Maybe the first question should be, have you seen Plenti? I’ve had several clients ask me what I think of this product, so I thought it might be helpful info. for all of you moms.
It’s a pre-packaged combination of Greek yogurt and oats, made by Yoplait. The 5.5 oz. containers come in many flavors and have 11-12 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, 11-12 grams of sugar, 10% calcium and 4% vitamin D. It’s in the yogurt section of the grocery store and here’s what you’re looking for:
I sampled the Apple Cinnamon flavor and my first thought was, “this could be a great option for kids who don’t like Greek Yogurt.” It is sweetened with sugar and fructose (not artificial sweeteners) and is lower in sugar than most regular yogurts, but higher in sugar than plain Greek yogurt. For kids, the challenge is finding the right mix between not too tangy and sweet enough, but not too sweet for Moms to be willing to serve it. The other benefit of Plenti is that it has some fiber from the whole grain oats. The down side is, it has less calcium and vitamin D than a regular yogurt. Note that most Greek yogurts also have less calcium than regular yogurt — I’ll talk more about that in a future blog post, but for now I’ll say Greek yogurt and regular yogurt both have their benefits, they’re just different benefits.
So this can be a good snack for kids, BUT you can make it an even better snack by making your own. It’s really quick and simple! Assemble it the night before, and it’s ready for breakfast or as an after-school snack the next day. Thus, the name Overnight Oatmeal:
This recipe makes double the portion compared to Yoplait Plenti Greek Yogurt & Oats, yet has less than half the sugar. There are so many variations possible with this recipe, including substituting raisins or berries for the apples and using slivered almonds, pecans or pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts to create amazing flavor combinations and variety.
- ½ cup oats
- 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup diced apples
- 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients, except walnuts, in a large cereal bowl, mason jar or other container large enough to hold 2 cups of volume. If desired, you can wait to add the fruit in the morning (for example, bananas or peaches).
2. Stir well and cover with plastic wrap or a lid.
3. Place in refrigerator and store overnight, at least 5 hours.
4. In the morning add walnuts and fruit (if you didn’t add the night before), and stir.
Makes 1 large or 2 smaller servings.
Nutrition information for 1 large serving:
Adult serving: 375 Calories, 12g Total Fat, 1g Saturated Fat, 2mg Cholesterol, 46g Total Carbohydrate ( g Sugar), 7g Fiber, 20g Protein, 79mg Sodium, 27% Calcium (270mg).
Disclosure: I do not receive compensation from any company or food product shown or mentioned in this post. The information contained in this article is my opinion only and should not be construed as medical advice or treatment.