When the kids want a snack, their idea of a snack and my idea of a snack are two completely different things. They want junk food or other unhealthy foods.
One day after Mia – my budding chef – asked for a snack (ice cream) and I suggested yogurt instead, she flipped. Until I told her that she could come up with a healthy snack idea and make it herself.
She went through the fridge and found her favorite Real California yogurt flavor (vanilla low fat yogurt), grabbed some tropical juice, some strawberries and a little orange. She then asked me to get her the honey, Stevia, and the “shredded white stuff” (aka coconut) out of the pantry.
Her original plan was to pour the juice in a cup, add some honey and the fruit and yogurt, and then stir it all up like a smoothie.
We talked about it, and decided to add all of the ingredients into the yogurt instead. She poured, and squeezed, and stirred the yogurt (6 ounce container), juice (about 2 tbsp.), liquid iStevia (we use Vanilla Cream, just a few drops), and honey (a squeeze!). Then she put the coconut in the middle and added the fruit.
She proclaimed her creation to be “Tropical Fruity Yogurt” and wanted to make it outside. She said it’s a treat you would get on vacation!
Since that day, she’s made her snack idea every day, and even makes it for her sister and brother, too. And yes, she does take requests to change up the fruit and yogurt flavors, and has even been known to add in mini chocolate chips and almonds.
Yogurt is great for an on-the-go breakfast, but it’s good at any time of the day. It’s also versatile: it can be eaten alone, mixed with other things, used as a dip (Mia’s snack idea would be a good dip with graham crackers!), or blended it into a smoothie. It tastes like a sweet treat AND it’s good for you, too!
Does your family love yogurt, too? How do you use it creatively as a healthy snack idea?