Fruit & Yogurt Teething Pops (plus a bonus kitchen tip!)

It’s been a little while since I checked in, I’ve been working hard on some projects lately and had to take a break from something to make it all work. Even though everything in the works is a positive development I’ve still missed you all! So I’m popping in today with a new recipe – I hope you enjoy!

Fruit & Yogurt Teething Pops

PJ has been teething like a fiend lately, which has not been fun for any of us, to put it mildly. Teeth Are Not For Biting is now required bedtime reading. He finds it hilarious.


I’m trying to keep cold things on hand, so I made up a batch of these babies today. Start with plain, low fat yogurt. Add a little coconut water to thin it, frozen fruit for flavor, and a teaspoon of extract to round it out.


Then I blend it all up to the consistency of a smoothie and pour it into Popsicle molds. I have two sets now, one that is soft and squeezy and one traditional type with a stick. PJ prefers the squeeze kind because he can (mostly) feed himself with them.


At this point, he realized what I was doing and insisted on a taste test – how pitiful is this face?!


It’s probably a good idea that he did, because he let me know very quickly that I forgot to add a sweetener – oops! I use honey if I’m making these and not freezing them, or organic cane sugar if they’re going in the freezer like this batch. So after I added the sugar and poured them into the molds, I had the dreaded blender cleanup ahead of me, ugh!


Bonus Kitchen Tip!

With all the blending I do for my morning shakes and these pops, I got really sick and tired of all that blender cleaning. Then I found this tip and it changed my life. I really wish I remembered which site I saw it on to give them credit, but it was months ago and I forget – sorry! If anyone knows, please tag them in a comment!


After a quick rinse in hot water, I fill the blender about halfway with hot water, add a teaspoon of baking soda, and a squirt of dish soap. Then zhuzh it up like this…


I don’t have to tell you to keep the lid on while zhuzhing right? Anyway, afterwards I dip out some of the foam to clean the lid and the counters, and when I dump it out I wipe out the sink too for good measure. It takes way longer to write all this out than it does to make, and Mommy and Daddy have been known to sneak a “teething pop” or two for a snack – they’re delicious!

Teething Pop Recipe

3/4 container of plain or vanilla yogurt
1 tsp flavored extract
1-1/2 cups frozen fruit
4 oz coconut water
Sweetener to taste (honey for smoothies, sugar if freezing)

Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth. Freeze for 2-3 hours.

How Quickly We Forget

PJ is definitely teething, as I’ve mentioned. And suddenly my happy little guy is not so happy. Yesterday, our PJ & Mommy day was a few laughs, some extra cuddles, and a whole lot of tears.

The only thing that made him feel better was nursing. Half the time he wasn’t even hungry, but just didn’t want to settle for anything else. And at one point, I actually got frustrated and thought “Isn’t there anything else you want to do?!”

Then I realized it was not that long ago that it felt like he would never want to nurse even to eat, let alone be comforted by it. All those tears (from both of us!) and trying and days of being sore and wondering if he would ever learn or if I would be stuck pumping forever were just a couple of short months ago. And now nursing is PJ’s favorite thing, the one thing that makes him feel better in his first experience since the NICU finding out that life can be tough. So I silently apologized for wanting him to not want this, and gently moved him to the other side to give half of me a break.

Feel better soon little guy, and thanks for reminding Mommy what’s really important.

Here Come The Teeth

Chewing on everything? Check.

Happy to cranky in no time flat? Check.

Buckets of drool daily? Check.

Sudden allergy to bedtime? Check.


The teeth are coming. God save us all.


Arrrr…PJ the Pirate chomp your fingers Aunt Jenna!