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Remember when we were kids, and summer vacation seemed to last forever? What happened?! Now before I know it, I feel like I’m buying pumpkins and sewing Halloween costumes. After years of enthusiastically packing in summer camps and vacations and being tireless summer warriors, I decided to slow things down and unschedule us a bit. This year we purposely have big chunks of time when… nothing in particular is planned. And it’s great! We’ve still got the camps and friends and activities, but now we read while sitting by a breezy window, hang out in a tree, or have a spontaneous picnic at the beach.  And without the school morning rush, breakfast can slow down a bit too.

An easy breakfast option is building a pretty parfait – kids of any age can do this.  Layer creamy yogurt, crunchy granola, and fresh berries, alternating the ingredients. Drizzle with a bit of honey if using plain yogurt. Use a clear glass so you can admire all the colors and textures. 

Our Blueberry Lemon Parfait can do double duty as dessert. Lemon and blueberries are such a bright and fresh combination in this healthy dessert recipe. Here it’s easy with fresh blueberries and lemon yogurt. Take advantage of blueberry season and enjoy this fruit packed with vitamins and phytonutrients.

Yogurt Parfait for Kids Cooking with Trade Joe's

Blueberry Lemon Parfait

 Ingredients

  • 1 8-oz container Lowfat Pre-Stirred Lemon Yogurt
  • 8 crushed Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins and 1 whole cookie for garnish
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Stir yogurt cup to make it smooth
  2. Using a tumbler or a parfait glass, layer 1/2 the blueberries, then 1/3 of the yogurt, crushed cookies, 1/3 of the yogurt, remaining blueberries and top with remaining yogurt. Garnish with a cookie.

 

If the heat is getting you down, how about a cool smoothie. Our retro Orange Creamsicle Smoothie combines Trader Joe’s frozen mango chunks, vanilla yogurt, and orange juice. It doesn’t taste like mango – it really tastes like an orange creamsicle!

This creamy smoothie captures the creamy orange and vanilla essence of those beloved popsicles in a healthy morning smoothie. For a more frosty or light smoothie, substitute one cup of ice (5 cubes) for the second cup of frozen mango.

This recipe appears in the cookbook, “Cooking with Trader Joe’s: Dinner’s Done!”   

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups frozen Mango Chunks (or use 1 cup frozen Mango Chunks + 1 cup ice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with an orange slice.

Notes

Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt is a sweetened yogurt. If you prefer to use plain yogurt, add agave nectar or sugar for a sweeter taste.