This post was sponsored by Siggi’s Dairy. However, the views and opinions expressed here are our own.
Have you tried Siggi’s yogurt yet? We have been huge fans of this yogurt ever since we first tried it at a nutrition conference years ago and were fortunate enough to meet it’s creator, Siggi Hilmarsson. Siggi’s began in 2004 when Siggi felt homesick for his favorite childhood food from Iceland, “Skyr”: a thick, creamy, high-protein, low-sugar yogurt. He found the yogurts here in the U.S. too sweet for his liking, so he began making skyr in his small NYC kitchen. Staying true to Icelandic tradition, Siggi’s products do not contain any GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, thickeners or preservatives. They are made with milk from family farms in Upstate New York and Wisconsin that do not use any growth hormones.
Last month, I hosted a Back to School Party for my daughter’s girl scout troop. They needed to earn their “Healthy Eating” badge, so the party theme was Healthy Breakfast Choices and we had a Parfait Bar with Siggi’s yogurt. Siggi’s yogurt is an excellent breakfast choice because it is an excellent source of protein and calcium, while being a lower-sugar yogurt. We discussed label reading and the importance of not eating too much sugar. According to The American Heart Association, kids aged 2-18 should have less than 25 grams (6 teaspoons) of added sugar daily for a healthy heart. While yogurt has naturally occurring sugars (from the lactose), many brands add an additional heaping of sugar to their products. Many mainstream yogurts have upwards of 25 grams of sugar per serving (even higher when you factor in some of their sugary toppings). Siggi’s flavored varieties have 8-11 grams and are sweetened with fruit and a little all-natural sweeteners like agave or cane sugar. They do not use any high-fructose corn syrup. Their plain variety has no added sugar.
We sipped on some lemon water, while we discussed the importance of staying hydrated and then it was time to hit up the Parfait Bar!
Each girl selected a Siggi’s flavor to scoop into a mason jar, then alternated the yogurt with layers of two kinds of granola cereal (which added crunch and healthy fiber) and had a large selection of toppings to choose from.
While we assembled our parfaits, we also discussed how yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein, both of which are important for healthy bones and teeth development in kids. General protein requirements for kids are 1/2 gram per pound of body weight. Each 5.3oz container of Siggi’s contains 14g of protein.
Calcium needs for children aged:
1-3 years: 700mg (2-3 servings of calcium rich foods)
4-8 years: 1,000mg (2-3 servings)
9-18 years: 1,300mg (4 servings)
Yogurt provides on average 200-300mg calcium per serving. Additionally, if your child has some issues with lactose intolerance, they will likely be able to tolerate yogurt even if they are unable to regular milk. This is due to the probiotics (live, active cultures) that help digest the lactose. The Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotics in yogurt has many health benefits. It can boost the immune system, prevent/reduce allergy symptoms, improve IBS symptoms, lower cholesterol and more.
The assorted parfait toppings were definitely a hit with the girls. Not only did they add another layer of flavor, but upped the nutritional content of the parfaits as well. Additional sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants were provided with these toppings. It was fun to watch some of the girls try chia or flax seeds for the first time and really like it!
Another highlight of the bar was the raspberry sauce. This simple sauce added a ton of natural sweetness, with hardly any added sugars and the girls loved it. It would be a great topping for plain yogurt, oatmeal or pancakes instead of syrup.
- 12 0z Frozen Raspberries
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/4 c water
Simmer ingredients on low/medium heat in a saucepan for 4-5 minutes
Allow to cool, then puree
Store in fridge for up to 10 days
Perfect topping for yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, icecream and more!
The girls learned so much and discussed wanting to take parfaits in their lunch. They would definitely make for a great lunch or snack item.