I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour conducted by Clever Girls on behalf of Dannon. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program but my opinions are my own.

For more information and recipe ideas, visit www.oikosyogurt.com or www.Facebook.com/oikos. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Only I would agree to be in a fashion show a few months after having a baby and weighing 25 more l-bs than usual. I agreed to walk the Runway for Moms on September 30th at the Embassy of Nigeria because this is such an amazing cause: All funds raised will assist orphans in Africa through United for Kids Foundation (UKF), a 501c3 organization committed to fighting poverty and illiteracy through education and social welfare programs in Nigeria.

But dude, I am very large and in charge these days. While my family may insist there is just more of me to love, and baby Alice may be digging on my massive, milk-producing boobs, I have to say…

It is go time.

I’ve got to lose some weight.

I have done it before. Through hard work after the other kids, I finally got back into my size 8 dresses. (Because honey, I will never be skinny. A healthy, average BMI is the best this chick is ever going to achieve.) After my second child, I lost the last of the baby weight by increasing both my exercise and protein intake, and cutting out the empty white carbs and sugar. My breakfast, lunch and dinner staple became nonfat Greek yogurt.

I even contacted a Greek yogurt company back in 2009 for more information because I wanted to blog about this wonder food! I guess this was before mom blogging really took off, because they only responded with a “Keep on purchasing our product!” email. I did. So this summer when Dannon and the Clever Girls asked if I would “try out” their product and write about it, I was totally ready to go.

I used to have go to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods to track down plain Greek yogurt in a nonfat version, but thankfully, more mainstream companies (and shoppers) have embraced this tasty, low calorie, high protein staple. Dannon’s Oikos Greek yogurt is now stocked on the shelves of major grocery stores, and I really love the authentic taste (they use the old school Greek straining process). It is filling and the plain favor (my favorite) provides 15 grams of protein per serving, but is only 80 calories.

You feel full after 80 calories. And it has TWICE the protein of regular old lowfat yogurts. It’s the bomb.

If you prefer sweetened yogurts, the fruit flavors are still only 130 calories and have 11-12 grams of protein.

You should try this yogurt yourself, for free! Dannon Oikos is offering a coupon for a free cup on www.facebook.com/oikos.

So enjoy your yogurt, have happy workouts now that the kids are back in school (state-mandated childcare, woo-hoo!) and please cross your fingers that I don’t break that catwalk at the end of the month!

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