This post is sponsored by FAGE; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Every time I share my “lazy mom lunch” ideas on my Instagram stories, I get a ton of messages. You guys love the easy, doable lunch ideas for kids. And I don’t blame you! I feel like parenting is exhausting enough without driving yourself crazy trying to come up with elaborate ideas for snacks and mealtimes.
One of our daily snacks that happens multiple times a day is Greek yogurt. We don’t buy the flavored kids kinds or anything complicated. Just a great full fat Greek yogurt, like FAGE. But why?
Why we choose Greek yogurt over others:
First off, flavored yogurts typically have a TON of added sugars. And y’all know my kids. They do NOT need any extra sugars to get them more hyped up throughout the day. I love that FAGE Total Plain Greek yogurt has no added sugars. I checked the container of a yogurt drink my parents had bought for H and there were TWENTY THREE GRAMS of sugar. In a 6oz serving. Yikes. FAGE Total 2% 7oz has a total of 7g, all of which are from naturally occurring milk sugars.
Because the boys are always on the move so much, protein and healthy fats are key things we look for in their diet. FAGE Total 2% 7oz. has a whopping 23 grams of protein! Which is an incredible source of good healthy protein in one bowl of yogurt.
I also love that it’s all natural and made with two ingredients that I can actually pronounce. And that it’s rich in calcium for the boys’ growing bodies. Plus, FAGE Total comes in 0%, 2% and 5% so you and your family can choose whatever variety works best for you!
30+ ideas for how to serve Greek yogurt to your kids.
I’ve gotten so many questions about how to incorporate more protein into your kiddo’s meals, and here is a huge roundup of what to add to Greek yogurt that even the pickiest of eaters will love:
- No sugar added applesauce
- No sugar added applesauce and cinnamon
- Local honey (only if they’re over 1!)
- Honey + cinnamon (also makes for an awesome dip for fruit, graham crackers, etc.)
- Baby puree pouches! (We did this a lot with pouches and baby food jars we got while we were starting Baby Led Weaning)
- Chopped / mashed banana
- Banana and honey
- Banana and honey and cinnamon
- Frozen berries (this is what I do for their lunches every day! By the time lunch rolls around, the berries have thawed and they get all those yummy natural fruit juices too!)
- Fresh Strawberries
- Fruit and granola
- Fruit and chia seeds
- Peanut / almond / nut butter
- Peanut butter and cinnamon
- Peanut butter and honey
- Peanut butter and applesauce
- Jam or jelly
- Nut butter and jam (this is one of the boys’ favorites!)
- Maple syrup
- Maple syrup and cinnamon
- Any type of canned fruit you have on hand – peaches, oranges, fruit cocktail, etc.
- Cinnamon, vanilla and honey
- Beets (sometimes I’ll blend beets with the yogurt in my blender. The boys think it’s the coolest to eat red yogurt and love the taste)
- Avocado (another one I blend together, then add a little honey or granola and YUM)
- Oatmeal (we do this a lot for breakfasts! It’s a great mix of healthy fats, protein and whole grain to keep their bodies satiated.)
- Hummus and avocado – mix together for an awesome veggie dip!
More ways to use FAGE Total Greek Yogurt:
- Make “ice cream”! I’ve shared this a ton in my stories, basically take a cup of FAGE Total Greek yogurt and a handful of frozen fruit with a banana and blend, blend, blend. It comes out a really thick consistency just like “ice cream” and the boys always think it’s a treat!)
- Make healthy green smoothies! My general recipe is 6 oz liquid, ½ cup FAGE Greek Yogurt, 1 cup greens, 2 cups fruits and veggies.
- Make Tzatziki sauce! The boys love the tart and refreshing spread with fresh veggies, on their salmon, burgers and chicken!
- Make a healthier version of mac & cheese! I blend FAGE Greek yogurt, hummus, spinach, broccoli and cheese to put over noodles and the boys gobble it up.
Look, we’re all busy people. We’re raising the future generation and we’re short on time. Finding quick and easy snack and meal ideas that not only work for my kids, but my family as well? Sign me up.
FAGE Total Greek yogurt is rich and creamy and a family favorite for how versatile it is. From breakfast to dessert and everything in between, you’re getting a great, all natural source of protein and calcium to keep everyone happy.
What’s your favorite way to use Greek yogurt?