My daughter is in that super picky toddler stage. Every morning it begins with a whole bunch of No's when I give her options for breakfast. In the last couple of months she has refused to drink milk, hot or cold. An easy bowl of cereal is not an option because she does not like the milk in it so I had to get creative.
To get my picky little toddler to eat her oats, whole grains and calcium I have to be sneaky and make it look like dessert. Instead of a bowl of oatmeal or cereal I make her a frozen pop infused with fruit juice, Greek yogurt and "sprinkles" of granola! Since my daughter is growing up in a Puerto Rican household she has gotten a taste of, and loves all kinds of fruits. Her favorites are mango, pineapple and guayaba.
To make a super yummy breakfast for toddlers or adults that is good for you and looks like dessert, follow the steps below:
Ingredients: (Makes Three Pops)
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup mango fruit pulp
- 1/2 cup guayaba fruit pulp (you can substitute whatever fruit your little one loves)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons of Quaker Oats, Honey and Almonds granola (plus more for dipping)
- Mix the fruit pulp, milk and Greek yogurt together. Add about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into the bottom of a Zoku pop maker*. Pour 1 tablespoon of granola into each of the pop molds. Use a frozen pop stick to push the granola down.
- Immediately fill the rest of the pop molds with the remaining fruit and yogurt mixture and insert the sticks.
- Allow to freeze completely and use the Super tool to remove them.
- Add some extra granola into a little bowl for some extra dipping.
I also love to give the Quaker® Real Medleys®, Quaker® Oatmeal Squares and Quaker® Life cereal as a "trail mix" snack to my daughter. All I do is mix the cereals together in a little baggie and add a little bit of milk chocolate chips. When I give it to her I ask her if she wants chocolate trail mix and she gobbles it up!
What are some the creative ways you use to get your little ones to eat?