When you are looking for yogurt, do you know what to look for to make sure you are buying something that really supports your health?
There are so many yogurt choices in the grocery store now, isn’t there! It can get quite overwhelming when all you want to do is grab a yogurt for lunch or breakfast.
And yogurt is great right, even the commercials on TV and magazines are now shouting about the gut benefits you’ll receive when eating their yogurt.
Here are 3 things to check to make sure you are getting good yogurt!
1. It has got to say in the ingredients that there are LIVE ACTIVE CULTURES. That is the whole beneficial part to yogurt is the little live bacteria in there that will make your tummy more happy. It is this bacteria or culture, that ferments or changes the milk into yogurt.
If you can believe it, after the milk has turned to yogurt, some companies actually kill these guys off so their product can stay on the shelf longer! So that is why you must confirm that there are live guys in that yogurt, and you simply do that by looking at the ingredients.
2. We are eating yogurt to keep our gut healthy, right. So one ingredient that does no good to our tummies is sugar. It is the sugar that feeds the yeast – the little guys who don’t belong in your gut and create havoc on your body. Eating yogurt with lots of sugar is simply counter productive!!
To reduce sugar, only get plain or if you just have to, vanilla flavored yogurt. Ditch all the strawberry, lemon, Oreo cookie additions that are contained on the bottom of the cup or that you sprinkle on top. All that is is added sugar, and with many of the yogurt choices aimed at kids, being simply unhealthy!
In a minute, I will give you pointers on how to spruce up your plain yogurt into a tasty mix that you and your picky eater kids will love!!
3. Skip the low fat, no fat yogurt and go for the FULL FAT! Good fat is good for you, and fat from milk is GOOD! It will make you feel fuller for longer and gives you good fats. If you are getting low fat or no fat, then that is going to be some very runny yogurt. It is the fat in the milk that gives yogurt that creamy texture. If you are getting the low or no fat yogurt you know there needs to be something added to give it that texture you enjoy. So go crazy and get the full fat or even cream on top yogurt!! It will be sweeter too, so you’ll need less sweetener!!
Someone asked me if Greek Yogurt was better. It has more protein simply because it is more ‘concentrated” than regular yogurt. In making Greek yogurt, all the extra water is removed so it will be more thick. So either one is good – just keep to points 1-3 and you’ll be good!
4. is Extra Credit!! If you can spring for organic or organic grass fed milk – do it!! Grass fed milk has more omegas than corn fed cow milk. And… unless it is organic, you know that those cows were fed GMO corn that was sprayed with roundup. So, this is one product that I am ok with spending extra $$ on for good quality.
Now the big question of how to make a serving of plain yogurt exciting to you and your picky eater!!
Add good stuff to it that YOU like and is not loaded with preservatives, colors and corn syrup.
We love to add honey or maple syrup for our sweet if it is plain yogurt and add some yummies.
If it is vanilla yogurt then we’ll skip the addition of sweet and just go for yummies.
Here are some yummy ideas that are easy to have on hand:
Any frozen berry. Blue berries are perfect size. You might want to chop up strawberries or Cherries to bite size pieces.
Chia seeds (we call them bugs!)
Chocolate or Vanilla protein powder
And if you want some serious extra credit – you can even make your own yogurt! That way getting organic grass fed yogurt is a whole lot less expensive!! I showed you how to make your own yogurt in this post.