This summer, I’m hoping to be a bit better about getting my kids out of the house. I’m hoping for a bit more beach time than last year, but one of the challenges is always the daunting task of packing lunches. It’s tempting to rely on pre-packaged foods for such outings, but we are really trying to reduce both our waste and the chemicals and sugar inherent in most packaged foods. This week I attempted to replicate one of my kids’ favorite packaged foods: the squeezable yogurt.
Another advantage to making your own yogurt is that you can avoid the obscene amounts of sugar involved in most yogurts marketed to children. I use stevia to sweeten plain yogurt and my kids never notice the difference. It also allows me to blend in fruit, since my kids usually balk at the chunky texture of fruited yogurt.
To make your own yogurt, you will need:
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
2 tbsp stevia (to sweeten)
(optional) 1/4 cup frozen fruit of your choice (we prefer frozen peaches)
This is a pretty simple process – just blend and pour!
These were a huge hit with my kids! I’m definitely planning for this to be one of our go-to foods for beach days.
Do you have any other summer snack ideas for cutting down on processed foods?