Recently I attended a brunch hosted by Stonyfield YoBaby where bloggers & influencers gathered together to learn more about children’s nutrition. The event was held at Claudine Artisan Kitchen & Bakeshop in Encino, where we were able to sample YoBaby Organic Yogurt, along with other delicious food.
Dr. Tanya Altmann, a Calabasas-based pediatrician & assistant clinical professor at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, was the guest speaker.
Dr. Altmann founded Calabasas Pediatrics three years ago, where she focuses on wellness & prevention. She discovered that what you feed your kids can make a difference. Foods filled with artificial colors & additives can create a shift in a child’s palate, affecting food preferences.
For those who read my blog, you know that my daughter has a sweet tooth. When I go food shopping, one of my biggest challenges is the cereal aisle at the grocery store. Dr. Altmann shared with us a simple tip when it comes to cereal shopping. When choosing a store-bought cereal, it should contain less than 10 ingredients & no artificial dyes or colors.
Dr. Altmann is also the author of “What to Feed Your Baby: A Pediatrician’s Guide to the 11 Essential Foods.”
During the brunch, Dr. Altmann shared with us the 11 essential foods that we should be feeding our children:
- Green Vegetables
- Yogurt, Cheese & Milk
- Nuts & Nut Butters
- Summer Berries & Winter Citrus
- Chicken, Beans & Lentils
- Whole Grains
I know that many parents like to make smoothies for their kids. It’s a quick meal to drink on the way to school drop-off. However, one of the items that Dr. Altmann warned us to stay away from is protein powders filled with artificial ingredients. She advocated using yogurt as a smoothie base & adding in fresh or frozen fruit.
I tried out some of the Stonyfield products during the brunch. They have a wide variety of organic yogurts. Their YoBaby product line has a plain, whole milk version as well as vanilla & fruit flavors. Stonyfield YoBaby & Kids yogurts are perfect for eating straight out of the container or in a smoothie!
Speaking of containers, did you know that Stonyfield’s yogurt cups are plant-based, instead of petroleum? It’s sustainable packaging that’s good for the environment & your family!
Gary Hirshberg (co-founder of Stonyfield) said, “We are what we eat.” This basic premise is what motivated him to create Stonyfield’s first product, whole milk organic yogurt.
This passion & enthusiasm for developing healthy food products for consumers has enabled the company to create additional products such as: organic yogurts, smoothies, soy yogurts, frozen yogurts, milk & cream. Stonyfield’s commitment to organic farming, healthy food & healthy people has resulted in manufacturing their products without the use of toxic pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics or GMOs.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I was invited to a media event which helped facilitate this review. All images & opinions are 100% my own.