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Greek yogurt baby food
Greek yogurt is yogurt that has been strained, usually in a muslin cloth to remove the Whey, leaving a yogurt that is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. Sheep's milk is normally the number one choice for making Greek yogurt (especially in Greece), but cow's milk and goats milk can be used too. Greek yogurt has a more sour taste to it because it contains less sugar. It also contains much more protein and fat than regular yogurt.
Because of its increasing popularity, some companies are now slapping Greek yogurt labels on otherwise non- Greek yogurt products as an advertising gimmick. So, to avoid buying the wrong Greek yogurt, do not pick yogurts with labels that read "Greek-Style yogurt".
Greek-style yogurt is also thick, but it is only thick because it's filled with thickening agents such as corn starch, gelatin milk solids, and gum blends. It may also contain protein concentrates, stabilizers, preservatives and more to make it look and even taste like strained yogurt.
Due to the traditional methods used in making it, Greek yogurt contains more protein than regular yogurts.
Babies and toddlers need more fats in their diets than adults do. They should therefore only be offered full fat and not low fat yogurts or dairy products until the age of 3. Greek yogurt contains a good amount of fats for babies and retains a much thicker and creamier consistency compared to unstrained yogurt.
Straining off the Whey rids Greek yogurt of some of the milk sugar called lactose, a sugar that is hard to digest for babies who do not have enough lactase to break down the lactose. Greek yogurt also contains cultures that help break down both the natural sugar Lactose and the hard to digest milk proteins that would otherwise cause tummy discomfort.
Greek yogurt is a good source of protein, calcium and fat. Babies need fats for normal development and should never be offered low fat yogurts.
Greek yogurt, regular natural yogurt and some cheeses can be introduced to babies at 6 months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics do not recommend the introduction of whole cow's milk as a liquid refreshment to babies under the age of 12 months. Whole cow's milk can however be used in baby food preparation.
/..../ Whole milk is not recommended for infants under 12 months of age, although yogurt and cheese can be introduced after 6 months./..../
Make interesting fruit mixes with Greek yogurt for your baby. Add some yogurt to your baby's fruit puree for an interesting protein rich, full fat snack or dessert. Here are some easy Greek yogurt baby food combination ideas for you to try out.
Cherry yogurt - Seed/pit 1/2 cup cherries, puree and press through a sieve to remove the skin; Combine with 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt. Serve
Mango yogurt - Wash and peel one ripe mango; Chop mango into cubes and puree; Mix with the yogurt. Serve
Banana and Apple yogurt - Mash 1/2 a banana with the back of a fork or simply puree it; Add 2 tablespoons apple sauce and 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt; mix well and serve.