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After really reading the grocery store sales fliers on line instead of just skimming them, I started to notice seasonal sales patterns, especially around holidays,  especially industry holidays like Earth Day. When I shop seasonally,  I’m able to keep my family in fresh fruit and vegetables for less when nothing is growing locally yet.  Shopping the April seasonal store sales doesn’t just apply to food. Many household items only go on sale in April too. It is a good time to start looking for that perfect Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Graduation gift because the prices will be higher on those items in May and June. If you are a thrift or consignment sale shopper, April is the time to hit the stores! Thrift store donations increase in April when people start their Spring cleaning. For extra savings, pair the sale with a coupon from my  printable online coupon database  (affiliate link) because money saving coupons often follow national sales cycles too! April Seasonal

A Low Lactose Yogurt with Gluten Free Granola so Yummy You’ll Eat it More Than Once

Yogurt is a comfort food. It’s a quick meal/snack. I depend on yogurt as a substitution when I cook for the brother in law who has a sour cream allergy. Apparently, people considered it a big party foul if I use sour cream to make a vegetable dip and end up sending him to the hospital. Not that I have or want to because I like the guy.

I pitched a fit when I realized I had to stop eating yogurt because it contains lactose.

My friends at The Balancing Act asked me if I wanted to try Alpina Yogurt. I was ready to decline because it wouldn’t be fair.  I’d automatically have to pan it because some lactose filled foods kill my stomach.

Two things about Alpina Yogurt made me change my mind:

  • Alpina Restart Yogurt comes with Udi’s certified Gluten Free Granola. I have a newly gluten free friend. I am always on the lookout for opportunities that allow me to find food options for her. Between the two of our food issues, my lactose intolerance is nothing compared to her gluten intolerance. Gluten is in everything!

  • Alpina Revive Greek Yogurt also has gluten free granola topping (they are working on getting it an official gluten free certification.) Since Revive is a Greek yogurt, it means Alpina strains out the whey. This makes Revive naturally lower in lactose; so many lactose intolerant people can eat Revive without any negative effects. The live and active cultures in Revive also help to break down the lactose, so that makes it easier to digest as well.  

I invited my gluten free friend over for a little Alpina yogurt tasting, gabfest, and chick flick a thon. She concentrated on the Alpina Restart Yogurt. I concentrated on the Alpina Revive Yogurt although we sampled a bit of the other’s yogurt of choice.

Overall both the Restart and Revive met our needs and made our taste buds happy. The granola topping on both is flavorful which is surprising because other gluten free granola I tried tastes like cardboard. Between the two granola toppings, the Revive is the favorite because it also contains dried fruit and seeds as well as gluten free oats.

The history geek in me likes Alpine went with Greek mythology to describe their Greek yogurt.

  • Artemis’ Vitality –  plain Greek Yogurt with  cherries, blackberries, walnuts and raw sunflower seed granola
  • Hera’s Calm -  honey Greek Yogurt with granola containing chai spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger.
  • Aphrodite’s Youth – blueberry Greek Yogurt with blueberries and cranberries, almond, and raw sunflower seed granola
  • Athena’s Focus - mango Greek Yogurt with Goji berries and Chia seeds, cashews and flax seeds, pineapple and coconut flake granola.
All of the flavors are good. Hera’s Calm – the chai flavor- is my favorite, which is no surprise because a chai latte on a cold rainy day is one of my ultimate comfort foods.

Although I’m a little disappointed in the Artemis’ Vitality. I figured with the power of Greek Goddesses on my side, I’d beat my friend in an arm wrestling match. She won. I lost.  Husband took it as an opportunity to remind me that is why we call it mythology.

Whatever, dude. It didn’t make us like their yogurt any less.

Especially when after eating, Alpina gave neither my friend nor I any gluten or lactose symptoms.

The only downside to Alpina yogurt is after checking the Alpina Store locator only one store in my area carries Alpina.  If that is the case, you can order it directly from Alpina.

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 I am a Balancing Act Community Blogger. I received free samples to facilitate this review. However all thoughts and opinions and those of my taste buds were not influenced by the thought of free yogurt.