Bribe Your Kids With These…They Work.

Over the summer, I got a little spoiled being able to use popsicles as a bribing tool with my kids. I finally caved and bought the sugary, almost-neon ones and, consequently, created monsters out of my kids. The good kind of monsters, though. The ones that can be bribed and lured by sugary treats.

As much as I was loving my parenting with popsicles, I realized I really should have a better plan. And by plan, I mean adding trickery to the bribery. Continue reading

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Homemade Flavored Greek Yogurt

More and more people are switching to Greek yogurt, and rightfully so. It has double the protein and half the carbs as regular yogurt. And depending on which variety of regular yogurt you normally get, Greek yogurt will have less sugar and sodium.

It has a thicker consistency so it can be used as a replacement for sour cream or other high fat ingredients in cooking. Eaten alone, though, it can be a little bitter and tangy for some people’s tastes, which is why I wanted to share the following versions.

This post is inspired by a dessert recipe that I recently tried. The dessert was a flop. But as with anything in life, it’s not a failure if you learn something from it.

What I learned was a low calorie, natural way to sweeten plain Greek Yogurt.

I ended up experimenting and came up with three different varieties.

The first is my favorite. It’s a honey-lemon version.

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I just blended about 1 Tablespoon of honey into a cup of yogurt. Then I grated lemon rind into it (about 1/2 teaspoon).

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Refrigerate for an hour before eating (nothing scientific here, but I found it seems to let the rind soften and the flavor settle a bit) and you have the most refreshing, lemony yogurt! It goes great with fresh fruit.

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The second one is a cinnamon-maple syrup version.

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Simply blend about 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup into a cup of yogurt and sprinkle your cinnamon in (about 1/2 teaspoon). Delicious! This one goes well with a cinnamon bagel.

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The third is a Vanilla-Nutmeg Yogurt.

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I blended about 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract into a cup of yogurt and then sprinkled in the Nutmeg (just  a few dashes). This was has a warmer flavor and can be scooped up with graham crackers. No spoon needed!

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This is just the start of the different flavors you can create. I love that you can change it up without a bunch of sugar or additives.

Enjoy!

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