I’m not a nutritionist, I’m a mom who has always had an interest in reading and learning about nutrition. I feel good about providing my kids with an example of healthy eating, moderation, balance, and variety as I help guide them to make their own healthful choices about what they put into their bodies. Here are some creative yogurt ideas beyond smoothies and breakfast as a great way to start in offering kids healthy options.
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The Health Benefits of Yogurt
- The American Academy of Pediatrics says that yogurt is an ideal first food for toddlers and is a great source of protein and calcium.
- Yogurt contains live and active cultures which are beneficial bacterias for a healthy digestive tract and immune system. My GI doctor said that we should be having these kinds of probiotics in our diets daily.
- Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium keeping kids, and you, satisfied longer while also contributing to bone health.
- Like other dairy foods, yogurt is a good source of not only calcium, but B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium.
- In our family, we are partial to Chobani’s products. They contain 25% less sugar than competitors and more protein per serving – there is no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavoring, modified cornstarch, or preservatives and I love that Chobani donates 10% of their profits to charity. Click here to read about Chobani’s beliefs.
- Click here for more health benefits of yogurt on WebMD.
7 Fun Yogurt Ideas for Kids and Families
1. Yogurt Pops
Freeze your kids’ favorite yogurt flavors mixed with a little bit of unsweetened fruit juice in ice cube trays and put Popsicle sticks in each cube. Allow to freeze, pop them out and into a plastic freezer bag or container. They’re the perfect summer treat or great for a teething child. It’s a dessert or snack you can feel happy about giving them!