Make your own frozen yogurt

Fruit, dairy and protein all in one.

There are times when a quick nutritional “pick me up” snack can help get you through the day, especially between meals. Adults and kids often need a nutritional snack to provide the energy necessary to work hard and play hard.

Our lives can get extremely busy and healthy recipe ideas can make snacking fun, while reaping the positive nutritional benefits. Michigan State University Extension recommends eating low-fat protein and dairy as a great way to nourish the body. The following recipe features Greek yogurt mixed with a blend of fruit juices. Greek yogurt is a newer source of protein and dairy that is receiving a lot of attention.

Frozen yogurt

Ingredients:

8 ounces of vanilla Greek yogurt

6 ounce can of pineapple juice

1/2 cup of 100% percent orange juice

Slowly blend juices into the yogurt to prevent lumps. Divide the recipe into three to four custard cups or coffee mugs that can be frozen. Canning jars are excellent to use to store frozen yogurt in the freezer. Freeze for at least two hours to allow yogurt to harden. When removed from the freezer, wait a few minutes for it to defrost. You can store this in the freezer covered for up to one month.

Greek yogurt provides a good source of dairy and protein according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approximately 17.3 grams per serving. MyPlate informs consumers that proteins function as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. They are also building blocks for enzymes, hormones and vitamins. Proteins are one of three nutrients that provide calories (the others are fat and carbohydrates).

You can find additional information about meat and proteins at the Choose MyPlate website. Consider using a low-fat source of protein in your families’ snacks, appetizers or desserts.

Kids and adults love to eat fruity treats. Consider making your own frozen yogurt to keep on-hand for a quick, fun and healthy snack. Yogurt is a healthy way to get protein and dairy into your daily food plan.

To enroll in a nutrition education program please contact your local MSU Extension office. MSU Extension nutrition programming is conducted throughout the state. To find your county visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/county.