Attack the Snack – Fruit Yogurt Mix

by Damon on July 13, 2012

I absolutely love yogurt with fruit in it and have been buying those little cups of it for years, I eat it almost everyday. But a while back when I got on my newest healthy eating kick I decided I wanted to try and cut out as much processed foods Blueberries, Strawberries and Greek Yogurt Mixas possible while at the same time eating more fresh foods. So this is when I started buying big tubs of Greek yogurt and adding my own fruit. And I couldn’t be happier that I did, for several reasons. One is I’m eating more fresh fruit on a daily basis. Two, I don’t get all of the “extras” that come with the pre-made fruit and yogurt. To explain what I’m talking about lets look at the ingredients in a 6 oz. cup of Yoplait Original 99% Fat Free Cherry Yogurt. Low fat milk, sugar, cherries, modified corn starch, tricalcium phosphate, kosher gelatin, citric acid, beet juice concentrate, pectin, “natural flavor”, vitamin A acetate, and vitamin D3. Wow, what a list! Now I’m not trying to say that any of these things are exactly bad for you or can hurt you in any way but if there is an alternative that taste the same or even better that doesn’t have them I think I’ll choose it instead. Besides who really knows what all these chemicals, preservatives, artificial food colorings, artificial sweeteners, and other crap they put in our food really does. I would rather be safe than sorry. So let’s see what the ingredients are for my homemade fruit (strawberries and blueberries) and low fat Greek yogurt mix. Low fat milk, 2 oz. of strawberries, 2 oz. of blueberries and that’s it! Sounds much better wouldn’t you say? My point with all of this isn’t that you couldn’t think of mixing your own fruit and yogurt but that taking a little time to make your own food can dramatically reduce the amount “extras” that you consume. Just to drive this point home lets do an experiment. The next time you go to the store pick an item that you can make from scratch, I don’t care if it’s chocolate chip cookies. Then compare it to the same thing that’s pre-made or store bought. You will be amazed at what is in the store bought version.

One other benefit of buying your yogurt in big tubs is all the trash you don’t have to throw away. Before when I bought the little cups I had something to throw away everyday now I only have one container to throw away or recycle once a week. Not to get all green but it is kind of nice not having all that trash. Anyways enough talk lets get to the food.

Fruit Yogurt Mix

 What You Will Need:Blueberries, Strawberries and Greek Yogurt

6 oz. of Yogurt (I prefer Greek because it has more protein than regular yogurt.)

4 oz. of Fruit (This can be anything you want. Usually what ever is in season is the cheapest to buy. I prefer a strawberry and blueberry mix.)

Bowl/Plastic container

Scale

Spoon

Step #1

Measure out your 6 oz. of yogurt into a bowl or plastic container if you plane on packing it for a snack a work.

Step #2

Cut up your fruit of choice into bit size pieces and weigh out 4 oz.

Step #3

Blueberries, Strawberries and Greek Yogurt Mix Mix the fruit and yogurt and enjoy.

 

This whole process takes about 5 minutes and is very filling and satisfying.

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