How often does your child consume yogurt? Is it a weekly or a daily habit? We’ve got 5 interesting ideas how to make your child’s meals even more enjoyable with healthy and delicious yogurt.
Let’s start with yogurt’s nutrition and benefits. A healthy amount of “good” bacteria in our digestive tract is mandatory, and many yogurts do have that good bacteria. Yogurt is also beneficial to our immune system, since it reduces cholesterol levels and prevents certain diseases. Our toddlers and teenagers need calcium for their bone growth and skeletal development, as well as for prevention of osteoporosis later in life. Quality yogurt plays a significant role in this!
National Yogurt Association has created a website about yogurt to help parents understand the main attributes of yogurt and its nutritional benefits for every age. We are here to give you 5 yogurt ideas for your family breakfasts:
1. Yogurt with banana and honey
Every member of your family will enjoy this breakfast: sweet and filling, the banana provides a good source of potassium and vitamin B6, while honey’s anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties provide energy for the whole day. Peel as many bananas as you wish, cut them in pieces, pour a cup of yogurt on them and add a tablespoon of your favorite honey on top. The ultimate sweet and healthy treat to start the day!
2. Yogurt with figs
Figs are known for being jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber—a great choice for any meal. Slice a few figs and place them on top of your yogurt. If you stir the figs with the yogurt, you will get a slightly different color, which might be interesting for your kids. Feel free to add honey on top for a sweeter flavor. It’s absolutely delicious!
3. Yogurt with cranberries
You can use either plain or cranberry yogurt. We enjoy seeing our plain yogurt change a different color, thus we decided to put cranberries inside and get a reddish plain yogurt. Cranberries are good for urinary tract infections, and they are bursting with vitamin C and dietary fiber, which makes them a perfect match with yogurt.
4. Yogurt with strawberries and blueberries
Everyone loves strawberries and blueberries. We chose them for our yogurt snack because they’re both delicious and nutritional. Strawberries are rich with photo-nutrients, minerals, and vitamin C. However, they’re also one of the most common allergens, therefore we advise parents to avoid this fruit if your children are prone to allergies.
If you need to avoid strawberries, blueberries are also rich with vitamin C, as well as with vitamin K and dietary fibers. They present a great snack for toddlers and preschoolers, and just like cranberries, they are good for urinary tract infections. Mixing blueberries in your child’s plain yogurt will give the yogurt a light blueish color which will delight every child.
5. Yogurt with cereals
All kinds of cereals can be used for this delicious breakfast! Mix them in your child’s yogurt, add their favorite fruits, and you will get a healthy breakfast that will provide your child with energy, vitamins and calcium. If you have small, plastic or glass bowls, this is a great idea for takeaway snack or your child’s lunch box.
Enjoy making and eating healthy breakfasts with you kids! Some of these ideas can be prepared by kids themselves. All they have to do is mix and stir. They will enjoy the colors in their bowl, as well as the taste of their healthy breakfast. If you prefer home-made yogurts, take a look at all the preparations and enjoy making your own yogurt.
Let us know which fantastic breakfast you decided to try!