Yogurt is such a great food for babies, toddlers and kids! Smooth, cool, creamy and packed with nutrition.
Unfortunately, many store-bought fruity yogurts are also packed with added sugars and other unnecessary ingredients.
Don’t worry, I’m not talking about making your own yogurt at home. (But if you do that, you rock! And you amaze me!) I buy plain Greek yogurt (which is just one ingredient) and make my own fruit mixes to add to it. No sugar or added sweeteners needed.
And the fun thing is, you can come up with any combination of fruits you want! Plus, you can add in some greens. I always add raw spinach or kale (whichever I’ve got around) to my fruit mixes. It purees in and doesn’t have any taste, just lots of bonus nutrition.
I tend to use frozen fruits for this. They are picked at the peak of ripeness and frozen, so they are just as nutrient-rich (and in some cases, more so) than fresh fruit. I’ve got my freezer stocked with a variety of frozen fruits year-round, so I’m not beholden to what’s in season in my area. (Though you can certainly use fresh instead for any of these.)
Here are some of our favorite combinations:
* Mixed berries (sold as such in a freezer bag) and spinach
The sky is the limit. I make a batch every week to use for my kids’ school lunches and vary it week by week depending on what I’ve got on hand. You can start with your child’s favorites and experiment from there to expand their horizons.
Note: For babies, I recommend the highest-fat yogurt you can find. Babies need fat! Cabot makes a plain Greek yogurt that is 10% milkfat, which is the highest I’ve found. (Pictured above.) Most other brands make 4% or at least 2% milkfat plain Greek yogurt. For older children, non-fat or light plain Greek yogurt is fine.
Goodbye, store-bought flavored yogurts. Hello fun homemade fruit (and veggie!) mixes. Yum!
** What’s your favorite fruit mix for yogurt?