Liam’s note; Snack of the day; Yogurt mousse with strawberry sauce

In Japan, mothers usually start feeding solid food to babies around 5 months old or 6 months old.

Then, right around 7th or 8th month where babies turn 1 year old or so, 75%-90% of nutrition they need throughout the day would come from solid food itself.

Then, nutritionally, they do not need breast milk anymore to supplement the solid food nutrition.

When graduated from breast milk, 100% nutrition would come from solid food itself.

Around this time, babies would have more will to eat and get better at eating with fingers.

At the same time, right around this time, babies gets more active throughout the day and they need more nutrition from supplemental solid food,a.k.a. snack.

Mothers in Japan usually feed babies these supplemental meal once or twice a day often times 10am and/or 3pm.

Since having routine is a good thing for biological clock for babies, we feed snack at about the same time everyday.

When you hear “snack”, you would imagine sweet desserty stuff but really, for the babies around this time, snack in Japan means 4th meal to supplement nutrition from other 3 meals.

Babies have small stomach and with just 3 meals a day, they cannot get enough energy from the 3 meals. Therefore, we give them 4th meal so they can supplement the deficient / not enough nutrition/energy.

Mini rice balls, mini sandwich, steamed sweet potato, fruits, steamed bread with vegetable mash or puree etc.. are popular snack for Japanese babies.

Our son eats pretty good and, he gives me clean plate so, I do not have much stuff I must add in snack time stuff to compensate the lack of nutrition from other 3 meals. 

Therefore, I am a little loose on what I use in his snack. However, I make things with much less sugar, and I try to make something good for him using vegetables or fruits from the fridge or other stuff that are good for him like kinako, which is roasted soy bean flour we Japanese often use just like cinnamon in USA in a sense.

Kinako is good protein source and very nutritious for us.

If you are interested, you can get kinako at Asian store like HMart or at Amazon.

In this “Snack of the day” series, I would like to introduce baby friendly snack recipes you can make at home.

All of the recipes that I would share would be low in sugar but, adults can enjoy them too.

I prefer making snack for our little son  than buying snack sold for adults for him.

It would be better for his taste buds development, and not getting to be able to taste the strong taste would be good for him in the long run.

Very first recipe that I share with you is very very easy snack you can whip up on 15-20 minutes plus chilling time in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Liam loves these. I hope your little one enjoy them too!

However,please make sure that all of the ingredients for the recipe is tried with your little ones and no issue with allergy.

Liam snack of the day skinny yogurt mousse with strawberry sauce 050416

Yogurt mousse with strawberry sauce…

<Yogurt mousse>

Ingredients for Yogurt mousse:

Nasoya brand silken tofu (soft tofu) 170g
Plain whole milk Yogurt 130g
Whole Milk 50ml
heavy cream 50ml
sugar 3 tbs
gelatin 1 package

<strawberry sauce>

Ingredients for Strawberry sauce;

strawberry stem off  150g
1 tbs water
2 tsp sugar

<Yogurt mousse>

1. soak the gelatin powder with 2 tbs water in microwavable container and let it sit a bit

2. Add tofu, yogurt, milk,heavy cream,sugar into blender and puree them well

3. Microwave the gelatin water mix about 10-15 seconds to near boil

** Try microwave 10 seconds,5 seconds or so each time and mix with spoon and microwave more if needed. Please be careful container may be very hot.

4. Add gelatin water mix into the blender and mix very well about 20-30 seconds .

5. Pour the mixture into ramekin and cover the top with plastic wrap and chill until set;about a couple of hours.

Makes; 4 servings

<strawberry sauce>

1. In the food processor, add strawberries that were stem and leaves chopped off and puree them

2. Pour them into small 1 quart sauce pan and add sugar and water and cook until thicken.

3. Cool it down.

<How to assemble>

1. Run the butter knife around the ramekin cup, put the ramekin cup upside down onto a serving plate and hold the ramekin cup with plate securely and shake top and down to make the mousse pop down onto the plate.

2. Pour some strawberry sauce and serve.


May 10, 2016 | 0 | Snack recipes for babies and toddlers

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