Save Money, Calories, and the Environment with this Yogurt
January 5, 2010 23 Comments
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 mix your own yogurt with your favorites, put it in a small container and you will have a great tasting snack that is better for you and the environment.
But you do have to do a little work. This is a DIY yogurt for taking to work or lunch. 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 container.
You will save money, calories, and it will taste SO much better than a Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt. AND, you will save the environment, because you won't be tossing out the package at the end.
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.
How do I get 60 calories? I have 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 Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt (there are a bunch of other brands that add yucky stuff too).
As for money, 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.
Please share your packaged food replacement ideas below?
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