I'm a Stonyfield Ambassador
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I’m a Stonyfield Ambassador

I’ve been hooked on Stonyfield products—especially their whole milk yogurt—since 2005!

As a Stonyfield Organic™ ambassador, I am being compensated. All opinions are always my own!

I've been hooked on Stonyfield products—especially their whole milk yogurt—since 2005!

I first discovered Stonyfield Organic yogurt in 2005 when my daughter was about six months old and moving into the world of eating solids.

My mother made her own yogurt, but I felt overwhelmed by the mere thought of what’s involved with making homemade yogurt (which I’ve since learned isn’t terribly difficult with the proper tools).

I’ve grown a bit in the kitchen since then, wouldn’t you say?

Anyway, standing in the supermarket isle, staring at the rows and rows of yogurts, Stonyfield’s YoBaby banana yogurt caught my eye.

Made with whole milk? Check.

Made with organic whole milk? Check.

I was hooked and so was my daughter.

Stonyfield Organic uses Organic Valley Co-op for their yogurts.
Photo via Stonyfield

Back in 2005 I wasn’t focused on eating organically.

At that point I was just starting to learn how to really cook from scratch, in addition to managing a baby and working full-time.

But I knew that this growing little person needed the best I could get, especially for a first food.

I consider this my tipping point into the world of understanding the importance of supporting local farmers, eating organic whenever possible, and spreading the word.

Organic vs. Natural

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between “organic” and “natural?”

Organic vs. Natural Chart
Photo via Stonyfield

This chart from Stonyfield Organic explains why we try to eat organic whenever possible.

Something labeled “natural” can be a bit … deceiving … wouldn’t you say?

Right now there are many battles being fought over just how deceptive labeling can be, and the fact that consumers think they’re buying the healthy choice, when in fact they may not be.

Strides are being made to label our foods better, but if you either look for organic foods, or you buy from farmers who are farming organically (even if they’re not able to afford to be “Certified Organic” by FDA), then you’re making the right choices.

A Stonyfield Ambassador?

When I applied to be a Stonyfield Organic ambassador earlier this year, I spent the month of October following daily photo prompts centered around fighting pesticides. Or, as we called it, “Cow-Fu!”

Stonyfield Fight Pesticides Cow-Fu

I snapped shots of everything from my kids enjoying time outside and veggies I got at the farmers’ market, to organic blueberries for Saturday pancakes and a bee loaded with pollen that landed on my finger on a warm day.

(No, the bee didn’t sting me—but I know you’re wondering.)

Here’s a compilation of my #FightPesticides Instagram pics that tell the story:

(a)Musing Foodie Stonyfield Ambassador

Other Organic Facts

Organic farming means pesticides are forbidden, and instead the farmers use natural means to keep their crops healthy and delicious.

One way is with bugs—the good guys!

Ladybugs in Organic Farming

Photo via Stonyfield.com

Stonyfield says, “We invite the ladybugs.”

The organic farmers who supply us with milk, fruit and veggies control pests with people-and-Earth-friendly methods, like releasing ladybugs and other beneficial organisms that prey on pests.

Organic cows have a happy life filled with lots of fresh pastures and no toxic pesticides. As they say, “Cows need hugs, not drugs.”

Stonyfield farmers treat cows with kindness, not artificial hormones.

Pesticides and Dairy Infographic
Photo via Stonyfield

Stonyfield’s organic blueberries are wild!

Stonyfield’s wild about organic blueberries. About a third of theirs are handpicked in the wilds of Quebec, and it’s important to understand how buying organic helps their farmers.

 

A passion for pasture.

When you support organic family farmers, you help protect rural beauty, rural economies, and the health of our food system.

Support Organic Farmers
Photo via Stonyfield

What’s next?

Through the beginning of 2014, you’ll find me posting about Stonyfield Organic.

I also contributed a recipe once a month to The Yogurt Dish, the Stonyfield Organic blog, like my Cranberry Almond Roasted Chicken Salad made with Stonyfield’s whole milk plain yogurt—yum!

Chicken Salad with Yogurt

I’m super excited to be working with Stonyfield Organic, and I look forward to sharing more over the next couple of months!

As a Stonyfield Organic ambassador, I am being compensated. All opinions are always my own!

Hi, I'm Liza, a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life, and as a foodie at heart, I relish the chance to both cook and eat. (No picky-eater here!) I'm always on the hunt for the perfect mojito, inspiration for another tattoo and time to finish my novel.

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