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Guide on Best Yogurt for Baby & Toddler (benefits, brands & more!)

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A comprehensive guide on the Best Yogurt for Babies and Toddlers? Yes, please! Find out when you can start serving yogurt, which brands are the best, the ingredient list breakdown, and how to serve yogurt to your baby and toddler. And as a bonus, you’ll also learn 9 delicious ways to flavor plain yogurt! Great for 6+ months regardless of whether you are doing baby food purees or baby-led weaning.

Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

Yogurt for Babies + Toddlers

Wondering what the best yogurt for your baby is and at what age you can serve it? Confused with all of the options in the grocery store?

I did all the research and made this in-depth guide just for you! 😘

In this post we will cover what to look for in yogurt for baby, a round-up of our favorite brands, the difference between Greek and plain yogurt, a list of dairy-free options, when you can safely introduce yogurt to your baby, how to serve to them as a solid food for baby-led weaning, plus 9 great ways to flavor plain yogurt for your baby and toddler, and so much more!

Phew, that sounds like a ton of info 😰, but I promise I made it as concise and complete as possible… cuz I know you have better things to do than spending hours reading about yogurt.

Yogurt for Baby Video

Watch this video to find out more information and how to easily flavor plain yogurt for your baby and toddler.

What to Look for in a Yogurt for Baby

When shopping for yogurt for your baby, the ingredient list should be pretty short:

  • made with whole milk
  • plain or no added sugar
  • has a variety of live active cultures
  • organic, if possible
Whole Milk (Full-Fat)

Whole milk is important for babies because they need healthy fats to develop muscles and bones. Milk is also one of the most important nutrients for brain development. Babies and toddlers need about 31-35 grams of fat a day (30-40% of total calories), depending on activity level, and most of it comes from healthy fats.

Live Active Cultures

Cultures commonly used in yogurts are L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus, L. acidophilus, Bifidus, L. casei, and L. rhamnosus. These live active cultures do two things: They make the milk turn into yogurt during the fermentation process, and they also provide the gut with probiotics. Probiotics, or good bacteria, are the good guys helping your baby maintain a healthy gut.

Plain or Unsweetened

Always opt for plain or unsweetened yogurt for your baby and toddlers. Sweetened yogurt can have up to 4 teaspoons of added cane sugar in it, which is way too much for babies and toddlers. You can find 9 fun ways to naturally flavor yogurt below.

Organic (if possible)

Yogurt made from organic milk will be free of synthetic pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs, which may be potentially harmful to your baby. Generally, the price difference between organic yogurt vs. standard yogurt isn’t huge — you’ll get an average of $0.14 for an ounce of standard yogurt vs. $0.17 for an ounce of organic yogurt. With all that said, you need to do what’s right for your family and budget.

Favorite Brands

Here are some of my favorite brands of yogurt that you can easily find at almost any supermarket. All yogurts taste slightly different, so if your baby doesn’t like one yogurt, you can easily switch to another brand.

Organic Varieties
  • Nancy’s, Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
  • Straus Family Creamery, Plain Yogurt
  • Maple Hill Creamery, Organic Cream on Top Yogurt
  • Stonyfield Organic, Whole Milk Plain Yogurt
  • Wallaby Organic, Whole Milk Greek Yogurt

Other Varieties
  • Siggi’s Whole-Milk Icelandic Yogurt, Plain
  • Redwood Hill Goat Milk Yogurt, Plain
  • Chobani Whole Milk Greek Yogurt

Greek vs. Plain yogurt

Both Greek and standard yogurts are excellent options for your baby and toddlers.

Greek yogurt is strained three times, so it has more protein and a thicker consistency. It also has a more sour taste, which can sometimes be a bit much for some babies or toddlers.

On the other hand, standard yogurt is not typically strained, so it has less protein and a thinner texture. The flavor of standard yogurt is definitely less tart than any Greek variety.

While we generally think that more protein will be better, for young babies and toddlers with still-developing digestive tracts, more protein might be too much for them. Plus, the slightly acidic flavor can be off-putting to some babies and toddlers.

I recommend starting with the standard yogurt and adding Greek yogurt to the menu once your baby is comfortable with yogurt.

