One of the many benefits of switching to a real food diet is that you simultaneously produce much less waste. When you make food from scratch, you just don't have all the packaging, which is often plastic and non-recyclable, that accompanies processed food. A good example of this is homemade yogurt. Instead of buying plastic tubs or mini, plastic containers of yogurt, I make my own using whole milk, which I buy in glass, milk bottles (later returned and re-used), and mason jars for storing--an almost zero-waste process. My daughter loves yogurt (what 2-year old doesn't?), and she especially loves in when she goes to Grandma and Grandad's house where she can have her own little, Scarlett-sized yogurt with sugar-y, stir-in "fruit." Personally, I'm not a fan of mini-yogurts because they're high in refined sugar and create unnecessary waste. This is why we've recently started making our own fruit-filled, mini-yogurts and my daughter loves them just the same! Not only that, they're handy for lunches, a fraction of the cost, and create almost zero waste - this makes for a happy hippie housewife.
Here's how to make your own homemade, fruit-filled mini yogurts!You'll Need:
- 2 1/2 cups frozen berries or diced, fruit (ie strawberries, mango, blueberries, pineapple)
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup organic, unrefined cane sugar
- 1/4 water
- homemade yogurt - follow THIS recipe!
- 10 x small mason jars with lids