The Struggle Is Real… Or Is It?

Yogurt

15 Apr The Struggle Is Real… Or Is It?

The main problem about raising your kids on real food, is that everyone else decides for you that your kids, the ones that you’ve carried inside you for over 9 months, went through excruciating pain to give birth to, lost years of sleep over, cried many tears over, and love more than life itself, those people think they can decide what your kids should eat. Mom obviously has no say about that…

This is one of my biggest challenges in life to be honest. Not because it was easy to give birth, not sleep, and cry for hours just because my baby is running a bit of a fever. It’s hard because this time, I finally know what I’m doing, and that it IS the right thing to do. People say I’m too extreme, but when you think about it, I’m the only one who is following this simple rule in the boys lives. I wouldn’t mind “spoiling” them (if you can call it that) sometimes, and give them something crappy to eat, just because it’s yummy, and right in front of their faces at the supermarket. If it was the only crappy thing they eat I’d be happy. But it’s not. When they’re with dad, grandma, at friends houses, quickly stopping over at the drug store, even in school, they end up getting something, yet again, with processed sugar, food coloring, E numbers, harmful chemicals and who knows what else… So I decided I don’t mind being the evil one that says no.

But not everything has to be no. Some things are easier to make at home than you’d think, and are actually good for you when homemade. So why not! This time on the boys wish list was flavored yogurt. I mean really, who doesn’t love good old flavored yogurt. I mean, it’s got yogurt in it, which we all know is pretty good for you (if you’re not allergic to milk products in any way), and it’s got, um, fruit? not so sure about that, but still… What a lot of people don’t know, is how much added processed sugar is in one of those cute cups of yogurt, and how much is even recommended? Let me answer that for you.

The American Heart Association published a scientific statement entitled, “Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health”  with the recommendation that people limit added sugars intake in an effort to help curb the obesity epidemic as well as lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease. The recommendation boils down to a daily intake of not more than:
Men: 9 teaspoons (38 grams) or less of added sugar
Women: 6 teaspoons (25 grams) or less of added sugar

Not too bad right? I mean, I don’t agree with those figure fully, but still, let’s go with these numbers just for the sake of making a point. Now, let’s look at flavored yogurts. Now yogurt alone, having been made from milk, already has some natural sugar in it, a bit more than a teaspoon to be exact. But we’re ok with that, as it is, like I said, natural. But what about all the processed, really bad for you sugar almost everyone is addicted to? Well, I hope you’re sitting down now, because a small flavored yogurt cup could could have anywhere from 8g to a whooping 20g of sugar! That’s only 5 grams away from the daily recommended amount for an adult woman! And guess what…. The yogurt that has 20g of sugar is one that’s directed towards our very young kids (Petit Suisse). Meaning, we give our toddlers, sometimes even for breakfast, FIVE WHOLE TEASPOONS OF PROCESSED SUGAR!!! That’s just mind-blowing if you ask me.

So let’s talk about home made versions… Those would actually be endless! All you’d need is some lovely organic plain yogurt, your favorite fruit, and good old honey. In order not to make too much of a mess, also get yourself a nice jar or a couple of glass containers, in order to make your flavored yogurt in there.

Frozen Berries

This is what I made yesterday:

  • 125g organic blueberries (great price at Aldi at the moment)
  • 125g organic raspberries (same as above)
  • 2x 500g of organic plain yogurt
  • delicious local honey
  • 2 glass containers, one for each flavor

After washing and draining the fruit, place each in it’s own container. Drizzle about 2 teaspoons of honey on each pile of fruit, and with a fork crush and mix well. If you prefer a smooth fruity taste rather than a chunky one, wiz up in a food processor or using a stick blender. Then, just top off the jar with plain yogurt, leaving enough space at the top to be able to mix it all together without spilling it over. I left it just like that overnight for a couple reasons. First was that I was sure the boys would be very excited to see that when they open the fridge, and get to mix it all up on their own. The second reason was I wanted to honey to extract all the lovely flavors of the fruit and sit together before we mix it all up. And third was it was easier for me to tell which was which when they ran to my bed asking if they can have it 🙂

I got some extra mangos, and have other fruits at home, which I’m planning on making into yogurt as well. You can practically make it from whatever your family loves. There’s no right or wrong here. You can upgrade it by adding cinnamon, mint, or anything else that compliments your fruit of choice, toss in some musli and chia seeds for overnight oats, or simply add milk of your choice and drink up. No matter which way you end up eating it, it will be 100% healthier than the store bought version, and it’s dead simple to make!

Honeywhy is honey better? isn’t it still sugar?
Honey, though it still has a high glucose level, which for diabetes would be dangerous, is a totally natural sugar. Not processed, and holds amazing anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties, is high antioxidants and is great at providing a healthy energy boost. So when you think sugar, you first have to think what kind, and then decide how much.

 

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