Monday, January 4, 2010

Yogurt Love and A Giveaway

A few weeks ago Chobani sent me a sample of their yogurts. While we frequently eat plain Greek yogurt (I like that it’s a good source of protein), I had never tried Chobani.

We were all very excited when the box of Chobani arrived.




And here is what was in the box:



We don’t usually eat a lot of fruit yogurt but stick to the nonfat plain variety. I therefore couldn’t wait to try some of the fruit-flavored yogurts. The yogurt is very creamy, and I really enjoyed all the favors and especially liked that they were not too sweet.

First, I opened the pineapple, and I loved it. In fact, I think it was my favorite flavor. It was creamy, and the pineapple tasted nice and sweet but not too sweet. I think it's a nice “treat” yogurt instead of something else sweet. Unfortunately, the container was promptly high-jacked and completely eaten by the toddler (while he was watching his favorite PBS show by the way… I almost felt like he didn’t give the yogurt the respect it deserved…).





I used the peach yogurt as a dip for a fruit platter, and it was a big hit as well. The creamy yogurt went very nicely with the fresh fruit. I think the vanilla flavor would have also gone very well with the fruit. I enjoyed the vanilla flavor by itself, and, again, I appreciated that it wasn’t too sweet.



And I used both containers of plain yogurt (nonfat and low fat) in cucumber salads:

Ingredients
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 container Chobani plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill (I love dill, so I like a lot of it. I would suggest starting with less and adding as much as you like)


I made the salad several times over the holidays, and everyone loved it.

And now to the exciting news. Chobani has agreed to send a case of yogurt to one of my readers. The only restriction is that you have to be a U.S. resident to enter. Sorry to those who are outside of the U.S. If you are a U.S. resident, here is what you need to do to enter:
  1. Visit the Chobani website. Then come back here to leave me a comment telling me one interesting fact you learned from visiting the website and why you want to win the yogurt.
  2. For an extra entry, link back to this post from your blog, and leave me another comment stating so.
  3. For yet another entry, tweet about this giveaway, and leave me another comment saying that you did.

This giveaway is open until Thursday, January 7 at 9:00 p.m. PST at which time I will select the winner.

Be well,
Andrea

78 comments:

  1. I prefer plain yogurt with some fresh fruit as a breakfast or a snack in the afternoon. Fruit yogurts are most of time too SWEET for me, but my husband loves them.

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  2. I prefer french vanilla yogurt, and adding fresh fruit. I heard about Chobani and saw it all over the blog world but could not find it in the supermarkets, however I found it at Sams Club. Bought it and liked it but still prefer french vanilla. I like the idea of using it as a fruit dip, I will use that idea. Thanks. I also use it in my baked goods, muffins, banana bread and corn bread.

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  3. Ok, I'm doing an easy fact (although I really didn't know this!). The yogurt is made in upstate NY! I had no idea. I do love Greek yogurt, of all kinds. SO I would LOVE to win this giveaway because I eat Greek yogurt everyday, as a late night snack :)

    I will post, and TWEET about this! Are you on twitter? If so, will you let me know your Twitter name??

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  4. Andrea -- we eat fage all the time, and recently discovered siggi. We love both, so I'm happy to find a new brand of Greek yogurt to try. I'm impressed that your son likes it too -- our boys are gogurt fanatics, but this is probably much healthier. Happy New Year! Robin

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  5. Would love to win! I found out that Chobani gives away 10% of profits to charity! Very Cool! I linked in my blog, and tweeted you too! Thanks for all the entries!
    ps - Your little one is adorable!!!

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  6. I was impressed to learn that they have a RD Center on their website. I love Greek Yogurt! I have already tweeted this and plan to post about it tomorrow!

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  7. So fun! love teh pictures and also LOVE chobani, I have one everyday! there are so many flavors I havent tried yet so thank you for this opp to try one!

    I learned that the yogurt Includes 5 live & active cultures, including 3 probiotics.

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  8. I've never had Chobani yogurt, looks like it's fat & cholesterol free, I would love to try it! Happy New Year!

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  9. There's a Chobani blog!

    FYI, the best flava is strawberry or pomagranate, in my opinion.

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  10. Looks delicious, especially with the fruit platter :)

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  11. I learned that they give 10% of their proceeds to charities - how nice is that!

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  12. i love that they give away to charities! thats so great to give back-makes me wana eat more chobani too!

