Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative
Teaching in schools for the past 10 years, I have seen my share of yogurt. Blue. Color-changing. In a tube. In a bottle. Drinkable. Mixable. I've seen it all, and it all makes me cringe.
I get it, yogurt is easy and we hear that it's healthy, so what's the big deal?
The problem is that most of these yogurts that you can grab-and-go with at the store are loaded with sugar (and then apparently topped with some kind of candy? What?) Kids, and grownups alike, are consuming these sugary treats on a regular basis, which is taxing on little bodies.
Sugar, as you know, is addictive. And as you probably also know, is not going to help set brains and bodies up for success and learning potential. Plus, afternoon sugar crashes... right?
As an alternative, I would like to present you with a super easy, delicious alternative that you can customize to the flavor of your choice. The base is banana, which is delicious on it's own and loaded with potassium, which can help ease stress. To create additional flavors and health benefits, throw in a handful of blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries, all of which are low in sugar and naturally sweet.
So grab a few bananas at the store, get your child to help you whip this up, and let me know how it goes!
This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free.
Blueberry Banana Yogurt
1/4 c hemp seeds
1/4 c almond milk
1/4 c berries (I used frozen blueberries)
Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. Place in refrigerator for a couple of hours (or overnight) to allow to set. Top with berries or homemade granola and enjoy!
TIP: To make this nut-free, use rice or hemp milk in lieu of almond milk.