I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour conducted by Clever Girls on behalf of Dannon. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program but my opinions are my own.
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So last week I went for my check up and things are going okay. My blood sugar is staying in a better place….not perfect but the doctor was satisfied. She also said my bad cholesterol came back down from the outer stratospheres! My good cholesterol, however, is still low. She suggested cardio workouts and higher protein intake.
Just my luck that this week I was given the opportunity to try Dannon’s new yogurt which:
- Dannon® Oikos® is created through an authentic Greek straining process which gives it a rich and creamy-thick texture.
- Dannon® Oikos® Plain and Fruit on the Bottom contains 0% fat, while the Dannon® Oikos® traditional blended varieties contains about 3% fat. Both are an excellent source of protein, twice that of most regular lowfat yogurts.
Twice the protein sounded good to me. My issue (don’t I always have one?) is that I have never been fond of yogurt for purely texture reasons. I have tried and tried to incorporate it was a part of my new diet….but I always give up after a few days because all the yougurt I had previously tried doesn’t agree with me. I had to force myself to eat it. To me, yogurt is slimy, watery and has a bitter aftertaste. I was not a poster child for yogurt consumtion.
At BlogHer in the expo I tried some and truth be told, I wasn’t sure it was really yogurt. BlogHer was a whirlwind of new tastes, sensations, and product and by the time I was home I figured I must be mis-remembering it.
Luckily, through the Clever Girls Collective I was able to try it again (during a more calm and less exciting time of my life). I purchased four flavors and took them for breakfast every morning this week at work. YES, every morning! I have not fallen off the yogurt wagon this time! I am going tonight to buy more because I have found my new go-to breakfast! If they come out with more flavors (like lime-hint hint) I may even add one in the afternoon for my snack.
This stuff is amazing. Perhaps they should just call it another name, since it is nothing like any yogurt I have ever had. It is thick and creamy, just a perfect consistency! The tastes are amazing. So far I have tried the blueberry, strawberry (twice) and the vanilla. I am not a big fan of sweets and these flavors are rich and enjoyable without tasting too sweet. It is more of a fresh flavor, I guess. The vanilla smells so good someone passing by my cubicle asked if I was having pudding for breakfast!
I can’t believe I finally have found one thing to eat everyday that is good for me and tastes good! This change of lifestyle for me has been mostly about giving things up and just settling for ‘okay’. Not anymore. I hope that I can find other foods as I continue on this quest for health (and weight loss), but at least for now I have this yogurt!