who is a total sweetheart AND a genius for coming up with this idea).

Yoatgurt!

The oatmeal is a very basic mix:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon

No fruit in the oatmeal because I wanted it on top!

Oatmeal, Oikos, Banana, Almond butter. One of my favorite combinations.

You can mix it together or keep the sides separate and enjoy hot bites and cold ones. Meals like this are fun to eat 🙂

What’s your favorite way to have yogurt with breakfast?

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Back to Blah

Guff….my tummy is all gurgly again. I don’t know if this Honduran stuff kicking in again or something that is just not agreeing with me.

I’m not really feeling as bad as I did the first few days we were back, but I’m not feeling very good. Nick said I’m normally weird when it comes to my stomach, and that’s probably right. But I want to be normally normal! Maybe I need an allergy test or something.

My yogurt snack today was tasty, thanks to 2 things.

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Fresh, local raspberries (ridiculously good) and dark chocolate covered dried raspberries (holy yum).

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I got these raspberries today from The Chocolate Spike and they are delicious! Why can’t I find dried raspberries more often? They’re so good.

I had a fun snack break with some coworkers, finished up work for today and headed home. I was hoping to get in a run today (finally), but that was a no go. One, I started getting these weird stomach cramp-type things in my side, like in my ribs? but now they’re just everywhere in my poor belly.  Then it started raining when we got home. I’m hoping Nick and I are both feeling up to a run this weekend so we can get back to it. I miss it! but I don’t want to start when I already don’t feel great.

Dinner was good, again! These zucchini from the farmer’s market are just too good. I need more!

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We heated up the leftover couscous, mustard chicken and veggies tonight – thank goodness I had something easy in the fridge because I did not feel like cooking tonight.

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Lovely local veggies  🙂

Alright guys, I’m off to lay in my pjs, read, and hope that my tummy starts feeling better soon.

What was the best part of your day today?

Mine was eating lunch outside with Nick and buying those awesome chocolates  🙂

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