Do your kids LOVE that drinkable yogurt?
Since TJ was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, we have been in a constant battle to get the child to eat something, anything… to coat his tummy so that the NSAIDS that he takes don’t rip his guts to shreds. I decided that I would take him to the super market with me and let him choose what he felt he would eat for breakfast, as this is the hardest meal for him.
When we hit the dairy section, the boy was drawn immediately to those little ITTY BITTY six packs of drinkable yogurt. Each little bottle is about 3 ounces of yogurt. They are packaged to grab the attention of the kids, with cartoon characters and Disney stars on them. And sure enough, their marketing did what I couldn’t do. They got the boy to eat (drink) breakfast.
This was wonderful, and my husband and I were high fiving each other the first few days. Until we realized that the other 3 kids wanted those fun little bottles of yogurt too. And at $4+ a pack it was costing us an arm and a leg. Seriously, 1 3oz bottle hardly held anybody over for more than an hour or two. So breakfast quickly became 2 bottles of yogurt drink x 4 kids = 1.5 packs in the morning, then TJ would have the other 2 bottles for snack when he got home from school as a snack. 2 packs a day x 7 days a week and we were spending $60 on yogurt!!!! SAY WHAT? STOP THE INSANITY!
What does a frugal mom of 4 do? I cheat and make my own! Want to know how? I’ll show ya!
We will make 1 gallon at a time. So here it goes…..
Purchase 2 32oz containers of blended yogurt in a flavor your kids will enjoy. I happily purchased Dannon Pure Strawberry. There are no ugly artificial colors in this. It has only 9 ingredients including natural fruit and vegetable juices. Best of all, its affordable!
Then I purchase 1 half gallon of fruit juice. I buy 100% white grape juice.
I mix all three into a 1 gallon container, cover and give a good shake! And WHOLA!