Fast Snack, Protein Packed

Go for Yogurt

Yogurt is a flexible nutrient powerhouse that knocks out hunger throughout the day. It is extremely versatile and a smart choice for quick and easy meals and snacks. Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and potassium, provides numerous vitamins and minerals and is relatively low in calories. What’s more, research shows that kids who eat yogurt have improved nutrition and weight status.

Yogurt is a milk product that is thickened by live and active cultures, or probiotics, added to milk. Probiotics are often added in specific amounts to yogurt for their health effect — they can help maintain the balance of bacteria necessary for a healthy digestive system and boost the immune system, shortening the length and severity of sickness.

Yogurt is a good dairy option for those with lactose intolerance, because cultures help to break down the lactose, making it easier to digest.

Good for any time of day, try some of our tasty (and inventive) yogurt dishes:

Get Your Greek On

Greek yogurt is one of the hottest items on the grocery shelf these days. It has a tangy flavor and a deliciously creamy texture. Different than traditional yogurt, Greek yogurt is strained to remove much of the liquid whey, lactose and sugar, giving it a thicker consistency. In some cases, Greek yogurt can pack up to double the protein and roughly half the carbohydrates of regular yogurt. Kids may still prefer the flavor of traditional yogurts, so remember all low-fat yogurt, whether Greek or not, can fit into a healthful diet.