When I was a kid I hated yogurt because it had that taste. Y’know? That yogurty one.
Somewhere around my late teens I decided I was just going to like it. It seemed like a good healthy snack and something you could just grab and go and I like that so I started eating it every day until my pallet adjusted and I just liked it.
Thing is, now I love it! Crave it! Want it for breakfast and snack and before bed! But I’m having a hard time finding a place for yogurt in my life. You can feel free to chuckle at that last sentence but it’s true. I feel like our relationship hasn’t been properly defined and I’m not sure I have room for it in my life.
Now that I’ve *ahem* matured, I know that yogurt is not a healthy snack. It’s just not. It’s either loaded with sugar, loaded with fat or loaded with artificial sweeteners. I don’t like any of the above!
In fact, check out this little bit of information that I found:
“The company’s (that is, General Mill’s) Yoplait brand had transformed traditional unsweetened breakfast yogurt into a veritable dessert. It now had twice as much sugar per serving as General Mills’ marshmallow cereal Lucky Charms. And yet, because of yogurt’s well-tended image as a wholesome snack, sales of Yoplait were soaring, with annual revenue topping $500 million. Emboldened by the success, the company’s development wing pushed even harder, inventing a Yoplait variation that came in a squeezable tube — perfect for kids. They called it Go-Gurt and rolled it out nationally in the weeks before the C.E.O. meeting. (By year’s end, it would hit $100 million in sales.)” This is from an article entitled The Extraordinary Science of Junk Food.
So I stood in the grocery store aisle today and I looked at all of my options and I just couldn’t reconcile yogurt in my life. Where does it fit? If it’s classification is ‘junk food’ then I’d rather use that slot in my life for things like ice cream and Goodies and pink salted caramels. Or chocolate chip cookies or cinnamon buns or….I think you get the point.
I’ve always put it in the place of breakfast side dish or healthy snack and yet I’ve clearly been deceived in thinking this is a good place for so much sugar.
What to do, what to do? Have you found a place for yogurt in your life? What about for your kids? Help a girl and her relationship with yogurt out!