Creamy yogurt, fresh fruit, and crunchy granola make a delicious and wholesome breakfast or a great afternoon snack. Kids can layer their parfaits in tumblers (or fancy glasses!) to make this simple combination feel like a special occasion. Greek yogurt makes the creamiest parfait, but you can use regular yogurt instead (though, its thinner texture means the parfait layers won’t be as defined). If you use flavored or sweetened yogurt, skip the honey.
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What You’ll Need
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and/or sliced strawberries
½ cup granola
Yogurt is a breakfast staple—we eat it plain, in parfaits, blended into smoothies, and more. Today, nearly 50 percent of all the yogurt sold in the United States is Greek yogurt. What’s the difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt?
If you’ve got some plain yogurt and some Greek yogurt, let kids observe both varieties, stir them with a spoon, and take a taste. Ask kids: What do you notice about each type of yogurt? What’s its texture like? How about its flavor?
Explain to kids that Greek yogurt is very popular in Greece, and this style of thick, creamy, tangy yogurt is eaten in many Mediterranean countries. Greek yogurt is made by straining regular yogurt—usually using cheesecloth (a soft woven fabric with lots of holes in it). Over time, liquid (called whey) drains out of the yogurt thanks to the pull of gravity. This makes Greek yogurt thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. Whey is made of water and proteins (called whey proteins)—not to worry, though, there are still plenty of proteins in the Greek yogurt that’s left behind.
Have kids make their own Greek yogurt following this simple method:
- Line a fine-mesh strainer with 2 layers of cheesecloth or 3 basket-style coffee filters. Set the strainer inside a bowl.
- Add regular yogurt to the cheesecloth-lined strainer. Cover the strainer and bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.
- Remove the strainer and bowl from the refrigerator. Transfer the Greek yogurt from the strainer to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Conduct a taste test! As kids taste their creation (they can taste the whey, too!) ask them what they notice about it’s flavor and its texture. How is it different from regular yogurt? How is it the same?
(Do not use yogurt containing modified food starch, gelatin, or ingredients called “gums” in this activity.)