Our favourite healthy snack -chocolate yogurt

I am always trying to make sure my daughter gets enough calcium in her diet. She won’t eat anything green so we rely on yogurt and beans for her calcium sources. Does your daughter eat anything green? Not counting Smarties or M&M’s that is. We don’t have too many green smoothies on the menu or heaps of leafy greens on our dinner table. There are two ‘green’ foods my vegetarian daughter will eat on a regular basis and those are broccoli and pesto, both of which are served with pasta, of course. 

We know that leafy greens should play an important role in a vegetarian diet for more than just calcium. However, I have always had an easier time getting my girls to eat carrots, cucumbers and zucchini. Leafy greens are not really of much interest. Maybe some kale chips here and there or a salad once in a while, but that’s about it. Leafy greens should be part of their diet, especially if we are looking to manage calcium intake. I ask my daughter every few days if she has eaten anything green. Lately, she has started adding arugula to her pasta salad which is a step in the right direction.

Though it has been challenging to get her to eat more greens, I can always get her to eat her favourite dairy source of calcium; Chocolate Yogurt.

Chocolate Yogurt

3/4 cup Greek yogurt

1 oz or 2 squares dark chocolate – depending on how intense a chocolate flavour you are looking for

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp espresso (optional)

Melt chocolate, add honey and mix well. Add yogurt to chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Enjoy!

How do you get your daughter to eat her greens? Let me know.

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    Michele H

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    Hi Karen – my son also doesn’t like leafy greens much but I discovered a smoothie that he drinks with no complaint. I think it’s divine but he won’t go quite that far!

    In a blender combine a quarter to a half a cup of water, two handfuls of washed parsley (you want to get to the halfway mark in the blender), a frozen banana (slightly defrosted in the microwave is easier on the blender) and a 14 oz can of pineapple chunks with juice. Often I will also add 150 gr of dessert silken tofu (Sunrise, comes in different flavours) for a dose of protein and more calcium. When blended it’s a beautiful green color – if the kids can get over that it’s quite delicious. It’s perfect for busy school mornings when eating an apple just seems to take too much time!

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      Karen Gilman

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      Thanks for the recipe Michele. I’ll have to try it. Hoping the girls don’t see the parsley. I have had them pick spinach bits out of smoothies before.

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    Tammy GENESOVE

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    Hi Karen
    So what percentage dark chocolate? I have some 90 percent at home but I am thinking that would be too bitter?
    Tammy

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      Karen Gilman

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      Hi Tammy,
      Yes, 90% might be too bitter. You could try it and add a little more honey or use 70% which is what we use. Enjoy!

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