Mar 172015
 

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Sweet potato is a perfect first baby food and it is great for toddlers too!

Sweet potatoes are one of our favorite “first foods” for baby. But once your baby reaches a year old into toddlerhood there is no reason to stop feeding her sweet potato! Make sweet potato fun to eat for her by preparing Mr & Ms Sweet Potato Heads!  Sweet Potato  heads are delicious, nutritious and super fun to make. It might look like mashed sweet potato alone but it is actually a delicious combination of  sweet potato, yogurt, organic honey, and a bit of orange juice combined for the filling of decorated “potato heads.” Use “decorative touches”: olive eyes, carrot stick hair, and avocado mouth was used in this picture. Have fun creating your own. Full recipe below.

Mr/Ms Sweet Potato Heads Recipe from Super Baby Food

(remove the organic honey for baby under one)

Slice 2 cooked sweet potatoes in half. Scoop out flesh, being careful to keep skin intact to be used as a bowl later. Mash flesh and mix with:

2 tablespoons yogurt

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

2 tablespoons orange juice

Replace mashed sweet potato mixture into reserved skin bowls. Use “Decorative Touches” to make eyes, nose, mouth, hair, etc.

Send us your own Mr & Ms Sweet Potato Head creation and we will will post them on our Facebook Page and pick a few winners from the entries for a free copy of Super Baby Food, 3rd edition.!

Dec 052014
 

Brown Rice Cereal baby food by Ruth Yaron from Super Baby Food – Super Porridge

Enjoy this quick how to video (at the link) on how to prepare Ruth’s famous Super Porridge baby food made with brown rice featured in Super Baby Food.  We featured this video on our Instagram account.

Super Baby Food Brown Rice Super Porridge

Super Porridge is a mainstay of the Super Baby Food diet!  Do not let the name confuse you.  I am simply talking about baby cereal…a first solid food for your baby…the kind that is generally called “rice cereal” and comes in a box wrapped in cellophane at the grocery store.  What Super Baby Food teaches is to forgo the box at grocery store and purchase the grains from scratch (oat groats, brown rice, quinoa, millet, etc), ground the grains to a powder and place the powder in boiling water to make your very own, nutritionally superior baby cereal!

Super Porridge is easy to make, full of organic, superior nutrition AND money-saving.  What’s more, the porridge is flexible so that it can be part of a toddler diet, a young person’s diet, and even Mom and Dad’s diet.

Super Porridge is made from whole grains, shown here as brown rice super porridge.  Brown Rice Super Porridge is super easy to make.    As your baby grows,  just a few tweaks to consistency and ingredients can provide the flexibility to keep your baby satisfied and growing.

Super Baby Food Fan Tips For Preparing Super Porridge

Our fans have offered their own tips for successful super porridge preparation:

  • Blenders that work well to grind those grains: Oster, baby bullet, magic bullet, coffee grinder
  • Grind for the full two minutes, even if sounds horrendous…be patient
  • Cook the grins first, and then puree!
Please share your own tips for preparing Super Porridge.

 

 

May 212014
 

Popeye was right, spinach is good for you.

Greens are all the rage and with good reason, they are so darn good for you and for your baby.  Spinach is a super green that packs a nutritional punch, it is loaded with calcium, vitamin A and iron among other nutrients.

What you should know about homemade spinach baby food

Baby must be at least 9 months old to eat cooked greens, 10 months old for finely chopped raw greens. A young baby (0 -6 months) can not handle the nitrates found in spinach and other leafy greens. Spinach is one of the EWG’s Dirty dozen as well so buy organic!

Selecting and storing spinach for baby food

Buy organic spinach leaves that are loose and not in plastic bags, if at all possible.  Leaves should be young and tender with no thick veins, bright green, crisp and not wilted, insect-free, and have no bruises, decaying spots, or slime.  Rush home from the market and cook and freeze greens the second you walk in the door. If you must store them first, wrap them in white paper towels and place in organic, bleach-free wax paper-lined plastic bags in a cold part of the refrigerator or vegetable crisper.  Use them fast, within a day or two.

Preparing spinach baby food

Examine the spinach leaves and discard leaves with a lot of yellow or decay.  Trim any thick stems or small blemishes before cooking.  To remove any leftover sand, try placing the leaves in a large bowl filled with luke warm water so any sand falls to the bottom of the bowl.  Fish out the leaves and place them in a new bowl that is filled with cold water for one more rinse.  Coasely chop cleaned leaves, if desired.

Steam the spinach leaves in a covered container for about 5 minutes for whole leaves, 3 minutes for chopped leaves.  Steaming in an uncovered container will reduce the strong flavor of the greens but might also mean the escape of nutrients. Drain the steamed leaves, reserving the cooking liquid to be used for pureeing.

Parents.com has a great post with pictures of cooking a pureeing  spinach baby food.

Place steamed greens in a blender or food processor with a bit of the reserved liquid.  Place pureed baby food in a stainless steel cube tray and freeze for later use or storage using the Food Cube Method.

Other spinach baby food meal options

Spinach has a strong flavor as do many nutrient-filled greens.  Adding spinach to other great foods is a terrific way to make it more palatable for your baby.  Mixing pureed, cooked spinach with banana, sweet potato, oatmeal super porridge are just a few ways of masking spinach’s strong flavor. Adding cooked or raw spinach, when baby is old enough, into a smoothie concoction is another great way to serve spinach and its good for Mommy too!

Spinach Fun Facts

In addition to spinach being so nutritious, did you know that spinach can be terrific for your skin?   According to this post by Care2.com, eating spinach can leave you with a glowing completion on the outside as well as healthy on the inside.  This post lists 8 great benefits from eating spinach!

Have you experimented with spinach baby food?  Any tips on preparing, storing, or serving spinach baby food that you would like to share?

 

 

 

 

Feb 122014
 

I know YOU love and trust Super Baby Food and YOUR stamp of approval is all I need. It is nice, however, to be recognized by the rest of the world.

Super Baby Food, 3rd edition has won the Gold Family Choice Award and the Gold Feathered Quill Award!

To celebrate the awards and Valentine’s day I am giving away 5 copies of the new edition.  Contest will end Feb 17th and is open to US and Canada residents.  Check back here for the winners on Monday!

This offer is now CLOSED. Thank you for all your wonderful comments. Winners have been contacted by email.

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Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, and Tahini Super Baby Food | How-to and Nutritional values

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Nov 112013
 

 

Seeds are a super healthy part of your baby’s Super Food Diet

Seeds may be the very last food on a parent’s list when considering first solid foods for their baby and then later, their toddler.  They might want take another look at seeds and add them to the very top of their list! Seeds are jammed packed with precious nutrients that can provide an easy healthy boost to any meal.

The history of the seed

It makes sense that seeds are chock full of goodies.  Think about it. If a seed is placed in the ground, it grows! If a seed is placed in water, it sprouts! Nature must have put a concentrated store of nutrients in the seed, which can grow a new plant with no soil and nothing more than plain water.    The seed is the nucleus of a plant, the part that maintains survival of the species, and the part that is most important to nature.  If there is a variation and lack of nutrients in the soil, the other plant parts suffer at the expense of the seed.  In infertile soil, the roots forage for every trace nutrient they can find in order to first form the seed.  The seed is life itself! Fascinating, is it not?

