Friday, February 25, 2011

Yoplait Original Yogurt Review and Giveaway

****giveaway is closed****

After Joe ended up in the ER last week (we were lucky, it turned out to be nothing serious), we decided that we're both going to start eating healthier. 

We are polar opposites in our eating habits.  The only thing in common is that neither of us are practicing healthy eating. 
  • Joe eats breakfast in the morning (if he has time) and doesn't eat anything for the rest of the day until dinner.  He often works 12 hours or more a day after having nothing but a bowl of cereal or oatmeal to start his morning. 
  • Me?  Well, I tend to just snack all day long.  No real food.  Just snacks.  Crackers.  Cookies.  Chips.  Whatever.  All Day. 
Earlier this month, I started taking some vitamins.  I'm not fond of taking vitamins, they always made me feel sick to my stomach.  But after suffering from the winter blues since just after Christmas, I asked Joe to pick me up some vitamin-D supplements to see if they would help my mood.  While he was at the pharmacy, he also picked up a bottle of women's health vitamins.  So, every night at dinner, I take one of each.  It's a small step, but it's a step in the right direction.  Now to quit the all-day-junk-food-fests and start adding in some healthy meals and snacks to my daily routine. 

Okay, don't get me wrong... it's not all about pizza and french fries or chocolate and cake... we do buy and eat healthy foods.  I just tend to reach for a cookie instead of a carrot!  That's the big problem I need to address.  Choosing healthier snacks. 

Recently, yogurt has become one of my favorite healthy snacks.  Let me start by saying that I am pretty picky when it comes to yogurt.  As a child and most of my adult life, I've had "issues" with dairy products.  Not health issues.  I just didn't care for dairy products at all.  Since I was always pretty finicky about dairy products, it's been an ongoing struggle to get enough calcium into my diet.  So, I'm really excited to have had the opportunity to try the newly reformulated Yoplait Original style yogurt and to tell you about it today: 
Now with two times the amount of calcium of the leading yogurt, that’s 50 percent of the Daily Value in one convenient 6-ounce cup, Yoplait Original yogurt provides women with an easy and delicious way to get the calcium they need. Yoplait Original also contains 50 percent of the Daily Value of vitamin D, which helps with the absorption of calcium. Yoplait is committed to women’s health and is proud to offer a product that has even more of the calcium and vitamin D they need for strong, healthy bodies.






In an effort to further educate women about the importance of maintaining strong, healthy bones through an active lifestyle and a diet rich in calcium, Yoplait is partnering with TV host and celebrity mom Nancy O’Dell on a one million cup giveaway of Yoplait Original yogurt, beginning December 13th. Visit Yoplait on Facebook to sign up for your free cup and make a personal commitment to meeting your calcium needs each day. While you’re there, take a moment to enjoy daily calcium tips from Registered Dietitian Katherine Brooking and healthy lifestyle advice from Nancy O’Dell.                                  ~MyBlogSpark
I picked up 2 cups of the Yoplait Original yogurt earlier this week and I loved it!  So creamy and flavorful!  Yoplait Original yogurt is available in a variety of flavors, Frech Vanilla is flavor of choice.  Mmmm!  I ate one container along with bowl of fruit salad for breakfast one morning and used the other in my Coconut Banana Smoothie that I enjoyed for breakfast yesterday. 

Yoplait Original is a hit and will be a regular item on my grocery list! 

Yoplait recently sent me this great Yoplait Original Yogurt gift pack through MyBlogSpark!


Yoplait (through MyBlogSpark) recently sent me this great gift package! 

Here is what was included in the Yoplait Original Yogurt gift pack:
  • Coupon for a free cup of Yoplait Original Yogurt
  • Yoplait Original duffel bag
  • speed rope
  • sport towel
  • water bottle
*This coupon offer for Yoplait yogurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota and Tennessee.




Would you like a chance to win a gift package like the one shown above?  You would?  Great!  I'll tell you how you can enter in just a second! 

First, I want to remind you to Visit Yoplait on Facebook to “Like” the brand, and get your free cup of Yoplait Original yogurt by pledging your commitment to consuming more of the calcium you need.

Also, be sure to “Follow” Yoplait on Twitter to keep up with the latest news from Yoplait.

Okay, so back to the giveaway!  ***Giveaway is closed***

Here's how you enter: 
  • Mandatory Entry:  Leave a comment on this post telling me how you plan to incorporate more calcium in your diet and how Yoplait can help.  ***Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win***


  • Extra Entry:  Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect and leave a comment on this post letting me know you are a new follower.  (Already following via GFC, leave a comment)  ***Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win***


  • Extra Entry:  Follow Under the Big Oak Tree on Facebook and leave a comment on this post letting me know you are or already do. (Please provide your Facebook profile name)  ***Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win***


  • Extra Entry:  Follow @TheBigOakTree on Twitter and leave a comment on this post letting me know you are or already do.  (Please provide your twitter handle)  ***Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win***


  • Extra Entry:  Subscribe to this blog via email. (use the buttons at the top of the right sidebar) All email subscriptions should be confirmed in order to be counted.  Leave a comment on this post letting me know you are or already do.  ***Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win***


  • Extra Entry:  Since I'm trying to lose weight, I figured this would be a great way to get you all to share your weightloss tips with me!  Leave a comment telling me your best weightloss tips!  Keep in mind, I'm a beginner and won't be running any marathons anytime soon!  ***Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win*** 


Giveaway rules:
  • Mandatory entries must be completed first in order for your extra entries to be counted. 
  • Giveaway will end at 10:00pm on Thursday, March 3rd
  • Winner will be chosen by random.org and will be contacted by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to contact me to claim their Yoplait Originals gift pack. 
  • This giveaway is open to US residents only. 


