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!