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  13. I adore greek yogurt and would love to try Chobani. I love that thier milk used is hormone free. It's my biggest issue with dairy especially for JJ.

    Fun way to start the year with a give away.

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  14. Boooooooo to US only! I've been drooling over this stuff ever since I started reading blogs. Everyone loves it. Ah well. I think a shopping trip across the border may be in order soon.

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  15. Very cool that Chobani gives away 10% of profits to charity!

    Entry 1

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  16. TWICE the protein of regular yogurt?! Sign me up :)

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  17. oh YUM!
    i already knew that they donated profits to charity, but i didn't know that they have a blog! cool :)

    Entry 1...

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  18. hm.. so i don't have a blog but i linked back to your post in my facebook status - does that count?!? i hope so.. because i really LOVE chobani :)

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  19. You get about 14-18g of protein in a 6oz serving!
    I like how their yogurt flavors are not too overwhelming or too sweet. They make great snacks.

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  20. Thanks for this opportunity, Andrea. I've never tried Chobani but I love yogurt and eat it daily. I haven't done much cooking with it but think I will make an effort to do so after visiting their site.

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  21. What a display of yogurts, you lucky girl! It all looks so delicious - I love the variety!

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  22. Stopping by to say Happy 2010 Andrea!

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  23. Yum - never tried this brand of yogurt, but I'm all for trying new things! This salad sounds simple and delicious.

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  24. I've had Chobani yogurt before and quite enjoyed it. There are three strains of good bacteria or probiotic in Chobani.

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  25. I love Chobani and I hate that we can't get it here. I love that it is higher in protein than regular yogurt. I would love to win this because if I win (since I do not live stateside) I will have it sent to my step dad who LOVES Chobani so much, and last time I was home, I ate some of his.

    And I loved the pineapple, so I am glad you got to try that, just a little.

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  26. i want to win these because greek yogurt is one of my main protein sources being a vegetarian, and one fact-they give 10% of their profit to charities which is really cool.

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  27. SO jealous of all the Chobani! I learned that this yogurt is safe from soy, nut, and corn allergies so my nephew will be able to have some!

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  28. I've got gotten into Greek yogurt this last year. Whenever I get the change i always buy me a couple of cups. I haven't tried Chobani yet, i to usually go for plain. I don't mind having a flavor to it.

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  29. I heart Chobani! Here's my fact (and one of the main reasons I love Chobani): Twice the protein of regular yogurts!

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  30. I learned that Chobani yogurt is very high in protein - twice regular yogurt! I want to win because I can't get chobani yogurt at the stores near me :-(.

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  31. A giveaway! Fun! I'll play...

    ok, I had no idea chobani made t-shirts?? Who knew?! I would totally wear the one that says "high fives"!

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  32. I love Chobani but don't often find the pineapple here. I love the protein because I eat very little meat!

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  33. I learned that Chobani doesn't use any artificial flavors/sweeteners, which is impressive for non-fat yogurts these days.

    I'd love to win because getting a quick, filling and protein-packed breakfast would be easy with this yogurt!

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  34. I also tweeted about this giveaway. My username is thatsnotfab

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  35. I've never had Chobani yogurt (because I'm in Canada) but it sounds really great! Everyone raves about it... I like that it can be used as dips.

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  36. I really like the Chobani. It's a great treat for me becuase we don't have it in Canada.

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  37. I'm not entering because I'm already a HUGE Chobani fan and buy it all the time, so I'll give someone else a chance to win it! Just want to proclaim my love! The pomegranate is so good, too.

    Now, even my kids are diggin' into my stash, too!

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  38. What a gorgeous child!~ did you post something lol ? love the yogurt yummy

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  39. This unique straining process is what makes Chobani Greek Yogurt “Greek” and full of flavor and health benefits:

    I thought this was interesting and it just looks really really yummy, which is why I want to win!

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  40. i love chobani! i can never get enough. and i love that they give money to charity too....

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  41. I linked your give away!

    Thanks for the fun!

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  42. veg friendly! no gelatin like a lot of other yogurts.

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  43. That picture looks similar to the one I took a few weeks ago! ;) Isn't Chobani WONDERFUL?! They are so great packaging their yogurt and with the giveaway offers, I love it! My favorite was the pomegranate, but I the pineapple was a close runner-up! The cucumber sauce looks great, I'll have to try something like that soon!

