Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Stonyfield Farm-YoKids Review and Giveaway


I grew up in a household where healthy eating was not a priority. Even though my kids do eat fast food and unhealthy snacks more often than they should, I have been stressing to them the importance of eating healthy too.

And that means rice cakes, air popped popcorn WITHOUT butter, and lots of yogurt. Dairy products are good for them now, as their bones are still developing. However, even though I do like to eat fast food or a quick processed TV dinner I know it's not good for myself or my family either. While I can't say that I have gone totally organic, I can say that I make every effort to shop local farmer's markets for fresh produce and fruits. We even have a small garden, however this year due to the blight that has hit tomato plants here in the Northeast our garden has just not done well. Even those peppers and cucumbers we planted aren't thriving because of the very wet, rainy June we had. With all the pesticides and chemicals going into our foods now, I like to use items from our own garden and those of the organic farmers in our local market. (if hubby had his way, we'd have free range chickens roaming in our yard like he did in Guatemala!)

Living in Maine, I can say that Stonyfield Farm is a brand that I have seen in our local grocery stores. I also can say that my kids eat Stonyfield Farm yogurt because I know that I am not feeding them artificial flavoring or preservatives either. Instead, they are getting yogurt made from farm fresh milk and fresh fruits, with added cultures to help with keeping their tummies and immune systems healthy. Stonyfield Farm products taste GOOD, but even more important they are GOOD for YOU. My kids love the Yo Kids line, and in addition to eating them right out of the cup or squeezer packets we also like to freeze them over night and make yogurt pops which is a healthy snack and neat alternative to regular ice cream. And yes, they do have frozen yogurt and ice cream that I am going to be trying very soon as well. And their smoothies...all I can say is YUM! Just think, Back-to-School time has arrived for some of you, and will be coming up soon for the rest of us. I think a YoKids product packed in their lunchboxes will make a great nutritious treat instead of the stuff that is in the candy machines.

Stonyfield Farm is based in Londonderry, NH and is very involved with supporting family farmers and encouraging them to use organic methods of farming so that we can eat and drink healthier, and our environment also benefits from the use of less pesticides too. Unfortunately, many farms have been lost due to the sheer cost of operations. Huge companies have taken over these lands and animals are being treated with growth hormones and other harmful ingredients to speed up the food chain process and keep up with the demand for their products. In all due honesty, I really didn't think or care much about that in the past. If it was convenient, cheap and satisfying, then I would eat it. But I have become more aware of things since so many food recalls have been happening lately. I am definitely incorporating more organic foods into my meal planning and buying locally as well. I just wish Maine had growing seasons year round :(

Stonyfield Farm has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway here on my blog! If you would like to taste the difference, AND feel good serving it to your family as well be sure to enter the giveaway below!

Here is what you can win: A YoKids Cape, A Stonyfield lunch bag, an Eric Carle growth chart, a Stonyfield Farm Activity booklet with YoKids crayons, and 5 FREE YoKids coupons along with a coupon packet worth $5.00 off other Stonyfield products.

Giveaway begins today August 12th and runs until August 24th 11:59 pm EST. US only, please. You do not have to be a blogger to win, however you must leave an email address in your comment or have a way to reach you through your blog profile. Winner will be selected by Random.org.

FIRST REQUIRED ENTRY: Please visit Stonyfield Farm and either tell me something about the company that I haven't mentioned above OR let me know of a recipe that you would love to try out.

EXTRA ENTRIES: (leave separate comments for each)

follow me on Twitter @micaela6955 and tweet (leave link) about this giveaway. +1
follow my blog through Google Friend connect or already be a follower +1
subscribe to my feed either in a reader or via RSS or already subscribe +2
blog about this giveaway with a link back here +5
either subscribe to receive their moosletters OR join the mystonyfield community +3
Tell me your favorite flavor from the YoKids line that you would want to serve to your little ones! +1

So that's it! Lots of ways for extra entries-Good Luck!

75 comments:

Nicole said...

mocha yogurt cookies sound delicious.

degood said...

Grilled Fish Tacos is a recipie I think my family would like. I didn't realize the sauce in those contained yougurt.