How to add seeds to your baby’s prepared food

There are many seeds that you could add to your child’s diet.  I would like to share three in this post: chia seeds, seasame seeds (in the form of tahini), and flax seeds. Most pediatricians agree that you can add these three seeds (one of a time, of course) to your baby’s diet at eight months of age.  Check with your pediatrican before feeding as always.  I suggest grinding chia seeds and flax seeds immediately before serving to your baby, as the unground seed could be a choking hazard and the most nutitinonal value will be delivered when the seeds are ground.  As well, seeds become rancid quickly so best to grind and serve!

Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, and Tahini (seasame seeds in paste form)

Chia Seed Nutritional Value

Chia seeds have become very popular and it is no wonder.  Just some of the nutritional benefits of chia seeds include: Omega 3 Fatty Acid, anti-oxidants, fiber, and protein. Grind chia seeds to a fine powder and sprinkle on your baby’s yogurt, oatmeal super porridge, and atop soft or pureed fruit.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds contain omega 3 fats, manganese, Vitamin B1 and antioxidant properties, just to name a few of its goodies.  I recommend grinding flax seeds in a blender immediately before feeding and then add to scrambled eggs, yogurt, pancakes, etc.

Tahini (Seasame Seeds in paste form)

Tahini touts iron, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, B1, and dietary fiber as a few of it’s beneficial nutrients. Since tahini is sesame seeds ground into a butter it is super convenient to easily add to your baby’s yogurt, super porridge, practically anything that you can add a spread to!

If  you have experience feeding seeds to YOUR baby, share what you have found works best.  What other foods can you stir ground seeds into?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Super Baby Food Dazzling Prize Package Giveaway

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Aug 272013
 

The Super Baby Food Prize Package Giveaway is now <<CLOSED>>. Thank you for your participation! Congratulations to our FIVE winners who were notified by email!

Robin H, Gina B., Nicole B., Carolyn D., Anna Mae J.

As devoted fans of Super Baby Food, I know that you have been patiently waiting for an updated version of  your purple baby food bible! The time has come.

Super Baby Food, Third Edition, completely revised and updated, will be released on September 9th!

Super Baby Food cover

I could not be more excited to answer your demand for the most up-to-date medically and nutritionally sound information to feed your baby and toddler. The Third Edition has all the information you already LOVE about Super Baby Foodand so much more! Together we are better poised than ever to create the perfect, nutritionally superior bite for your babies and toddlers!

Although I am happy for you to purchase the new edition at any time, I want to encourage you to be one of the first people to benefit from the new edition by offering you a chance to win one of FIVE fantabulous Super Baby Food Mom/Baby Prize Packages!

Super Baby Food Giveaway Prize Package

Here is how you enter:

Pre-order Super Baby Food, Third Edition from one of the following places: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Super Baby Store, Books-a-Million or Powell’s Books. (If you’ve already ordered, no worries!) (To enter with no purchase necessary send along an email to Claudine@superbabyfood.com with what you like best at SuperBabyFood.com!)

Forward your receipts (this will act as your entry) to claudine@superbabyfood.com to be entered to win one of Five Super Baby Food Prize Packages.

Winners will be picked randomly using randomizer.org on September 9, 2013 and will be announced right here on the Super Baby Food Blog and through email! Buy as many copies as you like for your friends, mom-club members, family, co-workers – each purchase is an entry!

Contest is open to anyone in the US and Canada.

Announcing the Super Baby Food Prize Package:

We love this Zoli OHM Baby Changing Pad. Not only does it look great, it is a tool that you will use again and again. Using Baby OHM gives you peace of mind and also helps your baby stay “centered” during changing time with the non-toxic, non-slip material.

Zoli Gum massagers are the best! Gummy Sticks have ergonomic handles so it is easy for babies to hold and textured nubs to gently massage gums and teeth. Easy to grasp handle is reminiscent of toothbrushes helping to establish early dental hygiene. The anti-choke prevents over-insertion. (Set of 2)

For baby food preparation, there is no better or safer way to freeze Super Baby Food Cubes than using a stainless steel ice cube tray. This tray is easy-to-use, and non-toxic. It works like a dream and protects you and your loved ones from the toxic effects of BPA.

 

 

A signed copy of the new Super Baby Food. We know that you just purchased one, Silly! Tuck away that one for your next baby shower and place this signed copy on your kitchen counter!

Sephora Gift Card

A $50 gift card to Sephora. This one is just for you. Use it to buy something pampering like Philosophy Pure Grace Shower Gel, or snag the latest Fall eye shadow stick or lip gloss. No one has to know what you choose!

Pretty cool Prize Package, huh? I want you to be as excited as I am.

Want to read a chapter of the book before you buy? Check out this sample chapter.

Want to share some love about Super Baby Food? Go here.

Want me to let you go so you can buy the brand new edition of Super Baby Food and enter to win the Super Baby Food Prize Package? Of course you do! Go get it!

AmazonBarnes & NobleSuper Baby StoreBooks-a-Million or Powell’s Books

Thank you for participating and celebrating with me! Check back on September 9th to see the Prize Package Giveaway winners and for more ways to win a free copy of Super Baby Food!

Best,

Ruth Yaron

Mar 202012
 

As you may have guessed, Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron is a popular parenting “must have” for hundreds of thousands of parents in the US and Canada.

Did you also know that Super Baby Food is requested all over the world?

Although we do not have an edition of Super Baby Food available everywhere in the world – yet – we are working on it. To that end, Ruth is pleased to announce  the Romanian edition of the book.  We are so pleased to be able to reach the parents in Romania and are working hard to reach parents anywhere in the world who want to learn to feed their baby through the use of Super Baby Food!

Dec 092011
 

In case you did not see the Martha Stewart Show where Ruth and Super Baby Food is featured, you can see it below along with a demonstration of very simple, but delicious, apple sauce recipe. Enjoy!

Nov 292011
 

Ruth Yaron’s appearance on the Martha Stewart Show, as we have been proudly mentioning, was aired Monday, at 10 am and 2pm on the Hallmark Channel.

Martha introduced Ruth and prepared a recipe for baby “pink applesauce” that is now featured on her website.  We thought it would be fun to ask Ruth a couple of questions about her visit with Martha.  Her answers may surprise you. The answers are also a great conversation starter for those holiday dinners when you need something witty to contribute to the conversation.

You can visit the Martha Stewart Website for more information on the episode that featured Super Baby Food here.

Question for Ruth:

Can you tell us one thing about Martha Stewart that you didn’t know before you met her?

Ruth says:

I never knew she was a professional model.  She has photos on the walls in the hallway behind the stage.  She is as beautiful in person as she is on TV and in the pictures of her in the media and in her books.  She is a natural beauty.

Question for Ruth:

What was your favorite part of meeting Martha Stewart?

Ruth says:

Meeting THE Martha Stewart.   I loved watching all the activity behind the scenes while the show was being taped.  Every one of her staff was professional, very kind, and organized and they all worked together perfectly, like a well-oiled machine.  They were all very capable and extremely efficient without rushing anyone, and they had a great sense of humor and an easiness about them.   They enjoyed me kidding around saying stuff like, “What do you say when you meet Martha Stewart?  ‘Hello, your majesty!’ with a curtsy? (which I did NOT say to her, by the way).”  It was really an all-around fabulous experience and I had fun being a part of it.

How is that for some Martha Stewart Trivia? Martha was, indeed, a model for Chanel. Check out this link which shows the proof!

Thanks to all the Super Baby Food fans who tuned into the show and told all their friends.  You are the best!

