I am very excited about this new “kid friendly” yogurt we have been making lately. Far and few in between are the days our kids sit down to the standard American bowl of cereal. It wasn’t easy finding alternatives (at first) but once my passion became revamping junk food into something healing and healthy for the body, it became a breeze. Not quite convinced cereal is that bad for you? Read my post on the topic here. Back when I was “all things junk food” if I wasn’t feeding my son cocoa puffs and cap’n crunch, I was giving him candy yogurts like the one pictured below. I remember actually feeling good about giving him that artificially flavored and colored, sugary, breakfast because it was after all, “yogurt”. Fast forward some years and once you really delve into the world of food it truly is fascinating. In America we tend to take a food that started off healthy, and modify and process it until there is little to no nutrition left, but with the added bonus of artificial colors, dyes, and other carcinogens. It really is no wonder so many of us don’t feel well a lot of the time. So lets compare this store bought yogurt with the homemade version you can make under two minutes at home.
Store bought yogurt:
In just the m&m’s alone you will find blue#1 and #2, red #40, yellow #5 and #6 (among other unwanted ingredients) and once you realize what these dyes do to your body it really is scary. These dyes have been shown to cause cancerous tumors, hyperactivity, asthma, and allergies (just for starters). The yogurt itself has 21g of sugar (29g once you add the m&m’s).
Compare to homemade Strawberry yogurt smoothie:
Greek Yogurt – the probiotics are one of the most exciting ingredients in yogurt! 80% of your immune system is in our gut so gut health is crucial. Along with needed daily vitamins, yogurt is packed with protein and calcium to protect the bones and muscles as well as potassium. Greek yogurt is also more creamy and less tangy than regular yogurt making it more palatable, at least to our children.
Strawberries- strawberries are anti-fungal, they boost immunity, help fight against cancer, and help fight bad cholesterol.
Avocado- an avocado has more potassium than a banana! They are great for eye site, weight loss, are high in fiber, and contain heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
Coconut Water – coconut water has been deemed nature’s electrolytes. It’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Including potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
- ½ Avocado
- 2½ tbsp greek yogurt (no added sugar)
- ¾ cup frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup coconut water
- ½ cup water
- 2 tsp xylitol
- TOP with homemade granola - click here for recipe
- Place all ingredients in magic bullet (or any good quality blender) and mix for about 30 seconds or until there are no lumps. Serve with granola on top.
- Note - I make granola ahead of time and always have it on hand in a zip lock bag. It will keep for about two weeks.