My toddler has to be one of the pickiest eaters on the planet. He refuses to eat most food but especially meat, most vegetables and legumes. It’s so frustrating.
I worry and stress about his nutrition, especially when it comes to his protein intake. It’s a constant battle. I do make him smoothies every day that contain vegetables and protein, which he drinks (as long as he gets to turn the blender on), but his snacking habits are no better. He will eat fruit… but it’s either that or cereal. Again, no protein.
I’ve had enough, and I’m taking action: delicious action! With the warm summer months arriving soon I decided to make him some homemade popsicles, but with a protein twist involving one of my favourite Disney characters: Nemo.
Creating these Nemo Protein Popsicles is an easy and fast process, and you only need two ingredients:
1. Orange Juice
2. Plain Greek Yogurt
I chose plain greek yogurt, because it’s low in sugar. The kind I use has 6g per serving, where as I have seen the flavoured variety have as much as 38g of sugar per serving (that’s the same as a can of cola!).
To make the “fish molds” I use the Zoku Fish Pop Molds, they’re really cute. (If you don’t have specialty popsicle molds, you can use any you have on hand.)
To make the the Nemo Protein Popsicles just simply layer the orange juice and plain greek yogurt. If you wanted to get really fancy, you could even puree some blackberries and add that where there is supposed to be “black” (but let’s face it: those popsicles are going to be gone in a matter of minutes and the kids won’t notice). Toss in the freezer until frozen, about 6 hours.
As you can tell, the popsicles didn’t turn out perfectly, but that’s alright. The colour is more yellow than orange, and it had more of a marbled effect but all that matters is that my son will eat them. He thinks he’s getting a treat but I can rest assured that he’s getting a little more nutrition than what he normally does when it comes to snack time.
Do you have a picky eater? Please, share with me what works for you in the comments.
Randa is a work-at-home mom who resides on the North Coast of British Columbia. When she’s not chasing her two year old son and scrubbing crayons off the wall, she’s blogging over at The Bewitchin’ Kitchen. Along with the title of “mom” she’s also a student in nutrition, a lover of travel, and has a passion for health and wellness.