We know how important it is to read labels on snack foods, boxed dinners and cereals but do we actually need to read the labels on yogurt? YES. If I’m learning anything during this journey it’s that you have to read the labels on everything. Yogurt should contain only milk, live yogurt cultures and any natural fruit they might add. Should. But many of the fruit flavored yogurts on the market contain a lot more than that. I’ve seen some that contain carrageenan, others that contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors, and some fruit yogurts that contain no fruit whatsoever. So how do you find yogurt that contains simply fruit, milk and yogurt cultures? Two ways: read the labels or mix up your own.
Making yogurt from scratch can definitely be done, but I didn’t want to scare you into the nearest container of Yoplait. Therefore, I decided to make our Out of the Box Berry Yogurt using an organic, natural store-bought product. For this recipe I used an Organic Plain Nonfat yogurt I found at Trader Joe’s containing four different live yogurt cultures, but you can use any brand that contains simply milk and live (active) yogurt cultures to achieve the same result.
This weeks comparison is between Dannon Light & Fit Blueberry and Out of the Box Berry Yogurt made with organic frozen berries that can be found year-round in many supermarkets. You can also store your finished yogurt in recycled glass yogurt containers or small glass containers with lids for fresh lunchbox alternatives.
THE COMPARISON: Dannon Light & Fit Blueberrry vs. Out of the Box Berry Yogurt
(All ingredients followed by an * can be referenced at www.wikipedia.org by clicking on the ingredient. Please feel free to reference the ingredients on other reputable sites for further information.)
Dannon Light & Fit Blueberry
- nonfat yogurt
- blueberry puree
Contains less than 1% of
- modified corn starch*
- natural flavor*
- blue 1*
- red 40*
- potassium sorbate* (to maintain freshness)
- acesulfame potassium*
- malic acid*
- sodium citrate*
Contains Active yogurt cultures including L. Acidophilus (For more valuable information about live active yogurt cultures see AboutYogurt.com)
**All listed product ingredients are taken from product’s package label. Though Out of the Box Food makes every effort to provide complete ingredient information, please check the package for the most current information.
Out of the Box FoodSM Berry Yogurt
This recipe makes a semi-sweet yogurt. Feel free to adjust agave as desired.
Special Equipment: small saucepan, small mixing bowl
Time: 7 minutes
- 2 C plain organic yogurt
- 2 C frozen blueberries or strawberries
- 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp agave nectar (divided)
- Heat frozen berries of choice over medium low heat until soft.
- Mash lightly with potato masher or fork until desired consistency.
- Stir in 2 tsp. agave nectar.
- In a mixing bowl, combine yogurt with 2 tbsp. agave nectar.
- Stir in cooled fruit (with liquid).
- Serve or store.
I love to hear how your families respond to the Out of the Box recipes. Listen, we all know kids like different things and if you have a suggestion, question or praise (we love that too), then shoot me an email, post a comment, or pop onto our Facebook page to share your experiences with us! Until next week…
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