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Do Not Buy This: Light Yogurt & Recipe: DIY Yogurt Cups

October 7, 2010 by Melanie Zook

Have you read the back of a light yogurt container lately?  It’s hard to believe what you’re paying for.  Even worse if you’re opting for the kind that comes with granola or cookie topping.  And how much did that “healthy” snack cost?


Consider trying this instead.  You’ll need:

In minutes, you’ll have six perfectly-portioned, convenient to grab on-the-go, low-cost, eco-friendly containers of yogurt.  Store them in your fridge as you would individual yogurt containers.  Perfect for kids & babies too (most babies love plain yogurt; it’s safe to introduce at 9 months of age).

Of course, you can use any frozen fruit instead of blueberries (or whatever fresh fruit is available at your CSA or Farmers’ Market), and you can even sweeten it with a little sugar (consider organic, fair trade when possible, available at Costco), honey or pure maple syrup.  Or stir-in all-fruit preserves, apple butter, or even cocoa powder.

What’s in each bowl:  organic milk, wild blueberries, pectin (from fruit), and probiotics (“good” bacteria with a lot of benefits).  A snack that’s full of good nutrition–protein, calcium, vitamin D, fiber, and antioxidants–and only 90 calories (without added sweetener).  All for $0.61 per bowl.

What’s NOT in there (that IS in many “light” yogurts): high fructose corn syrup,  modified corn starch, gelatin, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, artificial colors.  Most cost well over $1 each, complete with unnecessary packaging.

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