Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Oikos yogurt review and giveaway

This is my first blog giveway in a very long time. I have two fabulous prize packages up for grabs:

The Grand Prize Package


This package includes a coupon for a free 16-ounce container of Oikos organic Greek yogurt (available in plain or vanilla), a coupon for a free 5.3-ounce container of Oikos organic Greek yogurt (available in plain, blueberry, honey, or vanilla), $1.00 off coupons for four other Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt products, and a canvas drawstring Stonyfield Farm bag with a picture of a cow on it, suitable for holding magic beans or anything else you might want to keep in it.

The Slightly Less Grand Prize Package
This package includes a coupon for a free 16-ounce container of Oikos organic Greek yogurt (available in plain or vanilla) and a coupon for a free 5.3-ounce container of Oikos organic Greek yogurt (available in plain, blueberry, honey, or vanilla).

To enter: Post a link to this blog entry on your blog and then comment on this post with a link to the blog post containing your link. Post a comment to this blog entry with the flavor of Oikos you would most like to try. You can also tell me a silly joke in your comment but it will not increase your odds of winning. The winner will be selected with a random number generator and announced in my blog entry on Friday. I will also contact the winner by email (if your email is in your profile) to get an address where I can send the prize. U.S. addresses only, please. Enter by 1:00 a.m. EST on Friday, April 17.

Now on to the review.

I was contacted by a Stonyfield Farm rep after posting a comment to enter the FAGE Total sweepstakes at BlogHer with this generous offer:
Stonyfield Farm makes Oikos Organic which is the only organic Greek yogurt on the market today. As you probably know, organic means it's made without artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, and it's made from organic milk produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, or artificial growth hormones (ie rBST). We feel that organic is not only healthier for you, but better for the planet as well.

I would love to send you coupons for Oikos so that you can give it a try and maybe let your readers know what you think of it!
Since I love freebies and also want to eat more organics, especially when it comes to meat and dairy, I accepted. I recieved the items pictured above, plus a third coupon for a 5.3-ounce container, which I sampled. I chose the plain because I thought it would be the closest comparison to other Greek yogurts I've tasted, but the other flavors are sweetened with organic sugar. The honey, for example, contains: CULTURED PASTEURIZED ORGANIC NONFAT MILK, ORGANIC HONEY, ORGANIC SUGAR, PECTIN, ORGANIC CAROB BEAN GUM. CONTAINS FIVE LIVE AND ACTIVE CULTURES INCLUDING L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, AND L. CASEI.

The plain is much simpler: CULTURED PASTEURIZED ORGANIC NONFAT MILK. CONTAINS FIVE LIVE AND ACTIVE CULTURES INCLUDING L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, AND L. CASEI.

I decided to try the yogurt after my run when I was really hungry. I was a little skittish because it is a fat-free yogurt. I don't like FAGE's fat-free version because it's too sour, so I always buy the 2%. Going fat-free with yogurt doesn't save a lot of Weight Watcher points, especially if you add sweetener to it.

I tasted a spoonful of Oikos on its own and it was too tart for my taste. I added a teaspoon of my own honey and some chopped pistachios. It was good, but I think I would have preferred a lowfat (rather than a nonfat) version. I think a little bit of fat in yogurt takes the edge off the tartness and makes it feel a little richer. I may try one of the flavored varieties next time -- the honey is only 40 calories more than the plain.

Don't take my word for it, though, enter my sweepstakes so you can try Oikos for free. Again, to enter: Post a link to this blog entry on your blog and then comment on this post with a link to the blog post containing your link. Post a comment to this blog entry with the flavor of Oikos you would most like to try. You can also tell me a silly joke in your comment but it will not increase your odds of winning. The winner will be selected with a random number generator and announced in my blog entry on Friday. I will also contact the winner by email (if your email is in your profile) to get an address where I can send the prize. U.S. addresses only, please. Enter by 1:00 a.m. EST on Friday, April 17.

Edited: I realized that I was asking an awful lot for a few coupons for yogurt. So I changed the entry rules. If you would like to link to this contest, please do, but it's no longer a requirement for entry. Good luck!

8 comments:

  1. Oohh... Blueberry I think would be my favorite flavor. and email me if I win at jberntson@back2basics4kids.com

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  2. I would like to try the Greek yogurt. The blueberry sounds the most interesting!

    vdarmon@gmail.com

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  3. I would like the plain the best, I think. I would be willing to try any flavor though, really!
    kingerinevans@gmail.com

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  4. Plain. And then I would make up all sorts of tasty combinations to go with it.

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  5. I was just in Tarpon Springs, FL where there is a huge Greek population and Greek yogurt was everywhere. I was nervous to try it and didn't. Sometimes I am not very adventurous. I would say blueberry since I have my regular yogurt with blueberries but the honey sounds yummy also.

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  6. I'd LOOOOOVE to try the plain greek- it sounds great, but I'd only get it if I won- too expensive :)
    Thanks! Love the blog!

    Ali
    ali_weinberg@hotmail.com

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  7. I love the vanilla flavor! It's my favorite greek yogurt that i've tried.

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  8. I'd like to try the honey. I often plain yogurt with honey and almonds, so it would be interesting to try it with the honey already in it!
    ~Z

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