A few of our favorite mix-ins include:
- Lemon Sauce, also called Lemon Curd
- Jam- We use Smucker's Simply Fruit (sweetened with fruit juice instead of sugar or high fructose corn syrup).
- Homemade fruit syrup - frozen or fresh berries cooked down in the microwave with a couple tablespoons of sugar and blending together.
Here is Emily with her strawberry jam mix in.
Be aware that when you buy yogurt you want to avoid
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Added food coloring
So why are "Live and Active Cultures" so important?
The May issue of Mayo Clinic Women's Health Source covers the benefits:
- One 8-ounce cup of plain low-fat yogurt provides around 400 milligrams (mg) of calcium, more than the 300 mg in an 8-ounce glass of milk.
- Yogurt also has as much potassium as a banana and as much protein as an egg or ounce of meat.
- The live bacteria in yogurt help in digestion and protect you against other harmful bacteria.
Probiotic Yogurt is a very hyped up thing right now. I have done some research, but I have not found very much about this. It just seems that it helps regulate you, but they never really specify if it is good for you if you are constipated, or have diareahea. The most helpful article I have found you can find at this link.
The main thing to understand about live cultures, is that we all have live cultures in our intestines that help with breaking down food and it keeps everything in balance. Antibiotics kill these bacteria off along with whatever other bacteria is making you sick. That is why it is a good idea to give your kids yogurt while they are taking antibiotics.