I recently bought my first bag of Chia seeds seeing them at a local grocery store. I don’t know too too much about them but their nutritional profile intrigued me. One ounce contains 137 calories, 9g of fat, 11g of fiber, 4g of protein. I’m no expert but that’s seems pretty ideal for baby. Especially considering the fat it contains is an Omega 3 Fatty Acid. Read the rest of this post
I’m trying hard, REAL HARD, to feed Little Bean what we eat at dinner. That’s it. End of story. Case closed.
I make chicken, broccoli and noodles. He gets chicken, broccoli and noodles. I make hamburgers, beans and corn. He gets hamburger, beans and corn.
It sounds so easy, right? Read the rest of this post
That’s right FRUIT! It’s so frustrating! I mean, who doesn’t like fruit? it’s nature’s candy for Pete’s sake! It’s sweet. It’s soft (or at least can be.) It’s colorful. It’s amazing!
Little Bean is not impressed. Any fruit given to him besides banana gets poked at, squished or thrown. The kid will attempt to put anything in his mouth. I mean ANYTHING: screws, bottle caps, wooden spoons, paper, tissues, but put a strawberry in front of him and he looks at you like you have 3 heads. He then proceeds to poke and squish it around his tray before crying for something else.
It’s a STRAWBERRY!
Or in this case, a grape… Read the rest of this post
It’s true. Sometimes I feed my baby things I’d never eat and, well, actually find gross. This is one of them, but when you look at from a growing baby nutritional standpoint I’m totally justified. At least I think am.
According to NutritionData.com, 1 large egg yolk has just over 50 calories, 5 g of fat and 3 g of protein. It’s also a good source of Folate and Vitamin B12. Mix one in with a sweet banana and a dollop of yogurt and you’ve got yourself a nice little meal for baby. Will he eat it? Find out in our next Baby Food Adventure…. Read the rest of this post
Did you know that eggs contain, in varying amounts, almost every essential vitamin and mineral needed by humans as well as several other beneficial food components*? Now that’s what I’m looking for in a baby food!
I introduced Little Bean to the egg yolk a little while ago and it didn’t go quite as I expected, BUT I did get him to eat it. Total win in my book… Read the rest of this post
Pumpkins ROCK! Heck, all winter squashes do, and all of them make great baby food.
According to NutritionData.com, pumpkins are:
a good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
That’s a lot of good stuff for baby and you!
See how I prepared and fed creamy pumpkin to Little Bean is our latest Baby Food Adventure….
I’m fairly new to quinoa. It definitely wasn’t something I grew up with. I didn’t even know it existed until a few years ago.
WHFood.com lists quinoa in their top World’s Healthiest Food list because it’s high in protein, magnesium, iron and it’s low in calories. One half cup cooked has about 110 calories, 4 g of fat and 5 g of fiber. Not bad for baby! Not bad at all!
But what about the texture? How would Little Bean react to something with so many chunks? Find out in our latest Baby Food Adventure…
Did you know one-fifth of a medium avocado, or a one-ounce serving, has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, including 4% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, 8% folate, 8% fiber, 2% iron, 4% potassium, with 81 micrograms of lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene (According to avocado.org).
Did you also know blended avocado makes a wonderful pudding consistency. Really, it does! Check out my Chocolate Pudding experiment. That picture doesn’t lie. When whipped and mixed with sweet ingredients the avocado creates an icing texture and it is amazing! Why not take advantage of this for baby? May I introduce Banana Blueberry “Pudding” made with avocado. You’ve got to try this one… Read the rest of this post
Our latest adventure involves one of my absolute favorite veggies: The Red Bell Pepper. I’m a pepper freak. Big Brother’s a pepper freak. It was time to see if Little Bean would follow suit.
His reaction was priceless. This was one of my favorite adventures yet.….
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Baby food is normally BORING. Sweet potato. Carrots. Peas. Rice Cereal. Sure they make some combos like summer vegetables or apples with blueberries, but there’s no pizzazz to them.
I say add a little spice! Little Bean has already had cumin dusted pork chops, greek spiced salmon, and Mexican chicken. I also add a bit of spice to his morning bowl of oatmeal. Here’s how I make “Apple Pie Oatmeal” for Baby….
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Take a plain old slice of bread and turn it into the perfect teething biscuit!
This idea is nothing short of genius!
It’s perfect for small hands. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s cheap. You many never buy a box of teething biscuits again! Check it out…
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Confession: I’m not the biggest avocado fan. I simply don’t understand people that go gaga over guacamole? It’s green and weird and a weird green.
However, I must admit, after picking some up for Little Bean I’ve been giving them another chance. Especially now that I’m keeping some in stock for him…. Read the rest of this post
Don’t make that face. I know, I know, lentils aren’t everyone’s favorite, BUT they are SO good for you!
Protein, Fiber, Iron, Potassium … do I need to keep going? Just check out their profile on World Healthiest Foods.
They are also super cheap and last forever in the pantry: a fabulous combo for this stock-happy mom.
Seriously, why aren’t I eating these things more? I’m hopping on the lentil bandwagon and taking baby with me… Read the rest of this post
Nothing says “fall is coming” more to me than winter squash. I love seeing the bins at the grocery store full of acorn, spaghetti and of course, butternut squash.
I’m fairly new to this amazing vegetable. I tried my first one a few years ago and fell in love. It has a sweet flesh similar to a sweet potato, but softer and less dense once cooked. You’ll probably laugh, but my favorite way to eat them is in fry form like this.
It was time to spread the squash love to Little Bean. May I present our Butternut Squash Adventure… (Warning: photo overload ahead. I was having too much fun with the camera) Read the rest of this post
I never understood people’s aversion to peas. I blame the brownish mush that comes in cans. Fresh and even frozen peas are so vibrant and tasty. My Little Guy has always loved them. He even eats them frozen out of the bag when I’m cooking!
Will his younger brother share this love? Find out in my newest Baby Food Adventure… Read the rest of this post
Not much compares to the ripe sweetness of fresh mango. Five years ago I had my first one and fell in love. So did the Toddler at the time (click here to see how we still eat out favorite fruit)
Join me as I introduce this family favorite to our newest member. Let the baby food adventure begin… Read the rest of this post