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OMG, He Finally Ate Green Beans

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Best for Babies 7+ Months Old

From Mason’s POV, green beans suck. It doesn’t matter what I mix them with, he just won’t eat them. Or so I thought. Then I discovered YoBaby 3 in 1 meals with green beans and pear. It had never occurred to me to mix green beans with yogurt. Sure, Mason loves his yogurt — I usually make his homemade — but the combo just seemed strange. Could it possibly work? Did the people of YoBaby know something I didn’t? What the hell. I bought some and was honestly shocked when Mason gobbled it up three nights in a row. Perhaps he had no clue the yogurt was harboring the enemy. But who cares? It worked and I’m going to make my own batch of yogurt inspired from the YoBaby blend later this week (recipe below).

How do you get your babe to eat foods he/she doesn’t like?

 

 

Pear-Green Bean Yogurt

Ingredients

Organic Stonyfield full-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt*
Organic green beans
Organic pear

Directions

1. Wash and cook green beans (I prefer frozen because fresh can get gritty when pureed). Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Puree until you reach desired consistency.
2. Wash, peel, and cook pear. Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Puree until you reach desired consistency.
3. Combine three ounces of yogurt with 1 ounce each of pureed pear and green beans.
4. Freeze leftovers in 2- to 4-ounce portions.
5. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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Rich & Creamy Baby Yogurt, 7 Ways

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Best for Babies 7+ Months

To Mason, yogurt is the ultimate treat. He loves it, I imagine, because it’s luscious, pure, simple, uncomplicated. I love giving him yogurt because it’s wholesome, filled with bone-building calcium and tummy-boosting Probiotics. I also appreciate how versatile yogurt is.  I can serve it alone, or mixed into Mason’s oatmeal. I add peach yogurt to pureed chicken for something a little different. When we move on to other poultry and meat, I’ll mix beef with apple yogurt, turkey with pear yogurt, and lamb with apricot yogurt. This summer, I’ll freeze fruit yogurt into healthy popsicles. Plain yogurt is so easy to customize for your babe. Here are some of Mason’s favorite yogurt recipes to get you started.

Peach Yogurt

Ingredients

Organic Stonyfield full-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt*
1 bag frozen, organic peaches

Directions

1. Cook peaches. Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Puree until you reach desired consistency.
2. Add two ounces of puree to two heaping spoonfuls of yogurt. Mix until well combined.
3. Free leftover puree for up to three months.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Pear Yogurt

Ingredients

 

 

Organic Stonyfield full-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt*
Organic pear

Directions

1. Wash, peel, and dice pear. Cook until tender (about 15 minutes). Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Puree until you reach desired consistency.
2. Add two ounces of puree to two heaping spoonfuls of yogurt. Mix until well combined.
3. Free leftover puree for up to three months.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Banana Yogurt

Ingredients

 

 

Organic Stonyfield full-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt*
Organic banana

Directions

 

 

1. Peel and slice banana. Puree with pre-mixed formula or water until you reach desired consistency.
2. Add two ounces of puree to two heaping spoonfuls of yogurt. Mix until well combined.
3. Free leftover puree for up to three months.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

 

Apple Yogurt

Ingredients

Organic Stonyfield full-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt*
Organic Gala apple

Directions

1. Wash, peel, and dice apple. Cook until tender (about 15 minutes). Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Puree until you reach desired consistency.
2. Add two ounces of puree to two heaping spoonfuls of yogurt. Mix until well combined.
3. Free leftover puree for up to three months.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Mango Yogurt

Ingredients

Organic Stonyfield full-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt*
Organic mango

Directions

1. Wash, peel, and dice mango. Cook until tender (10-15 minutes). Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Puree until you reach desired consistency.
2. Add two ounces of puree to two heaping spoonfuls of yogurt. Mix until well combined.
3. Free leftover puree for up to three months.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Papaya Yogurt

Ingredients
Organic Stonyfield full-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt*
Organic papaya, ripe

Directions

1. Scoop out seeds from the center of papaya, then spoon flesh into a food processor. Puree until you reach desired consistency.
2. Add two ounces of puree to two heaping spoonfuls of yogurt. Mix until well combined.
3. Free leftover puree for up to three months.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Apricot Yogurt

Ingredients

Organic Stonyfield full-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt*
Organic apricots

Directions

1. If using fresh apricots, wash, peel, and dice. Cook until tender (about 15 minutes). Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Puree until you reach desired consistency. For dried apricots, dice and cook until tender (about 20 minutes). Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Puree until you reach desired consistency.
2. Add two ounces of puree to two heaping spoonfuls of yogurt. Mix until well combined.
3. Free leftover puree for up to three months.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

*For each of the recipes above, use twice the amount of yogurt (in ounces) that you use of fruit.

If your babe is older than my seven-month-old son, generally between 10 months and a year (check with your pediatrician), you can make your babe’s yogurt with berries. Choose ripe berries and follow the recipe for Banana Yogurt above.

What’s your babe’s favorite flavor of yogurt?

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