Sunday, June 3, 2018

Healthy Snacks for Kids and Adults


I give myself a pat on the back for training Kyle to eat healthy.  He eats his vegetables, his share of fruits, meat and a whole lot more!


But when he started school and learned to eat sweets like his classmates, from gummies to lollipops, cakes and chocolates, I knew I had to up my "snacking game"!  How can I make him snack healthily while feeling fulfilled and happy at the same time?

This summer, my son loves Ice Cream!  We actually have tubs of ice cream as a reward system for being a good boy!  But as you all know, the health-mom in me wanted him to snack healthily all throughout the day!  I want to reward him something that is delicious yet healthy!

So I leaned on to yogurt as an option!



Yogurt, that wonder-cousin to ice cream and cheese.  Yogurt is a mixture of milk fermented by bacterial cultures that produce lactic acid. It comes in varieties like low-fat, fat-free, Greek, or Icelandic style and more. It contains many of the same nutrients as milk, only in different amounts depending on the type and sometimes, the brand of yogurt. One serving contains many essential nutrients like protein, calcium and phosphorus to help build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Zinc boosts the immune system, making you less susceptible to colds. Riboflavin and panthothenic acid also help the body with metabolism. Yogurt also has vitamin B12 to keep the nervous system healthy and blood functions normal.



As much as I enjoy Yogurt on its' own, plain and unflavored, I need to whip something tastier and somewhat ice cream-like for my son to think of them as "treats".  Here's a simple recipe I did that won the heart of my son, I call them my "Strawberry Yogurt Cups"!



Ingredients:

  • Fresh strawberries or in my case, strawberry jam. (Or any fruit your kids love!)
  • Real California Milk Blue Isle Greek Yogurt in Honey

Steps:

  • In a small bowl, mash the Real California Milk Blue Isle Greek Yogurt in Honey to "loosen up" texture.


  • Add strawberry jam and mash everything together.  As for me, I prefer to have strawberry chunks so I did not mash everything well.  I like the texture, so does my son!


  • Divide the strawberry yogurt mixture and fill it in paper cups.

  • Top each cup with strawberries or you can even use other fruit like sliced bananas or mangoes. 
 
  • Pop in freezer and enjoy! (note: Due to the extreme hot weather, it melts easily but nevertheless, the flavor tastes the same and my son loves it!)


As much as I enjoyed Strawberry Yogurt Cups as much as my son, I can't seem to get a cup myself as instead of eating them as afternoon snacks, it turned out to be his dessert after every meal!  Thank goodness it is healthy I don't mind considering it an all-day snack treats!

So the mommy, who loves yogurt created my own Yogurt Parfait!



Ingredients:

  • Real California Milk Blue Isle Greek Yogurt in Honey Blueberry
  • Sliced bananas
  • Walnuts (or any nuts you prefer)

Steps:

  • Layer ingredients, start with a layer of Real California Milk Yogurt in Blueberry, top with a layer of banana slices and another of yogurt layer again.

  • Add walnuts, as much as you want!
  • Repeat steps until you fill up the cup/mug.



  • Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate.  Snack and enjoy anytime of the day!  

I find this to be a healthy option for me to enjoy breakfast in the morning especially since I'm always rushing!  I just grab this from the fridge, grab a spoon and I'm ready to go!

As a very busy and on-the-go mom, I am glad there are products that will help me in making easy yet delicious recipes to keep my growing and active boy healthy and strong!

When purchasing dairy products, look for foods made with 100% real California milk that feature the Real California Milk Seal.


When you see the Real California Milk seal, you’ll feel good knowing that the product is certified as having been made with 100% Real California Milk from Real California Dairy families





Just so you know, eating better, simpler is possible with this wide range of California Dairy Products.  They are available at the following membership shopping outlets and grocery stores in the Philippines namely:

S&R Membership Shopping
  • California Sunshine Milk (homogenized, reduced-fat, low-fat and chocolate milk)
  • A wide selection of California Cheeses
  • Yogurt
Landers Superstore
  • Coolhaus pints and sammies
  • A wide selection of California Cheeses
Robinsons Supermarket
  • A wide selection of California Cheeses
SM Hypermarket
  • A wide selection of California Cheeses

Merkado Supermarket
  • Coolhaus pints and sammies

Unimart Supermarket
  • Coolhaus pints and sammies


To know more about great dairy products, check out www.RealCaliforniaMilk.com or Like them on Facebook.


Which recipe do you like the most?

Do you serve yogurt as an alternative healthy snack for you and your family?

This is a sponsored post by Real California Milk, but the photos, recipes and opinions are my own.


Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

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