This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Activia Probiotic Yogurt. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have to admit — I was a little nervous starting out on the probiotic challenge. I had never done any kind of challenge like this in the past so I didn’t know what to expect. I also wasn’t sure how I would go about making sure I got it in my diet twice a day. While I knew probiotic supplements were an option, I’m already taking a lot of supplements so I really wanted to try getting it strictly through diet. Plus I read that Probiotic supplements in the form of pills don’t usually provide nutrients that some cultures produce during fermentation. Interesting right? Another added benefit: it was another opportunity for the husband and I to be a good example of healthy eating to our kids.
I wanted to give the challenge a shot because many friends swear by the benefits of probiotics, and after writing some of the articles I have in recent weeks about probiotics, I’ve become quite the believer. I knew it was time to do the research myself and see what impact it would have first hand, if any.
Day one was pretty easy; I knew that the difficult part for me was going to be making sure I didn’t miss a serving. To avoid that, I incorporated it into my meal planning and wrote it in my bullet journal to ensure I had a method to keep me accountable. I tried to make it part of my normal day-to-day routines as well, like having it as a snack while I journal.
I was concerned I would get sick of eating yogurt twice a day. To combat this, I came up with some fun variations that made each meal feel unique. Ideas included:
- Blended with a frozen banana and chocolate chips (my take on frozen yogurt)
- Activia yogurt Topped with granola or fruit
- Overnight oats
All of these had my Activia in them, but didn’t feel like I was eating the same thing I just ate earlier which made it easier.
I didn’t see results on day one or day two; I felt pretty much the same..
This one surprised me, but since I was being more thoughtful of my food choices, I also found myself craving healthier things for my other meals as well which helped me curb some of the unhealthy snacking I had been doing leading up to the challenge.
The verdict: I’m not sick of yogurt despite eating it twice a day for 2 weeks.. I’m feeling great. The Probiotic challenge definitely moved me towards that so it’s something I see myself continuing going forward.