Y: Yogurt

Yogurt? YUM.

Yogurt has come a long way in the last couple of decades. After the plain, drippy yogurt there was FROZEN yogurt, which to ice cream lovers was like getting the best of BOTH worlds. Now, I love a good frozen treat like the next guy, but the amount of sugar they put in frozen yogurt to replace the fat is outrageous. And n20150705_090204ow there is an entire aisle in the grocery store dedicated to yogurt. What do you choose? Probiotic? Fruit on the bottom? Fat free? Greek yogurt? Soy?

The options are endless.

Even though the benefits of yogurt CAN be great, we have to be careful. A lot of flavoured yogurts are full of sugar. There are a couple (especially greek varieties) that are sweetened with honey and if you need the sweetness, those are the ones I would choose. But again-be careful! Just because it says “honey” on the label, doesn’t mean there is no sugar. Sometimes they include what is called a “preparation” which is honey AND sugar, colour and whatever else. Always read your labels!

The benefits of probiotics are awesome and if you see “active cultures” on the label, then you’re getting the good stuff.

Greek yogurt has been very popular recently because of its thick and creamy consistency and high protein content. It’s an excellent substitute for sour cream or to use for protein in a smoothie in the morning.

With any yogurt you buy, watch the sugar. For every 4g of sugar, you’re eating one teaspoon. Sometimes one of those little containers can contain up to FOUR TEASPOONS. First thing in the morning!

Try plain yogurt and add your own sweet fruit. Or try my recipe for a sugar-free after dinner treat…20150705_180339Frozen Yogurt Bars:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 4-5 tablespoons blueberries (or fresh ripe/frozen fruit of choice)

Yes. That’s it. Blend them all together and freeze in a popsicle mold, dixie cups with popsicle sticks or even ice cube trays with toothpicks. No sugar necessary.

Watch everyone gobble them up!20150705_180332