Nov 232011
 

Super Baby Food wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

In keeping the spirit of Thanksgiving and of course, the tradition of Black Friday, Super Baby Food is running a contest on its Facebook page on Black Friday.  We are going to give away a copy of Super Baby Food and a Toys R Us gift card to FIVE winners.

To enter, simply respond to the question we post on our Facebook Page Friday Morning.  The good news is, there is no incorrect answer – all answers are correct!  We will announce the five winners on our Facebook Page on Saturday morning.  Take advantage of this contest to jump-start to your holiday shopping!

PS.  Don’t forget to watch Ruth Yaron on the Martha Stewart Show, Tuesday, 11/28 at 10 est on the Hallmark Channel!

Oct 262011
 

It’s that time of year where everything seems to turn orange.  Celebrate Halloween with your little one with these Pumpkin themed toddler recipes from Super Baby Food!

Great Pumpkin Pancakes

1 beaten egg

1 cup canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses

1/2 cup Super Flour*

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients in bowl and cook.   Top with a mixture of yogurt and orange juice concentrate

Pumpkin Custard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine:

1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin

1/2 cup honey

3 beaten eggs

1 1/3 cups milk

1 tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Pour into greased baking dish and bake for 45-50 minutes or until set.  Refrigerate, covered well, and eat within 2-3 days.  Serve cool.

Pumpkin Hors d’oeuvres

Mix together:

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 beaten egg

2 tablespoons milk

Form balls and roll in

1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (or wheat germ) mixed with

1/2 teaspoon fresh finely minced parsley.

Bake or fry, making sure that egg gets thoroughly cooked.

We hope these Super Baby Food Halloween Toddler Recipes will help you and your family to celebrate!  Have a happy and delicious Halloween!

Oct 072011
 

tofu-recipe.jpgWe had a blog request for the Egg-less Salad Spread recipe found in Super Baby Food p.317.  We are happy to oblige.

Egg-less Salad Spread

Mix together:

1 pound tofu, crumbled

1/4 cup tofu mayonnaise

2 teaspoons prepared mustard

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 green pepper, minced

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

1/2 medium onion, minced

1/2 teaspoon tamari

Enjoy!

Ruth Yaron Meets Martha Stewart at the Martha Stewart Show

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Oct 062011
 

Does it get any more exciting than this?

Ruth Yaron, author of Super Baby Food got a chance to meet Martha Stewart, backstage, at the taping of the Martha Stewart Show where Super Baby Food is featured.

Martha is quoted as saying, Super Baby Food is fabulous!” The airing of the taped episode will be on November 28th at 10am, Est, on the Hallmark channel.  We will remind you when it gets closer to tune in!

In the meantime, how great is this picture?  Ruth and  Martha – perfect together, don’t you think?

Sep 282011
 

A Fan of Super Baby Food took the time to write a nice note expressing the reasons she loves Super Baby Food.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  Thank you, Dacia, for your permission to reprint your kind words.

I just want you to know what an immense impact your book has made on my life.  I’m a research nut & the book saved me a lot of time.  Not only useful information, but well organized, user friendly and all-encompassing for all viewpoints or opinions.  The second reason it has impacted me is the support it has given me in embarking on homemade food & fully immersed nutrition.  Our society has evolved into consumers and we’ve become much too separated from our children’s nutrition.  I wanted to breast feed very badly and when I decided to make my own super baby food, I discovered the uncanny parallels the two have as far as stigmas and barriers.  I found support for breast feeding and now I’ve found support for super baby food & beyond.  What I’ve learned will go far beyond my child’s nutrition and even past our own dinner plates.

A couple years ago, my brother had mentioned possibly making his own baby food.  My silent reaction was “you can’t do that, it’s not that simple, baby food is fortified…”  Then I had my son 6 months ago and made my research and decisions.  I went to Borders and piled up 20 books to sift through before choosing yours since it wasn’t all pictures and glossy pages – LOTS of info and that’s it.  Then I went to the family meet & greet for my son’s daycare enrollment & they stated they provide Gerber foods.  I asked if I could bring my own in.  They just about gasped and said, well maybe if you had a Doctor’s note…  Can you believe it!  I pushed and spoke to the Director and they agreed if I would label the ingredients.  THEN, the following week, the teachers all huddled around me and detained me for a half an hour inquiring excitedly about home made baby food.  They just couldn’t get over how wonderful it was all of a sudden.  I’m glad I turned them on to it and plan on buying his two teachers copies of your book for Christmas.

I apologize for the windy feedback, but I really thought you’d enjoy the story as well.  Thanks for your work and for your time!

Dacia Volz
Dunmore, PA

Can anyone provide more words of support for Dacia?  Has anyone run in to the kind of reaction Dacia did at her day care regarding baby food?  How did you handle it?

Sep 192011
 

We have some exciting news! Super Baby Food will be featured on the new Martha Stewart Show,  on the Hallmark Channel. We will announce the airing as soon as we know the date! We are thrilled to be on the Martha Stewart show schedule and to reach millions of new parents.  To celebrate,  Super Baby Food is hosting a contest on Facebook and giving away 5 free copies of Super Baby Food.

Here’s how you enter to win a free copy of the book.

First, become a fan on our Facebook page!

Second, simply finish this ONE sentence on our Facebook post that explains the contest,  “I love Super Baby Food because…” The winners will be picked by the author Ruth Yaron and announced on Tuesday Morning, September 27th!  Good Luck and don’t forget to watch us on the Martha Stewart Show!

Jul 262011
 

Super Baby Food is trying to increase followers on Twitter. We want to reach as many parents as humanly possible to answer the all of their Super Baby Food questions!  In order to do that we are hosting a giveaway of three copies of Ruth Yaron’s Super Baby Food to be held over the next two weeks.

Enter for a chance to win a copy!  Follow us on Twitter and let us know with a comment that you did just that on this blog post with your Twitter name.  Enter as many times as you like by Tweeting with #Super_Baby_Food in tweets, or by “Liking us” on the Super Baby Food Fan page or by simply signing up for our blog feed.  Let us know that you have entered with a separate comment on this blog for each “entry” or action you have taken.

Three Winners will be announced on the SuperBabyFood blog on Friday, August 5th.  If you already have a copy of Super Baby Food, enter for a chance to win anyway. Super Baby Food makes a terrific gift for any new parent you know!  Thanks for participating. Happy Tweeting.

Disclosure: This giveaway is offered for US and Canada residents only!

Congratulations to our winners, announced August 5th:

Heather Brandt

Kendra Alexa

Jodi Brockway

and Karen!

Stay tuned for more giveaway offers in the coming months and thanks for participating!

Jul 232011
 

Mom asks:

You have many terrific recipes in your book, Super Baby Food. Can you suggest a Gluten Free alternative to Super Flour?

Ruth says:

Hi!
Flour for baking regular yeast breads pretty much has to be flour with gluten because the it’s the gluten (the protein in the flour) that raises breads.  The gluten has to be developed by kneading.  Bread rises when yeast eat starch and produce carbon dioxide as a byproduct and form tiny bubbles in the bread.  The developed stretchable gluten stretches to accommodate the bubbles, blow up a bit, and cause the bread to rise. So gluten is necessary for yeast breads that rise.

Wheat is the grain that has the most gluten.  Wheat flour used in yeast breads can be processed white flour or whole wheat flour–whole wheat flour is more nutritious but doesn’t rise as well as white flour.  Many recipes for homemade whole wheat bread or breadmaker recipes usually contain only some whole wheat flour, the majority being white flour.  White flour makes a light loaf.  Whole wheat flour doesn’t rise as well because of it’s course bran.