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degood said...

My kids like the Cherry & Berry YoKids Squeezers from their kids line. A box of 8 lasts about 2 hours at this house.

Debbie said...

I'd like to try the Grilled Fish Tacos recipe.

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Debbie said...

I'd like my kids to try the Cherry and Berry YoKids Squeezers.

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Aleksandra said...

I will try the grilled fish tacos recipe. I am happy my daughter enjoys fish!

5webs said...

I would like to try the Orange Spice Cake from the Stonyfield Farms Kitchen.
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llinda29 said...

I want to try out Grilled Steak with Gorgonzola Yogurt Sauce Panini

cookiert said...

I'd like to try the Lemon Yogurt Bread recipe.

mverno said...

the Grilled Fish Tacos recipe.

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Amber said...

I would just love to try the Orange Spice Cake - it sounds delicious!
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denyse said...

I'd like to try the Turkey meatloaf.

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denyse said...

My kids would love the Strawberry YoKids Squeezers.

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cdziuba said...

Here's a great recipe:

Noodle Kugel

Try adding cottage cheese, nuts, or
raisins to this noodle kugel before baking.


Ingredients
1- 8oz package medium egg noodles
3 egg yolks
3 to 4 tablespoons butter
1 cup Stonyfield lowfat plain yogurt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup apples, chopped

Directions
Boil noodles in salted water for 10 minutes then drain. Stir butter into noodles until melted. Add egg yolks and stir well. Add yogurt and stir well. Add sugar, raisins and chopped apples. Pour noodle mixture into a well greased baking dish, and bake at 400°F for 1/2 hour or until top gets a light brown.


Yields
8 servings

Nutrition Facts
Calories 280; Calories from Fat 70; Total Fat 3.5g; Cholesterol 115mg; Total Carbohydrate 48g; Protein 6g; Calcium 6%; Fiber 2g

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Fave YoKids flavor is Strawberry & Banilla YoKids

Anonymous said...

I bet that orange spice cake tastes great!

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kdkdkd said...

I want to try the Blueberry Yogurt Muffins recipe - yum!

Ms. Autumn said...

love to try this:
Biscuits with Cheddar & Jalapeno

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krstrpp said...

Stonyfield Farm is featured in the great new documentary Food, Inc. It really is an ethical company and I love to support them by purchasing their products. Thanks for the chance at the awesome giveaway. (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

jennem said...

I'd like to try the Blueberry Yogurt Muffins.
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mogrill said...

The Turkey Meatloaf sounds yummy. Thanks for the chance.
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breiz said...

I'd like to try the Banana Mango Tango Smoothie recipe. Sounds yummy!

Molly C. said...

The chocolate Raspberry Frappe looks great!

paula h said...

I want to try the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie.

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autie said...

The Chocolate Banana smoothie sounds great!

Egare1 said...

I'd love to try the Chicken Casablanca - it sounds nom!

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Egare1 said...

We love the Raspberry & Strawberry Vanilla YoKids, it's a fight between my niece and hubby who eats more!

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A recipe I'd like to try is the Banilla Tiramisu Parfait
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Candie L said...

from their website, "everything we make is organic". Thank you

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amyd said...

I think my kids would really enjoy the grilled fish taco!!

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dddiva said...

Waah I miss living in NH!

I think it is wicked cool (see, I am a Yankee ;) ) that SF is doing so much groundbreaking work like the Greener Cow project (changing feed to reduce gas emissions) to name just one.

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Amanda S. said...

I'd like to try the Vanilla French Toast recipe. THanks!

Sarah D. said...

I would like to make Apple Spice Muffins w/their recipe.

Sonya said...

I'd love to try the Biscuits with Cheddar & Jalapeno!

Sonya said...

My kids would love to try the Cherry & Berry YoKids Squeezers!

Mishia said...

The Grilled Fish Tacos sound great!

dhunt said...

nice!

Tracysweetangl said...

Grilled Fish Taco sounds nice.

Tracysweetangl said...

Cherry and Berry Yokids

penguin28 said...

I would like to try the Fluffy Mashed Potatoes.

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