Monday, April 29, 2013

Yogurt Pops for the Grandbabies

Some years ago I heard a healthfood chef say that we should "eat the rainbow" every day.  No, not Skittles.  I wish!  The rainbow of fruits and vegetables.  This, I suppose, is to get the whole spectrum of vitamins from our food.  So I make and keep in the freezer single servings of mixed vegetables (corn, carrots, green beans, spinach, red cabbage, yellow pepper, etc.) for the twins.  I cook each vegetable separately according to how I think it tastes best (roast with a bit of olive oil or steam) and process them separately so that there is a variety of textures (chop, shred, puree).  Levi and Liam love the veggie mix.  I love making the veggie mix for them.

But sometimes a Grandma wants to make a special treat for her grandbabies.  A healthy treat, of course!  So I decided that frozen yogurt pops would be the perfect thing, especially with warmer weather approaching.  I found this nifty little pop maker earlier this spring:

the pop mold

I like the size (treats are supposed to be small, right?) and the circular handle (easy for baby hands to hold and nobody gets poked in the eye with a stick).

I mixed together some Greek yogurt, some fruit juice, and some ground flaxseed  and let it sit for a bit to thicken.  I didn't measure but I'd guess I used a half cup of the yogurt, a third cup of juice, and a quarter cup of ground flaxseed.  Once the mixture was thickened, I spooned it into the molds, put on the handles, and popped them into the freezer.  There was some left that wouldn't fit, so Mommy fed it to them with breakfast, unfrozen.  They inhaled it so I was hopeful!

single pop

The pops were a bit of a pain to get out of the molds but I'm pretty sure it was worth it.  You be the judge...

First Taste

Liam when he started.  Liam when he finished.  Not much difference!

Levi when he started.  Don't touch my pop!

Oh, this pop is good.  Sooooo good!

Where did my pop go?  I want more pop now!!!

As much as they liked the pops, they were content to eat a good dinner not long afterward.  That's how much they love their veggies!  


  1. It looks like it would be a pleasure to feed these two! They are so cute and their faces are looking more mature. How blessed they are to have a great grandma. Oops, that doesn't sound exactly right - a very good grandma!

    1. I noticed that they looked more like little boys than babies in these pictures, too. Especially Liam. They love to eat, for sure, and sometimes quite impatient about it but we do have fun at dinnertime.

  2. LOVE the photo of Levi with his eyes half closed, really enjoying that pop. Joanne, you do such a great job of showing the boys' lives. I look forward to the blogs where you post their photos.

    1. They enjoyed it more than I had expected! It is fun to show the fun stuff that goes on around here. Maybe I should include some of the tough stuff? Nah! I am pursing contentment and joy so I will focus on that!