GREEK YOGURT WAFFLES
School is back in session for many of us. I can’t believe how fast summer flew by. We enjoyed every last second of summer in my house and now my kids are paying for it. Getting them up in the morning and out the door to the bus can be a challenge. Are you with me? Well these Greek Yogurt Waffles are to the rescue! The ADA Mideast and I are teaming up to celebrate back to school and add these waffles to your kids breakfast plate.
These are protein packed waffles that use Greek yogurt and milk to give your child energy and keep them full longer in the morning. I love making a double batch of these waffles and saving some in the freeze for later. It is so nice to have frozen waffles ready to pop in the toaster on those extra busy days.
Or if you are feeling adventurous try doing breakfast for dinner? My kids love that! I also use these Greek Yogurt Waffles in my kids lunchboxes from time to time. You can pack a small container of syrup and fresh berries. I cut the waffles into sections to make it easier for my kids to eat them.
A healthy, protein packed breakfast is one of the most important things you can do for your kids as they get ready for their school day. School breakfast ensures a nutritious start every day and expanding breakfast outside the cafeteria is a great way to capture breakfast skippers from all socio-economic levels.
Research shows improved nutrition — starting with breakfast — coupled with increased physical activity may lead to improved academic performance. See why breakfast matters for kids, whether it is eaten at home or at school.
WHY IS MILK HEALTHY FOR ME?
- Milk is the No. 1 food source of calcium and vitamin D in children’s diets. Experts recommend 3 servings of low fat or fat-free dairy foods every day, yet most of us need to add 1 daily serving of nutrient-rich dairy to help meet recommendations.
- Confused by all the “milks” in the dairy case at the grocery store? Not all “milk” is created equal. Watch this quick, fun video to learn about the nutritional differences between cow’s milk and “milks” like soy, almond and coconut. Knowing the nutritional information of beverages in the dairy case may change the way you shop for milk!
- Kids who drink milk when they are young are more likely to drink milk as adults. Lifelong milk drinking is linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart and less chance of developing diabetes.
- Dairy foods are a tasty, convenient and cost-effective way to power up with protein throughout the day. One serving of milk, cheese or yogurt provides nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of high quality protein to help kids concentrate and stay fuller longer.
IS CHOCOLATE MILK A NUTRITIOUS OPTION?
Chocolate milk is the most popular milk choice in schools. Drinking chocolate and strawberry milk in can help children get their three servings of milk every day. Flavored milk has the same 9 essential nutrients as white milk, and kids will often drink more when it’s flavored. Chocolate and strawberry milk contribute only 4% of added sugar to kids’ diets – that’s just .8 of a teaspoon, compared to an average of 7.5 teaspoons of added sugar in beverages like soda and sports drinks.
All milk — white, chocolate or strawberry — has the same nine essential nutrients. Flavored milk contributes very minimal sugar to children’s diets compared to other beverage choices, and it helps kids get nutrients they need but often lack.
Parents should not feel guilty letting their kids drink flavored milk, says Ohio pediatrician Elizabeth Zmuda. She explained her perspective on milk – white and flavored – as part of a child’s healthy diet.
WHY SHOULD I USE GREEK YOGURT IN BAKING?
There are so many reasons to love Greek yogurt! Six ounces of Greek yogurt typically contains 14–17 grams of protein. That’s a lot of protein for such a small serving size! (Regular yogurt has between 7–8 grams of protein in 6 ounces). Replace oils in recipes for baked goods like muffins, cakes, breads and even pancakes to cut the fat and maintain the moisture!
For more information about dairy nutrition, to find delicious new recipes and to meet Ohio and West Virginia dairy farmers, visit www.Drink-MIlk.com, and follow the American Dairy Association Mideast on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
TO FREEZE WAFFLES: Let the waffles cool completely. Wrap each waffle in plastic wrap and put them in a large ziplock baggie.
In a mixer or a blender combine the milk, yogurt and eggs and mix on low until combined. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until smooth and well combined.
Heat a waffle iron over medium heat until it is heated up and the light goes off.
Spray with non-stick spray and pour about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter in the middle of the waffle iron. Close the iron and cook until crisp and golden brown, about 4 minutes.
Repeat using the remaining batter. Enjoy warm with fresh fruit or freeze the waffles for later.
TO FREEZE WAFFLES:
Let the waffles cool completely. Wrap each waffle in plastic wrap and put them in a large ziplock baggie.