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
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.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.
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!
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:
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!