8 Easy Greek Yogurt Recipes For Babies

Greek Yogurt Recipes

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Yogurt is one of the most complex and biologically active foods. It is an excellent source of protein and probiotics (active bacterial cultures) and is recommended for babies too. But if you are looking to add yogurt in your baby’s meal plan, it needs a go-ahead check from your pediatrician.

MomJunction tells you when you can introduce yogurt to your baby, its health benefits, and some recipes in which you can use it as an ingredient.

When Can You Introduce Greek Yogurt To Your Baby?

Most pediatricians recommend giving Greek Yogurt to babies between the age of eight and nine months. However, generalities may or may not suit your baby and hence you should check with your pediatrician if you want to start yogurt.

It is recommended to give full-fat yogurt. Low-fat versions of Greek yogurt are commonly available, but pediatricians recommend giving it to your little one only after two years.

How Is Greek Yogurt Made?

Yogurt is a fermented dairy product used worldwide for its nutritional and health benefits. It can be divided into various types depending on the method of production. Out of those several types, the most widely consumed is Greek yogurt.

Greek yogurt is made by heavily straining yogurt to remove liquid whey and lactose. It leaves behind a tangy and creamy product. As it loses the lactose content, it is suitable for serving babies who have lactose intolerance as well (1).

Health Benefits Of Greek Yogurt For Babies

Greek yogurt provides high-quality protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iodine, vitamin D, B12 and active bacterial strains, all necessary for good health (2).

Greek yogurt is easier to digest as it contains lesser quantities of whey protein and lactose than regular yogurt. Apart from basic nutritional values, Greek yogurt also contains healthy bacterial strains – Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus (3). Certain brands add more strains and such yogurts are called probiotic yogurts.

100 grams of Greek yogurt (made with whole milk and no fat removed) has the following nutritional value:

  • Calories – 73kcal
  • Total fat – 1.92g
  • Carbohydrate – 3.94g
  • Sugar – 3.56g
  • Protein – 9.95g
  • Calcium – 115mg
  • Magnesium — 11mg
  • Phosphorus — 137mg
  • Potassium — 141mg

Source: USDA (4)

Top 8 Greek Yogurt Recipes For Babies

Here are some easy and yummy recipes with Greek yogurt for your little one.

1. Peach With Greek Yogurt

Peach With Greek Yogurt

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You will need:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Frozen peaches

How to:

  1. Boil and drain the peaches.
  2. Add the peaches to a blender and churn to make a smooth paste.
  3. Mix the puree with Greek yogurt and serve.

[Read: Yogurt Recipes For Baby]

2. Cherries With Greek Yogurt

Cherries With Greek Yogurt

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You will need:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Cherries

How to:

  1. Slit the cherries to remove the seeds and skin.
  2. Churn the cherries in a blender and strain the puree.
  3. Mix the puree with Greek yogurt and serve immediately.

3. Strawberry With Greek Yogurt

Strawberry With Greek Yogurt

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You will need:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Strawberries
  • Oil

How to:

  1. Wash and finely chop the strawberries.
  2. Churn the strawberries in a blender to make a smooth puree.
  3. Add Greek yogurt and blend again.
  4. Grease a baking tray. Now, pour the mix into a piping bag to make dots in different sizes on the baking tray.
  5. Place the baking tray in the freezer for an hour.
  6. Take out the frozen delicacies and serve them to your baby.

[Read: Healthy Organic Recipes For Your Baby]

4. Greek Yogurt Parmesan Chicken

Greek-Yogurt-Parmesan-Chicken

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You will need:

  • Boneless chicken breasts
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic paste
  • Lemon zest
  • Grill seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375oF.
  2. In a baking dish add the chicken after seasoning it.
  3. Mix the Greek yogurt, parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon zest, and grill seasoning in a bowl. Pour this over the chicken to coat it completely.
  4. Bake until the chicken turns tender.

5. Yogurt Chicken Puree

Yogurt Chicken Puree

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You will need:

  • 1 cup boiled boneless chicken
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of water

How to:

  1. Put the boiled boneless chicken in a blender, add water, and blend until you get the desired consistency.
  2. Add the Greek yogurt and blend the contents till you get the right mix.
  3. If the mix seems too thick, then add some water to thin it down. This Greek yogurt recipe is ideal for infants who are just beginning to have yogurt and predominantly have liquid foods.

6. Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Greek Yogurt Smoothie

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You will need:

  • 1 cup chopped banana
  • 2 cups whipped Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of water (optional)

How to:

  1. Pour the whipped Greek yogurt, add the bananas, and blend them all.
  2. If the smoothie seems to be thick, then add some more whipped Greek yogurt.
  3. You can also add some water to thin the consistency of the smoothie. You may serve this smoothie as a dessert for older infants and toddlers.

[ Read: Cheese Recipes For Babies ]

7. Greek Yogurt Pancake

Greek Yogurt Pancake

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You will need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup yogurt plain
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil to grease pan

How to:

  1. Stir the flour and sugar in a bowl. Whisk egg, yogurt and vegetable oil in another bowl.
  2. Combine the contents of the two bowls and mix them such that they stay lumpy.
  3. Grease a heated pan with vegetable oil and pour about three teaspoons of the batter.
  4. Cook till the batter becomes puffy. Turn over the other side. You can cook it until it turns crispy.
  5. Once done, serve it hot. This Greek yogurt pancake makes a delicious breakfast recipe for older toddlers.

[Read: Oats For Babies]

8. Yogurt And Rice Puff Snack

Yogurt And Rice

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You will need:

  • 1-2 cups of plain rice puffs
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mango puree

How to:

  1. Blend the Greek yogurt and mango puree so that they mix evenly.
  2. Add rice puffs and mix. Use plain rice puffs with no added sugar or salt.
  3. Once the ingredients have mixed well, serve it to your little one. This recipe makes a delicious dessert for a year old babies.

While you can try all the safe recipes with Greek yogurt, you need to be careful about certain things.

Precautions To Be Taken While Giving Greek Yogurt To Babies

  • Greek yogurt is healthy, but serving your baby just that wouldn’t be enough. Make sure that you are serving various other foods.
  • Often people add honey to sweeten the yogurt, but it is not advisable for babies younger than one year. Honey contains bacteria which may result in botulism. Therefore, you must only give honey to your baby once they cross one year.
  • Don’t serve flavored yogurt as well since they contain sweeteners which may not be suitable for babies. Children tend to accept high sugar food quickly and may eat a lot of it, which is not good for health, especially oral health.
  • If there is a history of milk allergies and lactose intolerance in your family, check with a doctor before you serve them Greek yogurt.
  • Treat yogurt as new food when introduced and follow a 3-5 day wait rule for any possible allergic reactions. In that way, you can see how your baby’s body is reacting to the yogurt and whether the product has any adverse effects or not.
  • If your child develops a rash after eating yogurt, consult a pediatrician as your baby may be allergic to milk protein or to some additive in it.
  • If you are serving yogurt along with fruit, make sure your baby is tolerant of that fruit.

References

1. The Nutrition Source; Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
2. J Bernadette Moore et al.; Evaluation of the nutrient content of yogurts: a comprehensive survey of yogurt products in the major UK supermarkets; National Centre for Biotechnology Information (2019)
3. Panagiotis Sfakianakis and Constatnina Tzia; Conventional and Innovative Processing of Milk for Yogurt Manufacture; Development of Texture and Flavor: A Review; National Centre for Biotechnology Information (2014)
4. Yogurt, Greek, plain, whole milk, Basic report 01293; United States Department of Agriculture

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