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DIY Fruit Topped Yogurt 'corners'

Homemade 'Hedgerow' Jam with natural yogurt & Chia seeds (best enjoyed in nature...)Homemade 'Hedgerow' Jam with natural yogurt & Chia seeds (best enjoyed in nature...)Natural yogurt is a great healthy ingredient for your breakfasts and snacks since it’s full of gut-friendly bacteria alongside a decent portion of protein and calcium, and filling too. There’s also the bonus that a lot of folks find it much more digestible than other forms of dairy! The trouble is, it’s a little boring by itself so it’s no wonder that millions of people opt for a sweeter version in the form of fruit corners and other sugar laden varieties.

Even without the high sugar content and other additives in a certain brand of yogurt, the penny pincher in my winces at the price tag – I’d much rather pay 33p per 100g* of ORGANIC natural yogurt and add my own fruit than pay 45p per 100g* of NON-organic yogurt!

Keep scrolling for some ways to make yours even healthier...


1. Pop several tablespoons of natural plain or Greek yogurt into a tub and several teaspoons of your fruit compote/jam into a smaller pot.

2. Add another small pot of any crunchy extras you fancy (nuts, chia seeds, rice crispies or granola).

3. Combine them at lunchtime and enjoy!


And there you are, your very own fruit topped yogurt snack set you can throw together in a matter of seconds (and far less single-use plastic!).


Forget carrying it around in an old plastic bag, how about this beautiful little insulated lunch bag to keep it all together?


Healthier options:

Make your own fruit compote using just enough sugar to sweeten it to your taste. Regular jam uses an extremely high sugar content (equal amount as fruit!) as the preservative to keep for a long time at room temperature but it isn’t really required for flavour, especially when your fruit is nice and sweet to start with. Simply chop and cook down your fruit until soft in a heavy based pan and keep in the fridge to store safely for up to a week (freeze in small batches for longer term storage!).


Rather it raw? Blend your raw fruit into a thick smoothie and use that!


Can’t do dairy? Use your favourite vegan yogurt instead.


How about low fat or ‘light’ yogurt? Personally I steer clear of anything that’s been ‘messed with’ in order to reduce the fat content. Mainly because we’re beginning to understand that fat isn’t the big bad wolf we once thought but industrially processed foods are. If you still feel it’s for you then carry on but I trust my body is happy with natural fat (in fact your brain requires some fats in the diet) but not so much with extras like modified maize starch which is often added to ‘light’ yogurts and has a lot of intolerant folks suffering unexpected flare ups. The ‘big brand with the infamous corner’ also uses the artificial sweetener aspartame in their light yogurts which is frankly appalling to anyone aware of the chemicals sordid history.


Go easy! Just because it’s natural and fruit doesn’t mean you can go overboard without any repercussions, there’s a reason the branded yogurts come with a pitifully small portion of the good stuff compared to the amount of yogurt! Sugar is sugar, no matter the healthy source. Add extra if you like but don’t go crazy with it else your blood insulin will spike, of which consistent over production (and the subsequent crash) has been linked to the progression of diabetes and heart disease.


*price comparison example from Ocado 11/1/18 exclusive of deals.


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