Practical food tips for parents from a RD and mom of three

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Yogurt Parfaits

I tempted Lila and Deacon with a “treat” after lunch today. They were thrilled to see me putting some of their favorite foods on the table: yogurt, berries, and nuts. I gave them each a clear glass and a spoon and we got to work layering the ingredients into parfaits.

This is a great way to make custom treats – each child can pick the yogurt flavor, fruit, and other additions that he or she likes. Plus they get to “cook” by spooning everything into their dishes. They ate every last drop!

Yogurt is a great source of protein and calcium for growing children, plus other essential nutrients like potassium, phosphorus, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, and niacin. The probiotics (good bacteria) in yogurt promote health and help with lactose digestion – even lactose intolerant children can enjoy small amounts of yogurt.

I just looked around the kitchen to put together these parfait ingredients. Use whatever you have available! Other good additions would be:
  • Fresh, dried, or canned fruit (select canned fruits in juice for less added sugar and drain them well)
  • Any nuts or seeds
  • Your child's favorite cereal
  • Low-sugar fruit preserves
  • Crushed pretzels
  • Toasted coconut

 Here are our parfaits -- guess which one I made!

Today's tip: Set up a yogurt parfait bar and let your kids create a delicious treat.

1 comment:

  1. Melissa, you have such great ideas, tips and recipes! Love the photos too. Keep it coming! Hmm - my guess is the oh so neat and nicely layered one in the back?!