{the life} My Brunchtime Friend Date

by Rachel on March 18, 2012

yogurt brunchWhen I got the opportunity a few weeks ago to host a brunch courtesy of Dannon and Activia (Activiaaaaa!) Harvest Picks, I jumped at it. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to invite my new friends over and stay on top of my goal of courting new female friends. I mean, if I’ve learned anything from watching TV, it’s that there are two things women love: yogurt and brunch.

Well, I do love brunch (I mean, I love breakfast food, lunch food, and mash-ups). Did I like Activia? I didn’t know, because I’d actually never tried it before. In all honesty, I don’t really eat flavored yogurt anymore; I think it tastes really good, but most of it has a lot of sugar, even if it does have other health benefits.

And oh, the health benefits of Activiaaaaaaa. Jamie Lee Curtis has been telling me about them for years. Activia has an exclusive probiotic (probiotics are essentially good-for-your-gut bacteria) called “Bifidus Regularis,” a name that actually made me laugh out loud. Despite the silly name, I have no idea how I haven’t tried Activia before now, because Jamie Lee Curtis is supremely endearing.

Anyway, the theme of this brunch was “Activia Harvest Picks.” Harvest Picks is a new type of yogurt from Activia that has chunks of real fruit in it. Unfortunately, the Harvest Picks were so new that even after I had received my free coupons for them and scheduled my brunch, I couldn’t find them at any store in the area. I ended up having to cancel brunch and reschedule for today, and then last night I found out that only Beth could come this morning.

Last-minute cancelations are a big part of friend dating (when you have a bunch of busy women planning get-togethers a month in advance, things often come up at the last minute), but still, I was pretty bummed that there would only be two of us. That said, it actually worked out great. The thing with friend dating is that it often happens in groups and so you only get to know people as they are in groups. I’m glad we had an opportunity to hang out one-on-one because, well, that’s just how you really get to know people and decide whether or not you have something special.

brunch spreadOur feast-for-two included baked egg boats, cut strawberries, blood orange mimosas, and Activia mixed berry yogurt topped with granola and almonds. The egg boats were awesome (they always are), as were the Activia parfaits. I mean, I assumed Activia tasted good, but I did have a moment of “But what does Bifidus Regularis actually taste like?” before I took my first bite.

After I took my first bite, I had my “But what does Bifidus Regularis actually do?” moment. Was I going to have an um, unfortunate accident in front of my new friend? On the one hand, it might be a good bonding experience if that were to happen. On the other hand, I’m pretty sure the worst way to make a new friend is feed her something that’s essentially a laxative. Luckily, Activia isn’t a laxative, nor did it have a laxative-like effect on us. I’m not sold on it, just because of the high amount of sugar in it (15 grams in a serving). It was definitely really tasty, but I’d like to get my Bifidus Regularis (and calcium, protein, and fat) with a bit less added sugar.

We spent our brunchtime devouring the yogurt and the egg boats and just hanging out and catching up. Without the safety net of a group of friends around, we could have a lot of awkward pauses to deal with, but there were none. This was our third time hanging out, though, so I suppose it makes sense that we’re transitioning from “Are we going to have anything in common?” to “How’s it going with that guy you mentioned a few weeks ago?” But realizing we’re making that transition is really exciting for me; when it comes to making new friends, I feel like starting to understand the new friend’s relationships, job, and, well, life, and finding yourself really wanting updates on how all these things are going is a really good sign. I’m also happy about how comfortable I feel around her; I didn’t think twice talking about my relationship, my job, and my family with her, another sign that maybe this is actually going to turn into something.

And yes, I’m thinking whether it’s going to turn into something at the end of the day. Because, you know, even though we’re two straight women eating yogurt (Activiaaaaaaa!), we were still on a date.

This post was sponsored by Dannon. However, my opinions are entirely my own and do not represent those of Dannon. Oh and just in case you were wondering, I have not been paid to publish positive comments. 

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristin March 19, 2012 at 12:39 am

I tried Activia a couple of years ago because I thought it just *had* to be good for me. If you listen to the commercials, you have to eat it 3 times a day for it to “work”. That’s crazy! I lasted 2 days. That’s a lot of yogurt-buying, in my opinion.


2 Rachel March 19, 2012 at 7:33 am

Oh wow, that’s a LOT of yogurt indeed. Thanks for sharing!


3 Alie March 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

I read an article recently where the FDA is making activia retract all their statements about it being better for your digestive system (as opposed to regular yogurt).


4 deva at deva by definition March 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

The 3 cups a day part got me about it – I like yogurt, a lot, but that’s a lot of yogurt- especially flavored yogurt.

as part of breakfast, though? SO good.


5 Shannon March 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

I recently left flavored yogurt behind–I had NO idea they were such sugar bombs until I started reading healthy blogs. Now I do plain Greek and add some low-sugar preserves for a similar effect that doesn’t act like dessert.


6 Donna D March 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I was just going to say the same thing! I had a Twitter discussion recently about the drinkable Activia – 7 teaspoons of sugar in that TINY bottle! Sugar bomb indeed. I am a huge fan of plain old Greek yoghurt, nothing added – I can take care of that myself, and make sure it is less than 7 teaspoons full :-)


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