I’m super excited to share some fun news: I just signed a contract to work with Stonyfield Organic for the next year! I’m pretty dang excited about it. You may remember I did a bit of work with them last fall — I went to Vermont to see some of their farms in action, to learn about carbon sequestration, and to talk with the co-founder, Gary Hirshberg. I was completely impressed with what I saw and what I heard, and I’m 100% on board with this company’s mission.
Here are 5 big reasons I’m a dedicated Stonyfield Organic fan:
1) They’re obsessively organic. From the moment they launched, they’ve never stopped working for healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet. Stonyfield Organic makes organic yogurts, smoothies, soy yogurts, frozen yogurts, milk and cream — all of it without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics or GMOs.
They’re still located right right where they started in New Hampshire — about 30 miles east of their original farm. But they’ve grown. : ) Nowadays, they work with and support a huge network of food producers made up of hundreds of organic family farms.
2) Last year, they cut the sugar in their products in a big way. Big as in 40% reductions. Their YoBaby yogurts have always been available in plain, unsweetened recipes, and now, their flavored varieties have 9 grams or less of sugar. Plus, they’re Banana Mango multipack is now NO sweeteners added!
They’ve reduced sugar in their kids’ cups, squeezers and smoothies too — all have 9 grams or less of sugar per serving. Their kids’ cups contain 40 percent less sugar than the leading kids yogurt, and their smoothies and squeezers have 25 percent less sugar.
3) They truly have a handle on modern parenting. Proof? They offer loads of on-the-go options. There are cups, smoothies, pouches, and tubes. All ready to grab and go.
On our way to gymnastics today, Oscar, Betty and June grabbed a lunchsack, and threw in an ice pack and some frozen Squeezers. We typically get caught in the dreaded Bay Area traffic on the way home, and protein-packed yogurt is ideal for that timeframe between a tough gym workout and dinner.
4) I dig the new flavors they come out with. Two new-to-me flavors I’ve tried recently are Choco-Moo — I like it best as a frozen tube (I suppose it reminds me of chocolate frozen yogurt. Hah!), and there’s a pouch called Strawberry Beet Berry. The hint of beets is yum, and I love that it’s made from full-fat whole milk.
5) They’re innovative. They’re not just dedicated to using organic ingredients, they’re also continually pioneering planet-friendly business practices — like making yogurt cups from plants instead of petroleum, and making their own renewable energy.
I’ll be working with Stonyfield Organic on a series of 8 posts over the next 12 months. I can’t wait to start discussions about carbon sequestration, and about organic farming — and I’ll be sharing some kid-friendly recipes too.
Now I’m curious: When you pick up yogurt, do you have a favorite option? Do you buy traditional quarts or yogurt cups? Have you ever tried freezing yogurt tubes? Have you ever picked up a yogurt smoothie or yogurt pouches?