Quick breads, on the other hand, don’t really need the gluten as a leavening agent (an ingredient which makes dough rise).  The baking powder or baking soda reacts and bubbles up and causes the quick bread to rise a bit.  No gluten is needed because the powder/soda instead causes the bread to rise..  So you can use a GF flour to bake quick breads but not yeast breads.  You can use just about any flour–rice flour, garbanzo bean flour (the Spice Goddess on the cooking channel is big into garbanzo bean flour), quinoa flour, millet flour, and any flour that does not contain gluten.  Your natural foods store will have a nice variety and there will probably be an employee who can help you.

Good luck in your baking!  Thanks for writing.
🙂
Ruth

If you have your own question for Ruth, share it in our Superbabyfood.com contact form.

Jun 152011
 

grains-baby-foodOne of our fabulous Super Baby Food parents asked about saving time by grounding up the grains for Super Baby Porridge and Freezing for use later.  we thought it was such a great question that we would share Ruth’s answer.

Regarding the freezing of Ground grains for use later, Ruth says:

I’m not really sure how long (ground grains) will keep in the deep freeze after grinding.  I know that I put in my book, Super Baby Food, that they will keep for two months at refrigerator temperatures, so in the deep freeze, figure about six months or more.

Please note that in the next edition of my book (due out soon), also entitled Super Baby Food,  that I will be recommending that you do NOT grind in advance.  I will be recommending that you grind them immediately before cooking.  The reason for this is the fresher the grain and the more recently that it has been broken open by grinding, the more nutrients it has and the less nutrient loss to air, light, and heat.  So if you have a blender/grinder, I would suggest you use it daily.  If you do not have a blender/grinder and borrow someone else’s to do batch grinding, then it might be more convenient if you store in the fridge up to 2 months or in the deep freezer in good-quality freezer containers for about 6 months.

Thanks for writing!
🙂
Ruth

Jun 052011
 
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Moms Are Talking About…

Raw Dairy Products for Their Baby.  We asked Ruth, Are raw dairy products  safe to feed to baby?

Ruth says:

In a word – “Nope”

Here’s why:

Milk and cheese made from raw milk have not been pasteurized–heated sufficiently to kill dangerous bacteria. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dietetic Association say to NOT feed any baby milk, cheese, or any dairy products that are raw (have not been pasteurized).  Babies’ immune systems are not mature enough to fight bacteria that might have contaminated them and some bacteria could be lethal.  Anyone who is “immunocompromised” should not eat raw dairy products, including babies and young children, the elderly, and those with an illness.  And I believe the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that NO ONE, even very healthy adults, should eat raw dairy products, especially those who are immunocompromised.

May 262011
 

Moms Are Talking About…

Feeding Cottage Cheese to Your Baby

Cottage Cheese baby foodThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends dairy products (yogurt, natural cheeses, cottage cheese) made from whole milk because babies need fats.  As for all new foods, use the four-day wait rule.  Keep in mind that these fats are the saturated kind, which should be minimized in older children’s diets.  So when your baby becomes a toddler at age 1-2 years, you may want to switch to low-fat or non-fat dairy products, depending on which your professional baby care provider recommends and the age to switch.  I recommend buying only ORGANIC dairy products, which are from cows that are not treated with antibiotics or BVG (bovine growth hormone) and graze on grass with no pesticides.

Although it’s OK to give your child dairy products like yogurt and cheese made from cow’s milk, do not feed cow’s milk itself to your baby until s/he is one year old.  Until one year, give your baby breastmilk or formula and no cow’s milk, because cow’s milk protein is different from the protein in breastmilk/formula.  Be sure all dairy and cheeses you give to your baby are pasteurized and not made from raw milk.  Start your baby on dairy only if there are no milk allergies in the family–consult your pediatrician as to whether to introduce dairy to your baby.  In fact, if there are ANY allergies in the family (food allergies, asthma, pollen, etc.) , especially in the immediate family, discuss them thoroughly with your baby care povider.

By the way, if you haven’t given yogurt or kefir to your baby yet, you may wish to choose these dairy products over cottage cheese because they have the healthy bacteria so necessary for your baby’s digestive and immune systems.

For more information on dairy products and your baby, check Super Baby Food or right back her at the Super Baby Food Blog.

May 192011
 

What to do when your baby won’t eat a certain food?

It’s a worry for parents.  The first thing to remember is not to push it.  Put the food away and try again in a few weeks. Sometimes your baby will not eat something that is sweet and tastes good to you.  With my baby, it was applesauce.  I was surprised (but not upset!) that he simply would not eat it. A few months later, he began eating it with gusto and has loved it ever since.

If you’re afraid a toddler will not like a particularly healthy new food, such as kale, use a little reverse psychology to get her interested.  Don’t give her any and eat it in front of her.  She will want some.  Be hesitant, but agree to give her some. If you’re lucky, she will love to eat it because it makes her feel like a big girl who fits in with the rest of the adults in the family.

Remember, too, babies will almost always make a face when offered a new food, especially if it has a strong flavor.  Do not go by her facial expression.  Offer her another spoonful and if her little mouth opens to accept a refill, continue feeding!

For more baby food tips check out Super Baby Food or right back her at the Super Baby Food blog!

May 172011
 

Super Baby Food Loves This Post on How To Make Fruit Leather

Tricia, a blogger at How Sweeter It Is, is a fan of Super Baby Food.  We love that.  We also love that she took the time to describe the making of fruit leather as mentioned in Super Baby Food, with pictures, in a scrumptious blog post on her site for mom’s benefit.  Keep up the good work, Tricia.

May 122011
 

A mom had a question on the Super Baby Food Facebook Page about feeding a baby radishes!

Are radishes OK to feed a baby?

Here is what Ruth had to say:

Radishes technically are OK to give to a 9 month old, but I would suggest giving very little and very well diced – use a garlic press and knife to get it into the smallest pieces.  Radishes might cause stomach upset and may be difficult for your baby’s immature system to digest.  Try just a little tiny pea-sized bit and wait a day or so to see if your baby has any reaction.

Use only organic radishes and herbs and spices.

You can add herbs and spices anytime after 6 months, but I would first start with spices that are not hot.  Try a little cinnamon, or ginger first, then move on to turmeric (a SUPER spice loaded with good stuff), cumin, and others.  Stay away from the hot ones, such as cayenne pepper and garlic, for a while.  Introduce in very small quantities and, as always for new foods, use the 4-day wait rule.  Spices are loaded with antioxidants and are super foods, however, do NOT use imported spices, as they may have heavy metals (lead, mercury) in them.

I like the Frontier brand.  All their spices are organic and you can find them at the natural foods store or large grocery stores like Wegman’s.
http://www.frontiercoop.com/products/spices.php

TIP: If your mouth gets too hot from hot or peppery spices, cool it down with milk, which cools better than water or juice.

Thanks for writing!

Does anyone else have a question regarding a vegetable?  Send them to Ruth!

May 122011
 

Choosing, Picking, and Preparing Carrots to Feed your Baby

Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that is not toxic, even in large doses.  Your baby should get a vitamin A veggie every day!  Here are some details for feeding you baby carrots:

Age: Baby must be at least 7 months old for cooked carrots, 10 months for finely grated raw carrots.

