Baby yogurt. Best thing ever. It’s easy, nutritious and always available. Best of all, Ela loves the stuff. When my harried self is at a loss (or just too exhausted) for lunch or snack ideas a little container of yogurt comes to our rescue. Not only Ela, but Kirina and even myself slurp down cooling yogurt in one form or another (Kirina has moved onto yogurt tubes, me, I sort of indulge in a few bites of Ela’s yogurt. The years of buying creamy, whole-milk yogurt are fleeting and I must take advantage! It’s so much tastier than the adult, boring, low-fat stuff. Sigh. I love dairy fat. The fat does not love me back).
Whole milk yogurt doesn’t always come in lots of flavors. Yes, there are the pre-made baby yogurt containers, but Ela grew weary of those week after week….after week…after, um week (two kids equals chaos. which equals a heavy reliance on yogurt containers). Our wallet also grew weary. Mommy had to think fast! I tried this:
Whole milk yogurt. Plain. Creamy. Organic. Yum, right? I got this in response:
More of a yuck than a yum.
I can’t blame her. It’s not like I sit around eating plain yogurt either. I eat it with fresh fruit, a spoonful of jam, even a sprinkling of ground cardamom.
Think of yogurt as a blank canvas for you to decorate with fun flavors. Not only are you creating variety for your little one, but you are also training their taste buds to appreciate new tastes. Here’s a combo Ela appreciated:
Kiwi, mango and cardamom.
The kiwi was fresh and the mango frozen (frozen fruits are a wonderful thing to have on hand! Especially for out-of-season fruits). I ground up the cardamom, just a pinch, with a mortar and pestle. Just mash everything up and add to yogurt. The consistency will depend on the age of your baby (chunkier textures are ok for babies over 8 months).
Try other fruits and spices too. Cinnamon, grated nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice. Get creative to keep baby’s taste buds happy and engaged!
From Ela’s highchair to your little one’s bon appetit!