A food blogger with a picky eater for a son is such a travesty isn't it? Cooper is a very visual kid and he has a lot of distrust when it comes to food. For example, he loves red peppers, but if you try to mix things up and cut a red pepper into chunks instead of strips, he will not put the red pepper in his mouth. We also go through crazy power trips where one week he loves something and the next he's over it. I know it's totally normal, but gosh darn it's frustrating when I make something special and he won't eat it. Can you even believe he wouldn't try a bite of my mom's sour cream coffee cake?
The only thing that's been working for us as of late is the reward system. You know...the you have to finish what's on your plate or try 3 bites of vegetables before you get dessert, system. I was reluctant to try it because I don't want him to think he'll always get dessert. I mean...I grew up not eating dessert, he should too. The thing is...as a parent sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. If it means he'll try something new, I think it might be worth it. The biggest drawback is that Cooper has always been sensitive to sugar so whatever we give him for dessert after dinner has to have a low amount of sugar or else he can't sleep or will have nightmares. Poor guy.
This is where Frozen Yogurt Dots have come in handy. I found this recipe thru Pinterest and my friend Danielle made them too! I thought I'd give it a try. The other afternoon after Cooper woke up for nap, I surprised him with a batch. He was skeptical at first, but after convincing him they were ice cream dots, he went NUTS for them. The best part is that he thinks having 3-4 dots after dinner is a legitimate dessert for him. Crazy, right?
It's really simple. Let me show you how:
Get out your favorite yogurt. We used blueberry. My friend Kimli got me kind of addicted to this yogurt.
Put it in a sandwich bag. Lick the spoon.
Snip the end of the sandwich bag with scissors.
Pipe the yogurt on a baking sheet.
Freeze it! It takes about 30-40 minutes for the dots to freeze.
Present them to your 3 year old...
And then tell them it's ice cream!
We've already made a batch of strawberry & we're hoping to try chocolate yogurt soon.
Boom boom pow!
If you're on Pinterest and you have a kid, you might want to follow my KIDZ board. It's fun!