Healthy Yogurt Never Tasted so Good
One of the easiest snacks you can give your child is yogurt. If you choose the right, full-fat one that is recommended for toddlers, it's thick and creamy and most of the time a much tastier choice than plain milk or kefir.
But it can also get boring. So with a few additions, it easily becomes tastier, higher calorie, and more nutrient-dense. Just be warned – you'll want to make it in large quantities as it's just as good for you as it is for your child!
Fortunately, it's quick to make and store in the fridge for when you come home with your hands full and hungry children.
Chocolate Yogurt Snack Nutritional Stuff
The basis for this snack is of course yogurt. We used greek yogurt for its thick and creamy consistency, making it great to combine with other ingredients. It provides lots of healthy fats and is also a great protein and calcium source.
Oats are a wonderful source of complex carbohydrates and fiber and are one of our favorite grains to use in a variety of dishes.
Another great calcium, protein and fat source is milk which we have also added for the consistency. Be sure to choose whole-milk for toddlers.
Peanut butter adds yet another source of both protein and healthy fats. It also provides iron, magnesium, and potassium, helping maintain healthy blood flow.
For the delicious chocolate flavor, we added raw cocoa powder. Apart from being sugarless and low in calories, it also provides wonderful antioxidants called catechins which can help our body stay healthy.
Finally, for a little sweetness, we've included a little honey. It has wonderful antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, but be sure to swap it with another liquid sweetener (like agave) for any children under 1-year-old.
Chocolate Yogurt Snack Preparation Tips
Preparation is simple – just blend the ingredients together and serve! Leaving it in the fridge for an hour (or longer) will help thicken up the consistency though.
Any other thick and creamy yogurt will work if you don't have greek yogurt to hand. Ideally, choose full-fat options though.
You can also substitute honey with another liquid sweetener, or even soaked dates if you blend them in really well. Date syrup is also a good choice if you can get your hands on it.
Since there are plenty protein, calcium, and fats in the yogurt, plant-based milk can be used instead of whole cow's milk if you prefer. A little more milk will loosen up the consistency if you prefer it that way as well.
Chocolate Yogurt Snack
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- ¼ cup milk
- ½ cup oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp raw cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- Blend all the ingredients together and serve
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