Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Greek Yogurt Jello Bites


I could have titled this That Time We Became Experts at Bone Healing Nutrition. 


Our boy is on the mend (go ahead, click the link...I think we need to frame that particular x-ray image).  He's bored beyond description, but he's healing. 


 I've been on a crash course in bone healing these past few weeks.  Our bodies have an amazing ability to mend and heal. That his bones can rebuild themselves is an incredible thing.

I read that our bodies use up to 6,000 calories a day to mend a broken bone.  All of that new cell growth requires an enormous amount of energy.  


Six thousand calories.  And a twelve year old boy who could easily be the poster child for picky eaters.  He needs nutrients - minerals, vitamins, and plenty of protein.  Not only do I have to find ways to get a massive amount of calories into him, but I have to make them count.  It would be easy to ply him with fast food, those calories really add up, but the nutritional value is negligible.


So, in addition to his regular rotation of favourite meals (yes, he gets special treatment right now!), he's been getting smoothies morning and night, loaded with yogurt, fruit, spinach, hemp, flax, or chia seeds, and a protein supplement.  We also squeeze in a couple of paediatric meal replacement drinks.  And we try to make his snacks as nutrient dense as possible, while trying not to take away the fun factor that kids expect from a snack.

Enter Greek yogurt jello bites.


This boy loves Jello.  It's one of his favourite treats.  And he likes yogurt.  So when I saw these on Pinterest, I knew I had to give them a try.  They were a hit, not just with him but with a few of the other kids as well.  I need to make a new batch almost every night to keep up with demand.


Two ingredients.  Only a few minutes to make.  Calcium, protein, and gelatin.  Good bone building stuff.



Greek Yogurt Jello Bites


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla flavoured Greek yogurt
  • 1 package (3 oz / 85 g) Jello powder, any flavour
Directions:

Mix yogurt and jello powder in a medium sized microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for one minute, stir. Continue microwaving and stirring at one minute intervals until gelatin is dissolved, 2-3 minutes total.

Spoon into 24 non-stick mini muffin pan cups. Place in the fridge and chill until firm.  I usually leave them overnight, but a couple of hours is all they need.  Mine popped out easily, as my pans are fairly new.  Lightly grease your mini muffin pan if needed, or use paper liners.






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55 comments:

  1. I can't wait to do this... I may actually get my kids to eat yogurt!

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  2. Looks terrific! Stopping by from Tasty Tuesdays.

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  3. Glad to hear your son is healing well, with lots of nutritional help from Mom! And hey, I like Greek yogurt and jello too so I may give these a try for myself, LOL!

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  4. Glad to hear that your son is getting better. Also those treats look so good, I can totally see myself giving these to my kids during the warm months.

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  5. I am so going to have to make these! Thanks for shraring!

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  6. What a cool idea, definitely want to make these! Sharing on my blog's FB page today :)

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  7. I am glad he is healing up Jenn! And these look and sound amazing!!! My beans would love them! Wishing you a lovely week!! Nicole

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  8. Pinning this to try ... the photo of them is beautiful!

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  9. These look delicious. I bought some of those yogurt cups and stuck them in my freezer. I like ice cream but I don't need the calories.

    I hope he is healing nicely. :)

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  10. I pinned this and lots of people like it! Sounds so good.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Linda

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  11. These look so wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us on Brag About It!
    Wanted to let you know that your post will be featured on next weeks party - starting Monday at midnight!
    Hope to see you there!
    ~Laurie

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  12. Hi there! Visiting from the Coffee and Conversation link party. These look so yummy! I imagine it is like a creamy jello. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. wow this is cool! I wanna and try and make this!!

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  14. Ouch! Hope he heals quickly. On the other note....if I break a bone, would I lose weight? I mean, those extra calories would be used to heal, right? Lol, just kidding. Those jello bites look yummy! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you will join us again next Thursday!

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  15. I love the idea of using greek yogurt for this treat. Visiting from #GrowingCirclesHop and hope that you stop by my blog as well.

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  16. Hi Jen! I popped in from That Friday Blog Hop. Love this idea. Have a fabulous weekend! P.S. My weekend Linky Party is now live.
    http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com/2015/04/amazing-video-and-weekend-linky.html

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  17. I pinned these yesterday because they're brilliant, but figured I'd wait until I got caught up on Bloglovin to finally comment!
    This is awesome. Hoping for an extra speedy full recovery for him.

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  18. Hi Jen! happy I found your blog on City of Creative Dreams. This yogurt treat is something I can with my son this weekend. He will think it is fun and cool. Thanks for the recipe.

