Friday, February 14, 2014

Try iögo Zip In Your Child's Lunch Bag & CONTEST!

Which  iögo Zip Flavour Would YOU Choose?
Last month my family was invited to a fun, art-inspired workshop hosted by iögo Zip in Toronto!  It was a great opportunity for my kids to learn how to draw their own comics from published, Canadian comic artist Jo Rioux!  In addition, we parents were taught new ideas for packing brain-fuelling lunches from iögo dietitian, Jonathan Fontaine.

iögo was also promoting their iögo Zip "Go Bubble Crazy" contest, which I will discuss a bit more below!
Jo Rioux Shows How to Create Cartoons;
My Son Draws a Comic Strip
Jo Rioux began the session by showing the kids how she creates her own cartoons, including images and text to accompany the comic strip.  Jo's cartoons appear on the iögo Zip yogurt tubes, so the kids were very impressed to meet a famous cartoonist!  Next, Jo encouraged the kids to draw their very own comic strips.  My kids took great care drawing their own cartoons and colouring them.  iögo was very generous to provide all children in attendance with their very own loaded art supplies box.
Dietitian Jonathan Fontaine Shakes Up Lunch
with Brain-Food Dense Options!
As the kids were busy with their cartoons, I listened intently to iögo's dietitian Jonathan Fontaine as he discussed easy, brain-food-dense meals for kid's lunches that can stimulate creativity and learning throughout the day.  Some of Jonathan's creations included a homemade soup with noodles (that can be added to the soup at school), tuna fish with rye bread sticks, and a mini egg "muffin" omelette which can be loaded with tons of veggies in a muffin tin!  Each and every one of Jonathan's meal suggestions included fruit, veggies and iögo Zip yogurt tubes.

I was so impressed by Jonathan's lunch ideas, that I went home and tried to replicate his mini egg muffin omelettes made in muffin tins, shown above.  You can use your child's favourite veggies in this recipe.  Bake these the night before and you'll have an easy lunch the next day--just add fruit and/or additional veggies as a snack and an iögo Zip yogurt tube to the lunch bag!
Mini Egg "Muffin" Omelettes for School Lunches!
Mini Egg "Muffin" Omelettes for School! 

Yields 12 mini egg "muffin" omelettes (Serve 2 in your child's lunch)
Bake time: 15-20 minutes.
Preheat oven: 350° F

Ingredients
1 dozen eggs
1 zucchini, grated (or your child's favourite veggies)
12 x 1" cubes of cheddar cheese
1/2 cup milk

1.Crack all eggs in large mixing bowl, and pour in milk.  Beat together.
2.Add grated zucchini (or your favourite veggies) to egg/milk mixture and mix together.
3.Pour into muffin tins and drop 1 piece of cheddar cheese into each muffin compartment.
4.Bake at 350° F for 15-20 minutes, checking until "muffins" are firm.
iögo Zip is Delicious!
It also contains calcium and vitamins D & B12
iögo Zip Nutrition Facts
My kids have enjoyed iögo drinkable yogurt for over a year, so they were delighted to try iögo Zip drinkable yogurt tubes.  iögo Zip come in flavours like strawberry, pineapple-cherry and raspberry, strawberry-banana and blueberry, and strawberry-melon (limited edition). My kids really enjoyed iögo Zip as a snack, and--all moderation aside--did make more than one trip back to the iögo Zip table for more samples!  They also enjoyed seeing Jo Rioux's very own comic strips on the individual tubes of iögo Zip, which were fun to read and share.

Aside from being a portable dairy product, iögo Zip does not contain gelatin, preservatives, or any artificial colours or flavours. Along with calcium and vitamins (D and B12), iögo Zip contains one-third of the recommended daily serving of milk and alternatives from the Canadian food Guide.  And of special interest, its recipe has been carefully crafted so that it tastes great both cold and frozen.  Yes, freeze iögo Zip and your child will think you have sent a frozen yogurt treat in his or her lunch bag! 
What's in the iögo Zip Swag Bag?
The kids were excited to take home their own iögo Zip goody bags, including packages of the yogurt tubes and an awesome iögo healthy recipe cookbook!  Woot!  Needless to say, I knew what I'd be putting in the kid's lunches as a snack that week--iögo Zip!
Enter the  iögo Zip Contest to WIN Digital Tablets &/or Gift Cards!
CONTEST (CANADA)
But before we left the fantastic iögo Zip workshop, the kids wanted to enter the fun iögo Zip "Go Bubble Crazy" contest!  Prizes include digital tablets valued at $750 and/or gift cards valued at $250!  My oldest son so badly wanted to win his own tablet!  

