Hemp Seed Baby Food | When to Feed, How to Feed and Why It Is So Gosh Darn Good For You

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Apr 142015
 

Can I add hulled hemp seeds to my baby’s diet

Yes. Hulled hemp seeds, (also called hemp hearts) pose little to no allergy risk to your little one (check with your pediatrician but 7-8 months old should be a good starting point) Hemp seeds are super good for baby and packed with plant nutrition. They have protein, omega fatty acid and antioxidants. Hemp seeds have a mild nutty flavor and are a great addition to almost any baby food and toddler food.

Ideas for serving hemp seeds to baby and toddler

Hemp seeds are best served raw to protect its nutrients. They are sold already hulled and ready to add to your favorite baby and toddler food. Serving sizes depend on the age of your baby.  A teaspoon or two of hemp hearts are a good starting point. As your baby gets older, keep in mind that three tablespoons of hemp hearts are considered a serving size and contain 10 grams of protein – the daily allowance for a 1 to 3 year old, so from ages one to three there is no need to exceed three tablespoons of hemp hearts.  See this cool chart on recommended daily allowances of protein by age from hempinformer.com. Hemp hearts can be added to yogurt, applesauce, super porridge, smashed banana, smashed avocado …most anything.  They can even be eaten straight from the plate. (or the spoon as the case may be.)  There is also hemp powder and hemp milk available for other ways to get hemp into your baby’s diet.  Hemp powder is easy to sprinkle on almost anything.  Hemp milk can be mixed into super porridge or added to fruit for a smoothie.

 Why is hemp so good for baby (and you, too)

Hemp is a great source of protein and Omega 3 as we have mentioned.  We know protein gives us longer energy but why are omega 3’s so important to our health? TheSweetbeet.com reminds us that omega 3 offers ” enhanced brain functioning (our brain is 60% fat, and half of that is DHA – an Omega 3), improved blood circulation, strengthened immunity, lower incidence of inflammation and healthier eyes.”  Sold yet?  Hemp also packs a heavier punch on the protein front than flax seed and almonds, two heavy hitters in their own right.  For parents, hemp hearts can be sprinkled on salads, soups and vegetables.

Have you had good experience with hemp seeds?  Share them with us.

 

Jan 282015
 

quinoa blueberry baby food Quinoa Porridge is great to mix with fruit like blueberries

Quinoa is a a seed…a very powerful seed.  That statement is actually redundant because a seed, by design, is packed with nutrition!  Even though quinoa is a seed, it can be fed to your baby much in the same way as brown rice super porridge or other whole grain super porridges (barley, millet, oatmeal, etc.).  It is a terrific base with nutritive value that you can add other foods to for taste, variation,  and texture variety.  Consider mixing prepared Quinoa with smashed blueberries for you 8 month old baby.

Quinoa / Blueberry Baby Food Recipe

To prepare quinoa super porridge, grind 1 cup of quinoa to a fine power, cook the powder (1 cup ungrounded) in two cups of boiling water, whisking throughout the cooking process to prevent lumps.  Blueberries are a perfect blender for quinoa super porridge. They are full of antioxidants, plus fiber, vitamin A, and Vitamin C.  The current wisdom is to feed mashed blueberries when your baby is 9 months to 10 months old.  Watch those blueberry peels, though.  Make sure they are good and mashed before adding to quinoa as peels can be a choking hazard.

What do you mix with quinoa super porridge for your baby?

 

Dec 222014
 

Quinoa – Grain or Seed

Quinoa, commonly referred to as a grain is actually a seed!  It is a very special seed. Quinoa’s nutritive value, particularly its protein value is out of this world.  It is considered a complete protein (all of the essential amino acids are represented and in correct proportions) and 1/2 cup will fulfill a child’s daily protein needs.

Feed Quinoa to baby

Recommended to start to feed baby at 8 months old, Quinoa can be a super porridge base and I suggest grinding the quinoa to a powder, just as I suggest preparing super porridge brown rice cereal or super porridge oatmeal. Cook the powder (1 cup ungrounded) in two cups of boiling water, whisking throughout the cooking process to prevent lumps.  As always, you may cook the quinoa whole and then blend to desired consistency for your 8 month old.  Mixing the quinoa porridge with fruit, try a banana, vegetables, or yogurt is always a good idea.

A Super Baby Food fan, (thanks, Amanda) suggests preparing quinoa by blending cooked quinoa with 1 steamed squash, 1 steamed zucchini, 1 banana and a dash of nutmeg with about 2 oz of formula or breast milk.  She swears the the taste and texture is perfect for an 8 month old!

