Last night, my kids (5 and 3) were thrilled to have wafer cones filled with assorted flavored yogurts, raspberries, blueberries and sliced almonds for dessert. They were laughing as they were layering the different colored yogurts with the fruit, carefully alternating each one, while doing it completely on their own. I began to wonder – at what age will this stop being a fun dessert?
High in antioxidants, this is a powerful anti-inflammatory snack for anyone looking to reduce inflammation – whether that’s an athlete in the peak of training, or someone with arthritis. And it is filling. With a variety of monounsaturated fats, different textures, flavors, colors, this snack is not only wholesome but it will satisfy your hunger.
This is balanced snack with all the food groups:
- Dairy: Greek yogurt, yogurt
- Protein: Nuts, added protein powder, or Greek yogurt
- Carbohydrates: Granola, cereal fruit, flavored yogurt
- Fats: Cashews, walnuts, almonds etc, coconut, cacao nibs, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, ground flaxseed, chia seeds
- Fruit: Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries are a favorite, but anything can work! Dried fruit too!
When this gets boring, try adding your favorite trail mix to a wafer cone: mixed nuts, kettle corn, dried fruit etc.
You can also blend your favorite frozen fruit with your favorite kind of milk, and make “strawberry ice cream” or “banana ice cream.” Add it right on top of the cone. Of course, you could skip the cone, and just put it in a bowl. But that’s not as much fun. The cones are 20 calories each and add a nice crunch.
If you are following a gluten free and/or dairy free diet, try using soy or coconut yogurt. Look for wafer cones that are gluten free (there are several brands) and choose a gluten free granola.
After careful analysis, I decided that this snack will always be fun – for any age!