Monday, July 26, 2010

Breakfast All Day Long & A Giveaway!

Hope the rest of your weekend was fantastic. Thank you for the well wishes for Josh. He is feeling a bit better but is really bruised and swollen.

Sunday morning, I taught Body Pump and then we decided Josh needed to get out of the house. We met up with our friends Bryan and Mandi and headed to downtown Charleston for brunch at Virginia’s On King.

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I had heard SO much about this restaurant and was super excited to try it out. Virginia’s has great upscale, southern charm.

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Mandi & Bryan:

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Me & Josh:

 rand 005 The restaurant had incredible coffee and even offered skim milk (!!). We each tried different dishes. Josh got the Crab & Asparagus omelette (spelling as per Virginia’s) topped with hollandaise. Josh enjoyed the omelette but did say it was a little lacking in flavor:

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Mandi got the Farmer’s Omelette:

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Bryan got the quiche with a side of biscuits and gravy:

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Given all of the above, the coffee, fresh fruit & atmosphere were enough to win me over. I’d like to go back to Virginia’s for dinner.

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The rest of my day was spent working, switching up choreography and cooking. For dinner, I made up some more breakfast- Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip pancakes based on this recipe:

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And now for a giveaway! Have you tried Stonyfield’s new Oikos Chocolate and Caramel Greek yogurt?

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I think they make the perfect, protein packed dessert or even a sweet breakfast. According to the folks at Oikos:

“New Chocolate and Caramel pure pleasure-on-the-bottom Oikos Organic 0% fat Greek yogurt flavors offer a healthy, yet indulgent treat all in one convenient snack-sized cup. With only 110 calories and 10 grams of protein per 4 ounce serving, it’s a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Because Oikos is organic, it’s made with organic milk from farms that don’t use toxic persistent chemicals and fertilizers, antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones. Through our purchases of organic ingredients, annually we support over 180,000 acres of organic land.”

P1080130 Stonyfield was nice enough to send me some coupons (for free- disclaimer!) to try out these yogurts and now you too can try them for yourself! Stonyfield/Oikos and Itzy’s Kitchen will be giving one winner a chocolate-themed indulgence giveaway package including:

- 1 coupon for a free Green & Black Organic Chocolate Bar

- 1 sample of Numi Organic Chocolate tea

- 1 Dagoba/Eco Lips Organic Chocolate chapstick

- 1 Skinnyskinny real cocoa organic soap bar

- 2 free coupons for Chocolate and Caramel Oikos multipacks

- Recipe card set featuring Chocolate Cheesecake, as well Oikos spatula

Photo of Chocolate Giveaway

How do you enter? There are a couple options (each requires a separate comment):

1. Watch a Stonyfield YouTube video ( http://stonyfieldfarm.com/yotube/index.jsp ) and leave me a comment on something you learned about organics, or organic farming, etc.

2. Leave a comment telling me your favorite way to eat Greek yogurt

Entries must be received by noon on Tuesday, July 27. You DO NOT need to have a blog to enter.

What are you most looking forward to this week? We have another blogger meet up on Wednesday- cannot wait!

PS- HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMELIA!

88 comments:

Meghan N said...

I had no idea stonyfield farmed raspberries or that was so unusual in their geographic location. They are overcoming lots of obstacles and with the way that raspberries retain chemicals I will absolutely be buying them organic.

Meghan N said...

Favorite way to eat Greek yogurt- with berries and granola!

Shannon said...

fave way to eat greek yogurt is with fresh fruit :)

CaSaundraLeigh said...

My fav way to eat Greek Yogurt is with fruit and granola--it's been much too long since I've had that combo though!!

The new restaurant you went to seems like it offers a lot of good food--I am a breakfast lover for sure!

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

Check out that "side" of biscuits and gravy. Massive! Mandy and Brian are so cute. I think I like Greek yogurt no matter how I eat it..well except for with goji berries. You know how that turned out. :) I almost forgot..what did you forget to ask me? Have a great Monday!

Heatha said...

I absolutely LOVE the caramel yogurt! I put it in my cereal instead of milk!

