Probiotics: The Friendly Bacteria

Healthy Mini Meals

strawberry smoothie

Gemma Comas

We asked Chicago dietitian Victoria Shanta Retelny, R.D., to create simple menu items that mix probiotic-filled yogurt with foods rich in prebiotics, such as fruits, veggies, and grains.

Strawberry Smoothie: Blend ½ cup each of milk, frozen berries, and plain low-fat yogurt in a blender. Pour into a glass and top with Cheerios for a prebiotic crunch.

Toasty Breakfast: Spread a toasted whole-wheat English muffin with your child's favorite low-fat yogurt; then top with thinly sliced bananas.

Chicken Salad Sammie: Mix cut-up chicken breast with a bit of mayo, plain low-fat yogurt, and diced celery; spread onto whole-grain toast.

Savory Yogurt Dip: Combine 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 minced small cucumber, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill, and a pinch of salt.

Originally published in the September 2010 issue of Parents magazine.

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