Do you need tips on how to pack yogurt in the lunch box?
My son, who is a very (I mean VERY) picky eater, loves yogurt. Alex is 5 and will be entering kindergarten this year. He’s on the small side (like in the 15th percentile for weight), and the pediatrician often reminds me to feed him more calories.
We all know that not all calories are the same. I could give him nine potato chips with zero nutrition and high in fats or a small yogurt, for example.
Since he eats one yogurt a day, this is one item I purchase organic, with no artificial sweeteners or colors, no traces of pesticides, and from cows not fed GMOs or given antibiotics.
I often pack an individual yogurt in his school lunch because of its versatility. It can be a sweet and simple treat by itself or parfait-style with mixed berries and crunchy granola.
Packed with protein, calcium, potassium, and probiotics, yogurt is the perfect creamy treat to simultaneously satisfy his appetite.
I know many of you are wondering how I pack it in the lunch box. As with any perishable food, yogurt should be kept cold from the time you take it out of the fridge till lunchtime. So here are some tips on how I keep them cool till lunch. I live in the South, where we have high temperatures nine months out of the year, so keeping food cold is important.
- Use an insulated lunch box or bag. Although the insulated material itself won’t keep your yogurt cool, it helps reflect the cold temperatures from any frozen or chilled items you’ve tucked into the bag—maintaining a safer environment inside the lunch box for your perishables.
- Pack yogurt cups next to a frozen gel pack or inside a freezer koozie (also called can coolers). This will help keep the yogurt chilled through lunch.
- Toss the yogurt in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes in the morning. I’ve made it a habit to put the yogurt in the freezer while I drink a cup of coffee, get the kids dressed, and get everyone out the door. Again, his yogurt is the last thing I grab before I zip the lunch bag closed. If you are thinking that you’ll forget to grab it, I have a post-it inside his lunch bag that says “yogurt” so I see it before I zip it closed.
- Toss yogurt tubes in the freezer the night before. They’ll be frozen by morning, so just slip one into your lunch box before leaving the house. By lunchtime, the frozen tubes will be thawed out and still chilled.
- Freeze a water bottle to serve as an icepack. If you often send a water bottle in your child’s lunch, consider freezing the bottle so it keeps the inside of the lunch bag cool.
- Yield: 1
- 2 tablespoons granola or cereal
- 1/2 cup mixed berries, washed and diced
- 1 4-ounce YoKids yogurt cup
- Pack the granola in a small lidded container. These crunchy add-ins are a perfect complement to any yogurt parfait. But if you add them to your yogurt while packing your lunch, they’ll be soggy by lunchtime.
- Pack the berries in a separate lidded container. Mix the granola and berries with the yogurt when it’s time to eat.
–This was a sponsored post. All opinions, as always are my own. This is also in participation with Stonyfield’s Rock the Lunchbox Campaign.