Greek yogurt is great:
  • for some babies and toddlers
  • mixed into purees for babies
  • mixed into applesauce for toddlers
  • spooned into reusable pouches (makes them thicker, so they don’t drip as much)
  • for yogurt parfaits
  • for baking
Standard yogurt is great:
  • for all babies and toddlers without a dairy allergy
  • for smoothies
  • mixed into purees for babies
  • mixed into applesauce for toddlers
  • for baking
  • picky eaters

Dairy-Free Options

Plant-based yogurts have grown in popularity in the last couple of years, and I am a huge supporter of serving them to babies, regardless if the baby has a dairy allergy or not. Serving almond, oat, and coconut yogurts to babies will help them gain a wide range of nutrients as well as expand their taste buds. Just like whole milk yogurts, you are looking for dairy-free yogurts that are full of healthy fats (no skim or fat-free) and unsweetened. However, dairy-free yogurts may not provide some of the essential nutrients that dairy varieties provide, like protein and calcium, so make sure your baby is getting those nutrients elsewhere, or the yogurt is fortified. 

Favorite dairy-free brands
  • Forager Project, Organic Dairy-Free Unsweetened Plain Cashewmilk Yogurt Alternative
  • Kite Hill Yogurt, Unsweetened
  • Nancy’s Oatmilk Non-Dairy Yogurt Plain
  • So Delicious Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternative, Unsweetened Plain

Frequently Asked Questions

When can you introduce yogurt to baby?

You can introduce yogurt to your baby anywhere between 4-8 months of age. Since yogurt is nutrient-dense, I recommend serving it to your baby as one of their first foods but consult your pediatrician if there is someone in the family with a dairy allergy. You may be advised to wait until your baby is closer to 6 months. You can introduce plain yogurt to your baby as is, or you can mix a small teaspoon of yogurt with a baby food puree that your baby is already familiar with.

Can yogurt be baby’s first food?

Dairy yogurt is a common allergen and it is recommended to wait to introduce the top eight allergen foods to your baby once a few other well-tolerated foods have been introduced, especially if your baby is at high risk for food allergies.

Is yogurt a common allergen for baby?

Yes, yogurt made from cow’s milk is one of the most common food allergens, so, as with any food, start with a small portion and be aware of any signs that might be an allergic reaction after introducing it. You may want to talk with your pediatrician about how to safely introduce dairy yogurt if your baby has severe eczema or other food allergies.

Does yogurt cause constipation for babies?

Yogurt may cause constipation in some babies that are sensitive to dairy.

Yogurt for Baby-Led Weaning

Yogurt is still an excellent first food for baby-led weaning. You can simply load up a spoon (this or this one are two of my favorites) and hand the spoon with the yogurt to your baby for them to feed themselves. As they get older, you can place the yogurt into a bowl or sectioned plate and hand your baby the spoon to load and feed themselves.

Feeding Tips

  • Make sure your baby is showing readiness signs for eating – good control of their head and trunk, sitting with minimal assistance, bringing hands or toys to their mouth, and appearing interested in your food when you’re eating.
  • Follow your baby’s lead – when feeding purees from a spoon, sometimes there’s a tendency to keep offering bites past the point of your baby being full. Always follow baby’s cues for when they are done eating. Turning away from the spoon, closing her mouth, or pushing food away are all signs that baby is finished with the meal.
  • Pre-loading a spoon is a great way to help your baby be more successful in the early stages of self-feeding. Simply dip a spoon like the NumNum GOOtensil or ChooMee Starter Spoon into a slightly thicker puree, such as oatmeal, Greek yogurt or mashed avocado so that it sticks to the utensil and allow baby to grab the spoon.
  • Throwing spoons is a common phase that all babies go through at one point or another. One of the best ways to handle spoon throwing is to ignore it and keep feeding baby as usual (with an extra spoon you already have at the table). If baby ends up also throwing back up spoons #2 AND #3, simply encourage your baby to eat with their hands until they appear to be finished with the meal.

9 Great Ways to Flavor Plain Yogurt

Here are 9 delicious and fun ways to flavor plain yogurt for both babies and toddlers:

Peanut, Almond, or Seed Butter

Adding nut or seed butter into the yogurt does not only enrich the yogurt with a fun, nutty taste, but it is also a way to gently expose your baby to nuts (read more here about introducing nuts to your baby). You can add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey for a sweeter meal for toddlers over the age of one.

Veggie or Fruit Puree

You can stir in any homemade or store-bought puree into yogurt, which means you literally have endless options on how to flavor plain yogurt. Don’t be afraid to play around and find out what flavor combo your baby likes best!


You can use unsweetened applesauce or an apple puree to give plain yogurt a sweet, fruity taste without adding sugar or honey. Both of my kids love this option.

Mashed Banana and a Pinch of Cinnamon

This one is SO good; it could pass as a dessert. Simply mash some ripe banana, add a pinch of cinnamon, and mix a little yogurt for a luscious option.