Those pancakes look grat. I've been craving pancakes lately - I just told Jay I'll have to make them for dinner one night this week! :)

butterfly wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

I didn't know their blueberries from from the forest in canada. I love blueberries (and strawberries) but how neat they buy blueberries from the woods.

butterfly wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

I like to use greek yogurt (the plain) as a sour cream replacement (weird i know but it is good)

never tried flavored ones hope to sometime :)

Shannon said...

i am still shocked by the difference in age between conventional and dairy cows! speaks volumes...

Christina said...

i watched some videos the other day and i learned the importance of feeding your babies organic while their cells are developing. makes sense!

Christina said...

my favorite way to eat greek yogurt is just how it is...or with some flax!

Fashion Meets Food said...

What a fabulous giveaway! I had no idea anything about their farm, and now I am seriously going to start buying there yogurt more often! I love greek yogurt to make muffins.

xo

RhodeyGirl said...

I hope Josh feels better!!!! Poor thing :(

Julie said...

oh my god i TOTALLY wanted pancakes for dinner last night but i was WAY too hungry to put the work in after my friggn 3 hour drive home in traffic last night from out east. so i settled for an omelet regardless breakfast for dinner is the ultimate choice.

holy biscuits and gravy! i like your new brunch spot but i think the charleston cafe would be upset you cheated on them ;)

mmm fav way for greek yogurt is with oatmeaaaaaaaaaaal!

Jessica said...

greek yogurt with fruit - yum!

K from ksgoodeats said...

My favorite way to eat Greek yogurt? Vitatop parfait!! I haven't had one in so long though!

I've been off Reader all weekend so I just saw what happened to Josh - YIKES!! I hope his ankle heals quickly! Ankle injuries are the worst :( I do believe that those pancakes are perfect recovery food though!

Have a wonderful Monday!!

Sweet and Savory said...

Great giveaway! I love Stonyfield:) I like to eat yogurt mixed with granola!

Angharad said...

My favourite way to eat Greek yoghurt is in a smoothie at the moment - gives it such a lovely thick taste. YUM!

Angharad said...

From watching one of those videos, I have had it drummed into my head that my dollar counts! Every time we buy something we are sending a message with our dollars/choices and how we shop can affect a lot.

Amy said...

I love your blog! i live in Mt Pleasant also! =)

My favorite way to eat greek yogurt is to use it as a topping! A dab of it on top of pancakes or waffles is amazing!

atastelife said...

I love greek yogurt with fresh fruit and cereal. Simple but satisfying!!!!

ktbwood said...

Fav way to eat greek yogurt- MIXED WITH ROASTED SWEET TATERS!! soo delish :)

Kelsey said...

in one of the videos talking about babies and yogurt, i didnt realize that after 6 months, mothers should transition from breast milk to yogurt over any other food because it is the best transition food for the baby and they LOVE it!

Kelsey said...

my fav way to eat greek yogurt is mixing it with as many berries as i can find! <3

Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) said...

Currently my favorate combo is greek yogurt on waffles, topped with strawberries!

Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews said...

I like greek yogurt with a little granola in it!

Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews said...

I did not know about their farm and learned a lot about that! Very neat!

meeyeehere said...

My favorite way to eat greek yogurt is in a smoothie! I like to mix it with fruit and fruit juice in a blender and it taste so yummy!
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Lisanne said...

I have never tried flavored Greek yogurt but I love to eat plain yogurt with fruit and honey!

Lisanne said...

I was impressed that they had their own berry farms!

Jenn (eating bender) said...

I just read your post about Josh - I'm so sorry to hear that! Wishing him a speedy recovery. That's definitely not fun.

At least he knows he can always count on you to deliver delicious food :o) Those pancakes for dinner look phenomenal! Glad you had a great time at breakfast with friends, too!

Such a cool giveaway as well! My favorite way to eat Greek yogurt is topped with Kashi Go Lean, berries and a big ol' glob of almond butter. Just had that for breakfast this morning, in fact!

Have a lovely week, Erica!

Sarah said...

There's something about going out for breakfast that is much more fun than lunch or dinner, don't you think? :-) Although breakfast for dinner at home is SO good. I made a pancake and eggs for myself last Monday after fitness class, maybe I'll do it again today!

