Breakfast Parfaits

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January 4, 2016

Start off the Year with Healthy in Mind

Cooking at home is convenient, cost-effective and can be a fun family activity – especially as we start the New Year with healthy eating top of mind. This is a simple nutritious breakfast or snack that is inspired by school lunchrooms across Utah. Kids (and adults) love yogurt parfaits, and we have numbers to back that up: When yogurt parfaits are served in Washington School District more than 80% of the students will choose the parfait. In Canyons District some of the students will choose the parfait almost every day. That means more wholesome food into growing, working, thinking young bodies.

What Makes Parfaits Healthy?

Let's start with the base - yogurt: Yogurt is packed with protein, calcium (often Vitamin D) and it tastes delicious. Containing less lactose than milk, it's a great option for those who suffer from lactose intolerance. Adding fruit delivers antioxidants, vitamin C and natural sweetness, and topping with a whole grain cereal or granola packs fiber, additional and B-vitamins. A yogurt parfait delivers ALL of the nutrients of concern (calcium, potassium, vitamin D & dietary fiber), which makes them a great addition to lunchrooms across the country.

Parfaits as part of the school breakfast program

When kids eat breakfast, they do better in school. Not only do kids get the nutrition they need for growing bodies, but when they eat breakfast they think more clearly, work more efficiently, have better recall, and perform better on tests. That’s a win win. This concept also applies to adults - starting the day with a healthful breakfast - gives our brains and bodies a boost.

Watch Becky make school lunchroom-inspired parfaits on KSL's Studio 5

Ingredients

Delta High Berry Parfait:

½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries

¼ cup fresh or frozen strawberries

½ cup low-fat granola

Spanish Fork High Swirled Parfait:

¾ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

¼ cup fruit puree (strawberry and peach)

½ cup low-fat granola

Orange Dream Parfait by Dannon:

½ cup vanilla yogurt

½ cup canned mandarin oranges, drained

1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate

¾ cup crisp rice cereal

Sweet Peach Delight Parfait by Dannon:

½ cup vanilla yogurt

½ tablespoon brown sugar

dash of cinnamon

⅔ cup frozen peach cubes, thawed (5.75 oz)

¾ cup frosted flakes

Directions

Delta High Berry Parfait:

Thaw berries if using frozen. Dice or crush strawberries. Taste strawberries and add small amount sugar if needed. Place ¼-cup yogurt in bottom of 12-ounce glass or clear plastic cup. Add thawed blueberries; add remaining ¼-cup yogurt; top with strawberries. Add granola on top. Enjoy!

Spanish Fork High Swirled Parfait:

Place ¼-cup yogurt in bottom of 12-ounce glass or clear plastic cup. Add about 1-tablespoon fruit puree and swirl. Continue layering and swirling yogurt and fruit until used. Top with granola. Enjoy

Orange Dream Parfait by Dannon:

Mix drained oranges with orange juice concentrate. Place ¼-cup yogurt in bottom of 12-ounce glass or clear plastic cup. Spoon half the oranges in on yogurt; add remaining yogurt, then remaining oranges. Top with crispy rice cereal.

Sweet Peach Delight Parfait by Dannon:

If peaches are in slices, chop. Mix peaches with brown sugar and cinnamon. Place ¼-cup yogurt in bottom of glass or clear plastic cup. Add half the peaches, remaining yogurt and then remaining peaches. Tops with frosted flakes. Enjoy

More on School Breakfast

In Utah 59% of school children are from low-income families, and school breakfast is a way to help stretch the family budget. Those children that qualify for free or reduced price school lunch are also eligible for free or reduced school breakfast.

What about the students that are not part of the the free or reduced breakfast program?
Hunger at school in the morning is not just a low-income problem. Many teenagers just plain skip breakfast - they may have early class, practice, or bus schedule; maybe they want to sleep in; or they are just not hungry when they first wake up – so they leave home without eating. School breakfast is a way to help ALL teens start their day out right. These parfaits are great for breakfast OR lunch, and they can be an excellent midmorning or after school snack.


This month Delta High school will be offering parfaits as a snack after school through an innovative vending machine partnership with Dannon.

Parfaits are a simple and nutritious option for you and your family – you’ll love them! Happy Healthy New Year!

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