I am just going to leave this yogurt berry parfait recipe here for those wanting a breakfast in bed idea this weekend that the kids can do with minimal supervision.
My kids LOVED this yogurt berry parfait. But then again, I have been blessed with children who will eat just about anything (if they are in the right mood of course). At 18 months my eldest was scarfing down some Kim Chi at a Korean restaurant in San Francisco, and these days my middley (2yo) goes crazy for sushi anytime we get it (the raw stuff, none of this deep fried chicken malarkey normal kids like 🙂 ). My daughter’s first ever food was a pork chop….not something we had planned, but something she decided she wanted, so she went for it and sucked it to death.
I know this isn’t the case for everyone. For a lot of people, what and how to feed their kids is a HUGE, and constant, source of stress. And that sucks. Eating is such an integral part of our daily lives, it really should be something the whole family can at least enjoy together.
As a first time mom, I was a major stress head when it came to feeding my baby. I must have read just about every child-focused nutrition book out there and attended every childhood nutrition course I heard about. I specifically remember googling all my questions like crazy whilst nursing my daughter at 4 every morning. There was so much conflicting information out there, that in the end I decided to just pick and choose what worked for our family. And so far (touch wood), it seems to have worked.
‘Mealtime is a perfect opportunity for you to start learning what’s going on in your child’s life, and for her to start learning what the rest of the family is up to – so enjoy conversations with her. Teach kids that meal-time isn’t just about eating. It’s also a time to be together as a family and talk, not just shovel down their food and run off to play’. – Dr Tanya Altmann
At least once a week we try to get together as a family to make a meal. If it’s a busy week it can be as simple as a snack platter, sometimes it will be a couple of pizza’s on a Friday night and other times we will go all out and make something a little more elaborate; like homemade gnocchi. The kids love it, and I can guarantee every time their food gets gobbled up without a negative comment or bout of whining in sight.
Kids in the Kitchen: Yogurt Berry Parfait
I set up this little Yogurt Berry Parfait station for the family breakfast this past weekend. The kids had an absolute blast! Little miss 4 made the most meticulous and fabulous looking parfait I have come across – she LOVED doing it, and has asked to do it several times since. My little man was like a bull in a china shop, so he just went from bowl to bowl tasting all of the ingredients, occasionally mixing them in the display bowls and popping some into his sisters cup. She finally lost it at him and made him his very own berry parfait, and he quite happily plopped on the ground and finished the whole thing. Super messy but super fun and rewarding, on all parts.
- Plain or Greek yogurt of choice sub coconut yogurt for vegans
- Fresh or thawed berries washed and chopped (I used strawberries and blueberries)
- Finely chopped nuts such as walnuts
- Crushed graham crackers optional
- Honey maple syrup or fruit preserves (optional)
Set out the ingredients in medium sized bowls and let each child pick which items she wants
Together, layer each item into small bowls or cups
Use whatever fitting ingredients you have on hand - this recipe is super versatile
If you are starting out on your baby-feeding journey, or need help with your fussy toddler, be sure to check out What to Feed your Baby. You will find lots of practical advice, and a collection of super easy and delicious recipes. If you are following a clean eating lifestyle, you may want to swap out the sugars suggested in some of the snack recipes for some coconut sugar, maple syrup or honey.
Do you get your kids involved in the kitchen? What is their favourite thing to make? I would love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment 🙂 Happy eating!