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Healthy Snacks: Yogurt Parfaits

They look decadent enough to eat for dessert, but yogurt parfaits are actually a very healthy option for after-school snacks.

When it's not quite hot enough for a frozen treat, yogurt parfaits are a cool  and healthy snack.

Use low-fat yogurt and see if you can get away with the plain flavored variety, letting fruit be the source of sweetness (mash up some bananas or berries with a fork and mix with the yogurt).

Start with tall, clear glasses and let kids create their own parfait, layering spoonfuls of yogurt, fruit, granola, and other fun foods. Most ingredients can be store-bought, but try making your own granola!

Protein-Packed Parfait

Say that five times fast!

Yogurt is an excellent source of protein, containing anywhere from 10 to 14 grams per 8-ounce serving. Add in some granola (and the protein that comes with it, as well), and you've got a protein-rich snack, not to mention one with a calcium kick.

Interesting fact: while many still argue yogurt can't compete with meat as a valuable source of protein, the USDA now considers yogurt a meat alternative in school meal programs. For more information about food and nutrition, visit the USDA's website.

    Jul. 13, 2009 11:59 am
    thanks i have been looking for a easy healthy snack! this sounds soooo yummy i can't wait to try it!! :)
    Jan. 29, 2010 5:18 pm
    Wonderful! Try regular yogurt, blueberry jam, sliced kiwi's and the cherry on top. I'm 12 and I loved it!
    Aug. 25, 2010 8:29 am
    yummy and healthy.. yay!
    Sep. 3, 2010 5:36 am
    May 6, 2011 7:52 pm
    Looks so good, fast, and easy!I'll make it. But I'll use strawberrie yogurt insted. It tast
    May 7, 2011 12:50 pm
    One of my favorite breakfast foods! or summertime lunch.
    Jun. 21, 2011 6:35 pm
    my name is katie and as you can see im trying to eat healthy and loose weight the right way. im 17 years old and i made an easy parfait recipe with three ingredients 1) crushed fiber one cereal 2_low fat vanilla yogurt 3)fresh blueberries wish me luck on my journey to a healthier me :)
    Aug. 14, 2011 6:30 pm
    Dear Healthychoicekatie , that a girl , your body needs to be taken care of the right way and now is a good time to start :) Of course I wish you great success on your new journey , I'm rooting for you all the way ,a healthy looked after body will keep your mind healthy as well :) You will inspire others so best wishes :)
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