Vanilla yogurt at the grocery store it contains 5 tsp. to 6 tsp. added sugar per serving, or between 80 to 96 calories without nutritional value. Alternatively, you can purchase vanilla yogurt with artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame or sucralose. Still, yogurt’s healthy bacteria and protein content mean that it is a popular food with health-conscious consumers. To bypass the extra sugars and unnecessary chemical sweeteners, you can start with plain yogurt and sweeten it on your own. Just add flavor, such as vanilla, by mixing in the ingredients of your choice.
Things You'll Need
Remove 32 oz. or 4 cups of plain yogurt from container using the spatula. Place it in large bowl.
Add 2 to 3 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar to taste, or about 2 to 3 tsp. added sugar per 1 cup serving. This cuts the amount of sugar per serving by about half.
Add five or six drops vanilla extra or half of a scraped vanilla bean to the bowl.
Stir well with the spatula, breaking up clumps of confectioners’ sugar as you go. Make sure to distribute the vanilla evenly throughout the yogurt. This takes just one or two minutes.
References and ResourcesMedicinenet.com; Plain Yogurt Never Tasted So Good; Elaine Magee
"The Journal"; Plain Yogurt Is Versatile, Nutritious; Sue Flanagan; October 2010
"Los Angeles Times"; Plain Yogurt too Boring? Tart it Up; Sheldon Margen and Dale Ogar; December 2001
University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Beyond Eating Yogurt Straight from the Carton; Alice Henneman
Voskos Greek Yogurt: Ten Ways to Naturally Sweeten Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
ResourcesUniversity of Kentucky; Making Yogurt at Home; E. Russell-Campbell, C.L. Hicks and F.T.Maruyama
"Bon Apetit"; Supermarket Standoff: Yogurt; Julia Bainbridge; March 2011
"The American Biology Teacher"; Fun Microbiology: Making Plain and Frozen Yogurt; James Mitchell, Melissa Warden and Barney Crum; 1999
The Food Network: Top Ten Tips for Quick and Easy Breakfasts
The Food Network; Homemade Yogurt; M.S. Milliken & S. Feniger