It’s Monday, my friends! Although this particular Monday is better than most because I don’t have to go to class, I know some of you are still out there suffering through work, so I thought a little giveaway might brighten your day!
Let’s start at the beginning…On Friday morning, my doorbell rang. Five minutes later, after tripping over multiple dogs and going partially deaf in one ear due to their barking, I was able to make my way to the door and was delighted to see this sitting on my front steps!
That’s right…an entire case of Chobani Greek Yogurt.
The case included 12 six ounce containers:
-1 nonfat pomegranate
-1 nonfat peach
-1 nonfat strawberry
-1 nonfat blueberry
-1 lowfat strawberry banana
-1 nonfat raspberry
-1 nonfat pineapple
-2 nonfat plain
-1 lowfat plain
-1 nonfat vanilla
-1 nonfat honey
*Disclaimer- Chobani provided me with this yogurt for free, but all opinions expressed below are my own*
In case you are unfamiliar with greek yogurt, allow me to tell you a little bit about how wonderful it is! From Chobani’s website:
The unique straining process is what makes Chobani Greek Yogurt “Greek” and full of flavor and health benefits:
· All natural. No preservatives. No artificial flavors.
· No synthetic growth hormones: No rBST-treated milk.
· Includes 5 live & active cultures, including 3 probiotics.
· Made with real fruit.
· Twice the protein of regular yogurts.
· A good source of bone-building calcium.
· Gluten-Free and Kosher-Certified.
· Safe for people with corn, nut and soy allergies.
It does take some getting used to if you are switching over from other kinds of yogurt, but once you get used to it, it’s wonderful. I eat mine with oatmeal, on pancakes, with fruit and by itself as a snack. You can use it to bake with and also use it as a replacement for sour cream and other ingredients when cooking as a way to decrease the fat and increase the protein.
So let’s get to it! The first thing I wanted to do was bake something! I checked out the Chobani website and gave these Honey-Scented Blueberry Muffins a try using the honey flavor. First, I tried a bite of the yogurt alone and wasn’t a big fan of the flavor. I wouldn’t want to just sit and eat it with a spoon, but I thought it would be fine in a baked good, so I proceeded.
Bad news…they didn’t work out. There was not nearly enough liquid in the batter. Since the recipe called for 1 cup of honey chobani and I only had 6 oz of that flavor, I added a whole extra container of yogurt (the lowfat plain). Even with 12 oz of yogurt, my “batter” was very crumbly. I did my best and put them into muffin tins and baked them up….but the results weren’t great. They were edible, but nothing to write home about.
Not to worry though! I was still super excited about my main plan for the yogurt. On Saturday, my in-laws hosted a small party that we called “Eat Right Saturday Night”. There were 4 couples attending and everyone was in charge of bringing a healthy dish.
We enjoyed a veggie tray, a spinach salad with garlic vinaigrette, a low-fat white chicken enchilada casserole, and some corn bread muffins!
I was in charge of dessert. From the beginning I knew I wanted to use this opportunity to have more people taste some of the Chobani flavors! I debated several different options and finally settled on fruit and yogurt crepes. I brought 4 flavors that I personally had never tasted and encouraged everyone to try them and give me their opinion.
The flavors were peach, pomegranate, pineapple and raspberry. I had my first attempt at making crepes using Jessica’s recipe (found here). It went semi-well…but after it was all said and done, I’d rather just eat the fruit and yogurt
My personal favorite was peach! I loved it!! Second was raspberry. To me, these were the two that were easiest for me to eat by themselves. By comparison to the Dannon Light & Fit that I used to eat, the peach and raspberry fruit flavors come through the strongest in the Chobani variety. I also enjoyed the pomegranate flavor. The pineapple was not my favorite, but my mother-in-law and our family friend Karen both enjoyed it. My friend Sarah also enjoyed the peach and the hubby liked the pomegranate.
On Sunday morning, I used the vanilla flavor to make some from-scratch Chobani pancakes for the hubby and I. The result was delicious. The pancakes were a little on the chewier side and not quite as light and fluffy as when I use Bisquick but they did puff up more than I thought they would and I enjoyed the flavor. I’ll definitely be making them again. I topped mine with some strawberry Chobani for a double whammy The strawberry flavor is good, but has been ousted as my favorite by the peach and the raspberry.
For a snack I tried the blueberry Chobani, which I also enjoyed. It has a nice strong blueberry flavor. I have plans to add the strawberry banana flavor to a smoothie tomorrow afternoon and am currently looking for a good greek recipe so that I can use the nonfat plain flavor to make a sauce! Now if they would just bring the lemon flavor to Ohio!
That brings me to the most exciting part of this post…the giveaway!
Chobani has offered to send five coupons each to 2 of my readers. The coupons are each good for 1 six ounce container of Chobani!!
Here are the three ways you can enter for your chance to win 5 free containers of Chobani:
1) Leave a comment and tell me your favorite Chobani flavor, or one you would like to try.
2) “Like” Chobani on Facebook by clicking here and leave a comment telling me you did.
3) Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment telling me you did.
You must leave a separate comment for each entry. The giveaway will run until Wednesday at 9pm EST. Two winners will be chosen using www.random.org. Winners will have 24 hours to contact me before a new winner is chosen. *Open to US residents only.*