Health Raves

Published March 3, 2013 by Maryanne

Dreaming cow better photoThe most delicious, healthiest yogurt ever!

I’ve been meaning to blog about “Dreaming Cow” yogurt for several weeks now.

America’s fascination with thinking of yogurt as a “health food” irks me to no end. There are hundreds of yogurts on the market, but they are all homogenized, filled with hormones, preservatives and contain sugar. Not to mention the yogurt places like Go Yogurt that use corn solids and artificial colors and flavorings. This is the garbage people are feeding their children on a daily basis, not even as a treat!

This is not so for Dreaming Cow. Their yogurt is non-homogenized, all natural, grass-fed with no added hormones, no preservatives and no refined sugar. The cream is so luscious to the lips. It’s my favorite yogurt ever! I prefer the regular, natural one. But the flavored ones (flavored with low-glycemic agave nectar) are delicious as a treat.

You can read more about it here:

Another product that’s been part of my regular health regimen is Dr. Berg’s Kale Shakes. They are just awesome in the morning. They are promoted as a “meal replacement” — but hey, this is an Italian girl you’re talking to, no meal replacements here! Instead I think they are a healthy addition to a breakfast, giving you additional protein and greens. And they are YUMMY! Not chalky at all. The powder dissolves easily in coconut or almond milk.

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Vita RocksVita Rocks!

And finally, Vita Rocks, a healthier version of Pop Rocks!

Interesting, just the other day I was thinking how much I loved Pop Rocks as a kid. Now I can re-live my childhood with this silly treat that’s kinda good for you. Vita Rocks are all natural and loaded with vitamins. The downfall is they do contain evaporated cane juice and are processed with CO2 for popping effect. So, again, a treat, not as a regular diet plan. They contain half of the RDA vitamins including: A, C, D3, E, B1, B3, B6, B9, B12, biotin, B5 and iodine. They also contain 26 percent RDA zinc and 17 percent RDA selenium.

29 comments on “Health Raves

      • Aww, that’s too bad. Yeah, only one health food store sells it in my area, but luckily it’s the one I help out at sometimes. The only other non-homogenized yogurt is Erivan (which I posted about before). Stoneyfield’s claims to be non-homogenized, but I don’t trust it because it’s not on the label so I won’t touch the stuff. Plus they add organic sugar. I’m sorry, sugar is sugar, organic or not which should be a treat, not part of a regular diet 🙂

      • It depends where we go, but I think two hours to go to one of our favorite places, Carlisle. It’s a weird state though, because many restaurants are closed on Sundays and Mondays so it’s hard to really enjoy a three day weekend, unless we go on a Friday. People are so nice there though, it’s like being in another world!

      • My dad’s folks lived in Millville, NJ, so it was a 45 mile trip to Philadelphia to see my grandpa in hospital, which was only time I ever saw him. Our closest grandparents were about 800 miles away in Missouri. Not sure how far it was from Millville to the N.J. border, but you might know.

      • Dennis just Googled Millville, it’s all the way on the other end of the state in Cumberland County. It’s supposed to be nice, we might just have to take a road trip to visit.

      • Wish we lived in New Jersey too…so we could see you and Dennis and visit Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken. Watched a show last week in which the cake they were delivering fell down and Buddy had to apologize, but baked several sheet cakes for a substitute. Worst thing is that it was a merry go round cake that actually moved.

    • The cream on the top is out of this world! If you try it, you’ll be hooked. The health food store stopped carrying it and I begged them to bring it back and they did — thank GOD!

  • I’m all about looking for those vita rocks. Never heard of them – pop rocks yes, but vita rocks no.

    I have to confess, I am not in any way a health fanatic. i do my best, but I am pretty healthy with the exception of one thing. i’m sure I would look a whole lot better if I ate only 100% pure food but well…. i just dont want to. So glad you are able to do it.

    I still love my Yami yogurt which is creamy and delicious. I eat one or two a week – I know you had already told me they were bad for me – which I already knew from the label, but they are good to me. I’m always up for trying new things though and IF I can find a better alternative to something WITHOUT losing flavor – I’m all for it.

    • Okay, you’re talking to a MAJOR FOODIE here! I never compromise for flavor. In fact, eating my way — I think everything else tastes like crap. I’ve even been called a “food snob.” I prefer my cooking to anyone else, I hate most restaurants (but go for the company rather than the food) and whenever I go to holiday dinners I end up LOSING weight instead of gaining because I don’t like what’s being served. How’s that for FLAVOR?! LOL!

    • Yes, Dreaming Cow is super amazing taste wise. Erivan, another non-homogenized yogurt isn’t as tasty as Dreaming Cow but I make it taste good with natural flavoring. I add raw honey, fresh blueberries and some chia seeds, or sometimes an all natural preserves (without added sugar) — it’s a heavenly delight. I won’t eat yogurt or ice cream out because I know it’s not going to be anywhere near as good as the concoctions I come up with.

  • My human mommy and I share a bowl of plain nonfat yogurt with oat bran every morning (actually, I get the leftovers). I see a local market sells Dreaming Cow, so I will have to get her to swing by to pick some up as a special treat for both of us. P.S. That cow on the Dreaming Cow website looks very happy/dreamy!

    • If you’re going to do vitamins I’d suggest finding a good nutritionist. Sometimes people take vitamins they don’t even need and it creates health issues. Example: everyone is so concerned about calcium but too much isn’t good. I never took calcium supplements or even drank milk. I got my bone mass tested and it’s excellent!

      • Thanks, Maryanne. Yeah, I’ve gone that route of “non-essentials” before…learned my lesson! Have a good one!


  • Good tips here about the wisdom of knowing what we’re putting into our bodies – can’t believe all the hype out there that the mainstream manufacturers use – need to read the lables as you do – eat healthy – live easier and longer! thanks, Maryanne

    • Thanks Victoria! The hype is surreal! My biggest issue is when all these vendors set up in Whole Foods screaming out, “FAT FREE!” As if fat is a bad thing! Then you look at the product and it’s all chemicals, which shouldn’t even be allowed in Whole Foods as they claim they have nothing artificial in their products — yeah, right! Oooh, it makes my blood boil!! And don’t even get me started on the whole calorie facade!

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