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  19. This is such a fun idea for a snack. Gotta try this!

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  20. Your poor son, hope he heals quickly #wellness wednesday

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  21. What an awesome idea! A great snack idea that I just might have to try making for my kids. Though Jello and I are hit and miss. Thanks for linking up to this week's Tasty Tuesday Linky. I am pinning your recipe to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest Board. Hope you'll stop by on Tuesday and link up again,

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  22. These are a great idea. Thanks for posting. Hello from Paula's No Rules Weekend Blog Party.

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  23. 6000 calories! That's crazy! I had no idea. Glad you are choosing to provide him with healthy calories vs. fast food.
    Thanks for sharing on the Shine Blog Hop!

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  24. This is awesome! My kids would love this too I am sure :) Speedy recovery to your boy and thank you for sharing this and link up with us. Hope to see you again on the next #wellnesswednesday linky!

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  25. What a great idea, and a perfect bone healing snack!

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  26. These are such a good idea and I know that my daughter would love them. If I didn't eat them all first!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  27. These look cool! I can't wait to try them. (found you Marvelous Mondays)

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  28. Jenn, I have been feeling poorly all weekend and bought a few Greek Yogurts to help. I just couldn't get it down. Definitely trying these. Thanks for sharing on Anything Goes!

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  29. Looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  30. What a good mama you are to research and know this is just what your boy needs to speed healing. I'm crazy wild about simple recipes....have made this one too and it's awesome. I scoop my yogurt into cupcake papers and they they have the 'ziggy' lines for added attraction. LOVE how you used bright colors like purple & orange. YUMMMM! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come back again soon.

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  31. Gosh, they look so good Jenn. I've been contemplating using just plain jello with condensed milk and was wondering if it would work. I think you've just given me the push to try. Who would've thought it would work with Greek yoghurt, which I absolutely adore by the way. Thanks so much for linking up with Thriving on Thursdays. Always good to see you. I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's party.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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  32. Definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing. Always looking for new "healthy" snacks for my daughter.

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  33. These are looking great! LOVE the colors!

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  34. Love the idea of Yogurt Jello bites.........what a refreshing summer snack. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  35. These little yogurt bites are so colorful and sound so good! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!

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  36. Hope kiddo gets healed quickly! What a great idea to add gelatin to yogurt! Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us - you're featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

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  37. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Bloggers Brags. I've pinned this to our board on Pinterest. Have a great weekend!

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  38. YUM!! We are so glad you shared with us at Merry Monday. I hope to see you at the new party beginning tonight at 9pm EST.

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  39. Never heard of these. They look yummy!

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  40. Very cool idea and couldnt be easier!!!!! Love the bright colors too ♡♡♡

    www.journalofjanedoe.com

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  41. Wow, these are amazing. I have been poorly recently and love the thought of making your own products to help you heal. Thanks for linking up to this weeks #RetroBlogPosts Linky

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  42. Sounds like a good way to get some extra nutrition. :)

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  43. Nice Idea! Do they need to be cold to hold together?

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  44. Those look like a tasty and healthy little snack, and something I'd like to try myself. Thank you for sharing them at Talented Tuesday, and I hope your boy mends quickly!

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  45. These are so cute, they'd be a lovely to have on the spread for a buffet!

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  46. Brilliant! Saving and pinning this recipe! Thanks for joining the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

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  47. I am so making these! Brilliant idea and I love how colorful they are! Hope your son gets well soon and the bone heals nicely! Thank you for sharing with #foodpornthursdays.

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  48. Fabulous idea! I need to make some of these for my grand baby! I clicked on your pic, cuz of the purple color! I'm passionate about purple. Hopefully he's released from his cast soon!
    Here from HomeMatters.

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  49. What a wonderful idea!! I do have a question; How would these hold up in a lunch box for school?!

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    1. They hold up beautifully in a lunch box, I send them to school often!

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  50. Does this also work with just a small box of sugar free jello (.44oz?)

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    1. I don't see why it wouldn't. You'd have to decrease the amount of yogurt by half. Let me know how it turns out!

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    2. I used 1 1/2 cups blueberry greek yogurt and 2 boxes of sugar free strawberry jello (.44oz each). They turned out, they look like your picture but they are kind of sour!!! I think it's the blueberry/strawberry combo. I bet other combos would taste better like lemon lime or strawberry banana.

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  51. Made these last night with my girls. They had fun making them. This recipe, is super easy, mess free and literally takes no time at all to make. I had the girls make them after dinner that way the jello coould set overnight and we could try them this morning for breakfast. This snack is genius and we loved the way they tasted!!! We will definitely be making these from now on.

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