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It all started with a little yogurt

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This afternoon my husband and I were discussing people not knowing how to cook and bake. And the idea that boxed cake mix is “faster” and “easier”.  We both agree that the time saved is negligible considering you are just skipping measuring a few dry ingredients.  But the taste you are sacrificing is monumental.  Not to mention all the chemicals and preservatives in those boxed mixes.

Well, hubby brought up my former lack of cooking ability.  I really had zero skills in the kitchen.  He asked how I went from making almost nothing from scratch to pretty much making everything from scratch.

I have been thinking about that recently myself.  And I can honestly say….it all started with a little yogurt.

I bet you think of yogurt as health food, right?  I know I always had.  Well, my adorable little baby was eating the yogurt out of one of those tubes made for kids.  Those fabulous tubes of healthy snack that are great for on the go.  I was feeding it to her from a spoon.  She was probably close to one at the time.  Well that BLUE blueberry yogurt reared its ugly head later as I changed her diaper. Her butt was stained an odd shade of bluish-green from her poop. I mean it wouldn’t wipe off with a baby wipe – and as you moms know those wipes are miracle workers!

So that yogurt and that diaper change got my brain going.  If this “healthy” snack is staining my child’s behind what is it doing to her insides??  Thus began my journey of label reading and ingredient look up that led to almost no processed food being in my home today, two and half years later.

Now let’s talk about this idea of the “healthy choice” – yogurt….  One tube of Gogurt, at 2.25 ounces, has a whopping 10 grams of sugar.  That is about 2 teaspoons of sugar. Right there in that healthy portable snack.  And then, of course, you have the rainbow of chemically created colors for your slurping enjoyment.  (New Simply Gogurt does not contain artificial colors but is still an absolute sugar bomb.)

But let’s not just ruin the myth for the kiddos.  After all, we pack ourselves yogurt to make the “right” choice for us as well (gotta look good in those jeans, right ladies??).  So how about we look at one of the grown up yogurts.  One 6 ounce cup of original Yoplait contains 27 grams of sugar.  A 4 ounce cup of Yoplait Yoplus (with probiotics – even healthier, right??) has 16 grams of sugar.  And ,so no one thinks I am just down on Yoplait, let’s add that a cup of Dannon Strawberry, Fruit on the Bottom yogurt contains 26 grams of sugar (the third, fourth and fifth ingredients are sugars).

Now let’s compare: A snickers bar (2.07 ounces) contains 30 grams of sugar.  A pack of two Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups contains 21 grams of sugar. That is LESS than the yogurt!

Now that I have ruined yogurt for you, let me fix it.  I still enjoy yogurt and often.  But I now eat plain Greek yogurt (I personally LOVE The Greek Gods brand and it has 5 grams of sugar per 4 ounces of yogurt and no scary chemical ingredients.  The sugars are not added, they are naturally occurring) to which I add berries, chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey.  It is delicious.

Once again I can think of yogurt as a safe and healthy option, and so can you!

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Author: leangreenmommy

Hi, I'm Sonia! I'm the mom of 4 wonderful daughters and wife to one amazing man, trying to live a healthier life, care for the earth and just survive the day. When I'm not cooking up new recipes in the kitchen or shuttling kids to soccer, volleyball and lacrosse I run an in-home daycare and am a freelance writer.

2 thoughts on “It all started with a little yogurt

  1. Reading your blog is like someone jumped into my brain and wrote down my thoughts. Scary! The same situation happened to us with “children’s” cereal. Both of my older children had aqua poo from a very popular cereal. Yuck! After speaking to a friend that works for a food company, she told me that their exact same products in Europe contain very little food coloring. We Americans prefer our food in neon colors…so they deliver. Now I’m frustrated because my little guy can’t have any fruit juice. Trying to find a natural, slightly sweet, non artificially colored treat for him is next to impossible! We do the same thing with Greek yogurt, sans walnuts. No nuts in our house! Keep blogging, Sonia! I’m loving your insight!

  2. Pingback: Are Low Fat and Sugar Free Keeping You Healthy? « Lean Green Mommy Machine

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