Monday, September 14, 2009

Yogurt Fluff

If you've been reading along lately, you know that Mom has been on antibiotics, has had some eating issues, and has lost a lot of weight. It has been a struggle for me to find food that she can and will eat. With all the antibiotics she has been taking, I've wanted to get some yogurt in her, but she didn't like it. Shoot. Yogurt would be perfect for her. In addition to the good bugs, it is high in protein and calcium. Plus, no chewing required, so the physical act of eating it is easy. I have found a way to get her to eat it, and thought I would share it in case there are other caregivers out there in the same boat.

I noticed a recipe for yogurt pie on the yogurt container. Add 1/2 a package of instant vanilla pudding to 12 oz of yogurt, and mix well. Fold in 6 oz of whipped topping. Pour into a graham cracker pie shell, and refrigerate six hours. Top with fruit or whatever. I didn't bother putting it in a pie shell, I didn't want her to have to chew. I just made it like yogurt pudding. She eats it right up. I might fiddle with the yogurt/whipped topping ratio. The more yogurt the better, but then I have to make sure she'll eat it, too. I'm trying to come up with fruit/yogurt combinations that she can eat. Next time I might try adding a chopped banana, her favorite fruit. Strawberry yogurt with banana would be good. The last time I ordered groceries, they brought Orange Cream and Banana Cream yogurt cups as the free item. I plan on using those as the yogurt in the pie recipe, adding (canned, chopped) mandarin oranges and bananas, and we might have a new favorite for Mom.

Now, a couple of gratuitous signs of fall photos.


rilera said...

Annie, that is wonderful news! I'm glad that your mom is eating her yogurt pie. The more interest she shows in eating, the better.

Sigh, fall, I love it but I feel like we've hardly had summer. It's my second favorite season in Minnesota though.

Lynn said...

I enjoy seeing how you find solutions! Getting folks to eat when they don't want to is quite challenging! Your ideas and determination are inspiring!

As for fall, we want some! We had a record summer for three digit days! Tied the all time record (68 days at or above 100 degrees). And we've had the second worst drought in our area on record. But, this past week we had several days with rain. Everything is green again! So amazing! Such showers of blessing!

Mama Pea said...

You sure do a great job of taking care of your mom. Her new yogurt pie sounds wonderful . . . I'd let you feed it to me in a minute!