Monday, March 25, 2013

Yopa! - It's yogurt

I love yogurt. Particularly Greek-style yogurt. Getting my husband to eat it is a whole other story. If it's in a recipe, he's fine with that, but otherwise, he's not so interested.

Since his recent release from the hospital, I've been trying to get him to eat more "healthy for your tummy" foods. His poor abused digestive system needs some special attention, but trying to convince him to eat yogurt was an uphill battle until I said the magic words.

"Honey, I need to write about this Yopa! yogurt, and I'd like you to sample it."

He's always willing to try samples of foods that I'm writing about, even if it's something he's pretty sure he doesn't like.

I offered him some of the vanilla yogurt with chocolate chips. He tried it without the chips, and then with the chips added in. This is kind of a cool feature - the add-ins are in a separate part of the container, so you can add them in or not. Munch them alone or stir them in.

And ...

He liked it!

Well, then, that's interesting.

Since he still can't eat large portions of food at one sitting, I make sure there are plenty of snacks around, so he can have a little something between meals. The little containers of yogurt in the 4-pack are perfect for that, although I might pick up a few of the larger single containers for hungrier days. Because, seriously, the guy needs to put on some weight. Although the Yopa! yogurt is fat-free and lower in calorie than some of the snacks we've got around here, it's a healthy snack that'll be good for his tummy.

What I also like about the smaller packs is that they're a snack without being half a meal. You know what I mean - you're hungry between meals and the next thing you know you're eating lunch an hour early and sometimes that's just a bad idea.

Or I'm home from running errands, and I want something NOW. A little container of yogurt is just enough to keep the snacking demons away so I can prep for dinner without eating half of the mise en place. And since I'm not a fan of super-sweet foods, a little container of vanilla yogurt with dark chocolate chips is just sweet enough for breakfast or dessert.

And for me, the lower-calorie feature is a bonus, because I'm not looking to start putting on weight along with my husband. So it's great that we have one snack that's good for both of us, and makes this a good fit in a balanced diet.

And besides, Yopa! is kind of fun to say. Yopa! Yopa! Yopa! Bonus points for that.

If you're not into vanilla yogurt with chocolate chips, there are also fruit flavors with granola, and a vanilla yogurt with almonds. I think I'm gonna try that one next. I'm kind of nutty.

So tell me, are you a yogurt fan? What flavors do you like best? Do you like mix-ins?

Speaking of balance, gold medalist Gabby Douglas is an expert, and she's challenging you to take the Yopa! Taste Challenge where you can win a variety of prizes, including $10,000! Just "like" Yopa! on Facebook for a chance to win and to grab a coupon for $.50 (or more!) off one cup of Yopa! Authentic Greek Yogurt.

I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective.