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Healthy Snacking

June 4, 2011

I have a house full of snackers.

As much as I’d like to brag about my kids loving fruit and munching on raw veggies…..they don’t.   Like most teens, they choose ice-cream over yogurt and fries over salad.

I fight it but truth be told, most of the time I lose.

I still decide what’s available in the house and what meals are prepared but they’re pretty much in control outside of the home now.

In saying that, I also love to bake.  I could bake all day.  I’m like  a fat Italian mamma and get a lot of satisfaction from feeding people. I want to bake and I want to feed but I also want to nourish.  I decided to make today a baking free day.

Lately I’ve been stuck on parfaits.  Mostly because I found the cutest little parfait cups at my new favourite place, The Crate and Barrel.  But also because these are super healthy and guilt free.     First though….take 5 minutes to make a batch of healthy granola as a topping.

Grainy Granola

1/2 cup of oats (large flakes are better)

1/4 cup quinoa

1/4 cup buckwheat groats (or Kasha)

1/4 cup chopped almonds

1/4 cup maple syrup (agave or honey)

2 T coconut oil

1 t cinnamon

pinch of salt

1/2 cup raisins (or any dried fruit)

Mix all ingredients except raisins into a large bowl and stir well.

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 F until granola has become dark brown (be careful not to burn).  Be sure to stir the mixture at least once while baking.    About 10-12 minutes.  Let cool and store in a glass, airtight jar in the fridge.

Cottage cheese and Berry Parfait

See?  cute huh?

Start with sliced strawberries. Add a layer of 1% cottage cheese and sprinkle some blueberries on top.  Add more cottage cheese, strawberries and blueberries together and another layer of cottage cheese.   Top with grainy granola.

Did you know 1/2 cup of cottage cheese only has 81 calories and a whopping 14 grams of protein?

Apple and Yogurt Parfait

Did I mention I picked up some very very cute ice-cream spoons as well?

Start with an apple slice (remove the middle core) and top with cooked oatmeal and raisins.  Top with strawberry yogurt and then more oatmeal.  Add another layer of yogurt and top with an apple slice.  Sprinkle with grainy granola.

This parfait is more of a meal then a snack and perfect for breakfast.

Have a great weekend!

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