When my son was about 3 he asked if we could buy some mini strawberry yogurt cups at the store. He’d noticed a friend at daycare eating single size serving yogurt packs and was curious. As we talked about it, it became clear that what appealed was both the bright pink colour (vs. white plain yogurt he was used to) and the vessel, a small, single size serving in a white plastic cup.
Instead of buying the ones at the store, most loaded with added sugar and expensive (!), we decided to make our own. We mixed our usually full fat, plain yogurt with his choice of toppings and voila! Affordable and delicious – a kid friendly creation!
It’s since become a favorite breakfast or snack. Easy, filling and ‘treat like’ in our kids’ minds, since yogurt and fruit are both naturally sweet. The added protein and fat in nuts and seeds help balance the glycemic load and sustain fullness and satisfaction. Top with Granola for extra crunch!
Simple & delicious. Enjoy!
Your choice of plain yogurt (we find full fat plain varieties more filling)
Favourite nuts or seeds, finely chopped (I use hemp or chia seeds, or I grind sunflower or pumpkin seeds in a coffee grinder, or finely chop walnuts, almonds or cashews)
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Fresh or defrosted Berries, Mango, Kiwi, Banana – whatever you have on hand or your kids’ choice!
Ground Cinnamon or Ginger
Combine fresh or defrosted berries, yogurt, nuts, seeds or coconut in a small “special” glass jar or cup and voila, Jefferson’s yogurt cups 🙂