How Yogurt Can Be Used to Encourage Your Child to Eat New, Healthy Foods

As a mother of 3 young children, I find that meal times can be challenging no matter what time of day.  I also work as a fitness professional who specializes in health and nutrition for women and children and still find that when dinner time comes, all my toddler daughter wants is YOGURT and not the fresh plate of produce that I’ve chopped up for her.  Yogurt is a nutritious choice, but if she could have it for every meal, snack and craving, she would.  So what do I  do when this happens?  I GET CREATIVE!

My children range in age from 7 months to 6 years and each child has his or her preferences ESPECIALLY when it comes to yogurt.  With the help of Chobani Yogurt, I’ve come up with a few ideas to encourage my children to try new, healthy foods by using the very yogurt that they want to have with every meal!

Babies: Chobani TOTS

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 For my smallest, #ChobaniTots offers an INCREDIBLE collection of mixed yogurt pouches that I’ve begun to introduce to my tiny tot.  The Mango and Spinach option combines Chobani yogurt with mango & spinach puree with other natural ingredients to offer a nutritious yogurt option that includes foods to which my little babe may otherwise turn his little nose up.

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Toddlers: Let Them Help YOU

My middle child is almost 2 years old and LOVES to help in the kitchen.  She is a strong-willed little lady who insists on having yogurt with every meal so when it comes to encouraging her to try new, healthy foods, I’ve decided to include her in the process of making her food.

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My favorite new recipe came from a client of mine a few weeks ago for Almond, Coconut, Gluten-Free Pancakes.  As Chobani Greek Yogurt is also gluten free and comes in a variety of kid-friendly flavors, making this recipe with my daughter is not only fun, but also delicious!

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The recipe:

Almond, Coconut, Gluten-Free Pancakes using Chobani Banana Greek Yogurt

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1 1/2 cups almond flour

2 T coconut flour

3/4 t baking soda

1/4 t salt

6 eggs

1/4 cup Chobani Banana Greek Yogurt

2 T honey

1 T vanilla extract

1 T oil/fat (olive oil, butter, coconut oil, or ghee)

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together.

3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until well combined and smooth.

4. Grease a griddle or skillet generously, and ladle batter onto griddle, forming 4-inch cakes.

5. When bubbles form, flip & cook until done.  Feel free to top with additional Chobani Banana Greek Yogurt along with Fresh Maple Syrup and a side of fresh strawberries.

Kids: Make Lunch Time FUN

I pack my 6 year old son’s lunch and snack everyday for lunch and one of things he requests is that his lunch is fun!  So does this mean that I make pinterest-worthy faces in his sandwich?  Well, tempting as that is, no I don’t.  Instead, I use yogurt as a way to continue to get creative.

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Since Chobani Yogurts come in all flavors ranging from blueberry to chocolate, I include them in his lunch with several, different options:

Yogurt as a Dip for Fruit

Cut up an apple or a cup of strawberries and pair them with Chobani’s Indulgent Yogurts such as Double Chocolate Chunk

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Yogurt as a Healthy Snack

Each day, my son needs to have a morning snack packed for school that is quick & easy to carry with him.  We often decide to include a yogurt pouch with his morning snack so he gets a nice dose of calcium in a flavor that he looks forward to having.

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Chobani Kids offers 7 incredible flavors:

  • Grape & Strawberry
  • Strawberry & Vanilla Chocolate Dust
  • Grape
  • Strawberry
  • Chocolate Dust
  • Banana
  • Grape and Watermelon

Getting creative is the number one thing I do on a daily basis to get my children to eat healthy foods as eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult!  Making the eating experience fun for my kids is what always draws them back in when meal time becomes frustrating.  For me, to reach my children often times means thinking like one.  I encourage you to try this and use Chobani when giving it your first go!

How to Get in a Workout When You Have Children Around

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I first realized that my at-home workout ritual changed for good when my first child became mobile.  I was in my workout space that I had created and was about to begin my workout on a stability ball when I heard him crawl toward the ball, gurgles and all.  After a few attempts at trying to rush through my workout, I decided to get creative.

 Including Your Children In Your Workout

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                        photo courtesy of Baby Fit Sparkpeople

 

While my son was too young to hop on a kiddie treadmill, I decided to make it fun by making him my weights that I lifted.  I would put him in the Ergo Baby Carrier, and do squats, lunges and monster walks with the band.  I would lie on my back and “bench press” him.  For cardio, I would strap him on my back and I would climb stairs at the local park.  I really REALLY got a good workout in then.

Let Them Play!

During in-home personal training sessions, I meet with other mothers who either work from home, are stay-at-home mothers, or like one particular client, is able to work from home 1 day a week.  During this time, her two sons and my daughter are present, but that doesn’t keep us from working out.  Instead, it allows us to connect!

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The children of course play with their own toys, but if one or more expresses an interest in what we are doing, then we include them in the workout.

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My daughter plays (supervised) with safer workout equipment with my client’s son while his mother and I train during a personal training session.

 

Buy Them Their Own Toy Equipment              

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is your child too young for school but old enough to climb the walls while you workout?  Include them by buying them equipment so that they too can workout.  There is a great line of exercise equipment by Redmon available on Amazon that allows kids to walk on a foam treadmill, lift on a foam bench press, and even ride a stationary bike.   Melissa & Doug also has colorful activity cones on Amazon for fun drills that you can do with your child as well!  These creative toys can get them in the habit of exercising while finding it fun.

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