Friday, May 6, 2016

Toddler Eats

I'm constantly trying to find new, fun, unique ways to get my kids to eat certain foods. Rylan is still in that baby phase where she will eat anything and everything you give her. Kinsley discovered her sense of independence around 2 years old and is more challenging to get her to eat. If you could give her butter & bread all day long, she'd be a happy little camper. BUT I'm not trying to clog her arteries before she's 5, sooo that doesn't go over very well with her. However, one of our favorite things we eat almost every single day is yogurt. Both of the girls love it, and it's fun to try new ways of incorporating different foods into it for them to eat. I thought I'd share some of favorite ways of pairing it for our girls.

We always buy greek yogurt. Either plain, and just add our own sweetening fruits and condiments into it, or vanilla. Lately we've been on a vanilla kick so really any flavor could work for these.

1. Peanut Butter Yogurt
This is our absolute favorite!! I could eat this every single day. Especially now that it's HOT, it's a refreshing treat to come inside to. I use Justin's peanut butter for this because ours always gets super dried up. Maybe it's just us? Or that's just how it is? But I can't use it for PB&J, or else our bread would look like a tiger got a hold of it. SO because it's dry (probably user error), it works great to add into yogurt. It adds little bites of peanut butter . 
I mix peanut butter, yogurt and fresh fruit....stir it up until the peanut butter is mostly mixed in. For an added bonus, I like to mix in flax seed or chia seeds. Hidden nutrition ;)

2. Nutella Yogurt
This is also another fan favorite. Mix nutella, yogurt and fresh fruit....add flax seed or chia seeds, and you have a delicious treat anyone and everyone will love!
Sometimes I like to crumble graham crackers on top or the sweet flavored goldfish for an even sweeter treat. The girls love this!

3. Honey Granola Yogurt
My girls really like granola, especially when their Mimi makes it for them. I typically use plain greek yogurt for this, add a little organic honey to sweeten it up, mix with granola and you have a great healthy snack for them.

4. Ranch Yogurt Dip
Not your typical "sweet" yogurt indulgence, but this is a great way to create a healthy dip for veggies or crackers. Sprinkle a little ranch seasoning on top of plain greek yogurt, mix it well, and you have a yummy dip made up. 

5. Avocado Dip
Mash up an avocado, mix in some plain greek yogurt, and you have an instant, easy and healthy avocado dip. Kinsley is a chip lover, so anything that includes chips is a hit with her!

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