By Claire Baker, Beyond Celiac Director of Communications and New Media I am the smoothie maker in our house. Our blender gets a workout almost a dozen times in a typical week. My 13-year-old son’s breakfast of choice is a smoothie with extra protein. Fruit alone will not keep him satisfied until lunch. I frequently use a protein powder to go along with the fruit and almond milk, but depending on the brand, it can be rather gritty.
When I saw that the Drink Chobani beverages have 14 grams of protein compared to just 1 gram of protein in a cup of almond milk, I decided to do the 13-year-old boy taste-test with the Straw’ Nana flavor. For the first round, I made his usual morning smoothie (frozen strawberries and fresh banana) with the Chobani beverage as the base liquid. He said he really liked it. I tasted it too – it was smooth and creamy and the yogurt had the detectable tang that real yogurt should.
Two days later, I was running late. No time to lovingly make him his usual smoothie.
“You want just the Straw’ Nana?” I asked.
“Sure,” he replied. He drank it in no time.
“What’d you think?” I asked.
“I liked it better than the usual.”
At first I was crushed. Didn’t he know that my daily culinary labors are my show of practical love for him? But then I thought, “Wait a minute. I’ve got a new secret in my toolbox of ‘fast-n-healthy.’ Accept the gift!” I can definitely keep a stash of Drink Chobani beverages in the fridge for those mornings when time is a critical factor. I may have to hide them behind the tofu though – I think my son will drink them whenever he can get his hands on them.