Yogurt dessert offers the opportunity to teach children to cook

Summer is a great time to teach kids to cook. Most children like to have choices, so let them help with meal preparation and cleanup. Picky eaters will appreciate being able to plan a menu.

Use the time to teach kids about nutrition, simple math, and food science. Explain the importance of washing hands, using separate cutting boards for meat and produce, and unplugging electrical appliances.

You know your child best, so offer choices based on their abilities.

  • 1st and 2 years old: Play with wooden spoons, mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons.
  • 2 and 3 years old: wash produce, tear greens for salad, rub potatoes, mash vegetables, grease baking dishes, pour ingredients into a bowl and sprinkle with spices.
  • 4 and 5 years old: cracking eggs, using a whisk, measuring dry ingredients, using a plastic knife to cut soft foods, squeezing citrus fruits, setting the timer, peeling hard-boiled eggs and setting the table.
  • 6 and 7 years old: Measure ingredients, use a vegetable peeler, use a paring knife, break up green beans, hull corn, drain and cut tofu, form into patties, grease baking pans and load washer -dishes.
  • 8 and 9 years old: Use can opener, beat eggs, grate cheese, scoop batter into muffin tins, scrape mixing bowls, slice bread, put food on skewers, use hand mixer electric, use a meat thermometer and store leftovers.
  • Ages 10-12: All of the above, plus boiling water for pasta and following a recipe.

Today’s recipe for Frozen Yogurt Berry Bites is fun for young children. They can mix the ingredients, pour them into muffin cups and decorate them with berries. Plus, this delicious treat contains wholesome Greek yogurt, almonds, and berries. That means calcium for strong bones, protein for a growing body, and antioxidants that protect against cancer and heart disease.

Cooking with kids can take a little longer, but it’s a great time investment. You will create memories with delicious food.

Bethany Thayer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Henry Ford Health. For more recipes and health information, visit henryford.com/blog. If you have any questions about today’s recipe, email [email protected]

Frozen Yogurt Berry Bites

Makes: 6 servings / Preparation time: 20 minutes / Total time: 30 minutes (plus freezing time)

¼ cup crushed almonds or ground almonds

4 tablespoons sugar, divided

2 tablespoons butter, melted

¾ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt

¼ teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ cups chopped fresh strawberries, raspberries or blueberries (or any combination of berries you like)

Line a 6-cup muffin pan with silicone or parchment cupcake liners, or use a nonstick muffin pan.

In a small bowl, combine the crushed almonds, 2 tablespoons of sugar and the butter. Spoon a small amount into the bottom of each muffin tin. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, vanilla and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture into each muffin cup, covering the crust. Garnish with freshly chopped berries. Freeze until firm, about 6 hours. To serve, remove from muffin tin and/or wrapper and let sit at room temperature for 8-10 minutes.

By Henry Ford LiveWell.

115 calories (45% fat), 6 grams big (1.5 grams sat. fat), 12 grams carbohydrates4 grams protein17mg sodium10mg cholesterol19mg calcium2.5 grams fiber. Food exchanges: 1 ½ fruit, ½ milk, 1 grease.

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