Getting children to make healthier choices with food can often be challenging. Like their adult counterparts, many children can become very set in their ways and refuse to try anything new or what they consider unusual.
One of the most effective ways to get children to eat better is to empower them to make their own food choices. And, one of the easiest ways to do that is to offer them a parfait bar.
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A parfait bar is very simple to put together and children are guaranteed to love it. Start with a base of chopped ice pops, yogurt bars and Greek yogurt. Then, invite kids to add any of the additional flavors they want. Recommendations include:
- Chopped nuts (just be check for food allergies first)
- Fresh fruits like blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, watermelon slices and bananas
- Fun treats like chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or mini marshmallows.
Your parfait buffet will not only promote healthy eating, but it will make kids think about the foods they are eating, the flavors they prefer and how they want to put them together.
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Another benefit of allowing children to “build their own” summertime snacks is the social interaction they will encounter. Children naturally like to compare and contrast their creations with those of their summer camp mates, discussing the merits of their creations and considering the food decisions of others.
By offering children a choice when it comes to their summertime snacks, The Amazing Explorers Academy brings a whole other element to something as simple as snack time, transforming something as simple as sharing a light meal with friends into an interactive, learning experience that can provide lifelong lessons.
Try incorporating elements of the parfait bar into other snacks, such as fruit and veggie bars, yogurt bars, and more!