Have you ever thought about how what animals are fed affects what you eat and your own health?
In the past few years, I have become aware of the food I buy for my family. Blame it on watching too many documentaries about food (I’m looking at you, Food, Inc!) but when it comes to meat and dairy I prefer buying from small farmers who allow their animals to do what they are meant to do. Namely, roam around and eat food that they naturally eat.
The newest thing to come to my attention is dairy from grass-fed cows.
Stonyfield is taking dairy farming back to its roots and recently started offering yogurt made from milk from cows that are allowed to roam around and eat what they naturally eat: grass.
The benefits of consuming dairy from grassfed cows
According to Tim Joseph of Maple Hill Creamery, the supplier of milk for this line of yogurt, the food cows eat affects not only their health but the milk they produce. Cows that are fed grass are healthier than conventionally fed cows — ya know, cows that are fed non-cow diets like corn — and live about twice as long! I was surprised that these cows are actually smaller than conventionally fed cows. What they eat affects their gut pH and what can thrive there. Milk from grassfed cows has higher levels of the good things like DHA and omega-3 fatty acids.
The 100% grassfed yogurt has the same great taste you’d expect from Stonyfield yogurt and comes in a variety of tasty flavors like vanilla, blueberry, and strawberry, with all those awesome benefits that come from grassfed cows.
It’s a win-win for everyone — including the cows!
A tasty, simple recipe using Stonyfield 100% Grassfed Yogurts
I have a massive sweet tooth. (Seriously, it’s baaaaaad). At around 2:30 in the afternoon I start hankering for something to eat. My first inclination is to reach for something sugary and unhealthy ’cause it tastes so darn good. I could get away with eating this way about 15 years ago, but not so much anymore. I’m working to conquer those cravings and eat something that fills me nutritionally but still satisfies my sweet tooth.
Lately, I’ve been super into brown rice crackers with a shmear of peanut butter or almond butter and sliced bananas. with the occasional drizzle of honey. I’ve tricked my taste buds into thinking I’m eating something decadent that’s actually healthy (and much more filling).
Inspired by my favorite afternoon snacks Stonyfield’s 100% grassfed yogurt I came up with a snack that will satisfy your cravings and is good for you. It is unbelievably easy to make and requires zero cooking skills whatsoever. Plus, I guarantee it’s something your kids will love as well.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this simple and tasty recipe
- 100% Stonyfield Grassfed Yogurt (Strawberry or Blueberry flavor)
- Peanut butter or nut butter or nut butter alternative of your choice (I used chunky peanut butter)
- Put a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Slice up the bananas and roll them in peanut butter. (Don’t worry how they look if they aren’t completely coated. Freeze them for about an hour on the baking sheet, or until the butter hardens.
- Coat them in yogurt, and freeze again.
When the yogurt is hardened, they’re ready to be enjoyed! For an extra nutritional punch, roll them in sliced nuts, chia seeds, dried fruit, whatever! I rolled them in a “super seed” blend that includes chia seeds, buckwheat, hemp seed, dried cranberry, and coconut chips mix for some added fiber — Eve loved it!
As a YoGetter, I received free Stonyfield products to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.