Choosing: Carrots should be firm, and not pale.  The smaller the carrot, the sweeter the carrot.

Storing: Carrots need cold temperature and high humidity.  Store in the refrigerator in plastic bag with holes.  When properly stored, carrots retain their nutrients for up to two weeks.

Preparation for cooking: Nutrients are most concentrated in the peels of carrots and just below.  You don’t have to peel or scrape young or small carrots if you give them a good scrubbing with a vegetable brush.  Older, bigger carrots are probably better peeled.

Steaming: Steam whole carrots 15 minutes, carrot slices about 10 minutes.

Baking: Large carrots can be baked in the oven.  Scrub them and leave whole and unpeeled. Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes.

Freezing: Freeze pureed carrots using the food cube method for up to 2 months.

For tips on preparing and feeding more vegetables, check out Super Baby Food book or check right back here at the Super Baby Food Blog.

May 082011
 

When to Give an Iron Supplement to Your Baby

A full-term baby is born with enough iron stores from Mom to last him about 4-6 months, or until his birth weight doubles.  Babies, then, after 4-6 months, need foods high in iron such as iron-fortified formula or iron-fortified cereal.  The question is: does a baby need an iron supplement?  Again, the first resource to turn to is your pediatrician.  Together, you and he can determine what your baby’s diet is providing and if there is a need for a daily, supplemental iron drop, as suggested by the American Academy of  Pediatrics in some cases.  Babies may continue to need an iron supplement until they are 18 months old, but be careful to give the baby too much iron, it can lead to constipation.   A detailed list of iron-rich foods is included in Super Baby Food’s nutrition reference section.  For online information regarding iron-rich foods, try this list at Wholesomebabyfood.com.

Does your Baby Need a Fluoride Supplement?

A fluoride supplement is another nutritional supplement that should be discussed with your pediatrician.  The prevailing guideline from the AAP is that fluoride NOT be given in infants under the age of 6 months. Specifically,

“The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Dentistry recommend that all children older than six months of age, breast fed or formula fed, be given fluoride supplements if they live in an area where the fluoride level of the water is less than 0.3 ppm. Optimal fluoride concentration in water for teeth is .7-1.2 ppm. Use of fluoride supplements is indicated for children in non-fluoridated areas.”

The take-away here is that up to 6 months, fluoride supplements are not necessary.  After 6 months have a talk with your pediatrician regarding your baby’s diet (breast-feeding or bottle feeding) and the percentage of fluoride in your drinking water to decide if a fluoride supplement is necessary.  As with many child care practices, prevailing wisdom changes, so be sure to discuss with your pediatrician and check out the websites of the AAP and the AAD for the most updated  information.

Check back with the Super Baby Food Blog for more information regarding Iron and Fluoride Supplements.

May 042011
 

The number one rule when considering supplements for your baby is to discuss it with your pediatrician.  Between the two of you, you can determine the diet your baby has now and what might need to be supplemented.  With that in mind, here is some general information that you can use to start to talk about supplements for your baby.

Vitamin supplements are called supplements because they are meant to do just that – “supplement” a baby’s good diet.  Vitamin supplements are terrific because even a good diet can be lacking in nutrients due to improper storage of foods, too-early harvesting, and the lack of nutrients in our country’s depleted soils from poor farming methods.

Exclusively breast-fed babies are often prescribed a supplement containing vitamin D.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this because breast milk may not have enough of this nutrient, which is produced by sunlight on skin.  Some, however, feel the need for Vitamin D as a supplement to a breastfeeding baby may not be necessary.  You can read that point of view here on Homemade Baby Food Recipes.com.

Once you discuss supplements with your pediatrician, be sure to give your baby his vitamin supplement with her meals, not on an empty stomach.  Vitamins work with food to help with chemical reactions in the body.  For many babies the method will be to exclusively breast feed your baby until 6 months old and add vitamin D, and possibly iron drops (we’ll talk more about iron in the next post).  Bottle fed babies will not need Vitamin D as a supplement as it is provided in formula.

In the next post we’ll discuss Iron and Fluoride as supplements.  For even more information on nutritional supplements including a terrific appendix of every vitamin known to man defined with the  nutritional needs of your baby by age check out the Super Baby Food book or check back here at the Super Baby Food Blog!

Apr 252011
 

In a previous blog post we talked about some reasons why starting baby food is not such a good idea. In this blog post and the next, we’ll go in the other direction and list some signs of readiness for solid foods.  If you would like to introduce solid foods to your baby, discuss it with your pediatrician and do whatever you and your pediatrician agree is best for your baby.

Here are some signs of readiness of solid foods:

  • Baby is at least four months old.
  • Baby weighs twice as much as her birth weight
  • Baby weighs at least 13-15 pounds
  • Baby can sit with support, allowing her to lean forward when she wants another spoonful and backward to refuse.
  • Baby has control over her head and neck muscles and can turn her head to refuse food.
  • Baby has stopped exhibiting the extrusion reflex when you put a spoon in her mouth.  If after several tries, food comes right back out of her mouth when you spoon feed her, she is not yet ready for solid foods.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog post for more sign of readiness for solid baby food.  For more information on feeding baby consult the Super Baby Food book or the Super Baby Food App (free for a limited time)!

Apr 212011
 

In Part 1, we reviewed some baby first foods.  Here are some other great first food choices.

Mashed ripe banana is an excellent first food for baby.  Bananas are nutritious and very easy for your baby to digest.  Many other cultures use bananas exclusively as their first baby food.  Try to buy only organically-grown bananas.

Mashed, ripe avocado is also an excellent first food for baby.  Avocados are extremely nutritious and contains the fatty acids that your baby needs for brain development.

Cooked, mashed sweet potato is another favorite first food for babies who are at least 4 months old.  It, too, is highly nutritious and filled with beta carotene (vitamin A).

Yogurt is a good first baby food for babies who are at least 6 months old.  Whole milk yogurt, the plain variety, instead of low-fat yogurt, is recommended because your baby needs fats. Remember that yogurt, in the under 1 year old, should not be fed in place of breastmilk or formula, but may be fed as an additional first food.

For an informative video that describes baby’s first foods, check out the video starring Ruth Yaron and Cindy Crawford.

Stay tuned for more information to feed your baby right here at the Super Baby Food Blog.

Apr 182011
 

If the most popular question about feeding baby is “When”, the second most popular question has got to be, “What?” In a recent post we discussed your baby’s first meal.   In this post and the next, we will cover, in a bit more detail some first food choices for your baby.

The first foods you should feed your baby are those that are easily digested and least likely to trigger an allergic reaction.  The most recommended first food is commercial iron-enriched baby cereal.  You and your pediatrician should decide which food should be given to your baby at her very first meal.

Commercial iron-fortified baby rice cereal is the first choice of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Rice is easily digested, is rarely an allergen, and thins readily when added to liquid.  Most commercial cereals, are refined and processed.  Earth’s best brand, however, is not.  It is made from whole brown rice and is organic.  If you would like to you a commercial brand, I suggest you use Earth’s Best.

If your baby is at least 6 months old, I recommend homemade whole grain brown rice or millet cereal as baby’s first food (ie. Super Baby Porridge).  These cereals are easily digested, but your baby must be at least 6 months old before he has the necessary digestive enzymes to handle the complex carbohydrates in these cereals.

For an informative video that describes baby’s first foods, check out the video starring Ruth Yaron and Cindy Crawford.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of First Foods right here at the Super Baby Food Blog.

