Favorites Friday: Phillip Phillips, Frozen Yogurt Bites and a Chobani Giveaway!


Hi Guys,

Happy June 1st AND Happy Friday! I am SO looking forward to this weekend… especially after I was sick last week, my son was sick earlier this week and my husband is sick now. Uggg! It has been a rough 2 weeks!




First and foremost, did you watch this seasons American Idol? Well, last week I watched one of the MOST talented young singers I have ever heard win the title of American Idol. At least since Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. This guy is the ENTIRE package.  The unique voice, the charm, the smile, the GOOD looks, etc., etc., etc…..

Well, in-case you missed it, take a look for yourself.

I will be buying his album ASAP. 🙂

Okay, so NEXT!


Well, sometimes while I am reading fellow bloggers posts or tweets or searching pinterest, etc…. (the list goes on and on 😉 ) I come across a recipe that sounds like it will be a homerun for my family.

For a recipe to be a homerun in my family, it has to have 4 parts (get it, like 4 bases (including home plate) in baseball…)

  1. Be nutritious – the ingredients must be as close to clean and whole foods as possible
  2. Be quick and easy to make (I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, nor do I really want to)
  3. The ingredients list must be SHORT. If a recipe has TOO many ingredients, I (usually) don’t bother even trying to make it. I have probably missed out on some great recipes because of this but….
  4. The kids have to like it. If you are a parent, you know that this is usually the HARDEST part of making a new recipe. Kids are notorious for sticking to their favorites, not liking a food because of its stupid color (green) or sometimes, they are just downright… picky.

Well, about a month ago, I came across a recipe by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean  (@Leangrnbeanblog) for………..


Yeah, that title screamed HOMERUN to me, too! 🙂

Since that day, I have tried to make a couple of different versions of this recipe. FINALLY, I have created one that my kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and even tell their friends about 😉

Main Ingredients

1 cup of Plain non-fat Chobani Greek yogurt

(I use plain yogurt so the bites don’t have a lot of sugar but you could use a flavored one of your choice)

1 cup of chopped up fresh strawberries

1 scoop of strawberry protein powder

1 cup of granola (I use gluten free granola (ie… Kind granola or Go Raw)

Liquid stevia (sweeten to taste)

Note: If you use a flavored yogurt, you don’t need the stevia

Mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl and spoon into either…

Lindsay (@theleangrnbean) suggests using ice cub trays (great idea, but I don’t have any since our freezer has an ice cub maker) so I put mine in a mini-muffin tray but beware… they are really hard to get out (just let them defrost for a few minutes)

Chocolate Topping

1 teaspoon of bakers coco powder (you don’t need very much, it is potent stuff 😉

1 scoop of Vanilla protein powder

Liquid stevia (sweeten to taste)

Mix together using a little water to make it smooth but not super runny

Spoon on top of each of the yogurt bites in the tray

Place tray into the freezer and…

wait 🙂

As I said, my kids (actually, my entire family, husband included) LOVE these. I give them to the kids for a snack when they get home from school or as dessert, instead of ice cream.

It is always fun to try making something new.

If you do end up trying this recipe, let me know what you think about them.

Okay, so now for the


My friends at Chobani have agreed to send one winner a box of Chobani yogurt. It will include 12 different flavors!

Now, I have to tell you. I was SO excited the day that I received my box of yogurt. If you read my post about being a newbie blogger , that was one of my first “goals” to make me feel like I had become an official blogger.

So, if you are interested in receiveing a FREE box of Chobani yogurt too, enter below.

The contest will run until 12:01 am on June 11th. The winner will be announced on June 12th. After a winner is chosen, Chobani will contact the winner and send them their FREE box of yogurt.

Open to US and Canadian residents only.

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  1. This morning ff plain with added vanilla on my strawberry oatcakes! Love.
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  2. I have been mixing chobani ff plain with peanut butter to make dip for my apple slices. yummo!
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  3. Today loving PEACH with toast and pb!
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  4. katherine d says:

    Banana split sounds yummy 🙂

  5. I find Vanilla Chobani very tasty and versatile to use in recipes.
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  6. katherine d says:

    i love plain, non-fat yogurt best

    • Me, too! We use it as an alternative to sour cream in our family. It is great on baked potatoes and tacos. I also put fresh fruit in it, a couple drops of liquid stevia and sprinkle it with granila for my breakfast. Yummy!

  7. This morning we had strawberry Chobani with slivers of almonds and sliced fresh strawberries on top! Delicious, nutritious and filling, too. Love it!
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  8. Vanilla is my go to, since most of the times flavors are gone by time I shop! I always add flax to the cup which I like

  9. Laurel C says:

    I’m definitely a fan of Chobani and Fage…..yum!

  10. Whipper says:

    Tried mostly all flavors, but Vanilla is my fav. Second is blood orange. 🙂

    • Oh, I do like the blood orange, too. I guess I will have to try the vanilla! It seems to be a BIG favorite!

  11. Pomegranate and Vanilla are my favs!

  12. richard twark says:


  13. Strawberry! Or honey….or blueberry…haha. they are all so Yummy!

  14. I love Chobani plain ff the best, but I also really love their pomegranate and black cherry… hard choice they are all so good. I am such a Chobani fiend!
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    • Raspberry, pomogranate and peach are my favs. Oh, AND apple cinnamon, blueberry… Ok, so yeah, I pretty much like the ALL, too! Good luck!


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