Who enjoyed yogurt, as a kid?
I liked the kind with the sugary berries on the bottom.
Suffice to say, I am now, for many reasons, not a fan of dairy products– yogurt included.
However, there seems to be a concern that oneself, or one’s kids, will not be getting enough probiotics if they don’t eat yogurt.
Probiotics are essential in a healthy body. Without these healthy bacteria, the digestive system will not function properly, the bad bacteria will flourish, and disease and sickness will be welcome.
That being said…
Dairy is very congesting, hard to digest, and contributes to respiratory, digestive, skin, and even attention deficit problems in children (and adults, alike). Dairy products, as a whole, are pasteurized in order to kill possible pathogens and bacteria. Yogurt is a form of “cultured” milk, and although the milk used to create yogurt is pasteurized, yogurt representatives ensure us that this occurs prior the culturing process– so the healthy bacteria are still viable. It is ironic though isn’t it? We pasteurize a product to kill bacteria (all bacteria), and then culture it to make a yogurt product with (good) bacteria. Sounds complicated.
So… if yogurt has these good bacteria present, why then do I have a problem with it? First of all, not all yogurts are created equally, and even though there may be probiotics present, dairy, as a whole, is still problematic. Pasteurization does not make up for the fact that inorganic cows are giving hormones and antibiotics. I highly suggest you read more about dairy, here. Additionally, the majority of yogurts, especially ones marketed to children, are also packed with loads of sugar, and ingredients like corn starch, corn syrup, and other “flavorings.”
I consider yogurt to be more of a dessert than a health food. I have yet to come across a popular yogurt product that does not contain a sizable amount of sugar– I don’t care whether it has probiotics or not. If you are enjoying a standard cow milk yogurt, just to benefit from the probiotics, I highly suggest choosing a supplement instead. If you are determined to have your yogurt, choose one with the least amount of sugar, and ingredients.
Instead of having to stress over the pros and cons of feeding your children yogurt… I have devised a better solution!
Instead of tossing your child, (or inner child), a yogurt, and topping it with fruit… try this probiotic rich, “yogurt” smoothie. It contains no dairy, no added sugar, and it will be easier on the stomach. This is a great breakfast for kids, and a much better alternative to today’s standard “yogurt.”
Probiotic Rich, Yogurt Smoothie for Kids (or you)
- In your blender, add 1-2 frozen organic bananas (Freeze a bunch of ripe bananas overnight).
- Toss in 4 fresh, organic strawberries (greens removed)
- 1 capsule of live probiotics (I recommend Udo’s Choice Probiotic Blend for Children).
- Optional: 1/4 of a cup of your favorite nut milk (I use Hazelnut milk) – or water…
Add all ingredients in your blender, or Magic Bullet. Open the capsule of live probiotics, and pour the contents into the banana, strawberry, mixture. Blend. Pour. Enjoy.
If you are really feeling motivated, check out this coconut-yogurt recipe.
Note: When purchasing a probiotic, make sure that it says that it contains LIVE probiotics. You want a product with viable probiotics, it does not do us any good if the critters are dead.
How do you get your probiotics?