First Lunch of Summer Vacation: Parfaits and the Pool

yogurt parfaits
yogurt parfaits

Yesterday was the first official day of summer vacation for us, since both kiddos are now done with school. We ate the first of what I’m sure will be many lunches to come—at the pool. How summery is that? Our neighborhood pool has a lap swim from 11:30 until 1:30 every day, pretty much year round. And the pool is outside. Yep, sometimes life in California is good, although I’m such a wimp that I have a really hard time swimming outside in the winter. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it’s cold when you’re dripping wet and it’s only 60 degrees outside. During the mid-afternoon lap swim, the kiddos can swim in the small, warm therapy/tot pool with grandma while I do laps in the big pool. The only problem with this glorious summer lifestyle of a slacker academic is that the kiddos are ravenous after two hours in the pool. And, you better believe they want to spend the entire two hours swimming. That means I have to pack a nice snack or small lunch so they can eat it immediately on the pool deck when they get out. Yesterday, I brought these lovely little yogurt parfaits to the pool: plain yogurt layered with peaches, nectarines, strawberries, blueberries and Crazy Good Granola. I packed the parfaits in little jam jars, which I realize might not be the best travel container (glass—yikes!), especially for smaller kids. I have a small insulated bag that is just big enough the hold 3–4 jars with two ice packs, so they don’t jostle around too much. You could also use a plastic or stainless steel container if you are more sensible than I.

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