My kids love strawberry yogurt drinks. The problem is that with three kids, this little snack can get expensive, especially considering my boys often drink two at a time.
Then, there's the fact that the ingredient lists in some brands leave much to be desired. Some of these yogurt drinks are made with refined sugars, contain artificial colors and sweeteners, and no fruit! In fact, I often see the words Strawberry Flavored right on the packaging. That leaves me wondering, where are the strawberries? I don't want flavoring from concentrate; I'd like my kids' yogurt drinks to contain actual fruit.
I'm sure I'm not the only parent frustrated at the promise of good nutrition from packaged snacks. But with busy after-school activity schedules, it can be hard to find food that is kid-approved, nutritious, and portable.
This recipe for strawberry yogurt drinks is made with real fruit, milk and Greek yogurt for calcium and additional protein, and honey as the an optional sweetener. The ingredient list can't get any better.
And, it's portable. This homemade version can easily be made ahead of time and sipped on the go in a 3-4 ounce lidded container (available in many stores and online) that you can re-use it time and time again.
Of course, you can use fresh or frozen fruit to make these homemade yogurt drinks. One of my kids' favorite flavors is made with frozen peaches. When kiwis are in-season, I make sure to make a strawberry-kiwi batch for a natural boost of vitamin C.
Some of the best and most exciting flavor combinations submitted by my Momables community have been: strawberry + beets, banana + carrots, pineapple + spinach, and mango + kale. As you can see, the possibilities are endless and the consistency will be right as long as you keep the liquid and fruit ratio intact.
My hope is that your family will enjoy this homemade version as much as mine and that experimenting with new fruit combinations brings additional excitement to the recipe-making process.
Homemade Strawberry Yogurt Drinks
Recipe from The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet
Yield: 4 servings
- 2 cups (475 ml) milk
- 1/2 cup (115 g) plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons (40 g) honey (optional)
- 1 cup (145 g) strawberries
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium-low speed until everything is smooth and evenly combined.
Pour yogurt drinks in small 4 ounce (120 ml) drink containers and refrigerate for 1 hour. Give the yogurt drink a quick stir prior to serving.
Laura Fuentes is the founder of MOMables where she helps parents make fresh school lunches and meals their kids will love. She's the author of The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet and The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet. Download a free week of Laura's Classic and Grain Free Meal Plans here.
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