To enter, kids 15 years old and younger simply create a comic strip from an existing picture and caption bank.  Help your child fill out his or her contact information and submit the entry.  To complete the process, click the e-mail that asks for your consent for your child to enter the contest.  Contest runs until Friday February 28th, 2014 at 23:59:59 EST.  GOOD LUCK!  See contest Rules & Regulations here.


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Have you or your child ever tried iögo Zip or any of iögo's other dairy products?  How does your child most enjoy eating his or her yogurt?

33 comments:

  1. These look great. Are they resealable?

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    1. Amy, these are 60g tubes, so portioned out well.

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  2. I haven't heard of these before, my kids would like these - fun contest!

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  3. What a great post! I love the lunch ideas...they look delicious and healthy which is always a win! My daughter loves her yogurt in any style but when we go to the grocery store, her treat is actually a Yogurt drink and she often picks the iogo brand!

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  4. What a great looking lunch. I'll admit to slacking a little now that we've hit February. This just inspired me to pay more attention :) Thanks

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  5. So far we have only tried the Iogo Original and 0%. We should pick up some Iogo Zip sometime. Thanks for letting us know about the contest :)

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  6. We love iogo so much in our house!! The easier drinkers or the tubs, mom always has the greek and dad the original. What a fun contest and would love to win!!

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    1. Kendra, wishing your kids good luck in the contest. It's very easy to enter, and the prizes include tablets and/or gift cards.

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  7. I am so excited to try out your egg muffin omelette! This morning, I may actually do just that! We love iögo in our household, but never tried the iögo zip. It sounds super easy to throw into our lunch bag. My kiddo loves eating Yoghurt the good old fashioned way with the spoon and the individual yoghurt packs. BUT it can get super messy. I'm thinking the zip would be great for our outings!

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    1. DeBalino, the muffins are terrific! Even my husband and I were eating. I love cheese explosions, so I used a cube of cheddar, but shredded cheese will "contain" the cheese to the muffin.

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  8. We love iögo tubes and drinkable yogurt in our house! I often freeze the yogurt tubes for a healthier ice cream like snack. I will also be trying the egg muffin recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. My pleasure, Renee! I'm planning on making the egg recipe in "strips", so it's like the string cheese. My kids love novelty like that.

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  9. Lunch is such an important meal, especially when the kids are in school! Thank you for the ideas

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    1. You're welcome, but the credit belongs to Jonathan the dietitian!

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  10. What great ideas for healthy lunches! Those mini egg muffin omlettes are so cute and handy! My kids love yogurt in convenient packaging like that...so easy to grab and go :)

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  11. My daughter loves yogurt. Those are great in the tubes for on the go.

    Michelle F.

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  12. I'm gonna have to pin those mini egg muffins! I love that idea....and using zucchini in it! Genius!

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    1. Thanks Heather, I've been all about zucchini in things recently!

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  13. What a fun event for them to go to. I know my son would have like the drawing and the yogurt too.

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  14. The egg muffins look really good and easy to make.. my kids wont take those to school since they are "older" so maybe have the muffins in their lunch instead of the traditional sandwhich.

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    1. Kung Phoo, you definitely could make the egg into patties so it's like an egg-burger.

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  15. I love the mini egg omelettes! They actually look really good!

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  16. We haven't tried this brand yet, but it sounds very healthy. I also love making the egg omelettes in muffin tins. My son can't get enough of them.

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  17. Those look yummy. I had never thought of making omelettes in muffins tins Good idea

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  18. I always send a jogurt tube in my daiughter's lunch. It's so easy - just grab and go. I also include a banana or apple. Being in a rush is no excuse - you can still pack healthy!

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  19. Sounds like a yummy lunch. My kids love yogurt that they can squeeze out.

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  20. Those look very healthy and my kids love yogurt!

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  21. Egg muffin omelets sound like an amazing idea! I'm sure my son will love it. We have something similar to iögo here in Ecuador, they are called Yogosos.

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