Disclosure:
  • I was not monetarily compensated for this review.
  • All opinions and thoughts are my own and true.
  • The items included in the gift package sent to me and for the giveaway were provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark. 

38 comments:

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

We are so much alike! I am a BIG snacker too. One of the things that I had to overcome. I am super picky on yogurt too. My 2 favorite are the Thick and Creamy Key Lime and Orange. Yum! I take the One a Day Womens and started taking another calcium pill in the evenings as well. Calcium is better absorbed if spread out throughout the day.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I am a follower! Of course!

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I email subscribe! It's the easiest way for me to read blogs!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Snack tips: Here is what I do. I spread my meals apart. This is a typical day for me.

8 am - Light Bagel, egg whites, laughing cow cheese, 200 calories

10:30 - Yoplait yogurt, 100 calories

12:30 - leftovers or sandwich, 250 calories

1:30 - Salad, 100 calories

3:30 - apple or banana, 120 calories

5:30 - dinner, 350 calories

7:00 - popcorn, 100 calories

This is about 1200 calories. I make sure that my lunch is high protein and lots of veggies. Any bread is whole grain or high in fiber, I avoid crackers and white sugars as they won't fill me up. I eat TASTY food and for the most part, I am not hungry. It takes planning though. Leave nothing to chance or it won't work. It DOES get easier if you stick with it. I've been doing this for a few months and it's SOOOO much easier. It becomes habit, I promise, it really does. Stick with it and you WILL succeed and lose weight.

popcorn is a great snack. Get an air popper. You get a ton of food, eat it slowly and it fills you up. Drink lots of water and stay super hydrated too!! It WORKS!

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jbmthill said...

I have been taking extra calcium with vitamin D every night. I try to drink milk at least once a day and I love yogurt !!
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Lisa Whitaker said...

I have trouble taking Calcium in the am because it conflicts with my medicine. I'm afraid that face (lack of dairy) is interfering with my vitamin D intaketoo. Yogurt is our favorite solution to that. It is sweet enough to feel like a you ate dessert. I sound like the commercial now I know, LOL. But its true!! I pack every lunch with a yogurt every day at my house. And if we are hungry before bed, its our favorite bedtime snack.

Raven In A Blue Room said...

I love to eat Yoplait whenever I am craving a snack

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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Athena said...

I don't know if I get enough calcium in my diet, but I would like to eat more yogurt.

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Athena said...

I already follow via GFC.

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Athena said...

I follow you on FB (Athena Russell).

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Athena said...

The best thing that has worked for me in losing weight is exercising and watching what I eat. I know it sounds simple, but it really works. I started out by walking about 30 minutes a day 3-4 times a week. Eventually, I built up to 45 mins to 60 minutes a day walking 5-6 days a week and I also do some form of strength training 2-3 times a week for about 30 minutes. I still eat what I want, but I watch my portion sizes.

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Amanda said...

I plan to eat/drink a smoothie after work when I feel like I need a snack. Will help with my calcium!

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Amanda said...

I am now following your blog as Manda Valenti :)


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Manda said...

I "like" your FB page as Manda Valenti


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Manda said...

My weightloss advice is to drink water, only water, and lots of it! So much sugar and calories in soda and fruit juices!


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Taleah said...

I don't like the taste of milk, so I use yogurt for my dairy! my email is on my profile.

Taleah said...

I follow on GFC - my email is on my profile.

Colie's Kitchen said...

I need to eat more cheese, drink more milk and eat more yogurt. I realize as I get older I need more in my diet. nicole @ colieskitchen.com colie@colieskitchen.com

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Colie's Kitchen said...

My best weight loss tip is a ton of water. I find that by drinking water I can keep a full tummy and I don't want to fill it with a lot of other things. nicole @ colieskitchen.com colie@colieskitchen.com

AMY W. said...

I could definately get more calcium into my diet by eating yogurt everyday. Right now the only calcium I usually get is from cheese. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

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lgm52 said...

Since I don't care for milk, I try to eat products that contain calcium. Yoplait fits that bill!
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Jennifer said...

I rarely drink milk. When I was pregnant, I could not even stand the thought of milk. It would make me so sick. It turned me off of milk. I know that if I drank more milk I would get more calicum.
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Stop drinking pops, like Mnt. Dew and so forth.
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