That's What She Said is full into green mode and it wouldn't do to not nod at the greenest holiday of the year ~ St. Patrick's Day. Although, based upon family history indices, I am one of the only people I know who lacks a drop of Irish heritage, I've never let that stop me from appreciating the day. While St. Patty's Day may have deeper meaning for some, for me, it is a precursor to the much celebrated, long awaited spring season.
Ready to emerge from my wintry hibernation, my thoughts swirl around all manner of light-hearted, warm weather activities to add to my perpetual 'To Do' list. Unpacking the warm weather clothes, gardening, the onset of another busy sports season, quick and light meals for my family on the go. Of course, there are always the less than pleasant thoughts of my slowing Mom metabolism. Oh, joy!
Although I certainly don't feel like a middle years Mom most days, nagging little reminders have a way of popping up to make this brave, new stage difficult to ignore. Beyond my slowing metabolism, I have noticed odd changes, particularly in food sensitivities.
As a child, just looking at an orange or tomato, filled with naturally occurring citric acid was sufficient to set off a rash of angry hives. Now, I am fully able to enjoy a refreshing glass of orange juice without issue, however a new, very undesirable development seems to have replaced the citric allergy ~ lactose intolerance. This Mom enjoys dairy in her diet, from cheeses to yogurt and, most importantly, to tasty frozen ice cream treats! Curse you, Lactose, and your presence in my favorite creamy Fudge Swirl!
Naturally, you can imagine my excitement to learn that our family favorite maker of yogurt extraordinaire, Yoplait®, has introduced a Lactose Free line! Each member of my family has a favorite from among the Yoplait® lines. both kids enjoyed Yoplait® kid varieties when they were younger, Go-Gurt® featured regularly in lunch boxes and as a favorite quick snack. The Teen Diva has transitioned to berry and peach flavored Yoplait® Light, with my son's tastebuds craving the creamy goodness of the custard style version, strawberry banana in particular. My husband is steadfast in insisting we keep a supply of Yoplait® original, stocked in the refrigerator for his work lunches. As for myself, I enjoy all the styles of Yoplait® but have developed a particular fondness for the greek style yogurt. However, as much as I enjoy yogurt, it has not been liking me back.
Hello, Lactose Free Yoplait®! A brand new line, specially created for yogurt lovers like me, with four delicious flavors: Strawberry, Peach, Vanilla and Cherry! Those, like me, that suffer from lactose intolerance are cautioned by the National Institute of Health to ensure the absence of dairy products in their diets doesn't result in a lack of important nutrients, Vitamin D and calcium, both essential for middle year Moms. Lactose Free yogurt from Yoplait® is an excellent way to supply these important essentials in your diet, as each cup contains 50% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, as well as Vitamins A and D!
Delicious Lactose Free Recipes ~
Whether you seek a delicious recipe for a creamy Mom treat or a special St. Patrick's Day concoction, you can create a delectable treat that won't cause a fuss with your system, using Lactose Free Yoplait!
Lactose Free St. Patrick's Day Shakes
Prep Time:5 min
Start to Finish:5 min
2 cartons (6 oz each) Yoplait® Lactose Free French vanilla yogurt
1 pint (2 cups) vanilla nondairy frozen dessert
1/8 teaspoon mint extract
1 drop green food color
1. In blender, place all ingredients. Cover; blend on medium speed until smooth.
2. Pour into 4 glasses. Serve immediately.
Find more Lactose Free Yoplait® recipes at Yoplait.com!
Courtesy of Yoplait® through MyBlogSpark, I was able to explore the tempting new line of Lactose Free Yoplait® and received a wonderful (and green!) reusable lunch kit, perfect for including Lactose Free Yoplait® in my lunches and my family's on the go lifestyle! Work, school, sports events and travel, this kit will certainly get a great deal of use, packed full of tasty Yoplait® goodness!
Yoplait® and MyBlogSpark are offering That's What She Said readers a chance to win their own Lactose Free Yoplait® lunch kit! This kit contains: a VIP coupon to purchase Yoplait Lactose Free yogurt*, Lunch tote, 2 Gel packs, Individual bowl and spoon.
This giveaway is open to residents of the US, 18+ and will end on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 12:01am EST. The winner will be notified by email and must respond by 12:00noon EST on Monday, March 19, 2012.
Disclosure: Prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark. The opinions above are both honest and my own. Images, information and recipe sourced from various Yoplait® sites and through MyBlogSpark. Shamrock Image *The coupon offer for Yoplait Lactose Free yogurt is not valid in some states, including Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota and Tennessee