confessions of a modern mom

Picky Eater Tip #17

Picky Eater Tip #17

Each time I go to the grocery store, I spent an inordinate amount of time in the dairy aisle. I’m always looking for a better yogurt that packs in the good stuff – protein, calcium, vitamins…

I’m always tempted by the ones with the animated characters on them because I know my two year old will gravitate towards them (by that, I mean that she will get excited, jump up and down and scream “DORA ONE!!! DORA ONE!!! NO! NOT COW!!! DORA ONE”).

What kid WOULDN'T prefer this to boring looking yogurt?
What kid WOULDN’T prefer this to boring looking yogurt?
It's a crazy monkey on the label. The kids vote YES!
It’s a crazy monkey on the label. The kids vote YES!

Here’s the problem with the kiddy one: it’s chock full of sugar with just a hint of the good stuff. I’m still puzzled why the good yogurt brands that are healthy haven’t smartened up and slapped a cartoon on their labels in order to appeal to the younger set. I don’t want you to dumb down the yogurt, just make it appealing to my toddler!

Danimals - 14g of sugar for only 2g of protein? Even the added vitamins don't justify this product.
Danimals – 14g of sugar for only 2g of protein? Even the added vitamins don’t justify this product.
Relatively low in sugar, but also low in protein. At least we're getting some vitamins here.
Relatively low in sugar, but also low in protein. At least we’re getting some vitamins here.

Since that doesn’t exist in theĀ marketplace yet, I had to improvise the other morning. So, I got out the Hello Kitty sticker pad and went to town on the yogurt container.

Guess what? The two year old got excited to eat the ‘Hello Kitty” yogurt. So excited that she left the marshmallow cereal in order to gulp down the yogurt.

Chobani...Sure, it's not devoid of sugar, but if she's going to take in 9g of sugar, I'm psyched she gets 23g of protein! And there's a good amount of calcium to boot.
Chobani…Sure, it’s not devoid of sugar, but if she’s going to take in 9g of sugar, I’m psyched she gets 23g of protein! And there’s a good amount of calcium to boot.

So, I got her to eat 23g of protein instead of 4g or less that’s in the toddler yogurts.

This trick works on everything. Slap a sticker on frozen veggies, healthy snack bags, etc. the great thing about this method is that you can totally customize it to your kid’s preferences. There aren’t too many food products with Hello Kitty or Batman on them. Make your own!



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