Toddlers can be tricky eaters, not only in regards to WHAT they eat but also HOW they eat it. I used to struggle with a bit of mealtime anxiety when I would watch half of the food that I prepared for Charlee ending up in her hair, on the floor or stuck to her butt (she went through an odd stage where she would store food under her butt while sitting in her highchair… #toddlerproblems). As time has passed, she is now a wonderfully clean eater – no bibs, uses her fork and spoon and even drinks out of a regular cup! Proud mama, right here!
Yogurt is probably one of Charlee’s favorite snacks and I quickly realized that giving a toddler a cup of yogurt = a darn mess!
I invite you to read along and learn a couple new ways to feed your child a healthy snack with less mess, less waste and less chaos.
1. Yoplait Greek Whips: Not only am I borderline obsessed with these fluffy little cups of yum, but Charlee managed to get her hands on one and is now equally in love. You know what’s awesome about these? The whipped yogurt isn’t goopy like regular yogurt and almost sticks to the spoon! Less mess = happy mom.
2. Frozen Yogurt Tubes: You’re probably already doing this but I can’t leave it off the list. Grab your child’s favorite yogurt tube (Stonyfield, Chobani, Go-Gurt, etc.) and pop it in the freezer. Once it’s frozen solid, cut the tube in half and give your
demanding hungry toddler a cold and delicious treat.
3. Add Peanut Butter: Just as I mentioned in tip #1, this is something that I really enjoy which in turn means that Charlee begged for a bite and knew I was onto something! Good thing mama taught me how to share! Moving on, throw about a tablespoon of peanut butter into 1/2-1 cup of your favorite yogurt and stir until completely combined. You’ll be left with a deliciously thick and mousse-like yogurt concoction that not only tastes great, but packs a protein punch! (I like to throw in some mini chocolate chips, but don’t tell Charlee!)
4. Homemade Popsicles: I like to blend fresh/frozen fruit with yogurt and maybe a bit of honey and freeze using popsicle molds. Charlee thinks she’s getting a special treat but really she’s getting a healthy and refreshing smoothie pop!
5. Frozen Yogurt Bark: Take a shallow baking pan and line it with waxed paper. Spoon yogurt onto pan and smooth until it’s about 1/3 inch thick. Throw dried fruit, fresh blueberries, raisins, nuts, coconut – anything you like on top! Pop that pan in the freezer and freeze until solid. Take it out and break it into bite-sized pieces. I like to store mine in the freezer in a plastic container with a lid.
There you have it folks! Easy, healthy and delicious ways to use yogurt and take it from a goopy, sloppy mess to a satisfying toddler treat.