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  44. I learned that it takes 3 lb of milk to make 1lb of Cho!

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  45. Hi Andrea. I learned the difference between pro- and pre-biotic, which I always assumed were industry buzzwords. I'd like the yogurt for ski season, we don't buy lodge food (McDonalds quality at much higher prices) so these would transport well and be a great snack.

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  46. How fabulous to get a case of yogurt in the mail :D I've never heard of this brand, but I LOVE greek yogurt. Will definitely stop by their site and check them out.

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  47. First of all...Happy New Year! Never heard of Chobani yogurt...it seems that I've been missing a lot...from what you describe sounds really yummie...by the way, love your cucumber salad.

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  48. how much do I love the familial participation in the review?

    lots.

    the answer is lots :)

    we need to get yours and mine to take over our blogs for an entire week...oh the carnival ride that would be.

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  49. Sign me up. I haven't had Chobani.. and never actually seen it in any of our grocery stores in Texas...

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  50. I love this yogurt! I will definitely tweet about it!
    Thanks.

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  51. I learned that Chobani has tons of protein derived from whey protein, which provides a ton of the essential amino acids our bodies need to survive.

    I'd love to win this giveaway because I eat yogurt on a daily basis! I'm a total addict.

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  52. I love the Chobani line of yogurt and their line of adorable "better than good" t-shirts!

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  53. I learned that greek yogurt contains 5 types of live and active cutures, how cool! I would love to win, because I'm a big greek yogurt fan!

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  54. I learned that there is 18g of protein in this yummy treat! I have only had greek yogurt once and I loved it, but it is a bit too expensive for my college budget. However, I don't eat much meat, so I am always trying to find good sources of protein and this seems like the PERFECT way!

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  55. I linked back! :D

    http://nutritiousisdelicious.blogspot.com/2010/01/its-only-fair.html

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  56. because they give back by giving 10 percent of the profits to charity thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

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  57. I was super impressed that their website had a link to find volunteer opportunites in my area. I love a company that thinks larger than their bottom line. I'd love to win this prize because I usually bring a yogurt to work everyday for my "treat", and this certainly WOULD be a treat!

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  58. I learned that they give 10% of their profits to charities across the country.

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  59. I tweeted http://twitter.com/cstironkat
    http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com/2010/01/yogurt-love-and-giveaway.html

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  60. I learned that it's All natural. No preservatives. No artificial flavors. No synthetic growth hormones: No rBST-treated milk. and that it includes 5 live & active cultures, including 3 probiotics.
    For me the best part is that it has twice the protein of regular yogurts. I'm not a big meat eater and I forget to make allowances for my lack of protein.
    kakihararocks@gmail.com

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  61. cdziuba@aol.com I learned that their website has GREAT recipes, including this one: Warm Spinach Arti-CHO-ke Dip. I am dying to win because I am always looking for good yogurt to incorporate into our family's diet. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  62. cdziuba@aol.com tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/7437268982

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  63. I learned that they give away 10% to charity!


    nycole
    knycks1@aol.com

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  64. I love it with fruit, and as a spread. I love that they give 10% to charity!

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  65. I learned that they have really yummy-sounding recipes on their website! I want to win so I can make that spinach artichoke dip!

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  66. The website has tons of recipes that I'm looking forward to try. Also according to the website they donate 10% of theri profits to charity.

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  67. ahhhhhh i love chobani! they give back and their yogurts rule - i haven't had a pom chobani in WAY too long!

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  68. I have never had Chobani before and it sounds delish. I also love a community minded company-Chobani donates 10% to community programs including farm to school.
    I posted this giveaway on my blog and I'm off to tweet it right now.

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  69. Posted your giveaway :) on my blog

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  70. i learned that our human bodies can only produce 11 of 20 necessary amino acids, and thus the remaining essential 9 must come from dietary sources such as CHOBANI! i'd love to try it after reading about your great review!

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  71. I found out that Chobani gives away 10% of profits to charity~ How generous! I would love this giveaway because chobani is my fav type of greek yogurt~ Had some plain with banana & cinnamon this morning!

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  72. Chobani has twice the protein of regular yogurts! I would love to win this giveaway because I am always trying to find something with protein for my kids to eat in the morning before they go to school. They love carbohydrates but it is hard to find a breakfast protein source that they love.

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