Monday, January 23, 2012

Is it Friday Yet & Chobani Review & Sweepstakes

Unfortunately no winner came forward for VitalSox so there is a new winner "JenR."  You have one week to email me to collect your prize please!
It is not even close to Friday and I am already exhausted.  It is something about doing long runs on Sundays instead of Saturdays that leaves me down for the count.  When my long runs are Saturdays, I have Sunday to recouperate (e.g., an hour of ellitpical, followed by endless errands, followed by time on the couch with TV if I am lucky).  But with Sunday long runs, it just does not seem that way.

But like it or not, it is not Friday, it is only Monday (or Tuesday depending upon when you are reading this) so we need a little bounce in our step and honestly, the thing that has been getting me going lately or putting a bounce in my step is Chobani.  This is not a ploy, and no, I am not kidding.  How in the world can you not get giddy when a sample case of these shows up at your doorstep?!?

One sure way to beat the Monday blues is for a case of this to show up at your door. One way not to beat the blues is to leave your Chobani in the fridge at work and not get to have it when you get home (good thing I have extras!)

Yup, Chobani was nice enough to let me sample and review all these wonderful flavors and giveaway a case to you all as well.  But as nice as they were to do so and even though I had a whole wonderful case at home, I could not resist buying MORE Chobani at the store that same day (the sample packs don't have the new flavors in them yet, sorry).  I am pretty sure Aaron might kill me for the amount of yogurt I stocked in our fridge but I could not help myself).

 Can you really blame me? I had the chance to sample all three new flavors I had to go for it!

Believe it or not, if you had asked me three years ago, I had never heard of Chobani or Greek Yogurt.  In fact, if you tried to get me to eat yogurt I would have said unless it is frozen yogurt, forget it!  I really did not understand the appeal of yogurt.  Up until 2 years ago, I would have told you that I only liked "Danon Fit & Light No Carb, No Sugar" Yogurt - seriously Steph?!?  Now I am all about the carbs hehe.  

But something magical happened one day in the past year or so, I discovered Chobani and it was life changing.  I am not even kidding, it was really a life altering event for me.  It turned me on to all different kinds of yogurts and now I can say I am proud to be a yogurt fanatic and will easily and happily have yogurt, especially Chobani, as part of every meal if it were up to me (and I don't even know all the cool cooking tricks that others know; apparently you can make breads, dips, cheesecake from Chobani, who knew?!?).   While I would like to make Chobani part of every meal, it generally appears at breakfast or lunch for me. I love Chobani and Go Lean Crunch with a piece of fruit or Chobani and Granola. 

 It may seem boring to you, but don't knock it until you try it...oh sooo good!

I can't get enough of this stuff plus it keeps me satiated and content.  Nutritionally, it is pretty awesome too - you get tons of protein for not too much fat and calories.  I am not one to obsess over the amount of fat and calories in something, but this seems to be a good balance.    

And of course, it is wildly tast.   Out of the flavors that were in the sample pack (including Mango, Plain, Vanilla, Lemon, Pineapple, Honey, Pomegranate, Black Cherry, Blueberry, Strawberry, & Peach) my top three favorites have to be Mango & Pineapple (tied) and Black Cherry third which is saying something because I don't generally like cherries or cherry ice-cream.  I don't even like Shirley Temples!    Although I have to admit, I have not tried all the flavors yet.  Even though I want to, I tend to get sucked back into having my favorites over and over again.  Out of the new flavors that I sampled (not in the Sample Pack)  I liked Passion Fruit the best followed by Blood Orange and then Apple Cinnamon.  Do you sense a pattern here?  I really like the sweet options.

So if you have never tried Chobani before (and if you have not, do not wait to win this Sweepstakes, get to the store right now and eat Chobani as if your life depended upon it) or if you believe you don't like yogurt let me try to explain to you the magic that is Chobani. Chobani is a greek yogurt so it is thicker than most yogurts.  For their fruit flavors, they have fruit pieces mixed in with the Chobani.  It does not taste "fake" or "processed."  Rather, the added fruit is a wonderful addition to the yogurt giving it flavor and a nice sweet taste.  Chobani goes wonderfully with cereal and other crunchy goodies or you can just go for it and add chocolate chips to the mix!  Any way you spin it, it is amazing and worth giving it a try!!

Ok, so like I said Chobani is giving you the opportunity to win a Sample Pack!  All you need to do is comment on this post and you will be entered in the Sweepstakes to win the Sample Pack (lucky you, I am already jealous).

Full Terms and Conditions here
Basics:  To enter the sweepstakes for Chobani sample pack  please just leave a comment on this post, meaning the post that announced the sweepstake.  The comment does not have to be anything in particular.  It will be used so that your name can be entered into the sweepstakes as facilitated by Random.Org.   There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY or any other type of consideration that must be given to enter this sweepstakes.     By entering a comment, you are entering in the sweepstakes and are thus agreeing to the full terms and conditions outlined here. 

Eligibility Requirements:  To enter this sweepstake you must be over 18 years of age and a United States citizen.  Other restrictions apply.  You can enter by simply leaving a comment on this blog, NO PURCHASE or other consideration is neceessary.   You cannot enter by any other means. 

Duration and deadlines:  This sweepstakes starts on Monday January 23, 2012 at 7:00  p.m.  and will go to Monday January 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.  Winner will be announced by Wednesday February 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. and will be announced through this blog -  A winner has one week from the announcement of the winner to claim the prize or else a new winner will be chosen (Friday February 10th after 8 p.m.) .  All prizes will be awarded.  Thus if the winner does not come forward, a new winner will be chosen.

Prize Description: There will be one winner and they will receive Sample Case of Chobani.

Disclaimer:  This sweepstakes is being held in the United States and is open to United States citizens, making it under federal and all 50 U.S. states law and jurisdiction.  The sweepstakes is VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  The writer of this blog is not liable or responsible for any lost or broken items and is held harmless.  She is also not liable or responsible for any injuries or problems that occur from using the item won in this sweepstake.   

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