The healthiest yogurts that kids will actually eat

Finding a snack that you feel good offering to your kids and they actually like can be a real challenge. With protein and calcium, single-serving yogurt cups can be a good source of fuel at school or on the go—but added sugars, fillers, preservatives and other ingredients can really impact how nutritious they really are. (Of course, plain Greek yogurt is the best bet nutrition-wise, but the reality is, most kids aren’t fans of the tangy flavour.) With variations in serving size, sugar, protein, active probiotic cultures (great for gut health) and other nutrients and ingredients, yogurts are definitely not all created equal. So to save you from spending way too much time in the yogurt aisle, scanning label after label and wondering which one of the dozens of options is best for your kid’s tastes and health and your budget, we’ve narrowed down the options to a digestible list of 10 yogurts that offer nutritional benefits, while still being kid-friendly.

How did we come up with this list of yummy healthier yogurts? With nutrition being our guiding force, we enlisted registered dietician Cara Rosenbloom to do a blind nutritional analysis of the yogurts (meaning the nutrition info only; no brands or labels), focusing on protein, sugar, probiotics and quality of ingredients. Meanwhile, in our Today’s Parent Approved lab, we taste-tested each yogurt, and assessed the portability, how easily the top opened and the potential for messy spills, among other things. We even factored in whether the container was recyclable (surprisingly, many aren’t). And, of course, we asked families to try the yogurt at home and give us their feedback on everything from what kids thought of the taste to how easily it packed up for school lunches or an on-the-go snack. We also compared price per serving to the quality (nutrition) and ease of use of each yogurt to evaluate the overall value for your money. Here are the yogurt cups that stood out from the pack, earning the Today’s Parent Approved seal.

IÖGO Nano Yogurt
Best for Kids who have issues with textures or who don't usually like yogurt
Top benefits Less sugar than many other yogurts, unique flavours
Considerations Smaller serving size
Bottom line IÖGO Nano Yogurt cups are a handy, kid-friendly yogurt option
Buy
iogo.ca (6 pack) CAD $3.49

 

Danone Oikos Greek Yogurt
Best for A protein-packed snack
Top benefits 8 grams of protein per serving, thick texture reduces messy spills
Considerations Wide container may make it challenging for little hands to remove the top, fruit bottom has to be stirred
Bottom line Thick and creamy, Danone Oikos Greek Yogurt makes a great on-the-go snack
Buy
oikos.ca CAD $3.97

 

Yoplait Minigo Yogurt
Best for Families who need a quick pre-activity snack
Top benefits Fortified with vitamin D, smaller serving size, variety of flavours
Considerations Containers are not recyclable
Bottom line The smaller serving size makes Yoplait Minigo a great on-the-go snack
Buy
yoplait.ca CAD $1.88

 

Astro Athentikos Greek Yogurt
Best for Kids who love tangy Greek yogurts
Top benefits Thick and creamy, easy to open, recyclable plastic container
Considerations Needs to be mixed
Bottom line Tangy and not overly sweet, this is a yogurt that the whole family can enjoy
Buy
astro.ca CAD $4.29

 

IÖGO Proteine Greek Yogurt
Best for Older kids and parents looking for a protein- and calcium-rich snack
Top benefits 10 grams of protein per serving, added calcium (calcium citrate), free of preservatives
Considerations May spill easily when opened
Bottom line IÖGO Proteine is packed with protein, calcium and vitamin D, and comes in a larger-than-average serving size that's ideal for older kids and parents
Buy
iogo.ca CAD $3.99

 

Activia Lactose Free Yogurt
Best for Anyone who's lactose intolerant
Top benefits Lactose-free, 4 grams of protein, 15% of recommended daily vitamin D
Considerations Rough edges can form when cups are broken apart
Bottom line This smooth, tangy yogurt is a great option for anyone who has trouble digesting dairy
Buy
activia.ca CAD $4.97

 

Danone Creamy Yogurt
Best for Kids who like sweet yogurts
Top benefits Made with real fruit, no artificial flavours or colours, recyclable container
Considerations Contains small fruit pieces
Bottom line Danone Creamy has a smooth texture and sweet taste that kids will enjoy
Buy
danone.ca CAD $4.97

 

Liberté Greek Yogurt
Best for A creamy, protein packed treat
Top benefits 7 grams of protein, recyclable container, thick texture slows down spills
Considerations Not a source of vitamin D
Bottom line Liberte Greek yogurt is great at getting more protein and calcium into a sweet tooth's diet
Buy
liberte.ca CAD $3.97

 

Great Value Stirred Yogurt Variety Pack
Best for Families looking for a quality, budget-friendly yogurt
Top benefits Budget-friendly price, source of calcium, good source of vitamin D, recyclable container
Considerations Contains colour, cups can break apart unevenly, resulting in rough edges around top
Bottom line Great Value Stirred Yogurt is a good option for parents looking for a healthy snack option at a budget-friendly price
Buy
walmart.ca CAD $4.27

 

Astro Smooth ‘n Fruity Yogurt
Best for Picky eaters who prefer smooth yogurts with some fruit chunks
Top benefits Easy to open, stirred (reducing chance of spills), recyclable containers
Considerations Not a source of vitamin D
Bottom line Astro Smooth 'n Fruity offers a kid-friendly taste
Buy
astro.ca CAD $4.99
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