Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Munchkins Eating Paper? Make it Nutritious!

OK, so it's not exactly paper, but Nori is paper-like and a novel and easy toddler and kid snack, especially, if like me, you have a toddler who can't seem to resist putting paper in his mouth. You can snip it into strips or cut it into fun shapes. According to Wikipedia, Nori is a source of vitamin A, B, C1, iodine, protein , fiber, and carotene. It also contains a great deal of calcium and iron. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing magazine pages don't have quite the same nutritional profile!

Chocolate Tofu Pudding (with variations)

A super easy no-cook recipe. Cocoa is rich in antioxidants and tofu is a great source of iron and when you make it yourself you control the sweetness, making this one dessert/snack you can feel good about giving to munchkins. This recipe and its variations are appropriate for babies over one year (but as always, talk to you pediatrician). For Tofu Pudding recipes, I use the two-pack soft (silken) packages available at some stores (I use Soyganic brand) because I find it’s the perfect size as one half makes two toddler-sized servings. You can use a large package if that’s all you can find and use the other half for something else, or just double the recipe.

Basic Chocolate Tofu Pudding

One half of two-pack soft (silken) tofu package
2 tbsp pure cocoa powder
1 tbsp agave nectar (taste for sweetness, you may need a little more)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend everything in a beaker with an immersion blender or toss in a mini food processor or blender and blend until silky. Can be served immediately or kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. Do not freeze.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Pudding: add 1 tbsp natural peanut butter (regular varieties contain hydrogenated oils)

Chocolate Coconut Tofu Pudding: add 1 tbsp coconut milk (great when you have a little left over from another recipe) and 1/2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
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