Eat Better ‘Food Bytes’ DIY Yogurt

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June 14, 2013 by Dr. Sana Keller

fruit-yogurtIn this age of DIY (Do It Yourself), why not apply this concept to yogurt? If your goal is to ‘clean up’ your diet, DIY Yogurt is a simple way to enjoy great tasting yogurt while minimizing bad-for-you ingredients and maximizing your healthy fruit intake.

Consider this: ‘Yoplait Light’ Yogurts generally contain 5 Gm Protein, 16-21 Gm Carbohydrates, 10-15 Gm Sugars—along with modified corn starch (processed from GMO corn & usually contains MSG), sugar, kosher gelatin, Aspartame (artificial sweetener), Acesulfame Potassium(artificial sweetener), Red #40 (has been linked to cancer, hyperactivity in kids, & DNA damage), or Blue #1 (has been linked to learning & behavioral problems and has been banned in most European countries—made from coal tar)—Wow—-that is some BAD Chemical Soup!

Now take a look at Yoplait Plain Greek Yogurt. Ingredients include milk protein concentrate, kosher gelatin, Vitamin A & D3—that’s it! Organic (Stonyfield) Plain Greek Yogurt contains organic low fat milk—that’s it (along with probiotic cultures—a good thing). Both have 13-14 Gm Protein, 7-10 Gm Carbohydrates, & 7-9 Gm Sugars—100 calories.

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Now for the fun part! Add ½ cup fresh or frozen unsweetened blueberries to your yogurt (thaw the frozen out in the fridge so they’re not crunchy!)—this will add 10 Gm Carbohydrates, 7 Gm Sugars, & 2 Gm Fiber. Add ½ cup frozen strawberries—same story–not to mention the wonderful nutrients from the fruit! Fresh pineapple (1/2 cup) adds 11 Gm Carbohydrates, 8 Gm Sugars & 1 Gm Fiber. How about some kiwi…or pomegranate seeds…or peaches…or (________you fill in the blank)? Add a few raw walnuts or almonds for healthy fats and you have just made a HEALTHY yogurt that is SO MUCH better for you and GREAT TASTING! RB-0106Fresh Fruit Parfait with Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt

Simple changes in how we eat can make a big difference in the long run…Time for some DIY Yogurt! Check out other simple Eat Better ‘Food Bytes’ in my Blog–Thanks for reading and sharing…

Photo credits: womenio.com, realfoodrealdeals.com & friendskorner.com

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