Fa-YAY! It's time for yogurt... the world's BEST any-time-of-day snack.
When it comes to dairy, it is OK to be picky. Time to get rid of the added sugars, fillers, artificial ingredients, and even the plain old 'regular' dairy. Nowadays, it's becoming more popular to know where your yogurt comes from, and how it was prepared. It's wise to choose a company you can trust, and rely on for transparency.
Whole Fat yogurts are best for families, and the plain flavor allows YOU to control the taste, texture and sugar that goes into (or not!) what you are eating. Remember, that when they remove fat, what is left is more SUGAR. Opposite of what you want, especially when kids should be eating less than 25g of sugar per day. Some of the flavored yogurt cups contain more than 20g of sugar, so right there your kid has almost topped off their sugar levels for the day. That is particularly dangerous since it also sets them up for a spike and crash with their insulin levels, which is likely to make them hungrier sooner (and for more sweet stuff). Feed them whole fat, from a clean source and you cannot go wrong; and read the labels to be sure there is more protein than sugar in each cup of yogurt you purchase.
For breakfast, why not inspire your family to get creative and open up your own parfait bar! MIX it up, get creative and have FUN with your breakfast. It's the best way to start your morning going, so amp up the protein, cut down the sugar, and enjoy each creamy spoonful. Keep in mind that each seed, each ingredient is packed with its own set of nutritional stats, which is why switching it up and providing your kids with variety is so critical for developing bodies.
We like to serve nutrient-dense and super fun toppings including:
- Hemp seeds -- raw are best; they're packed with tons of fiber, omega's and healthy fats perfect for concentration
- Chia seeds -- I prefer the whole seeds, as they hydrate your system, work as lubricant to keep the digestive tract moving along smoothly, and these teeny weeny seeds of goodness are packed with fiber and tons of omega fats
- Trader Joe's Ancient Grains
- Coconut flakes
- Heritage O's -- awesome CRUNCH factor, dense is fiber and super low in sugar; great for teeny little fingers with a subtle sweet finish
- Kamut Puffs -- really light, fluffy, gluten free and munchy-crunchy, low in sugar, great for a quick grab
- Any fresh or fruit lying around, including organic berries, peaches, kiwi..
- Goji berries -- for some additional iron and beta carotene to start your day
- Granola! We are obsessed with Purely Elizabeth's granola, all sweetened with coconut sugar, nonGMO and gluten free of course
What else am I missing? Let me know what else your family loves to add to your parfaits!
Have a beautiful day,