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Happy National Nutrition Month 2015

March is National Nutrition Month sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, promoting the importance of making healthy & informed food choices. We’re kicking off NNM with the introduction of Chobani Tots and Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt Pouches, specially designed Greek Yogurt for toddlers and kids that contains real fruit and vegetables and only natural ingredients — no preservatives or artificial colors or flavors. We call that a win, win, win!

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Chobani Tots Greek Yogurt is our first product for toddlers. These easy-to-hold pouches are filled with creamy and gentle whole milk Greek Yogurt blended with real fruit and vegetables (Mango Spinach and Banana Pumpkin), along with 12 mg of Omega-3 DHA per pouch. Yogurt is an ideal first food for toddlers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recognizes the benefits as a (good) source of protein and calcium.

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Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt was developed for slightly older kids, 24 months and up. These pouches are filled with low-fat Greek Yogurt (2% milkfat) and contain 25% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt. Each pouch also provides 8 grams of protein — which is significantly more than the leading kids’ yogurt — along with live and active cultures. The great-tasting flavors include Grape, Strawberry, and Vanilla Chocolate Dust. The Greek Yogurt pouches are nutritious options for snacks or additions to breakfast and lunch.

To help celebrate NNM, we’re sharing healthy eating habits for your little ones. Below Dr. Alanna Levine, MD gives us criteria for selecting yogurt for you tots and kids!

Yogurt is a nutritious food for kids, offering valuable nutrients for growing bodies. I’ve recently partnered with Chobani to help parents better understand how to select yogurt for their children. The key components I consider when choosing a yogurt are: the ingredients, the sugar content, the protein content, the live and active cultures, and the taste.

Ingredients: Watch out for artificial ingredients, preservatives, fillers and added colors from artificial sources. Look on the label for few and familiar ingredients.

Sugar: The grams of sugars listed on the Nutrition Facts panel include both naturally occurring sugar and added sugar as one number. Yogurt contains natural sugar in the form of lactose (from the milk) and fructose (from the fruit); however, some yogurts contain added sugars too. Be sure to check the ingredient list for the sources of the added sugars.

Live and active cultures: Be sure you’re selecting a yogurt that contains live and active cultures, also known as probiotics, which you’ll find in the ingredients. These beneficial bacteria are thought to be helpful in promoting digestive health.

Protein: Look for yogurt that is higher in protein.Greek Yogurt is higher in protein when compared to regular yogurt.
1 According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations that inspire the MyPlate icon,both protein foods and dairy are important for proper nutrition.

Taste: Of course, food has to taste good. Select a yogurt that your kids enjoy. You may need to offer yogurt several times to your kids before they’ll begin to like it. But it’s worth the effort. You’re starting them off on a nutritious eating habit that can last a lifetime.

Join us all month long as we celebrate nutrition!