Yogurt: Drama and Conflict in Our Fridge

March 18, 2013

For the last couple of years, I’ve bought nothing but the giant tubs of yogurt because, hey, it’s not like Ella needs a convenient serving size to take to work. Sometimes I even buy expired yogurt because I like to live on the wild side.

Then, in January, Bart asked if I would start buying some individual packages of yogurt (apparently he does go to work. . .). I bought a few of the store-brand and then (the day after I bought 12 more), he said “I actually don’t really like this yogurt. No need to buy any more of it.”

Ella was initially extremely enthused about these little yogurts because they are WAY sweeter than the plain yogurt she’d been eating for the past two years and also I think she just loved the novelty of a tiny cup of yogurt.

But then about two days after Bart declared he didn’t care for them, she also lost her love for them. She’d eat about two bites and then declare she was done. And I couldn’t even blame her since I found them unappealing too and the ingredient list was way longer than I am comfortable with.

(There are still four or five of these little yogurts hanging out in my fridge. I’m not holding out hope that they’ll ever get eaten).

Then I got a pack of the Yopa! yogurts and Ella ate the whole thing for breakfast (and the only things I couldn’t pronounce on the ingredient list were the names of the live cultures) and asked for a second. And she ate that whole one too.

And she was MEGA excited about the whole thing. When things are especially thrilling to her, she likes to say “Happy Day!” about five hundred times and dance around. (You know you want to watch it):

(If you’re wondering whether or not my life is a bit boring, the fact that I have just written hundreds of words about our yogurt habits should answer that question for you).

Another boring-mom perk to these yogurts are that the top part, which holds the granola or chocolate chips (of course I picked the ones with chocolate chips – I make excellent granola, but I don’t make chocolate chips), can be reused as a lid. Which means if she ever happens NOT to finish the whole thing, I can stick it back in the fridge without trying to finagle it into a plastic bag or use half a piece of tinfoil, etc (my life. It is one of trials and hardship, for certain). Not to mention that opening the chocolate chips is an activity on its own.

(Also. . . when we were both having one for a snack, Ella asked if she could open the chocolate chip part of mine. Because she’d been so successful at doing her own, I let her do mine. Of course, she flung them all over the floor by accident. We picked them up, I stirred them into my yogurt like the non-germaphobe I am and we went on our merry yogurt-eating way.

The next morning, Bart came home from his run and was sitting on the floor next to the kitchen table stretching. After he went in to our room to take a shower, Ella noticed he’d made a little pile of chocolate chips we’d missed and she asked if she could eat them. I said she could (have I mentioned that I’m not a germaphobe at all?). A couple of minutes later, I heard her making these incredibly loud crunching sounds and asked what she was eating. She said, “Those gray chocolate chips!” When I had her spit them into my hand, I discovered that, along with the chocolate chips, Bart had also put a couple of small rocks from his shoes into the pile (intending, I assume, to throw them all away at once). And now, my child was trying to chew those rocks. Excellent parenting on all fronts over here). 

My one complaint about these yogurts is that they seem to only come in non-fat versions. I wish there was a full-fat version because I’m not really into low-fat or non-fat dairy products. Although, happily, this is one that doesn’t make up for the lack of fat by adding a bunch of artificial thickeners.

Overall, a happy balance between my desire for non-waste and real ingredients, Ella’s desire for delicious yogurt, and Bart’s desire to have a portable yogurt (not that Ella is likely to let him walk out the door with one of these. I’m pretty sure the minute she spotted chocolate chips she claimed them all for herself).  

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  • Reply Ash March 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Cutest video ever. I'd buy yogurt from her! 🙂

  • Reply Karen March 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Love the Happy Day video, and I might even try the yogurt if I see it, though I usually go for the bigger tubs and skip the chocolate chips (though I do like non-fat). Thanks for the intro.

  • Reply Amber March 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Ha! This was great

  • Reply Jenny March 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    This made me laugh.
    I don't know if that's what you were going for; between your non-germaphobe parenting (hello rock-eater) and the commentary on how exciting motherhood is (blogging about yogurt) and being able to relate to how disgusted I am by store-brand yogurt… it was all good.
    Happy Monday!

  • Reply chanel March 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    happy day is one of my favorite sayings, however, the dance and chant version of ella makes it 1000x better!
    good stuff.

  • Reply Erica March 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    haha! ella makes me laugh; she's such a cutie!

    spencer accidentally bought full-fat greek yogurt the other day, and neither of us can eat it straight. in smoothies, fine. but with granola and berries? it's just too rich and thick for us. spencer said it was like eating butter. nonfat yogurt all the way over here.

  • Reply Jen March 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    My daughter just insisted that we watch "more happy day" four times in a row. So so cute.

  • Reply Momma Miles March 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    The rocks… I love it.

  • Reply Packrat March 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I'm still laughing so hard, I can hardly type! You've got to be the best mom ever! Anyway, your store brand yogurt must to different than ours. I like ours; it is just milk and enzymes and fruit if you want it. It isn't quite as thick as the more expensive brands, but it tastes the same. Hint: take the yogurt that won't get eaten as is and blend it all together with some ice or frozen fruit and some sweetener. Instant frozen yogurt!

  • Reply Suzanne Scow March 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Umm, I think we just watched the "Happy Day" video about 15 times because my almost two year old loved it so much and kept asking for it again and again! Haha! SHE IS SO CUTE! I love her little dance and her voice!

  • Reply Chrissie March 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Oh she is so stinking cute! And that chewing on rocks bit (grey chocolate chips, ha!) was hilarious.

  • Reply Morris March 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I made the mistake of watching this video with my 21 month old daughter next to me. "gain!" (again) over and over. Luckily it is a cute video.

  • Reply Jenn March 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Cute video! My daughter thought she was watching a video of herself. 🙂

  • Reply Melanie March 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Speaking of yogurt, I just found this hilarious article on NPR:

  • Reply Helen March 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Ella doing her happy dance might just be the CUTEST thing ever! Totally made a gray, gross Monday morning a whole LOT better! And I couldn't help but laugh hysterically at the "gray chocolate chips"…Poor Ella! (on the bright side, she's building a really strong immune system 🙂
    Have a wonderful week!

  • Reply Amanda March 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I can't stomach yogurt, but I would've eaten chocolate chips off the floor, too – I don't want any food to go to waste 😉

  • Reply Jillian March 19, 2013 at 1:36 am

    I will have to try this one! I really love Oikos….so delicious and creamy. I agree about non-fat. I went to a nutritionist a year or so ago and she said Greek yogurt is the perfect snack. She also said all the fat free and low fat dairy products are slowly making everyone fatter. Look at the French, they don't eat margarine!

  • Reply Sherry March 19, 2013 at 3:33 am

    I can't believe you fed your child rocks. Some mad parenting skills there. Actually what I can't believe is that your toddler asks permission to eat food found on the floor. Mine just digs right in.

  • Reply Becca March 19, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I loooooovvvvvveee that video. And I love this new trend you have of posting videos of Ella and Ani. Keep it up! 🙂

  • Reply Mia March 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    The video is awesome. As is the next "common" youtube video that pops up after Ella's is a clip of Oh Happy Day from Sister Act 2.

  • Reply C March 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    My little munchkin and I both adore Greek yogurt too – and I love her happy day dance, just precious!

  • Reply Rachel March 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Jillian requested watching the "happy dance" 4 times. So cute.

  • Reply Bethany March 26, 2013 at 2:42 am

    I NEED HER IN MY LIFE! Maybe this yogurt too.

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