creating a yogurt bar

low carb/paleo kids: 4 new ways to serve yogurt
low carb/paleo kids: 4 new ways to serve yogurt

{Low carb/paleo kids is an on-going series of grain-free, low sugar/carbohydrate snacks.}

Now that I've showed you how to make your own yogurt, today and tomorrow will be dedicated to showing you some of our favorite ways of eating it.

Yogurt is a wonderful snack option for families that are looking for alternatives to grainy snacks for their kids.  It offers probiotics, protein, and is a relatively low sugar/carbohydrate snack.

I love adding variety to things that we eat often by turning them into "a bar."  A yogurt bar is an excellent way to bring new life to yogurt.

Children love the freedom to choose their toppings, mixing things up a bit, coming back for seconds to try new combinations, and such.  Try creating a yogurt bar for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or on-the-go.  (See directions below.)

low carb/paleo kids: creating a yogurt bar and more
low carb/paleo kids: creating a yogurt bar and more

Creating a Yogurt Bar

Ingredients:

plain yogurt  (Here's the tutorial to our homemade yogurt) or store bought

Toppings:

mixed berries, fresh or frozen--slightly thawed

sliced bananas (or any other fruit you have on hand)

granola  (Here's a 5 seed almond grain-free granola to start)

toasted nuts

unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut

vanilla extract (optional)

ground cinnamon

Dessert yogurt bar options:

dark chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips

chopped macadamia nuts or other nuts

warmed nut butter to drizzle

unsweetened coconut

drizzle of honey

low carb/paleo kids: 4 new ways to serve yogurt
low carb/paleo kids: 4 new ways to serve yogurt
  1. Decide how many you are serving.  Fill enough small bowls with plain yogurt and add a spoon to each.
  2. Dust the tops of the yogurt filled bowls with a little cinnamon and drop of vanilla (optional).
  3. Fill a long tray or shallow bowl with toppings, side by side (as seen above).  You can also use individual bowls for each topping.  (We like to serve up the toppings both ways for variety.)  Either way, serve up each yogurt topping with a spoon.
low carb/paleo kids: 4 new ways to serve yogurt
low carb/paleo kids: 4 new ways to serve yogurt

4.  Let kids line up to top their own yogurt!  

The more often you serve up a yogurt bar, the more ideas your children will have of toppings.  It becomes more fun while involving the kids more and more each time.

Ideas for Presentation:

  • Bring all of the parts of the yogurt bar out to your children or guests on a large, handled tray.  Bring unfilled bowls to be filled on site and handed out to each person for them to then top.  Be sure to bring napkins on the tray as well.  This is great served and brought out on a tray for family game night, possibly the dessert yogurt bar version.
  • For a kid's party or baby shower, use glass punch cups or clear disposable glasses for each individual yogurt.  Top each glass with a dash of cinnamon and offer a wide variety of fresh fruits, granola, and other toppings for kids or guests.

A Yogurt Bar On-the-Go:

  • Fill a reusable multi-compartment flat food container with plain yogurt in the largest compartment and a mixture of your favorite (or your child's favorite) toppings in another compartment.  Pack up the container with a spoon.  Once you're ready to eat, simple scoop the dry mix-ins into the plain yogurt and stir.

frozen mini berry cups

Some of you readers may remember this recipe I shared a while back: our frozen mini berry cups.  It has become a popular post on Pinterest and quite fitting for sharing one of our favorite ways to enjoy yogurt.

low carb/paleo kids: 4 new ways to serve yogurt
low carb/paleo kids: 4 new ways to serve yogurt
low carb/paleo kids: 4 new ways to serve yogurt
low carb/paleo kids: 4 new ways to serve yogurt

The basic idea is simply flavoring plain yogurt with a bit of your favorite fruit preserves, scooping the yogurt into a mini muffin baking pan, and topping each mini yogurt cup with a fresh raspberry.

Freeze, remove, and enjoy!  We keep them in the freezer for quick snacks.  These would be even better for kids' summertime snacks enjoyed in the backyard.

Check out the full tutorial for Frozen Mini Berry Cups.

low carb/paleo kids: create a yogurt bar
low carb/paleo kids: create a yogurt bar

 Be back tomorrow for flavoring your plain yogurt.  The sky is the limit and kids love the many different varieties to choose from.

Find more on my Low Carb/Paleo Kids series:

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