As children head back to school, many parents are searching for ideas for lunches and after-school snacks. Yogurt is a popular option with sales of more than $7 billion a year in the U. S. There is a growing body of evidence that it is a nutrition powerhouse, but also important precautions to keep it from being a decadent dessert.
First, its health benefits.
Second, its drawbacks.
Yogurt can be a nutritious lunch and snack addition for children of all ages. The bottom line: reach for varieties high in protein and low in sugar, and beware cartoon characters.
As seen in the Fort Collins Coloradoan
Melissa Wdowik, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND
is a nutrition educator with over 20 years experience as a college professor, nutrition coach, presenter and writer, as well as a nutrition consultant and founding director of the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center.