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the homemade baby food test: gerber graduates yogurt melts VS homemade

On our last video, a youtube subscriber asked if we would take on baby snacking foods and named Yogurt Melts specifically. I was really excited to take on the challenge, but as I started researching it, I realized that in the form these processed snacking foods are in, it was going to be very hard for the home cook to recreate the. Not to mention, I was SHOCKED to find that sugar was the second ingredient listed on the package ingredients. Normally baby food will add fruit to sweeten a product but not actual sugar! I found this to be very disappointing and realized this episode was a must do!

Because they are impossible to reproduce in my kitchen, with the help of a pinterest search, I came up with a super easy (not to mention super healthy) version of these yogurt melts! Double the recipe and you will have yogurt melts for months for less than $1! The downside is that they have to be kept in the freezer and pulled out for feeding time, the upside is that you can feel good about giving your kiddo a healthy snack as opposed to the Gerber Graduates which are essentially "baby candy"! 

A few other things I wanted to mention about the deceptive packaging, but that didn't make it into the video:

  1. On the front of the package it says, "naturally flavored with other natural flavors" - UMMM... what does that even mean?!

  2.  It says "live and active cultures" but never mentions which ones. On the back of any yogurt container it will list the cultures.

Once again Moms & Dads, this is in no way about "mommy shaming" or making anyone feel guilty. My intention and goal is to bring to light that the baby food aisle does not give parents many options, which means we need to hold big baby food corporations feet to the fire. If you don't have the time or inclination to make your own food & snacks - these products are not going to kill your child. But we need to stand together to demand better products and true packaging so that parents can make informed decisions about the products they buy. Knowledge is power!

Don't forget to check out our other "homemade baby food tests" on Plum Organics & Ellas's Kitchen! And stay tuned for our next episode, where we recreate Plum's Super Puffs!

Ella's Kitchen Chick, Chick, Chicken Casserole VS Homemade Chicken Casserole Puree

 

Plum Organics Spinach, Pea & Pear Puree VS Simple's Homemade Spinach, Pea & Pear Puree

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Simple's Do-it-Yourself Peach Yogurt Melts Recipe:

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Age you can feed these:  Once baby has a pincher grasp & can feed themselves

These little snacks provide a big, ol' health punch! Yogurt is not only a probiotic but is also a good source of protein, calcium, vitamin B, potassium & magnesium. Peaches are high in phenols which act as antioxidant as well as vitamins A & C.

Our DIY yogurt melts are not a great on-the-go food, as they need to be stored in the freezer. They are best as a snack in the highchair during mealtimes for baby to practice feeding themselves.

prep time: 

5 minutes

inactive cook time:

1 hour

total time: 

1 hour & 5 minutes

serving: 

about 100 yogurt melts

ingredients:

  • 1 ripe peach

  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt

instructions:

NOTE: If you would like to soften the fruit, you can steam it (after it has been cut into wedges) for 5-7 minutes, then put it into the blender/food processor.

  1.  Wash, peel, de-seed & slice peach into wedges. If your peach is ripe, put it into the blender/food processor until smooth. Add yogurt to the blender and pulse 1-2 times to mix together. Let cool in refrigerator for 10-20 minutes. 

  2. Put a piece of wax or parchment paper onto a cookie sheet. Put the yogurt & peach mixture into a ziplock/piping bag. Pipe out dots onto the wax/parchment paper. Once mixture piped, put the yogurt melts into the freezer for 1 hour.

  3. Take melts out of the freezer and peel from the parchment/wax paper. Store in the freezer in a freezer-safe ziplock/container. Will last in the freezer for 3-6 months! Use as desired!

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