No Whey

March 23, 2010

I went on my screed against fruit-flavored yogurts as something healthy for kids a couple of weeks ago, but today I want to recommend a yogurt that tastes good and is good for you — it’s a recommendation for you, not necessarily for the kids. Especially because it’s a higher price point than you might typically spend for yogurt.

Oikos is Stonyfield’s organic version of Greek yogurt. (If you’re a Total Greek yogurt fan, this is a bit less thick.) I really like the vanilla flavored version — it’s just sweet enough without going over the line, there aren’t any artificial sweeteners yet the grams of sugar aren’t terrible and it’s fat free. It’s 110 calories per serving, which links up with other fat free yogurts that are loaded with aspartame and the like.

They claim it’s so good because they skim off the whey, which is typically left in regular yogurt. I don’t know what it is, but it is tasty. I buy it at Whole Foods, where they sell individual little containers (5.3 ounce) for $2.19 and a larger 16 ounce for $5.99. They did have $1 off coupons til the end of the month if you can find one of their in-store flyers.

Healthcare Issues

Some of you who have been longtime Family Favs readers know that I had a lot to say when the healthcare debate began. I’ve even had a few people comment about why I’ve been relatively quiet on it lately. The truth is that I find the environment and the tenor in Washington so toxic, on both sides of the aisle, that it has really turned me off to the entire political process. If you think about the basic things that are in this bill (coverage for pre-exisitng conditions, enabling children to stay on their parents’ plans while they’re in college and looking for a job, extending a safety net to those who have no insurance, etc.) it really is crazy to me that not a single Republican could step up and work to make this happen. Instead they stood outside of the Capital and fomented the protesters with more dis-information. When you’ve got people saying they don’t want the government involved in healthcare while carrying a “Don’t Touch My Medicare” placard, something tells me we’ve got an information and education problem here, not necessarily a healthcare one.

Etc.

The rain is back, just when we had a taste of the good life with 70 degrees and sunny. Oh well…

This is one of those weeks that is super crazy for us, so I am taking it one day at a time. Work functions, school functions, volunteer functions all coming together to make a hurricane of commitments. But it’s all good so we just have to find a way to make it okay. Thank goodness our nanny seems to feeling better.

Hope your week got off to a great start!

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