Purple Beet and Yogurt Pouches (Toddler Approved!)

I know I'm not the only one who's toddler isn't a huge fan of vegetables. Reaghan loves salad (must have dressing on it of course) but other than that, she definitely ate way more veggies as a baby then she does now! Instead of getting too bummed about it, I try to incorporate all the nutrients she needs within a week - rather than worrying about her getting everything in one day.

Also, I hide veggies. I don't love this idea, but since I know it's normal to be a little wary of vegetables as a toddler, I don't mind it that much. I think the key is to keep offering all different kinds of foods, flavors and textures as your kids grow up so they have the opportunity to try different things and come to enjoy them at the right age. For now, though, we love adding vegetables to muffins, smoothies, popsicles and pouches! 

I can't get over how gorgeous the color of these beet pouches are. I could just stare at them all day, haha. Reaghan of course thought they were so pretty which made them even more fun to eat.

It's important to me that the kids grow up liking different flavors and not getting used to just tasting sweetness. I think beets taste pretty earthy when steamed so I opted to sweeten these just a bit with one date, but no other added sweeteners! I tasted it myself, and it still tastes like beets, but I'd say that earthy flavor was cut a little by the date. This way she gets used to the flavor of the actual vegetable.

Everett isn't quite ready for solids (we might start in the next few weeks), but I'm excited to let him try these in a few months as well! 

Ingredients

  • 2 beets, (with stems and greens)
  • 1 pitted date
  • 1 plum (optional, we had them so we threw one in!)
  • 1 cup full fat or Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Heat about 1 cup of water in a medium sauce pan and place a steam basket inside the pot.
  2. Peel and quarter beets. Chop stems roughly and place beet quarters, stems and leaves in the steam basket. 
  3. Cover the pot and let the beets steam until they are tender and easily pierced by a knife. 
  4. Carefully scoop beets into a blender and add remaining ingredients.
  5. Blend until smooth. If your puree is a little too thick, add a bit of the water from the bottom of your pot. 

Notes:

  • Makes about 6 pouches
  • You can find disposable pouches like the ones we have here. If you don't have pouches you could definitely serve this as a smoothie or freeze for a festive popsicle!

How do you get veggies into your kids diet?