Some days, I don’t know if it’s worse raising a picky eater or being married to one. My McNugget is not adventurous with new foods…at all. We really have to dramatize each bite of our own food to get him to try the smallest piece of something. Strangely enough, he loves chicken, smoothies, and chia pudding. I really didn’t expect for him to like it when he shoved my spoon in his mouth one night, but he did. Now, he signs for it whenever I eat it.
Since I am not always in a sharing mood, I began giving him his own pudding. This also allows me to sneak in some of his least favorite foods. Here’s a basic recipe I’ve been following, along with some mix-ins/toppings I add for him.
Toddler chia pudding recipe:
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 pureed banana for sweetener
2 cups milk of your choice. We use breastmilk or whatever non-dairy milk we have.
-Add the chia seeds and pureed banana to a bowl. Mix well. Add the cinnamon, vanilla and sweetener and mix again
-Add the milk and mix again.
-Add any additional ingredients (listed below) and mix well.
-Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.
Optional serving suggestions:
Add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Add an extra 1/2 pureed banana and frozen strawberries
Omit pureed banana and add pureed vegetables with seasoning of your choice
Since my family is always moving, we needed a to-go option for his pudding and smoothies. When we received* the Cutielunch Reusable Squeeze Pouches, they were right on time. First, they are indeed cute! I love the little cartoon fruit on the package. While these pouches are made to be reusable, we treat them like disposables. They are very durable and are super easy to use. There was a bit of a learning curve figuring out how much the pouches could actually hold, but it was a breeze once we got used to it. My son LOVES showing off his big kid skills with food pouches, so I love that he can eat directly from them. Although this product was sent to us for free, it is a product my husband and I plan to repurchase and keep on our Amazon shopping list. If you’re looking for durable food storage pouches for your homemade baby food, you can purchase a 4-pack here.