Teaching children to love vegetables begins when they first learn what food is. Taking children to a garden and letting them see, touch, and smell fruits and vegetables will teach them to grow what they consume. Reading books about children who love vegetables will also catch on like a wild-fire in their minds and children will learn to see fruits and veggies as one of the best options on their plates. How do I know this? For starters, my husband was a vegetarian from birth. His love for healthy foods even overshadows that of my own. His mother grew delectable food in her garden such as tomatoes, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, garlic, onions, melons, greens, etc. His love for healthy living started at home and has only continued to grow. When we had daughters of our own, naturally, we wanted them to follow in his footsteps of learning that their bodies need plant-based nutrients for them to grow healthy and strong.
We recently made vision boards in our home school and I was surprised to see the items that my daughters placed on their boards. Healthy plant-based foods had a large presence on their boards. While one daughter added words like fruit and healthy, my other daughter added pictures of salads and the words health and fresh. By giving my daughters a chance to create their visual dreams on paper, I was able to see what really matters to them. Surprisingly, the desire to be healthy is important even to my 6-year-old girls.
As a child, I loved yogurt, and I wanted my girls to enjoy the same sweet fruity goodness that I use to savor. Thankfully, the Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative is a tasty alternative to the dairy yogurt I grew up consuming. When I received Silk’s yogurt alternative, my girls were so thrilled, their eyes lit up like they had just entered It’s Sugar, one of the largest candy stores in our area. They couldn’t wait to try the dairy free yogurt.
How was it?
I let my girls try it first, because honestly, I was a little skeptical. You see, I grew up eating old-fashioned dairy yogurt, so most non-dairy yogurt alternatives don’t exactly appeal to my taste-buds. However, when I saw that my girls were about to finish their vegan yogurt after taking huge gulps of it, I had to act quickly and ask my little ladies to let me try some too before it was too late. I was pleasantly surprised. Although it doesn’t taste the same as dairy yogurt it is delightfully good, refreshing even.
Was it fruity?
Yes, the fruit was the first taste that was familiar to me. When I first took my spoon full, I tasted a burst of fruit flavor. The fruit wasn’t too sweet. As a mom, I actually liked that Silk’s dairy alternative was conservative on sugar.
So far, there are 6 yummy flavors to choose from:
- Black Cherry
- Tropical Pineapple
For my girls it was the perfect snack. Sweet, tasty, and healthy too. They wanted more after they finished. In fact, they said, “Mom, can you buy some more of this. I like it.”
I was most impressed with it because it has 6g of plant-powered protein per serving, its made with real fruit and cultured soy, dairy-free, cholesterol-free, and free from artificial flavors and colors.
Was it good?
Yes, the thick and creamy texture actually surprised me the most. Before my first bite, I was afraid that the texture, just wouldn’t be right. My biggest fear was that the yogurt alternative would be runny and watery. On the contrary, while it isn’t as smooth as dairy yogurt, the thick and creamy consistency made up for it. It reminded me of a homemade blended yogurt made with real fruit from a Vitamix machine, if you like homemade originality then it’s a total win.
Would I buy it?
Of course I would!
Overall, the yogurt alternative was perfect for my growing girls. They loved it. For me, I would recommend it in a yogurt dish; instead of just plain. Also, we all preferred the tropical pineapple over the black cherry flavor because it was much sweeter. Check out dairy-free yogurt alternative recipes on Silk’s website and Pinterest, they provide the best new recipes that people can try.
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This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
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