I have to be honest, it wasn't until my daughter started eating yogurt around 8 or 9 months that I even started paying attention to the nutritional value of the yogurt I bought. Before it was just whatever was on sale, or (dare I admit it) had the good, sugary fruit-on-the-bottom. Yum.
But for me, motherhood brought greater attention to what foods I fed my children and, consequently, what I ate myself. I started researching yogurts and learned that some cooked yogurts are about as healthy as pudding. Yipe! Not what I was looking for.
Eventually, I began eating Dannon Activia. Though for my daughter, I stuck with the full-fat, organic yogurts put out by dairies like Stonyfield Farm. Babies and toddlers still need the fat calories from whole milk products.
The probiotic cultures are what pulled me in, even though more studies on probiotics are needed. Also, as a breastfeeding mama, I needed quick meals and snacks. Yogurt was a simple way to get healthy calories in, and there is some thought that probiotics help stave off thrush and reduce baby colic. At the time Dannon Activia was one of the best brands on the market that contain multiple live active cultures. I personally couldn't find a decent, affordable eqiuvalent.
Until this week.
That's when I came across Stonyfield Farm Organic Probiotic Yogurt. It contains 6 live active cultures, and it's organic to boot. And the icing on the cake (or the cream in the yogurt) - it was cheaper than Dannon Activia. Not to shabby.
The downside is that it's only available in two flavors - strawberry and french vanilla. But I was pleased, very tasty.
Currently I am thinking about buying our grocer out in hopes that the boost in sales will prompt Stonyfield Farm to put out more flavors. Hoping peach is on the top of their list...
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