My kids love yogurt. And even more than yogurt, my kids love those little single-serve bottles of drinkable yogurt. You know what I mean – Yop, DanActive, Danimals… little bottles of sweet, yogurty goodness laden with all kinds of artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, and not to mention ridiculously overpriced, and all the package waste. And I’m not even that confident that there’s all that much in the way of probiotic benefit in most of the mass-produced commercial ones. I’m sure you can see where this post is going! In the interest of frugality (or cheapness, as my husband loves to call it) and avoiding all those stabilizers, preservatives and other additives, I decided that I would try making my own. How hard could it possibly be? The answer: this is so ridiculously easy, you might kick yourself for not trying it sooner.
This yogurt drink is really versatile. Add whatever fruit you like – we had lots of oranges, so that was Eliza’s choice. If you find it’s not sweet enough, add a drizzle of honey. This was 100% kid approved, both my five year old and two year old drank big cups of it and immediately asked for more. I think this will successfully keep my kids from begging for yogurt drinks when we’re at the grocery store!
And a suggestion for those of you who are non-dairy – I have read that you can pretty much do the same thing with non-dairy products like kefir and your milk substitute of choice. I haven’t tried this myself as we aren’t a dairy-free household, but if you are, you may want to give this a go with non-dairy alternatives!
Orange Yogurt Drink
Two oranges, one orange zested, both peeled & cut into pieces
1 cup milk
1 cup greek yogurt
Combine orange zest & pieces, milk and yogurt in a blender. Blend until smooth and serve. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a couple days, just shake it up again before serving.