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Greek yogurt for kids

August 15, 2012
By Katie Wilhelmi , Marshall Independent

Many people are making the switch from "regular" yogurt to Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt health benefits include being a great source of protein and having high amounts of probiotics and low levels of lactose. Most Greek yogurts are 99 percent lactose-free, which is very important for those who are lactose-intolerant.

Most Greek yogurt is geared toward adults, which produces the question: what about the kids? Chobani has the answer! They have come out with a line of Greek yogurt made especially for kids: Chobani Champions. It comes in smaller containers than the other Chobani varieties (3.5 ounces vs. 6 ounces) and in kid-friendly flavors, including Very Berry, Orange Vanilla, Vanilla Chocolate Chunk and Honey Banana.

Besides the great flavor, Chobani Champions has many health benefits for youngsters including:

High-protein content: 8 grams per container

Five live and active cultures and three probiotics (to help with digestion and to strengthen immunity)

Ten percent of the daily value for calcium and 20 percent of the daily value for vitamin D (important for proper bone health and development)

Pre-portioned with just the right amount of calories (100 calories per container)

Low-lactose, gluten-free and kosher-certified

Chobani Champions is a great item to place in your child's lunch or it can be consumed as a healthy snack. You can find Chobani Champions at your local grocery store. A word of advice for parents: purchase an extra pack of Chobani Champions for yourself because you will likely end up falling in love with it as well!

Yogurt Dip for One

Serves 1

All you need:

1 Chobani Champions 3.5-oz. yogurt container (flavor of choice)

1 cup cut-up fresh fruit such as pineapple, strawberries, banana and/or apples

All you do:

Dip your fruit into the yogurt and enjoy!

Tip: Parents, teach your children how to cut up fruit using kid-friendly knives. Your kids will be more excited about eating a healthy snack when they are involved in the preparation of it.

Katie Wilhelmi is a registered dietitian at the Marshall Hy-Vee Food Store.



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