I'd love the Oikos giveaway package :) I have two favorite ways to eat Greek yogurt: with a squirt of agave nectar and a teeny tiny spoon for an afternoon snack, and over rice with grilled veggies. It's a Greek thing.

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

My favorite way to eat Greek Yogurt is with granola and berries. Makes a nice, cool, summertime breakfast or snack!

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I like to eat Greek yogurt straight out of the yogurt cup. It's delish!

Kristie said...

Favorite way to eat Greek yogurt is with fresh fruit and granola.

Jane B. said...

I eat greek yogurt as a snack in the afternoon - it has enough protein to tide me over til lunch.

Jane B. said...

I learned that buying organic is like casting a vote for better farming practices.

hbobier @ Basil Vodka said...

Aaw well you and Josh are all sorts of cute! Sounds like a great brunch!

Lindsay said...

My favorite way to eat greek yougurt? Just add honey and granola and you've got a treat good enough to be dessert!

Lindsay said...

I had no idea about the importance of infants and organic foods. I'm glad I found out now before I have any kids!

Natalie said...

I'm glad you had a nice weekend, despite Josh's injury! My fave way to eat greek yogurt is with granola & fruit...but if I'm using it in a recipe, I love to make tsziki sauce!

pufftobuff said...

I have wanted to try the caramel for a while now, but can't find them. Maybe they are always out when I'm at Whole Foods? My favorite way to eat Greek yogurt is to put it into baked goods. It adds great moisture and protein!

Virginia's looks great!

jenna said...

favorite way to eat greek yogurt is by far fresh fruit, walnuts and honey.

Trying To Heal said...

GY is best with fruit and granola/cereal! i can never get enough of it!

Holly said...

Mmmm...I love me some greek yogurt! Favorite way to eat it is with some Puffins or Kashi Cereal sprinkled on top. :-)

Mary said...

My favorite way to eat greek yogurt is with berries :)

Autumn @Good Eats Girl said...

Brunch looks great!

I'm just learning to like Greek yogurt....I have just started eating regular yogurt in the past year and have been trying to switch to Greek yogurt gradually!!!

fittingbackin said...

Fun - so glad you guys got out and about!!

My favorite way to eat greek yogurt is in recipes! (especially as a marinade for chicken with lemon juice, pepper, salt, and oregano!)

I'm looking forward to going to CHARLESTON this weekend for a Bachelorette Party!! :)

Megan D said...

I looove making pancakes (or any type of breakfasr) for dinner! And my favorite way to eat greek yogurt is on top of hot blueberry oatmeal :)

Ashley said...

I love greek yogurt mixed with oatmeal, chia seeds, and berries!!!

Ashley said...

I learned that yogurt is similar in consistency to mother's milk or formula - so it's great for babies and young kids!

*Naomi* said...

i love finding new breakfast places! youare the queen of parfaits, but I think your homemade ones are the BEST!!! the granola and yog (homeade granola especially!!) my favorite way to eat greek yog is with some cinnamon and fresh fruit! (bloooobs!)

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

Those pancakes look amazing!!!

biz319 said...

Poor Josh - glad it was nothing broken!!

I love Greek yogurt with agave nectar and granola - haven't had it in ages though - the price tag of Greek yogurt gets in the way sometimes!

Hope you have a great week and were able to change your work schedule.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

Oh the soccer star mom video was cool. She talks about thinking about things being pure and that being better for your body.

I love greek yogurt...it's good just with berries or to beef up a green monster in the morning.

Tracey said...

Thanks for such a great giveaway! I love to eat Greek yogurt with frozen banana slices on top! It's cold, creamy and delicious!

Anonymous said...

I like to eat it with granola - or use it instead of sour cream :)

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

ooh I love breakfast places like that. I would have loved the fruit and granola you ordered! :)

My favorite way to eat Oikos greek yogurt is with granola! LOVE IT!

Stacey said...

What an amazing pancakes, those look so good. I love breakfast for dinner.

Lauren said...

Wow I am just catching up and I'm so sorry to hear about Josh but glad he is okay!!

But on a better note, YAy for BFD!!! I'm sure pancakes are just what he needed.

These yogurts are some of my favorites, Like little dessert cups for me! ;)
I love to freeze them for about an hour and create an indulgent frozen yogurt treat!

nettlenomad said...

