I love yogurt, all kinds. Any brand will do honestly. So when Stonyfield offered to send samples of their YoKids and new YoKids Greek yogurt, I said "Suurree!!" Stonyfield is a cool company in New Hampshire that supports family farms and uses organic ingredients. I like that their yogurts don't have artificial colors and flavors. They also fortify their yogurts with additional strains of probiotics, healthy bacteria that normally live in our digestive tract. Stress, illness, and certain medications can sometimes deplete normal levels of these bacteria and cause bowel problems so it helps to eat foods that contain live probiotics or prebiotics (non-digestible food products such as soluble fibers that promote the growth of healthy bacteria).
I was most interested in trialing these on my five-year-old who doesn't care for yogurt (I can barely get him to eat pudding) but knew that I'd gobble up anything he didn't want, so no waste here! The verdict: Jake tried the YoKids yogurt and didn't really like it. It is less sweet than other brands (sweetened with organic sugar and fruit juices), which isn't a bad thing but add that to a grainy texture (as all Stonyfield yogurts have) and a distinctive yogurt tang perhaps heightened by the additional probiotics added. So overall not the type of food to tempt Jake. I tried the YoKids Greek and thought it was smooth with less yogurt tang but had an odd texture, like jello. That surprised me as Stonyfield prides itself in not using fillers like gelatins. The yogurt contains pectin, a natural thickener sometimes used to make jellies and jams, which may have contributed to the gelatin-like texture. I've heard several people (and kids) rave about Stonyfield so I think it's just a personal preference for texture and taste. They're definitely worth a try, and I appreciate the nutrition profile. They come in a smaller manageable kid size of just under 4 ounces and the YoKids Greek yogurts contain 6 grams of protein and 20% of the daily value for calcium and vitamin D...perfect as a snack or part of a nutritious breakfast. It's also a plus that they're not overly sweet, as all kids should get used to a lower sugar palate. Visit Stonyfield's website for more information about their company and products. You'll also find fun Lorax-themed games as Stonyfield has partnered with The Lorax in support of the colorful movie's environmental message.