Kids Love a Healthy Parfait


Dark chocolate, yogurt and coconut make this parfait deliciously healthy

Image provided by Cindy Silver

Of all the ways to get kids’ attention for good nutrition, I’ve learned that parfaits work really well. It doesn’t seem to matter what the ingredients are – within reason – the magic comes when kids start designing and then eating their layers of goodness.

How to Plan a Parfait into the Day

  • Breakfast – There is no better way to start the day. Onto the breakfast table/bar go these ingredients: vanilla yogurt, drained canned pineapple tidbits, cut up strawberries and/or blueberries and/or banana slices, and a fun topping like granola or flakes of coconut. At each table seat go a clear cup or short glass, spoon and napkin. The kids enjoy breakfast and mom wins a nutritional victory.
  • After School Snack – Every kid has a good day with this after-school treat. Get a little more creative with ingredients like dried cranberries, nuts, sunflower seeds and a few dark chocolate chips layered into honey sweetened or simple vanilla Greek yogurt. The kids, of course, make their own.
  • Dessert – Train kids to enjoy a healthy dessert. Any creamy layer goes with any fruit and any topping. Check out the options below.
  • Birthday Party Fare – Before or after the cake, get everyone involved making a healthy parfait. Just for fun, give out the recipe and a colorful spoon/cup as a party favor.

Ingredient Options for a Healthy Parfait

  • Creamy layers: Yogurt, cottage cheese, light ricotta cheese, rice pudding
  • Fruit layers: Fresh berries, fresh cut up melon, sliced bananas, cut up apples, cut up pears, pomegranate seeds, grapes cut in half, canned pineapple tidbits, canned tropical fruit, canned peaches, canned pears, dried raisins, dried cranberries
  • Toppings: pretzel goldfish, crumbled vanilla wafers, crumbled graham crackers, coconut flakes, nuts, pumpkin seeds, unsugared cereal, low fat granola, oats

Other Kid-Inspired Recipes to Try

  • Banana Split with a Healthy Twist Traditional favorite with a new personality. Recipe here.
  • Pinwheel Sandwiches – Don’t be surprised if this becomes your kids’ new favorite. Recipe here.
  • Bite Size is the Right Size – Here are 3 great recipes in a perfect kid-size. Recipe here.

How will your kids get creative with a healthy parfait?

Cindy Silver is a licensed, registered dietitian who served on Piedmont Parent's 2015 Fit Family Challenge expert panel. Follow her on FacebookTwitterPinterest and visit her website.

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Nibbles of Nutrition

About This Blog

Cindy Silver is a licensed, registered dietitian. She is the owner of Market Basket Nutrition, a nutrition education business, and is a Nutrition Services Provider for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. She has a master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition. 

She works with families to help them master the skills of good nutrition for healthier and happier lives. She believes that everyone can improve their nutrition and feel better by taking time to write tasty and healthy menus, get more organized in the grocery store and then cook simple and delicious meals at home. 

She also enjoys fresh air exercise, cooking, gardening, traveling and kids. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband and their son is a senior at Appalachian State University in beautiful Boone, NC. Visit her website at

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