Mashed Berries

I have found that using thawed frozen berries gives the yogurt a sweet taste without the extra sugar. I usually thaw my berries and then smash them on a cutting board with the back of a fork before adding them to yogurt. You can use any frozen fruit you have on hand — strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, cherries, kiwi, pineapple, raspberries, etc.

Cacao Powder

This one is pleasantly and irresistibly delicious. You can even add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey for toddlers over the age of one, and call it a dessert. Note that Cacao powder is different than cocoa powder. Cacao powder isn’t as refined and is considered a superfood. It is high in antioxidants and flavonoids, which makes it an excellent choice for boosting brain functions. Cacao is also higher in protein, fiber, magnesium, and iron than plain unsweetened cocoa powder. However, if cacao isn’t an option, cocoa will also work; just make sure it’s unsweetened.


Adding avocado is a fun, appetizing way to amp up the flavor of plain yogurt. You can also serve this combo on a piece of toast sticks.

Oat Baby Cereal

This is an ideal option for babies that love oat cereal. Adding plain whole milk to yogurts makes the cereal even more nutritious with essential fats and nutrients. I also recommend adding a pinch of cinnamon or cloves to make the dish taste more distinct.

Orange Juice and Vanilla

Using freshly squeezed oranges will boost the vitamin C and add a citrus twist to the yogurt. Vanilla extract brings out the flavor of orange juice, but it is optional.

Favorite Recipes

Here are some more favorite recipes on how to serve yogurt to your baby and toddler.

Homemade Yogurt Melts for Baby

4.58 stars (40 ratings)

These 2-Ingredient Healthy Yogurt Melts are great for babies and toddlers as a cold refreshing treat, as a gumming tool to help ease teething pain, or for a quick yummy snack!

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Pumpkin, Yogurt + Prune Baby Food Puree

5 stars (6 ratings)

A fun seasonal baby food puree that takes only 15 minutes to make and is packed with vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium, protein and iron just from the pumpkin.

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Peanut Butter Banana Melts for Baby + Toddler

5 stars (15 ratings)

These peanut butter banana melts are a perfect healthy frozen treat for baby. Made with 3 ingredients, they are quick to make and are great for baby-led weaning and can help relive teething pains.

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Strawberry Yogurt Popsicle

5 stars (3 ratings)

These 4-ingredient Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles are easy to make and are seriously delicious for the entire family!

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Berry Granola Yogurt Bark

5 stars (16 ratings)

This yummy yogurt bark is perfect for breakfast, snacks or dessert. Made with 4 simple ingredients, it only takes 5 minutes to make a batch of this healthy sweet treat that kids love!

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Base Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • plus one or more add-ins from below
  • 2 tsp peanut, almond or seed butter
  • 2 ounces veggie or fruit puree, homemade or store-bought
  • 3 tbsp applesauce or apple puree, unsweetened
  • 3 tbsp mashed banana and pinch of cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp mashed berries, frozen and thawed berries are sweeter
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp mashed avocado
  • 2 tbsp baby cereal of choice
  • 1 tbsp orange juice and a splash of vanilla extract
  • In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients you wish to flavor the yogurt with until smooth.

Age: 6 months and up

Yield:4-5 ounces for each flavor

Storage: store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up 3 days. 

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Best Yogurt for Babies and Toddlers (& How to Flavor Plain Yogurt)

Confused by the ever-growing yogurt aisle in the grocery store? Me too, which is why I put together a list of the best yogurts for babies and toddlers—those that are low in added sugars, but still taste great! Plus: You’ll find yummiest ways to naturally flavor plain yogurt.

Yogurt for Babies

Yogurt is a great baby food and toddler food as it’s filled with nutrients little kids need. This includes protein, calcium, and probiotics. It’s also easy to eat, whether served from a spoon or in a reusable pouch and is so easy to customize.

It’s a versatile food for almost any meal of the day and is often served for breakfast and snack.

But because there are just so many options available now, it can be confusing to choose a yogurt at the store. This post is meant to take some of the confusion out of the choices and help you make a decision more easily.

What kind of yogurt should I give my baby?

The best yogurt for babies is actually fairly straight forward. Here’s what to look for:

  • Made with whole milk
  • Is plain, rather than flavored
  • Is free from added sugars (which is the case with plain yogurt, though it does contain natural sugars)
  • Has a mild flavor and creamy texture (there’s so much flavor variation so some yogurts may be very tangy)
  • Is organic, if that fits your budget
  • Can be either regular style or thicker Greek style

There’s a wide range of flavors and consistencies in yogurt, so if your baby or toddler doesn’t like one you try, consider buying a different brand next time and see if it’s better.

