My kids love yogurt and I am more than happy to give them yogurt for lunch, breakfast, snack, whenever, really. After all, it’s healthy. Or is it? The amount of sugar or even high fructose corn syrup in yogurt is incredible. If I as a mom am trying to cut back on my sugar, why in the world am I training my children to eat things with lots of sugar? (This isn’t meant to condemn anyone. Your child, your ways.) Rather than starting them out on a track they will someday struggle to overcome, we are working on pulling out the sugar little by little. Not completely cutting it but making it less important in the day. Oftentimes we can sweeten things ourselves and see just how little sugar we need to make things sweet enough for a kid to eat.
Yogurt is expensive. I usually can get the yogurt singles for $0.40 at a store I buy “almost expired” things at but again, so much sugar! This week I decided to get a 32 oz. container of organic yogurt with no sugar added (you have to check even the plain ones) and 0% fat. It cost the same as getting those discounted singles, AND it’s organic. It is a given. My kids will not eat plain yogurt. I can’t blame them. It isn’t my favorite either. I quietly added about 1 tablespoon of maple syrup to 1 -1 1/2 cups of yogurt. Would you believe it was sweet enough to enjoy? My snobby little eaters didn’t even notice. My non-picky one watched and learned and knows, as he currently cares about, that this is much healthier.
Change up breakfast. Make your kids a yogurt parfait for something fun yet healthy.