Thanks for the info on organics - the more the word gets spread, the better!
I'm looking forward to everything this week - I'm in Montreal for work (my non-profit tours around the country and interviews activists, organizers, etc.) and it's amaaaazing. Great food (including crepes and nutella, the perfect street treat), beautiful architecture, and I'm planning on hearing a bunch of live music while I"m here.

Cbrady3 said...

I eat greek yogurt almost everyday with fruit, cinnamon and cereal!

We Are Not Martha said...

I just made a tuna salad with Greek yogurt (and feta, duh hehe)and I think that's one of my fave ways to eat it... As a substitute for mayo!

I've been wanting to try the caramel Oikos for a while now because I've heard it's amazing and I can't find it in the store!

Glad you had a fabulous weekend and that Josh is feeling better :)

Sues

stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

my favorite way to eat greek yogurt is with fruit and cereal/granola! great giveaway, haven't tried their new flavors yet :)

Cherloo said...

Oh you sure know the way to a girls stomach!!
I learnt that their blueberries come from a canadian forest... Um yumm!!

Cherloo said...

My FAV way to eat greek yogurt (other than with a spoon) is as a parfait... Delicous..

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

As a topping on English muffins and/or toast!!! Sounds weird but it tastes sorta like cream cheese :)

the actor's diet said...

i learned that they get their blueberries from the canadian forests. cool!

the actor's diet said...

my fave way to eat greek yogurt is with a crumbled muffin

Kassi said...

I learned that stonyfield yogurt cups are the ones used in preserve plastics! That's so cool, I use their products. :)

Kassi said...

Lately my favorite way to eat greek yogurt is in my taco salads! A little greek yogurt + salsa and some avocados, peppers, olives, tomatoes... lettuce (obviously :-p) and you're golden! I add whatever I have on hand.

Miz said...

Im very very fancy!!

my fave way is on a spoon and then directly to pie, errr, YOGURT HOLE :)

Erica said...

My favorite way to enjoy Greek yogurt is with granola and fresh berries!

ericaunmasked.blogspot.com said...

Hey friend. First - I thought you would like to know that at our annual beach trip last week - when we had to cook for 21 people, Sean and I did breakfast for dinner and I thought of you:) It was a big hit. Re: yogurt - hummm - plain greak with pb swirled it. I also like it with some protein powder thrown in.

Teri [a foodie stays fit] said...

I love greek yogurt with granola and fresh fruit. Mmmmm!

T+E said...

I watched “Our Partnership with Preserve”. I learned that Preserve is striving to recycle no. 5 plastics, which is great because most other companies recycle only 1s and 2s, at best. They make products from used yogurt containers.
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T+E said...

My favorite way to eat Greek yogurt is mixed with granola for breakfast!
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Maria said...

Breakfast is my favorite meal! Love it all! I love my yogurt with berries!

Allison said...

My favorite way to eat greek yogurt is with a sliced banana. Its my fave snack actually!

forthehealthofit01 said...

My fave way to eat Greek yogurt is straigh outa the container. Nothing else is needed.

Monique@She's Going The Distance said...

CARAMEL AND CHOCOLATE GREEK YOGURT?!?! That's nuts!! Because my favorite way to eat it is with chocolate in it haha.

Only half-joking. I love fruit and granola in Greek yogurt. So yummy! I'm going to have to find this in a grocery store, like, ASAP!

Paige (Running Around Normal) said...

Aw, too bad Virginia's lacked in flavor - it looks really cool!

My favorite way to eat Greek yogurt (currently) is mixed with a little almond butter, and a splash of maple syrup atop a whole wheat waffle! Yum:)

Krista said...

I love pancakes for dinner!! Hope Josh's foot is coming long OK. I'm so behind on blog reading that I'm not sure how he's doing. ;)

Deva (Voracious Vorilee) said...

I think my fav way to eat Greek yogurt is in overnight oats, or mixed with granola for breakfast!

Kerr said...

I love breakfast for dinner! I will see you at Mosaic tonight!

The Blonde Duck said...

I would be all over quiche with biscuits and gravy. That's my kind of meal!

BroccoliHut said...

Not too shocking...but I think my favorite use of Greek yogurt is in a parfait!

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