Monday, January 20, 2014

You Gotta Try #StonyfieldGreek! - Plus: A Life Experience That I Can't Wait to Try: Becoming an Urban Gardener

Disclosure: I'm a Stonyfield Yo-Getter, so I received some product samples in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Life Experiences That I Can't Wait to Try! 

Stonyfield recently encouraged me to share some life experiences that I can't wait to try, as part of their "You Gotta Try #StonyfieldGreek" campaign. As a lover of adventure, and as a woman who has always taken even her wildest dreams seriously, this was a fun challenge to consider! 

In 2014, I want to try my hand at urban gardening! 

My goal is to transform our small city backyard into an oasis of vegetables! I want to be able to step into my garden and be able to pick all the vegetables I need for a healthy summer salad. 

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My Goal for 2014: Lettuce on Demand

I'm currently in research mode, and I'm inspired by my small gardening successes last summer: This past spring, I created one small raised bed and successfully grew tomatoes and kale. This year, I want to fill our backyard with fruits and vegetables by creating more raised beds from reclaimed wood and filling them with a better variety of vegetables. I'd like to create a vertical bed, again using reclaimed wood, and I want to grow sweet peas along our fence.

Urban Garden Vertical Raised Bed- 3x4
My planned vertical bed

Finally, I want to plant a bigger and more diverse selection of veggies. Here's a great guide to what to plan in April if you are living in the Midwest like me! Arugula, fennel, and radicchio are all at the top of my list. 

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I can't wait to give urban gardening a try!

Are you an urban gardener living in the Midwest? If so, please send any tips or resources my way! And wish me luck!

You Gotta Try #StonyfieldGreek!

One of our family's constant fridge staples is Stonyfield Greek Yogurt. We eat if for breakfast, dessert, as a lunchbox treat and put it in recipes and smoothies - it's so versatile. 

I'm a fan of Stonyfield Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt. It contains only organic milk and live active cultures. It has zero fat, only 80 calories, and a whopping 15 grams of protein per serving. 

Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek yogurt - Fat Free - 5.3oz

Of course my kids love the fruitier versions - namely strawberry and blueberry - both of which are also filled with protein and calcium, making for a healthy, sweet treat. 

Stonyfield just introduced two new flavors - Black Cherry and Cafe Latte - in addition to perfecting their original Blueberry, Strawberry and Superfruit flavors. And as always, Stonyfield cares about their products and makes a point ofsaying no to toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs. We gave both new flavors a try and they were hit with everyone in our family! My vote goes to Black Cherry: I added some walnuts and dark chocolate chips to mine for a decadent yet healthy dessert. My son enjoyed the Cafe Latte for breakfast with some homemade granola sprinkled on top. My daughter enjoyed the Black Cherry, too, mixed with homemade granola. 

Here's another reason why I love Stonyfield yogurt: my daughter's BFF slept over last night and instead of waking me up at the crack of dawn to ask me to cook them breakfast, they went to the fridge and grabbed a healthy treat! Here they are, bed head and all! 

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