It’s the day before Valentine’s Day.  Once again, we’ve waited until the last minute to prepare for the class party.  Trust me, been there, done that.

 

Here are some guilt-free, healthful snacks that you can easily prepare for your child’s class party.

 

I always feel guilty about bringing in sugary snacks or allergen prone treats.  My daughter developed a red dye allergy when she was in the third grade which made me extremely cautious about serving foods with potential allergens.  

 

Yogurt Parfait

 

This was the first treat that I made for my daughter’s class after discovering her allergy. I never loved the idea of overloading kids with candy then leaving them in school for the remainder of the day with the expectation that they would be capable of paying attention, concentrating in class and sitting still.  Sounds like a set-up for failure, right? I agree.

 

As long as foods look and taste good, kids tend not to even think about the more traditional treats, like candy and cupcakes.  The key here is to be creative and let allow them to help if time allows. The class teacher will love you for it. I was class mom for each of my daughters classes from Kindergarten through Fifth grade.

 

You’ll need to adjust measurements and ingredients dependent upon how many kids are in the class and any existing food restrictions.  

 

Ingredients:

 

3- Large Containers of Plain, French Vanilla or Strawberry (Dairy or Dairy-Free) Yogurt

1- Bag of Granola ( read the label if concerned about nut allergies)

2-  Containers of Fresh Strawberries

1- Container of Fresh Blueberries (or any other berries of your choosing)

1- Can of Whipped Cream (optional)

Clear Plastic Cups (one per person).  Don’t forget to count teachers and other parents.

 

Let’s Make Parfait

  1. Wash all of the fruit.
  2. Cut and discard the strawberry tops.
  3. Divide the strawberries into two groups.  Try to keep the larger strawberries in one group and the smaller strawberries in the other group.
  4. Cut the smaller strawberries into smaller, bite-sized pieces.  Set aside.
  5. Cut the larger strawberries in half (vertically).
  6. Cut the strawberry again vertically into slices.
  7. Cut a “V” into the top of each strawberry.  See below.
  8. Layer a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) of yogurt into the plastic cup.
  9. Layer 2 tablespoons of granola on top of the yogurt.
  10. Layer the fruit by adding the blueberries, followed by the bite-sized strawberries.
  11. Layer another scoop of yogurt into the plastic cup.
  12. Layer 2 tablespoons of granola on top of the yogurt.
  13. Add the last layer of  fruit by adding the blueberries, followed by the larger, heart shaped strawberries.

Optional – Spray a layer of canned whipped cream for an extra sweet and creamy treat.

 

Enjoy and take lots of pictures of your parfait.  Have leftovers? Share your treat with you Galentine or Valentine!  Tag us on instagram @kidcareconcierge and we’ll repost your recreations.Valentine’s Day Parfait