Apr 132011
 

If you make eating healthy foods fun, healthy eaters will be created.  Kids think it’s lots of fun when you make playful, decorative food.  Decorating only takes a few seconds, but it makes your child feel very special.  For the older than 1 child, try creating a recipe like Apple Smiley Face (recipe below) and then decorating with fruits and vegetables.  Once the recipe is completed and placed on your child’s plate in a pancake-shaped face, use decorative touches to add eyes (cooked egg slices or halved grapes), a nose (raisin or carob chip), mouth (orange section) and hair (curly carrot peel). This recipe is healthy all around and fun!  Any healthy food can go through the same decorative transformation.

Here’s the Apple Smiley face recipe:

To make a “pancake,” grate a well-scrubbed organic apple with peel in a processor (or use organic no-sugar-added applesauce). Mix with 1-2 tablespoons natural peanut butter or other nut butter to make a slightly thick “dough.” Optionally add 1 teaspoon maple syrup or agave nectar (a healthy sweetener that can be found in natural foods stores) and a pinch of cinnamon and/or some flax seed oil or freshly ground flax seeds. Grate an apple in a processor.

Enjoy your toddler’s enjoyment of this Super Snack!

Apr 062011
 

Every parent’s worst nightmare is a baby who they fear is not eating enough.  If you feel that something is wrong with your baby’s eating habits and/or his weight is dropping, your first stop, as always, is with your pediatrician.  You might also find a registered dietitian in your area.  This site will help you find one: EatRight.org.

Your baby should be physically growing and learning skills and milestones.  Is he meeting his developmental milestones? You may want to pick up a copy of this book from your local library: The Wonder years: Helping Your Baby and Young Child Successfully Negotiate The Major Developmental Milestones by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  I get a lot of emails from the parents of picky eaters and it is almost always the case that they begin eating lots of food after the age of 8 months when they start moving.  Is your baby crawling a lot?  The more babies move, the hungrier they get and the more they should eat for all the extra energy they need.

There are some great books on picky eaters, too.  Try Food Chaining, it talks about the difference between picky eaters and children who have serious eating disorders.  Whatever you decide to do, make sure you keep your pediatrician involved.

Mar 312011
 

Your beginner eater has had her very first meal.  It’s now day two of solid foods and she is ready for another meal.   For the first week, give her one meal each day consisting of one single food – the same food you fed to her in her very first meal.  Give her some breast milk or formula before the solid food so that she is not too hungry when you spoon-feed her.   After she finishes the food you can give her the rest of the breast or formula.  For the first few days, each meal should be no more that a tablespoon before mixing with liquid.

At the beginning of the second week of solid foods, introduce your baby to one new food from the list below.  Wait 4-7 days (The Four Day Wait Rule) and watch for allergy symptoms before introducing another food.

  • ripe avocado
  • ripe banana
  • sweet potato
  • yogurt, whole-milk (6 months or older)
  • commercial, iron-fortified single-grain cereals: rice, barley, millet, oatmeal
  • mild fruits, cooked and strained apricots, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, prunes

For more details on feeding baby his first solid meals check out  Super Baby Food or check back to the blog for more informative blog posts!

Mar 302011
 

You’ve checked out all the signs for readiness and your feeding area is welcoming and safe.  It’s time for your baby’s very first “solid” food meal!  Here are some tips to make sure that your baby’s very first meal is a success.

The best time to give your baby her very first meal is in the morning or early afternoon.

  • Give the first meal when your baby is not too hungry.  A too-hungry baby urgently wanting to eat may become frustrated during this new unfamiliar eating method.
  • Feed first meal after he has had a partial breast or bottle feeding. Give him half a feeding, then introduce his first solid food, and then finish the feeding.
  • The temperature of your baby’s food should be moderately warm.
  • The first meal will be very little food, no more than a teaspoon or two.
  • The consistency of the first solid food will not be solid, it will be much more liquid than solid.
  • When ready and comfortable, place a pea-sized amount of the liquidy food on the spoon, place the spoon lightly on your baby’s lower lip and slip it gently into his mouth, so that it is on the top of his tongue.  Let him suck the food off the lower spoon.  If he doesn’t suck, then tip the spoon so that the food pours slowly into his mouth.
  • Whatever happens, smile and say, “Mmmm!!!”
  • Watch for signs that you should end the meal, when the food is gone or when she turns her head away and closes her little mouth when she sees the spoon coming.

Check out his cute You Tube video of a baby’s first meal.  Watch how the Mom incorporates many of tips described above.

Mar 282011
 


In the last Super Baby Food Blog post, we talked about the Serving Size of a Super Baby Food meal.  Size is important Also important is to balance your baby’s diet among the food groups.  To do just that, try this tip: keep food servings about the same size.  For example, if your baby’s vegetable servings are currently 2 food cubes, keep the fruit servings about the same size:  2 Food Cubes = 4 Tablespoons = 1/4 cup.  Make cooked cereal servings twice the size of fruit or veggie servings, because cooked cereal is mostly water.

For 2 veggie food cubes or 1/4 cup fruit, a similar sized cereal serving would be 1/2 cup of cooked cereal. (A half-cup of cooked cereal is only a few tablespoons of ground dry cereal before it is mixed with water).  Keeping food servings similar in size will help to promote in your baby’s diet a nice balance of nutrients from the different food groups. This is what we mean by “similar-sized” food servings.

Mar 252011
 

In the Super Baby Food,  I write about the “food serving.”  Here’s more information about the “food serving” as it relates to your baby.

The amount of food in a serving varies tremendously with the day and the baby.  The formal, technical definition of a baby food serving is “however much your baby will eat.”  The point is that there is no absolute size or standardized amount of food that constitutes a serving for a baby.  But to give you rough idea, the hypothetical average beginning eater’s food serving probably falls somewhere between 1 and 4 tablespoons.

A major part of the Super Baby Food System is the preparation of ice-cube sized frozen vegetable cubes.  For beginners, a serving size is generally 1/2 veggie cube to 2 veggie cubes. Start by giving your beginning eater a food cube made by filling the ice cube about half-way.  If she wants another, she”ll let you know.

Another major part of the Super Baby Food System is the home-making of whole grain cereals, like Super Baby Porridge.  A food serving of homemade cereal for beginning eaters is 1/4 – 1/2 cup of cooked cereal.  This equates to 1-2 tablespoons of dry uncooked cereal before it’s stirred into boiling water.  Remember that “baby serving’ is VERY flexible.  All babies are different and all appetites are different – it’s simply a rough idea.  Give your baby as much as he will eat, but watch carefully for signals that he has had enough, and don’t try to feed him more food after he loses interest.

Watch for our next blog post on similar-sized food servings to help with the balance of your baby’s Super Baby Food Diet.

Mar 232011
 

In a previous post, we outlined the Super Baby Food Food Cube Freezing method.  Freezing food is an important step. Thawing the food is the next important step.  It’s important to thaw the food “safely.”  “Safely” here has two meanings.  First, baby food should be thawed in a way which prevents bacterial growth.  Baby food should never be thawed at room temperature, and baby food should not be kept at room temperature for more than several minutes.  Second, “safely” means thawing baby food so that it is not too hot or too cold to be a danger to your baby.  If it’s too hot, it may burn your baby’s mouth.  If it is too cold, and therefore not thawed thoroughly, it may contain frozen food chunks that are choking hazards to your baby.  Food that is too cold may also “burn” your baby’s sensitive mouth.  In thawing food, you simply want to take the chill out of baby’s food, you don’t want to make it hot.

