#BuckeyeBites: frozen yogurt pizza


We’re in the thick of busy days and evenings for families. When you're short on time but your kids want something to satisfy their hunger, you need a go-to snack that is both enticingly sweet and remarkably nutritious.

Chef Jim Warner, director of Nutrition Services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, shares an easy, make-ahead snack. Here's how simple it is: Mix a little maple syrup with plain Greek yogurt, freeze it in a slab with fruit on top and cut it up for a frozen treat.

Keep a container of the pieces in the freezer so the kids (and you) can grab some on the go.

"Tell them it's fruit pizza, and they will munch it down in no time," he says.

The zero-fat Greek yogurt is packed with protein, and the fruit is rich in vitamins and minerals to help keep them healthy and energized. Maple syrup sweetens the mix without overdoing it.

Ready to give it a try?

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 3 to 4 strawberries, sliced (or your favorite seasonal fruits)

Step one:

In a bowl, combine the yogurt with the maple syrup. Mix well.

Step two:

Place the yogurt in the center of a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Use a spatula to smooth it out about 1/4 inch thick. This ensures that it's thick enough to hold the fruit and thin enough to freeze quickly.

A tip from Chef Jim

Smack the baking sheet against your cutting board or counter to make sure the yogurt is evenly distributed.

Step three:

To add a little crunch, sprinkle some granola on top. Dot the yogurt with blueberries and strawberries (or whatever fruit you have on hand).

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Step four:

Freeze the mixture for at least two hours or overnight.

Step five:

Use a knife to cut the mixture into bite-size pieces or wedges. Serve right away or store in the freezer in an airtight container or bag.

A helpful tip: To make it easier to cut the frozen yogurt, dip the knife in hot water. Then wipe it off to eliminate any excess liquid.

Nutritional information:

Makes four servings

Calories: 145

Fat: 2 grams

Protein: 11 grams

Carbs: 22 grams

Fiber: 2 grams

A good source of calcium, and the berries add antioxidants like vitamin C. The combo of protein and carbs will help hold off hunger until the next meal.

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