If you’re a parent of a toddler, you’re sure to know what their favorite food is! Even if your little one isn’t speaking full sentences, they have their very firm ways of letting us know the one thing they truly love.
One of our readers has a toddler who absolutely LOVES yogurt, and prefers it over most other foods. She wondered, what are some simple and nutritious ways she could incorporate yogurt into other meals so that her baby can experience different foods while keeping the flavor somewhat familiar? It’s a great question, and we have some answers for you!
Yogurt is great for your baby, since it’s nutritious and packed with protein and probiotics. Here are 5 different meals and snacks that feature yogurt as an ingredient. Would you try any of these? Tell us in the comments!
- Yogurt breakfast: Yogurt for breakfast is a fan favorite in our homes! We scoop a few tablespoons of yogurt into a bowl, top it off with fresh berries or other favorite fruit, and add 1/2 teaspoon of ground flax seed for a nice little Omega-3 boost (if your child is 8 months +). You can add dried cranberries or raisins, or a drizzle of honey (if your little one is over one year). The possibilities are endless!
- In a smoothie: One of our favorite snacks for our toddler is a smoothie – they are quick to make, fun to drink, and filling! We sometimes even give a smoothie for lunch if it is hearty enough, and our toddlers are more than happy to drink it up. Add a few tablespoons of yogurt, a couple of ice cubes, and some fruits and/or veggies to your blender, and serve in a sippy cup. (You can add water to achieve desired consistency.) Double it up and make some for yourself, too!
- Baked fish with yogurt sauce: We love baking a simple white fish drizzled with just a bit of olive oil, then mixing it all together with a tablespoon or two of yogurt. We like to add in 1/4 teaspoon of an herb or spice to the mix for added flavor, such as dried dill, or minced fresh ginger.
- As a dipping sauce for a patty: You may have found a type of patty or cutlet that you’d like to try for your baby, and using yogurt as a dipping sauce is the perfect condiment! We really like this idea when trying something new because it blends a familiar flavor with one that is new, making it more likely that your child will give it a try. Our favorites are the Turkey Cutlets (recipe coming soon).
- Mixed in with a stir-fry: A classic stir-fry is a go-to for us, since it’s quick, only uses one pan, and can work for a family dinner. We like to mince 1/2 yellow onion and saute with some olive oil or butter over medium heat. We then add a 15 oz. can of chickpeas and a 1/2 bag of frozen spinach, and stir occasionally until heated through. Remove from heat, place in a bowl and mix in with a few tablespoons of yogurt and seasoning to your baby and family’s taste – we like either minced fresh ginger, and/or 1/2 tsp. of curry powder. Look out for our Chickpea Stir-Fry recipe, coming soon!
As a bonus option, if your baby likes black beans, try a soft burrito with yogurt! Simply heat the beans in a pot on your stove top, then mix together with some yogurt and mashed avocado and roll up into a burrito. Add a bit of cilantro if your child likes it!
Can you add to our list? What’s your toddler’s favorite food? Tell us in the comments, and we can help you find various ways to use your toddler’s favorite foods while keeping things interesting and refreshing! And be sure to join our mailing list for updates!