One of my favorite 'convenience foods' to make at home are yogurt cups. As a kid, I remember grocery shopping with my mom and as a treat I'd get to pick out a couple of the individual sized fruit-at-the-bottom yogurt cups. I didn't particularly care for the pre-mixed stuff, the fun was in stirring up the yogurt to get to the good stuff at the bottom! And as an adult, I still like them... I also like that they're less expensive and healthier when I make them myself. All you need to start with is some jam:
|Blueberry jam is surprisingly difficult to photograph!|
Fresh fruit can be used as well, though since I use plain yogurt, I find the added sugar in the jam helps sweeten the finished product. You can, of course, use any combination you like. So, in a container that has a tight-sealing lid (I used small canning jars or tupperware) place a few spoonfuls of jam at the bottom. Don't get carried away... a little goes a long way, especially in a single serving like this. Tap it to settle the jam and then add the yogurt on top:
I go for the local stuff (this place is literally down the street from our place) and I prefer the plain as opposed to the flavored/sweetened kinds. If I'm going to have something with sugar in it, I prefer to be the one adding the sugar. You could also use a bit of honey or maple syrup instead of jam. Since I have a ton of jams and jellies hanging around the house, I'm always happy to find a new use for them, but again, go with your tastes.
Finally on top I add a bit of trail mix:
Once you've got everything layered, simply pop the top on tightly and put it in the fridge. You can easily do up a week's worth of yogurt cups in a few minutes (think assembly line!) and have them ready any time for snacks or to take to school or work with your lunch. These can also make a cute addition to a holiday breakfast or brunch... get creative with the presentation. You can use unusual containers (see-through will give the most visual impact) and mix-and-match spoons . The kitchen section of your local thrift store can be a great resource. Or, if you're feeding a lot of people, try a buffet-style set up so the guests can build their own from a few types of fruits, jams, yogurts and toppings. Simple, inexpensive, enjoyable, and most of all, healthy! :)