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The Cheater's Guide to Healthy Yogurt

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The Cheater's Guide to Healthy Yogurt

Is it possible to find a yogurt that tastes great and doesn't inflate your waist? Yes! Does yogurt have to have Sucralose or other artificial sweeteners to be low calorie? No!

You can cheat Yoplait, Chobani, Fage, or any other yogurt manufacturer by creating your own packaged yogurt (and save some money, too).

You do have to do a little work - but it is worth it. All you have to do is mix your favorite brand of PLAIN yogurt (no-fat, greek, low-fat, all the fat) with your favorite jam (fruit, sugar, no sugar), in a small REUSABLE container.

Think of how great you will feel as you save the environment by keeping and washing your yogurt container!

The containers photographed here are from Glad, they are BPA free, and approved for your dish washer (top rack). They retail for about $2.00 for 8 containers.

And they contain only 60 calories! I added 4 ounces of non-fat yogurt (50) and 1 teaspoon or so of jam (10). This may not be enough sugar for some of you - but you can add more and then get used to having less.

Or you can add Stevia or another sweetener. IT IS UP TO YOU. You don't have to worry about added stuff that you didn't want in your yogurt in the first place - for example So What's Inside Yoplait Yogurt Anyway? (there are a bunch of other brands that add yucky stuff too).

As for the cash you will save, a large container of yogurt might cost you $3 for 32 ounces (8 servings) and lets say $3 for the jam. That is $6 for 8 servings and you can usually get Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt (on sale) for 4 for $5.

So, it will cost you (without the cost of the containers) $6 versus $10 for your yogurt. A savings of 40%!

Of course, this is going to vary based on your part of the country and what you choose to buy - but it is, on average, cheaper to mix your yogurt yourself.

What do you mix in your yogurt?


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I ♥ Fage fat-free greek yogurt with only a small handful of walnuts mixed in! Mmmm....

on February 28, 2011

I do this all the time for my kids and myself. I have a bunch of different pure fruit jams and I mix them with my fat free organic greek yogurt. It is so easy and cheap!!

on February 28, 2011

Lisa,
I completely agree with this and in fact do it all the time. When I realized how much sugar there was in blended yogurts when my littles were starting to eat yogurt, I also started buying two 32-oz containers of yogurt - one plain, one flavored, and started mixing half and half so my kids would still enjoy a bit of the flavor but with 1/2 the sugar. Probably not as healthy as your suggestion, but just another healthish idea!

on February 28, 2011

Sometimes I think you live in my kitchen because you do the same things I do to avoid sugar and processed foods! My only additional suggestion is to add a tablespoon of walnuts or almonds for extra crunch and nutrition. The calories are worth it.

on February 28, 2011

I do this, but I put in fresh blueberries(or thawed frozen blueberries, Marionberries and raspberries) with a little bit of pure maple syrup, soooo yummy!

on February 28, 2011

I do this already! lol! I love to buy Fage and some Polaner Strawberry spread and I mix them up! My daughter loves it too, great snack!

on February 28, 2011

Are there any particular brands of plain yogurt that you recommend?

on February 28, 2011

I don't do enough of this! Shared on my fan page
But need an option for my daughter who only likes vanilla. Thoughts?
I do have some strawberry chocolate jam that seems like I should try in the plain yogurt -- YUM!
Yvonne Hall
www.facebook.com/wildforwildtree

on February 28, 2011

I take low-fat plain yogurt and drain in a seive lined with coffee filters overnight. You'd be surprised how much liquid is in the bottom of the bowl in the morning! I then mix in splenda, or sugar-free instant puddings, or what ever I fancy for the day. Add fresh fruit and I have the equivant of greek yogurt at a fraction of the cost. 32oz plain yogurt at Shoprite $2.19. Greek yogurt is $1.25 for 6oz cup.

on February 28, 2011

I take plain or greek yogurt and add a teaspoon or 2 of sugar free lemon pudding dry mix and a little skim or almond milk and stir them in together and you get lemon yogurt. you can try other pudding flavors too! delicious!

on February 28, 2011

I do this all the time. To avoid fake sweeteners. Why on earth would someone take the time to do this and then add fake sweeteners??? Or pudding mix?? I do this because I want to know what's in my food and keep control. Add powders isn't any different than just eating yogurt that's already pre flavored, right?

on February 28, 2011

what are some good just plain brand yogurts you would recommend?

on February 28, 2011

@Matt & @Kristyn - My favorite plain yogurts are Fage, Chobani and Stonyfield. I also like store brands - Whole Foods and Trader Joe's have great plain yogurt - my Stop & Shop brand is a little watery - but still good.
I look at the list of ingredients and just make sure it is milk and yogurt cultures. I hope this is helpful!

on February 28, 2011

@Yvonne - I would try vanilla extract and a little maple syrup - or you could get the Torani Vanilla syrup (used for adding to coffee or sparkling water) - I actually saw this stuff in Walmart.

on February 28, 2011

I do this all the time for health reasons and controlling what I'm eating but don't find it be particularly money saving. The price for a 32-36 oz tub of Greek Yogurt (around $6 where I shop (Target, Costco, Local Grocery Storse) is a good price) is pretty comparable to the price of a similar number of prepackaged Chobani cups which are around $1 @ Costco or on sale.

on February 28, 2011

Love this idea, I actually puree fresh fruit and sometimes add a teaspoon of brown sugar and or vanilla. I pack these in my kids lunch for a health snack at school and at home. Portion size is perfect for my 5 and 8 year old. They love it!

on February 28, 2011

non fat plain Chobani is the best!

on February 28, 2011

I started doing this after you first posted about this maybe a year ago? Or at least my first time seeing you post about this... It is such a great idea! I started adding a little peanut butter to my plain yogurt and I really loved that. Now I take a combo of your apple and peanut butter snack and your yogurt with your own mix ins and our new favorite snack is... Apples with a dip made with peanut butter and plain yogurt. It is delicious!

on February 28, 2011

I so agree with you! There are so many unnecessary ingredients in flavoured yogurts -
I love plain yogurt with a little honey.
Keep up the great work!!

on February 28, 2011

I have plain yogurt almost every day. I mix in some cinammon and then add fruit (raisins or dried cranberries or cut up apple) or cereal (like bran flakes or wheat chex).

on February 28, 2011

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