Here are a few ways to safely thaw those frozen baby food cubes:

Thaw Food Cubes on the Stove Top:

Place frozen food cube in a pot and thaw over very low heat stirring often.  A double broiler can also be used.  This method takes a while so begin to warm the cubes 15 minutes to 1/2 hour before mealtime.

Thaw Food Cubes in the refrigerator:

Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.  Be sure to stir insuring that no frozen chunks are left.  If you need to warm the food a bit, place container in a larger container with hot tap water.

Thaw Food Cubes In the Microwave:

Many experts recommend avoiding the microwave altogether because of the uneven heating that microwaves are notorious for.  It’s a fact that parents use the microwave regardless so, if you are going to use the microwave to thaw, be careful.  Place the frozen cubes in a little microwave-safe bowl.  With experience you will know exactly how long to thaw a frozen cube, probably between 30 seconds and a minute.  Once thawed almost all the way through, mash the remaining cube to even out the temperature.

Here are a few tips to make sure that baby’s food will be safe for baby to eat:

  • Stir, stir, stir baby food thoroughly to distribute heat
  • Always test the temperature of your baby’s food BEFORE feeding to your baby
  • Never re-freeze thawed baby food!

For additional information, check out Super Baby Food and check back with us here at the Super Baby Food blog.  Remember to subscribe to our feed to keep up with informative blog posts!

Mar 212011
 

With regard to a baby’s or toddler’s diet, the word “snacks” is a misnomer.  We adults tend to think of snacks as sweet little bits of foods that we eat for enjoyment more than to assuage hunger or to provide nutrition.  This is not true for your baby or toddler.  Super Baby Food “Super Snacks” are not extras, but a necessary part of your baby or toddler’s  daily diet that adds calories and nutrition! Of course, baby’s and toddler’s are different.  Below is a simple, nutritious Super Snack recipe for a Toddler.  The Super Baby Food Blog will be sharing many more Toddler and Baby Super Snack information and recipes, so come back and visit often!

Toddler Hors d’oeuvre Recipe:

Fresh Fruit Hors d’oeuvres

1 ripe mashed banana, or some avocado or other mashed fruit

1/2 C chopped nuts, (if not allergic, of course)

2 teaspoons honey

Do not cook but form into balls and refrigerate or freeze!

There are plenty more recipes in Super Baby Food, or check back with us us here at the blog! Happy Super Snacking!

Mar 152011
 

Pureed, cooked vegetables are a large part of the Super Baby Food Diet.  To save time and energy, cook and puree large batches of veggies all at once and freeze them in ice cube trays using the Food Cube Method.

The Food Cube Method involves two steps:

1) Placing the food in ice cube trays and letting it freeze until solid, and

2) Transferring the frozen food cubes into plastic freezer bags.

Remember, the pureed food in the ice cube trays should be frozen as quickly as possible.

After the the food cubes are frozen solid (8-12 hours), transfer them to freezer bags (you must use Freezer bags, not storage bags) removing as much of the air in the bag as possible. Label and date each bag with a freeze date and a expire date.  It’s safe to say that frozen vegetables will keep up to two months.  A timesaver tip is to mix together several days worth of orange and green vegetable cubes and avocado cubes in the same freezer bag.  This trick makes it easier to find, pull out, and open ONE bag instead of three!

For more details on the Food Cube Freezing Method check out  Super Baby Food or check back to the blog for more informative blog posts!

Mar 102011
 

Feeding solid foods is such an important milestone in you and your baby’s life.  It is always important to remember safety first.  Below are some safety tips for feeding baby solids.

  • Make sure that wall mountings, electrical outlets, and objects on counter tops are out of baby’s reach from the feeding chair.
  • Your baby should not be able to grab something and use it for leverage to tip chair over.
  • Never leave your baby alone in a high chair.
  • Never allow older children to play in baby’s high chair or hang onto it.
  • Always use the full restraint system including the waist and middle straps when seating baby in the high chair- never use just the tray alone.
  • Remember to clean the chair and the restraint system on a regular basis.
  • Your baby should be seated in an upright position in the high chair or infant seat in order to prevent choking during eating
  • Remember to stop using the seat when your child has reached the recommended maximum height or weight.

For more safety tips while feeding solids check out the Super Baby Food App (available for free for a limited time), check out Super Baby Food or check back to the blog!

Mar 072011
 

You’ve decided that the time is right to start feeding solid foods to your baby. Congratulations!  The next step is to create an environment to encourage your little guy in his new adventure.  Here are some tips for creating a friendly solid food feeding zone:

  • Your baby’s feeding area should be a happy place to be. Use baby’s mealtime as quality time for bonding with your beautiful baby.
  • Make silly faces at your baby, smile, and talk to her during mealtime.
  • Allow your baby to participate as much as possible in the feeding process.
  • Praise the good ignore the bad.  Try making a game of eating to prevent food on the floor.

During your baby’s first meal, he should develop a sense of trust and relaxed mealtimes are part of the process.  Your baby will actually grow and develop better if he is feed in a loving environment. For more information on creating a safe and friendly “solid food” feeding zone, check out the Super Baby Food app or subscribe to the blog for additional blog posts on the subject!

Mar 022011
 

After the birth of the baby, the next biggie milestone will be starting solids. The biggest question parents ask is: When Should I Start Feeding My Baby Solid Foods? The answer is not the same for every baby and starts with a call to the pediatrician!  Most pediatricians say start solids between 4 and 6 months, and closer to 6 months if you are breastfeeding.   Here are six reasons to wait before starting solid foods:

  1. Your baby’s immature digestive system is not ready to break down starches and carbohydrates like those found in cereals. His body cannot yet digest some fats. High protein foods like eggs, meat, and even cow’s milk, if given too early, may cause problems with your baby’s immature kidneys.
  2. Babies have a Tongue/Thrust Reflex which pushes food forward and out of the mouth making it difficult to spoon feed.
  3. Your baby is not yet able to indicate he is full. Until he can turn his head away from the spoon, you may unintentionally over feed him.
  4. Feeding solids too early can potentially lead to future medical problems (i.e. obesity, asthma, food allergies).
  5. Solids won’t help your baby sleep through the night.
  6. If you are breastfeeding, giving solids may cause a decrease in your milk production.If you are breastfeeding, giving solids may cause a decrease in your milk production.

For more information on starting solids, check back for future posts right here on the subject.  You can also check out the new Super Baby Food app that has an entire section dedicated to feeding baby solid foods and, of course, there is always more information to be found in Super Baby Food!

Feb 252011
 

Here is the “Four-day Wait Rule” described in Super Baby Food:

Introduce only one new food at a time.  After you introduce your baby to a new food, do not introduce another new food for at least four days.  During the 4-day waiting period, watch carefully for signs of allergies.

Note: Some experts recommend a 3-day waiting period, some recommend waiting 5 days, and still others recommend a full week of waiting between new foods. Consult with your pediatrician and follow his recommendation.

Feb 242011
 

Moms are talking about Brewer’s Yeast.  They want to know what it is, why is important, if they can feed it their babies and if so how?  Brewer’s yeast is a nutritional supplement powder that is high in protein, the B Vitamins, trace elements and other nutrients.  Taking a few seconds to add brewer’s yeast into your baby’s morning Super Porridge gives it a super nutrition boost.  You can try Brewers Yeast when your baby is 6 months old.  Be sure to use the Four Day Wait Rule.  At this age use just 1/2 teaspoon mixed into Super Porridge and then between 8-12 months begin using 1 teaspoon.