And if you’re shopping for yogurt using WIC benefits, look for a whole milk plain option with a brand and container size that’s approved by your state program.

When can a baby eat yogurt?

A baby can eat plain whole milk yogurt at 6 months, or whenever they start solid foods. Follow the same advice when trying this food out as others and know that while cow’s milk is too hard for a baby to digest, yogurt is often much easier on the tummy.

It has beneficial probiotics too, which are healthy for the immune system and the digestive tract.

Whole Milk Yogurt

Babies and toddlers need fat for proper brain development, so it’s important to choose yogurt (and other dairy products) made with whole milk. Yogurt will be labeled as “whole milk yogurt” or 4% or 5% yogurt, so keep that in mind when choosing yogurt for your baby and toddler.

There is also a huge range of flavor profiles of plain whole milk yogurt, so you may need to try a few to find the one that you and your baby like best.

I prefer Stonyfield and the European Style plain yogurt from Trader Joes in the red and white cartons. I also love Kalona yogurt with the cream top—just stir the cream into the yogurt so there’s thickness and fat throughout.

Greek Yogurt for Babies

If you’d like to serve Greek yogurt to your baby or toddler, that is an option. There are a few things to keep in mind though. First, it can be a little harder to digest (since it contains so much protein), so start with a small serving to see how your kiddo does with it.

It also has a much thicker texture which may or may not be a hit with your kiddo—though it can also be easier to eat with a spoon since it will be less likely to slide right off.

And again, look for a whole milk (often labeled 4%) version to ensure that your child is getting the fats that they need. There is a range of flavors in Greek yogurt too, so try a few to find one your family enjoys.

Fruit Yogurt for Babies

While there is a whole market of fruit-flavored yogurts for babies and toddlers, I still prefer to mostly rely on the plain kind so we can control the amounts of added sugars and how overtly sweet the yogurt tastes. That said, these are great options too:

  • Stonyfield does make some baby yogurt without added sugars (though I have yet to see them in my area!) and they make a plain version of their baby yogurt.
  • Siggi’s makes a no-added sugar yogurt and yogurt tubes with lower amounts of added sugars.
  • Simply Go-Gurt also has less sugar and ingredients than other similar yogurt tubes.
  • Happy Family makes whole milk yogurt flavored with just fruit or fruit and veggies.
  • Redwood Farms makes a nice tasting goat milk yogurt which may be easier to digest.
  • Green Valley makes a delicious lactose-free yogurt. (I lived on this while I was pregnant with my girls and having trouble with regular yogurt.)

TIP: You can also make your own Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt. It’s SO easy.

The Best Yogurt For Toddlers

The best yogurt for toddlers is the same as the best yogurt for babies—plain whole milk yogurt. It has all the same benefits and is easy to customize for your kiddo. Though of course feel free to add flavor from fruit, nut butter, honey, maple syrup and more.

It may also be worth saying that many daycares serve flavored yogurts and many kids, as they get older, may prefer flavored yogurts. It’s totally fine if either happens because our overall diet is defined by more than just one food. Yogurt still has benefits, even if it’s a little sweet.

How to Flavor Plain Yogurt

I love to buy plain whole milk yogurt and to add flavor to it myself since there are so many easy options. Here are some stir-ins that we like:

  • Applesauce or Apple Puree
  • Diced fruit
  • Diced berries
  • Hemp seeds
  • Maple syrup or honey (avoid honey for babies under age 1)
  • Pureed pumpkin
  • Butternut squash puree (cooled)
  • Roasted sweet potato puree (cooled)
  • All-fruit jam or preserves
  • Chia Jam
  • Leftover baby food purees
  • Nut or seed butter
  • Mashed banana or banana puree
  • Baby food fruit purees like Pear Puree, Mango Puree, or Strawberry Puree

TIP: Try a few small servings of yogurt with these mix ins to see what your kids like. Scroll down for specifics on portions and amounts to mix.

When will my toddler be able to eat yogurt with a spoon?

Learning to scoop and get foods into little mouths is definitely a learning process, so don’t worry if your two year old still makes a mess of things when they eat with a spoon. The most important thing is that they have the chance to practice their spoon skills, so offer it and understand that they still may use their hands…since that’s often a more effective method!

I love to offer yogurt in a reusable pouch (shown above) at times and in bowls at other times. Both are great ways to serve yogurt to both babies and toddlers.

What’s the best nondairy yogurt?

There are so many good ones now, so you may need to try a few to find one that your family prefers. There are nondairy yogurts made from soy, almond milk, coconut milk, and goat milk so you’ll have to try a few to see which ones have the best flavor.

