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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Clean Eating Srawberry Frozen Yogurt-- Soooooo much healthier than Yogurt chains!!!

This past summer when we were really cutting back on dyes and artifical flavorings and sugar, a little frozen yogurt shop opened up by us. I thought adorable fruit name: Kiwi with lots of healthy toppings: fruits, granola, etc (and sadly candy). But, hey, I thought at least here maybe we could find something for my son to eat and for us all to enjoy. No such luck-- we ended up getting as small amounts of yogurt as possible and a few fruit toppings and left extremely dissapointed. It turns out its not much better than getting a big ice cream cone (especially if you top it with candy and dyed snacks). Here is the link to their ingredients: http://kiwifrozenyogurt.com/assets/pdf/Yogurt_Ingredients_Kiwi.pdf And more specifically, here is what they put in their Strawberry yogurt: Strawberry dairy Pasteurized and Cultured Skim Milk, Maltodextrin, Strawberry Puree (Strawberries, Water, Maltitol, Natural Flavors, Locust Bean Gum, Citric Acid, Red #40, Red #3, Blue #1), Whey, Nonfat Dry Milk, Polydextrose, Sorbitol, Milk Protein Isolate, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Modified Food Starch, Pectin, Cellulose Gel, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium. Contains the following live and active cultures: S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus, L.lactis and L. acidophilus Strawberry Lemonade ****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Really Kiwi? red dye? Natural flavors, and many of the others contain corn syrup and sugar all rolled into one horribly unhealthy snack with a fruit name. So, I am going to tell you how to make amazingly simple Straberry frozen yogurt with less ingredients, no dyes, and in less time than it would take you to drive to Kiwi for their un-healthy, un-clean eating iced treats.
First, if you have some oranges that are about to go mushy (like we did) juice them (I did 4 mushy oranges) or you can use some store bought orange juice with just oranges as the ingredient. I actually juiced these a few days before I could make the yogurt and just left it in the fridge till I had sweet little angelic children who finished their dinner and needed some frozen yogurt to celebrate-- tonight was that night!
Then add your next 3 ingredients: raw honey (I used wildflower tonight as its a little sweeter), plain greek yogurt, and frozen strawberries (They're not in season right now, but if they were you could pick your own and then freeze them).
Place strawberries, juice, yogurt, and a spoonful of honey into food processor. Blend. Enjoy. Now, look at the color:
See how pleasantly pink that is? How smooth and naturaly sweet (okay you cant see it, but my husband who has a sweet tooth said this met his sweet tooth seal of approval). Did you see the part where I added red dye #40? Hmmmmm... maybe thats because God already colored the strawberries so perfectly that they did the job on their own! How about that? Thank you Lord for showing us that you meant food to be visually appealing to us-- no artifical dyes needed! **************************************************** And now for some happy customers:
Bam! Take that Kiwi! So you see, much easier then loading 3 kids and one husband into the car on a freezing cold northern night, much healthier, and well, can I just say again how much healthier it is? Enjoy (oh, and Ill be sharing what we had for dinner soon that had the kids clearing their plates and coming back for more and crying for more broccoli... seriously, i couldnt make that up if I tried)....

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