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Lil' Chef: Summer snacks for young children

Posted June 5, 2012
Updated June 12, 2012

Susan Caldwell, founder of Lil' Chef studios in North Hills, and her teams of young chefs bring us fun, healthy recipes especially for the summertime. This week, we take a look at great snacks that children ages 4 to 7 can have fun making themselves.

In the upcoming weeks, look for healthy lunches and snacks for older children and teenagers.

Healthy snacks are essential all year along, but especially in the summer. Your Lil' Chef will be super active and you'll need to fuel their body with the good stuff – a rainbow of colors! I love this healthy parfait recipe that is so easy to make and festive for summer.

Have your child slice and dice strawberries, combine the ingredients and then layer it all in individual dishes, or in a large parfait glass bowl to show off the amazing vibrant colors! What a great way to spend summer days with your child and create memories that he or she will always remember!

Red, White and Blue Parfait

Lil' Chef Studios: Red, white and blue parfaits Lil' Chef Studios: Red, white and blue parfaits


  • 1 8-ounce carton vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ 8-ounce container frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed
  • 3 cups fresh raspberries and/or cut-up fresh strawberries
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries


  1. In a large bowl, stir together yogurt and almond extract or vanilla. Fold in whipped topping.
  2. To serve, in six 12-ounce glasses or dessert dishes, alternate layers of the berries with layers of the yogurt mixture. Makes 6 servings.

Little Lady Bugs

Lil' Chef Studios: Ladybugs and fruit kebabs Lil' Chef Studios: Ladybugs and fruit kebabs


  • 1 grape
  • 1 strawberry
  • 1 toothpick
  • 6 chocolate chips


  1. Thread the strawberry with the stem onto a toothpick.
  2. Next string the grape so that it sits on the stem of the strawberry.
  3. Press chocolate chips into strawberries.
  4. Enjoy!

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