There are also many lactose-free yogurt options to help those who may be lactose intolerant.

Nutritionally, I still recommend looking for brands that use less added sugars and finding one with protein—the amounts will vary a lot. People seem to love the newer options from Kite Hill and the plant-based yogurts from Siggis, which are now widely available.

If you don’t see many options in your store, you can ask the dairy manager if they could get in others for you to try.

Homemade Yogurt Recipes to Try

Here are some of my go-to recipes for making flavored yogurts at home. Each is easy, flavorful, and perfect to share with the kids.

Best Banana Yogurt

This recipe make enough for 2-4 servings of yogurt, depending on the appetite of your child. See the Notes at the bottom for storage tips if you have leftovers. You can also cut the recipe in half to make a smaller amount.

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Easy Apple Yogurt (2-Ingredients!)

Made with a base of just two ingredients, this Apple Yogurt takes just seconds to make—and is a delicious breakfast or snack option.

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Favorite Mango Yogurt

You can use fresh or frozen mango, or start with mango puree. All three options work similarly. This is an easy way to make flavored yogurt at home for breakfast or snack.

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Favorite Strawberry Yogurt

You can use fresh or frozen strawberries, freeze-dried strawberries or strawberry puree. This is an easy way to make flavored yogurt at home for breakfast or snack.

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Easy Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt

Scale this up or down according to how many servings you're planning to make. The directions here are for one small toddler-size serving. (It's okay if your kiddo wants more or doesn't eat a whole serving though!)

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Favorite Yogurt Melts (Easiest Yogurt Bites!)

These melt-in-your mouth yogurt bites are a fun way to serve yogurt. Plan to make them at least 2 hours before you want to serve them.

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Favorite Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

This Strawberry Frozen Yogurt is so fresh and so creamy. It does freeze firm, so plan to let it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving.

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Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt

You can use fresh or frozen berries in this simple Strawberry Smoothie and the results will have a texture that is similar to drinkable yogurt. To make it thicker and to try different flavor options, see the Notes at the end of the recipe.

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Healthy Sweet Potato Pudding (2 Ingredients!)

You can also use plain Greek yogurt and sweeten to taste with maple syrup.

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Best Tips for Yogurt for Babies and Toddlers

  • Look for whole milk, plain yogurt.
  • Choose regular or Greek style.
  • If trying Greek yogurt for the first time, start with a small amount to ensure that it’s easy for baby to digest. (It has a lot of protein which may require some getting used to.)
  • Look for a whole milk plain yogurt if shopping with WIC benefits. The brands and container size approved in your state may vary.
  • Try adding flavor to plain yogurt with fruit purees, diced fruit, nut or seed butter, or jam.
  • Remember that babies can start eating yogurt soon after starting solids, or around 6 months. Straight cow’s milk should be avoided until baby is over 12 months of age since that is harder to digest.
  • You may also like Yogurt Muffins, Yogurt Pancakes, Apples for Babies, and Easy Homemade Baby Food.

Do you have any additional questions about yogurt? Please comment below and I’ll be happy to provide additional info!

This post was first published June 2018.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 0 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Author Amy Palanjian

Cuisine American

Course Baby Food

Calories 100kcal

Servings 1

  • ▢ 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • ▢ Plus one or more of these add-ins
Add-ins (choose one)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup applesauce, Apple Puree, mashed banana or Banana Puree, Butternut Squash Puree (cooled), Pumpkin Puree, Roasted sweet potato puree (cooled), Pear Puree, Mango Puree, Strawberry Puree, or any other leftover baby food puree you have
  • ▢ 1/4 cup diced fruit or berries
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon nut or seed butter
  • ▢ 1/2-1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey, all-fruit jam or preserves, or Chia Jam (avoid honey for babies under age 1)
  • Add the yogurt to a bowl.

  • Add desired add-ins and stir well.

  • Serve or store for later.

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. Stir before serving if the mixture has separated at all.
  • Adjust sweetness as needed with maple syrup, honey (for babies over age 1) or a fruit puree.
  • Use regular whole milk plain yogurt or Greek style.
  • Try any flavors with a plain nondairy yogurt as needed.
  • Our favorite combos are yogurt and applesauce, yogurt and roasted sweet potato, and yogurt and mango puree.
  • Serve in a bowl or in a reusable pouch (skip chunks of fruit if using a reusable pouch so the food doesn’t get stuck).

Calories: 100kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 58mg, Potassium: 235mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 139IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 151mg, Iron: 1mg

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