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I feel very lucky that, on average, Ryan is a very good eater. He’ll usually try anything at least once and genuinely loves to eat. But I’d be lying if I told you that there weren’t days when I put him to bed and realize that all he really ate that day was raisins, bread, cheese and a smoothie. Such is life with toddlers.
I am pretty passionate about raising healthy, well-rounded eaters. I am the mom that refuses to make multiple meals just for toddlers, and we always give Ryan whatever we’re eating (within reason, of course) Because of this, I feel that he’s adventurous and open about eating. But the reality is, he is still a toddler. There are days when he’s teething and he barely touches a meal, or when he’s just having a rebellious day and refuses to even glance at his dinner plate. On those days, I’m happy to have reinforcements to ensure he gets all the nutrients his little body needs.
We try to sneak in a bit of nutrition here and there all day with him, just in case he decides to boycott a meal – a smear of peanut butter on his bread, a handful of greens into his smoothie, some peas alongside his raisins. That’s why I was so excited to learn about Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™. These single-serve packets can be added to food to add extra nutrition to the food your kiddos already like, providing nutrients to support growth and development to your toddler. With protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals, it can be your secret weapon for added nutrition – the nutrition is in the mix!
Since yogurt is pretty fail-proof with Ryan, I decided to mix some into his favorite yogurt fruit dip. I’ve actually made this recipe for myself many times and I must say, after trying a small bit of Ryan’s with the Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™ added in, I couldn’t tell any difference.
PB&J Fruit Dip with Mini Fruit Kabobs
The recipe is super simple – ½ cup of Greek yogurt (other plain yogurts can be used, but keep in mind that the dip may not come out as thick. Also take note of added sugars and try to avoid them.) 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter (again, check labels for added sugar) and 1 tablespoon of fruit sweetened jelly – I used smooth, seedless strawberry.
Add in 1 packet of Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™ and stir well. (Use one packet of Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™ for one serving (or ½ cup of food).) This can be eaten alone, or as a fun fruit dip! This recipe is for one serving and comes together in less than a minute, so it’s the perfect afterschool snack if you have a preschooler who comes home starving.
Ryan loves when I serve the dip with these fun fruit kabobs. I cut up his favorite fruits and put them onto longer toothpicks before serving. (I’ve never had a problem with him and toothpicks, but be sure to keep a close eye on your kiddo just in case. If you don’t feel comfortable using toothpicks, feel free to use coffee stirrers, straws, or even the stems of sturdy herbs like rosemary or thyme stripped of the herb) To add some extra fun, trying making fun shapes with a small cookie cutter! I made a strawberry heart by cutting it in half and creating a ‘V’ shape on top.
This quick to assemble snack is perfect for when your toddler needs to eat right.now – like right after school. With back to school closing in on many moms, this fruit dip is sure to quickly satisfy hungry toddler tummies without driving mom insane.
Have big kids as well? Multiply the recipe and mix together without the Mix-In powder. Then just take out ½ cup of dip, stir in the powder and serve your toddler their own special cup of dip. Healthy after-school snacks don’t have to be hard!
While Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™ aren’t a replacement for healthy meals and diets, they are a great way to help moms cover their bases when it comes to their toddler’s nutrition and growth. And hey – can’t we all use a little help?
So tell me – does your toddler have picky days? Do you think he or she would enjoy this fruit dip? What’s your trick to getting in a little more nutrition in each day? Let me know in the comments!