I’ve asked you, practically begged you, this week to give it a go trying homemade yogurt. Saving money and avoiding high fructose corn syrup are two good reasons, and here’s another: when you have so much yogurt on hand, you and your family will eat more of it. Considering how healthy yogurt is in so many ways (click here for health benefits), it’s one food you can certainly eat several times a day.
Yogurt has become a staple food in our house, for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Because there’s not the stigma of “using the little cups that are perfect for traveling or lunches,” we eat it for morning or afternoon (or even late night) snacks, and almost every lunch has a side of yogurt. My son even likes yogurt cheese and honey sandwiches, which makes a usually non-car-friendly food easy to travel with.
I’ve been thinking lately about the trade-ins, the “foods” we don’t eat because we’re having so much “real food” homemade yogurt:
- Cereals (expensive and debatable nutritionally)
- Munchy things like goldfish, pretzels, and chips. Not that we don’t have these things in our house at all, but we certainly don’t go through them very fast.
- Applesauce cups, a traditional lunchtime item, but virtually zero on the nutrition scale.
- Packaged cheese and crackers
- Fruit snacks
- Granola bars (except sometimes homemade)
- Even ice cream sometimes!
- What else do people pack in lunches that I’m not sad to be missing out on? Our lunches are usually leftovers, fruits, maybe veggies, and yogurt!
I strongly believe our family’s nutrition has been improved by our consumption of yogurt, with all its beneficial bacteria, calcium, and other nutrients. Since it’s so easy and inexpensive to make, I’m happy to provide my family with this good, REAL food!
See other Real Food entries here.
By the way, the Super Foods list has been reorganized a bit, ordered as the foods will appear at Kitchen Stewardship, and updated to include links to the Food for Thoughts and Monday Missions. See the post here.
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