Beats a bag of goldfish!

Beats a bag of goldfish!

It never fails in my house, around 8 pm, a 3 year old will be sent in by the troops (a 6 and 10 year old who are buried in Minecraft) to request a “snack.” Every night, I review the various fruits readily available on the kitchen table. For some reason, this is not the “snack” the 3 year old is looking for. He retreats. Then a 6 year old will appear. She requests a “real snack.” I ask what a “real snack” is, since stone fruits and bananas clearly don’t qualify.

Apparently a “real snack” is goldfish crackers. Or donuts. Or ice cream. REALLY? I’m not sure when the line between snacks and treats became blurred, but, there seems to no longer be a distinction.

I won’t get into my theory on how this blurring happened, but, I regard snacks as food items that you eat between meals. They are nourishing and help tide you over until the next meal. Donuts, ice cream and cookies are treats. As in, after you have eaten all of your growing foods for the day and had a good amount of physical activity TREAT yourself to something sweet. Goldfish are another issue altogether (kiddie crack anyone??)

In any event, I decided to try a compromise and go heavy on presentation of a treat, but, mostly nutritious ingredients to make a “parfait” for the Minecraft addicts. The parfaits were a hit, but, you can bet after they were eaten, the 3 year old requested “more cereal.” I guess it’s an improvement over goldfish!

Weeknight Parfait


1 apple pie Lara Bar (on the bottom of the cup like a crust)

1/2 cup of strawberries (cut up)

1/2 cup blueberries

Nonfat vanilla or plain yogurt (~1/2 – 3/4 cup)

1 tablespoon Barbaara’s Shredded Spoonfuls (for topping)

Drizzle of Agave


1. Cover the bottom of a cup or bowl with a Lara Bar (cut up or crushed).

2. Spoon a few tablespoons of yogurt on top of the bar.

3. Add strawberries and/or blueberries as the next layer.

4. Spoon a few more tablespoons of yogurt over the fruit

5. Repeat step 3

6. Spoon the rest of the yogurt over the fruit, add crushed cereal and drizzle some agave (optional)

If you’d like more information on snacks vs treats, there is a good post on the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s site worth checking out.