If you’re anything like us, you grew up with milk as a mainstay in your family’s diet. Now, we’ve turned to an alternative dairy powerhouse—yogurt— that we believe is equally beneficial for your mini’s health.
So let’s talk about Greek yogurt, shall we? This uniquely strained protein-rich yogurt is the perfect way to pack a well-rounded punch of nutrition to your mini’s meals or snacks. Here’s everything you need to know:
What exactly is Greek yogurt?
Like regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is made from milk that has been cultured and allowed to ferment. However, Greek yogurt is strained, allowing a large portion of the liquid (known as whey) to drain, resulting in a thicker consistency.
What are the nutritional benefits of Greek yogurt?
Greek yogurt is a good source of protein and is rich in vitamin B12, zinc, vitamin A and calcium. It is also full of live and active cultures that contain beneficial probiotics and bacteria to promote gut health.
When can I introduce Greek yogurt to my baby?
Greek yogurt is safe to introduce to your baby once they have started eating solids, typically around 6 months old.
What are the best ways to introduce Greek yogurt?
We recommend introducing Greek yogurt to your little with one of Little Spoon’s Yogurt Smoothies, made with complimentary fruits + superfoods and no added sugar to ensure that your babe is getting a balanced meal or snack with all the proper nutrients. Our favorite is the Peaches + Cream, but Banana Split and Triple Berry Parfait are guilty pleasures too. Pro tip: The American Association of Pediatrics for Kids recommends low fat 2% Greek yogurt.
Where should I get my Greek yogurt from?
Any plain, organic Greek yogurt will be great for your little one. However, we recommend buying from a local, sustainably-sourced dairy farm if possible. Little Spoon sources the Greek yogurt in their yogurt Smoothies from Straus Dairy, a sustainable dairy farm in Northern California that collaborates with small family farms to source organic milk from pasture raised cows. The result is minimally processed Greek yogurt made to deliver optimal nutrition.