Feb 172011
 

Moms who have already started feeding their baby commercial baby cereal wonder if they can convert their baby to eat Super Baby Porridge after discovering it’s benefits in Super Baby Food.  In a word…the answer is, “yes.”

Of course, it is best to start your baby out on Super Porridge from the very beginning.  But  for those babies who have already had the commercial and prefer it over homemade Super Porridge, try this:  Mix just a bit of  Super Porridge into foods that your baby loves, such as pureed veggies/fruits or mix a small amount into the commercial baby cereal.  Gradually increase the amount of Super Porridge until most or all of the food is Super Porridge.

Has anyone had success with a Super Baby Porridge switch?  Please share your success story with us.

Feb 142011
 

To grind whole grains into a powder for Super Porridge, you will find that most food processors just don’t “cut it” (pun intended).  A blender works much better, but still does leave large pieces in the grind.  There’s no need to worry about your baby eating these lumps, as they’ll just pass through her system.  The Tribest blender is a real work horse for grinding whole grains, flax seeds, and nuts.  I like the Tribest because you can wash its part in the dishwasher.  It’s important to clean out any grinder after you have ground grains, nuts, or seeds because their oils (wheat germ oil, almond oil, pumpkin seed oil, flax seed oil) start to become rancid when they are exposed to the air.

Many moms and dads find that a coffee grinder works well for grains. You can also use if for grinding pumpkin seeds and nuts, as long as the owner’s manual says that this will not ruin the grinder.  Of course, you can also use it to grind coffee!!  Again, be sure to wash out all the leftover oils.

Here’s another idea for making Super Porridge smoother:

For the rare parents who are into grinding their own fresh flour using a grain grinder, such as the Wondermill or Nutrimill, you’ve got it made in terms of a super smooth Super Porridge.  Grind your grains into flour and then cook the fllour by adding 1 part flour to 4-5 parts boiling water.  Turn heat to low and cook for 5-10 minutes.)

Check back for more Super Baby Porridge tips….

Feb 082011
 

Starting solids is an important time for Mom and baby.  For many moms, the first question is always, “Where do I start?  If you are a fan of Super Baby Food, you have already heard of the Super Baby Diet – a detailed description of what to feed baby and when which is outlined in Super Baby Food.  For beginner’s though, starting is easy, and the shopping list even easier.  Here are the first foods you should buy and the order that you will need them as your baby grows:

  • Brown rice
  • Millet
  • Oatmeal / rolled oats
  • pearled barley
  • yogurt
  • tofu
  • eggs
  • juices
  • tahini
  • Oatios
  • brewers yeast
  • wheat germ
  • lentils
  • split peas
  • beans
  • bulgur
  • non-germinated cornmeal
  • whole wheat pasta

And here’s the best part, if you are just starting, simply buy the first two (brown rice and millet), and buy the rest as you need it!  You will be a pro in no time at all.  Check out the free, downloadable Super Baby Food Diet Daily Worksheet to help, too!

Feb 072011
 

You have spoken and we have listened.  We proudly present the Super Baby Food Diet Daily Worksheet, free for you to download at your leisure. This is the same worksheet featured in Ruth Yaron’s Super Baby Food.

We know this tool will help your meet your Super Baby feeding needs! Click here to download The Super Baby Food Diet Daily Worksheet.

Feb 032011
 

A mom recently sent me an email about Super Porridge concerned that her preparation of it was sometimes  “too lumpy” for her little guy.  Her baby is 7 months old and at this point she is feeding him oatmeal and millet.  Here are some pointers to avoid lumpy porridge.  For more detailed info check the Super Porridge Cereal chapter in Super Baby Food.

  1. Make sure that you are grinding the oats and the millet thoroughly enough to a form a powder, grinding in a blender for at least two full minutes.
  2. Make sure that your water to grain ratio is correct.  For Oatmeal that is one cup of oatmeal to two cups of water for 15 minutes.  For millet, that is 3 cups of water to one cup of millet for 45 minutes (or 3  tablespoons millet to one cup of water for a smaller portion.) (See chart in Super Baby Food on page 222)
  3. Once the water is boiling, reduce heat to lowest setting and THEN sprinkle the ground rice, stirring briskly with a wire whisk.
  4. Stir frequently at first, then again after the super porridge has had a few minutes to cool.

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Jan 272011
 

One of the most popular topics in my book, Super Baby Food is also the most important part of The Super Baby Food Diet described in the book.  I call it, Super Porridge.  Super Porridge is easy to make, full of organic, superior nutrition AND money saving.  What’s more, the porridge is flexible so that it can be part of a toddler diet, a young person’s diet, and even Mom and Dad’s diet.

Super Porridge is made from whole grains.  It’s super easy to make.   Making your own baby food is not only the best you can offer your baby it is also amazingly satisfying experience.   As your baby grows,  just a few tweaks to consistency and ingredients can provide the flexibility to keep your baby satisfied and growing.

In this blog post, I am going to share the basic Super Porridge recipe.

Remember: most babies will start “solid” foods between the ages of 4 – 6 months.  Check with your pediatrician before starting on solid foods before you get your baby started on solid food.

  • Measure 1 cup of water on the stove to boil.
  • Measure ¼ cup brown rice into your blender. Grind well, for about 2 minutes. (it’s going to be very loud, but it’s important to let the blender grind the brown rice down)  If you have a coffee grinder, you may find it works better than a blender.  Do not use a food processor as it does not grind grains well.
  • When the water starts to boil on the stove, turn the heat down to the lowest setting.
  • Sprinkle the ground rice into the water while stirring briskly with a wire whisk.
  • Cover the pot and keep it on low heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Stir frequently with the whisk to prevent scorching on the bottom and to remove lumps.
  • Let cool

The recipe above will yield 2 – ½ cup servings for your baby.  Feed some now and save some for later by dividing the porridge in 3 individual containers with lids.  Cooked Super Porridge will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Other grains that can be used to make Super Porridge for baby include: Quinoa, Barley, Oatmeal, and Millet. Once baby reaches 9 months, Super Porridge can be infused with more protein by adding the ground legumes to the ground brown rice or other grains and prepared as above.

My Super Porridge is  practical, nutritionally superior, easy to make and cost-saving – your baby will thank you for it someday. More information can be found in my book Super Baby Food and in future blog posts.  You can watch Cindy Crawford demonstrate the making of Super Porridge by visiting our You Tube account.

Jan 252011
 

Everybody is talking about kale and how to prepare it to feed your baby.  Kale is a Super Duper Green!  Get your baby used to the flavor and stir a kale cube into your baby’s Super Porridge as often as possible!

To prepare Kale:

  • swish in a sink full of cold water
  • remove the stems
  • Place washed greens in a dish and cover.  (Don’t add water, the rinsing water still left clinging to the leaves is enough for cooking)
  • Microwave on high about 7 minutes per pound.
  • Stir halfway through cooking time.
  • Let stand covered for 2 minutes
  • Puree and freeze using the  Food Cube Method for up to 2 months.

Remember that:

Baby must be at least 9 months old for cooked greens, 10 months old for finely chopped raw greens.

The FDA cautions that nitrates in kale, and other vegetables, could be dangerous to your baby before he is 7 months old.

Here is more information about nitrates in baby food from www.wholesomebabyfood.com.

Enjoy your kale!