September 28, 2015
Last month we wrote about Fun with Homemade Yogurt: Our Favorite Toppings, Tips & Recipes and how simple it is to make it yourself, not to mention cheaper and much healthier than the store bought versions. We realize not everyone has the time to make it themselves so be sure to read the labels carefully when you’re buying a store bought yogurt, as not all yogurt is healthy. Some of them are laden with sugar and preservatives and goodness knows what other chemicals. If you read our blog How Big Brands Turned Yogurt into Junk Food, you’ll have a better understanding on how all the additives in some store bought yogurts are undermining the health benefits of this wonderful functional food.
One of the reasons that kids love yogurt is because it satisfies their sweet tooth and it’s so tempting to their young tummies. Moms love it because it’s high in protein, rich in calcium, and so much fun when you make it at home using Natren’s Yogurt Starter. Another reason Moms love it is for its versatility. You’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to all the yummy treats you can make. Here are some of our favorite ideas, and if you’re short on time, make them ahead of time so they’re ready when the kids get home from school. They’re such fun to make and we guarantee your kids are gonna love ‘em.
These are great with any berry.
Wash and thoroughly dry raspberries. Line a cutting board with wax paper. Make sure the cutting board will fit in your freezer. Using a toothpick, dip raspberries in yogurt and put them on the wax paper. Freeze completely. Enjoy!
There’s a variety of ideas when it comes to making yogurt popsicles so don’t be afraid to experiment with your favorite fruits. And, if you don’t have Popsicle molds, use a yogurt container instead, or you can even use a cake pop pan.
Place the yogurt, fruit (slightly thawed if using frozen) and honey in a blender and blend until desired consistency. (some kids like the fruit chunky and others like it smooth). Pour into molds, filling them 3/4 full. Cover molds with foil. Make slits in the center of the foil covers and insert the popsicle sticks. Put in the freezer for about 5 hours or until frozen solid.
It doesn’t get much easier than this. Spoon plain homemade yogurt into a plastic bag. Cut off one of the corners of the bag. Squeeze dots “buttons” onto a cookie sheet and place in freezer. They’ll be ready in about an hour! Perfect for little fingers and on the go snacking!
Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt in mini cupcake liners (silicone muffin cups work great). Press fresh fruit of your choosing down slightly into the yogurt. Kids can have fun helping with this one and making fruit faces in the yogurt. Cover with foil and place in freezer until frozen. Eat them just as they are or add a few over a morning bowl of granola. Divine!
Check out our Yogurt Starter board on Pinterest for even more fun ideas!
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