Healthy Recipes for Kids: Fruit, Yogurt and Whole Grain Parfaits
Healthy Recipes for Kids That Make Breakfastime Fun and Nutritious
Parents know that getting kids to make healthy food choices isn’t always easy, and breakfast time can be extra challenging when you’re trying to get ready for work, get kids ready for school, etc. However, getting kids through a healthy day means starting it with a healthy breakfast. Students who eat breakfast have better attention and memory. Research indicates that the quality of foods children eat impacts cognition—with poor nutrition linked with psychosocial problems. Don’t worry. All you need is a few easy and healthy recipes for kids to start their day on the right track.
In honor of National School Breakfast Week, we are featuring a tasty and easy recipe idea that makes for a perfect start to your child’s day and/or a nutritious mid-day snack!
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This Fruit, Yogurt, & Whole Grain Parfait Recipe is a great option for busy parents, because, not only is it nutritious, but it’s also easy to add variety by simply switching up your fruit or whole grains. Children will get the nutritional benefits of different fruits and grains, and it won’t get boring because it’s so versatile.
Healthy Recipes for Kids: Fruit, Yogurt, & Whole Grain Parfait Recipe
- ¾ cup Greek vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup cut strawberries or fruits of choice
- ½ cup whole grain granola cereal
- Measuring Cups
- Knives (for cutting fruit)
- Using a 16-ounce bowl, spoon ¼ cup of greek yogurt into the bowl.
- Top yogurt layer with 1/3 cup fruit.
- Top fruit layer with ¼ cup whole grain granola cereal.
- Top granola layer with ¼ cup greek yogurt
followed by 1/3 cup fruit followed by another ¼ cup grain granola cereal.
- Top granola with ¼ cup greek yogurt and the last 1/3 cup of fruit.
- Serve & Enjoy! Optional: Add your child’s favorite flavors to spice it up with a pinch of cinnamon or a drizzle of raw honey.
- Kids who get involved are more likely to enjoy their food and make healthy choices. If you have the opportunity, allow your child to make the parfait with you. You can always cut the fruit first, and try making the layers together.
- While a whole grain granola cereal that is low in sugar is a great option, you can mix up the grains too by making a batch of cooked grains ahead of time, and cooling them in the refrigerator. For a gluten-free grain, try quinoa, brown rice or buckwheat instead.
- Add variety for a never-boring option! Mix it up with your child’s favorite fruits: bananas, apples, blueberries, blackberries, or peaches are great options that kids will love, but don’t be afraid to branch out. It can be a great way to get your kids to introduce new fruit like kiwi, mango or papaya!
One parfait with a lot of flexibility! We hope you enjoyed these healthy recipes for kids! Did you try it? Let us know your favorite healthy breakfast ideas for kids in the comments!
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