Welcome to Cart Confessions, a frequent feature here on A Better Bag of Groceries, where I ‘fess up and tell you about a product that landed in my grocery cart that I might have tried to cover up if I had bumped into you in person.
Writing a blog about nutritous food choices is an interesting experience – to say the least! When I bump into ABBG followers in the “real” grocery store, they’ll either ask me questions, show me that they’re shopping with their NuVal notes, or run away from me and cover up their shopping carts. ”Don’t look in my cart!” they’ll say. It’s hilarious and I love it!
But mostly, I get a lot of questions and requests to do certain posts. One friend of mine, Bridgett - a mom of four boys – has been asking me to write about yogurt. I haven’t yet because it’s such a confusing category – and frankly, I don’t think I make the best choices for my kids in it. So, I guess that’s why I ended up making a Cart Confession out of it.
You see, there are so, so, so many varieties of yogurt. And unless I shop in a store that has NuVal (the nearest Big Y is still about 20 minutes from my house – so I don’t get there every week), I can’t remember the scores in yogurt. At least not in “Kids Yogurt”. Basically, kids yogurt is all about color, explosion, squeezing, crushing, glow-in-the-dark, mixing-in, in other words, it’s a nightmare. And when we get to that part of the supermarket, my kids inevitably want something that they saw some other kid eat in the cafeteria at school.
Now, when I was a child, we made our yogurt at home from scratch using a yogurt maker. Or we would buy non-fat plain yogurt and add our own strawberries. Things didn’t glow in the dark. That was then. Now there are Danimals Crush Cups.
Truthfully, by the time we get to the yogurt section of the supermarket, I’m a little worn down. Our shopping trip is almost over. So when my son asks if he can get Danimals Smoothies for his lunch box, I say OK.
How do they do on the NuVal scale? Below the average for yogurt. Yogurts range from 11 – 100 and these score a 37. But basically, all the kids yogurt products score below average:
- Stonyfield Farm YoKids Squeezers Organic Lowfat Strawberry: 33
- Yoplait Trix Lowfat Yogurt 3 Very Berry: 32
- Dannon Danimals Crush Cup Strawberry Banana: 29
- Yoplait Kids Strawberry Naturally Flavored: 33
So, yes, sometimes, I say OK and we get these Danimals Smoothies or the Crush Cups. But I refuse to buy anything that has cookies to mix into it or anything that glows in the dark. I just can’t. And the Trix hasn’t landed in my cart yet either – much to my daughter’s dismay. She keeps talking about the sticks that they come with – they change color – or something like that.
Most of the time, we buy the Chobani Champions, but unfortunately we do not have a NuVal score for them. The reason we do not is because they are packaged in a variety pack. And at NuVal, we are not scoring variety packs. Variety packs really complicate things when it comes to NuVal scoring because the strawberry yogurt might have one score and the banana yogurt that is is packaged with might have another score. It would be cool if Chobani would decide to package these kids yogurts monochromotically, if you will. Because, chances are, Chobani Champions might score better than the other kids yogurts. But we really don’t know until it goes through scoring.
In the meantime, I’ll be in the grocery store, bumping into my neighborhood friends who are all getting very excited about NuVal these days: reading the Family Circle article, shopping with the List of Best Kindergarten Snacks, and heading to Big Y – just up the road from us in Walpole, MA. And some of my friends will run away from me, embarassed by the the glow-in-the-dark yogurt in their shopping cart. Hey, we all can’t get A’s all the time!