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Let’s face it, flavored and fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts have sky-rocketing sugar levels. With the average flavored yogurt coming in at around 22-24 grams (more than most candy bars!), you’re almost guaranteed to have an inevitable sugar crash. Yes, yes, milk has natural sugar, but only about 12 grams per serving. So where’s the rest of that pesky number coming from? In most cases, the company adds evaporated cane juice, plain white sugar, or some form of icky artificial sweetener you normally wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole to go along with the cane sugar. Although I am usually perfectly content with a bit of Stevia, vanilla, or honey in my plain yogurt, I have been craving a fruit flavored version like crazy. Of course, there’s always the dear to my heart, super healthy, incredible Siggi’s skyr yogurt, but having that as a daily habit does not make my wallet very happy. So I found a way to make my own where the result is perhaps even better than a sugar-laden cup. Here’s how:
1.) Place a small amount of frozen fruit in a bowl
2.) Add 1 T. of water
3.) Microwave for about 15 seconds
5.) Mash fruit with a fork and let cool for one minute
6.) Stir the fruit mixture in the yogurt and go crazy with toppings!
Microwaving and mashing the fruit releases all the flavors into the yogurt and leaves just the perfect amount of tartness. My two favorite versions so far are:
2 frozen pineapple chunks
2 frozen mango chunks
1/2 T. Coconut flakes
2 frozen cherries
1/8 cup frozen blueberries
Using a plain yogurt, the sugar count for both of these fall under 15 grams, almost all of which is already found in the yogurt and the rest from the fruit! Where has this been all my life?!
Again, try this now and thank me later:)
Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!