Feed Quinoa to Family 

Recipes using quinoa instead of meat for protein needs can be very tasty.  Here are a few ideas for quinoa recipes for the family:

 Vegan Quinoa Stuffed Peppers by Greatist.com

 Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna by VegetarianTimes.com

Quinoa and Vegetable Stir-fry by Skinnyms.com

Please share your family recipes using quinoa. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

 

Nov 192013
 

Quinoa, a seed, is a complete protein perfect for baby food

In my last blog post I covered  chia seeds, flaxseeds, and tahini (seasame seeds) and revealed how they may be prepared for baby food.  I saved another seed for it’s own blog post becasue of the sheer overwhelming healthy, nutritive value of it…You might have guesssed I am talking about quinoa.

Quinoa, commonly referred to as a grain is actually a seed!  It is a very special seed. Quinoa’s roots are Incan and its nutritive value, particularly its protein value is out of this world.  It is considered a complete protein (all of the essential amino acids are represented and in correct proportions) and 1/2 cup will fulfill a child’s daily protein needs.

Quinoa fun facts:

  • Quinoa is the seed of the Chenopdium or Goosefoot plant.
  • Quinoa is pronounced “Keen-wah”
  • Quinoa has a mild and slightly nutty flavor
  • When quinoa is cooked whole it has the texture of couscus
  • Beets, spinach, and swiss chard are all relatives of quinoa
  • Quinoa varieties include pale seeds, red seeds, and black seeds
  • Quinoa can be toasted, sprouted, grinded and then cooked or cooked whole.
Quinoa baby food preparation

For a baby, the healthy effects of eating quinoa are fantastic as you may have already guessed. I suggest grinding the quinoa to a powder, just as I suggest preparing super porridge brown rice cereal or super porridge oatmeal. Cook the powder (1 cup ungrounded) in two cups of boiling water, whisking throughout the cooking process to prevent lumps.  As always, you may cook the quinoa whole and then blend to desired consistency for your 8 month old.  Mixing the quinoa porridge with fruit, vegetables, or yogurt is always a good idea.

Unprepared quinoa should be stored in a cool dry place. Quinoa super porridge may be frozen.  Moms have had some terrific results with freezing quinoa but the defrost time may be a longer than with super porridge. You may also prepare a few 1/2 cup batches and place in the fridge for a few days at a time. There are unlimited baby food recipes that you can create using Quinoa.  Have you had any luck preparing quinoa for your baby?  Share your recipe with me!

 

 

Easy Apple Puree | Baby’s First Foods

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Nov 042013
 

‘Tis the season for apples, that is for sure!  Apple puree is a terrifc choice for a first food as part of a healthy Super Baby Food Diet.  Apples are so nutritious.  You can feed apple puree to baby starting from 6 months.

Apples are steeped in vitamins and minerals……They don’t say “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” for no reason!

Livestrong.com tells us that apples are a good source of vitamin C.  Our  bodies “needs vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, to synthesize collagen, a component of tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, skin and cartilage. Vitamin C also helps repair and maintain bones and teeth and helps wounds to heal. As an antioxidant, vitamin C protects DNA by reducing the harmful effects of free radicals, which are unstable molecules that help age the body and contribute to the development of diseases.” All pretty good reasons to eat apples, right?

To begin making apple puree for your baby choose from these sweeter apples:

Golden delicious, Red Delicious, Braeburn and/or Gala apples.  Honeycrisp and empire work, too!

Select Apples that are smooth without bruises and very firm…no yielding when pressed!

Remember that apples are part of the “dirty dozen” (pesticide risk) according to the EWG so an organic choice is best!

 

Apple Puree for Baby

  • Wash and Peel 2 Medium sized apples
  • Core and chopped apple into pieces
  • Place apple pieces in covered pot with 1 1/2 tablespoons of water
  • Cook over low-medium heat for 4 minutes
  • Pour apple pieces and water / juice into blender to Puree

You can freeze puree using the Food Cube Method for up to two months.

Serve apple puree alone as part of a super meal or add to super porridge!

What is your favorite way to pair apple puree with other foods for your baby? Have you ever tried to pair apple puree with a vegetable?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oatmeal Super Porridge Baby Food Plus Healthy Extras, Starring Kale

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Oct 282013
 

Oatmeal is a super healthy whole grain and a terrific first baby food. With recent concerns about arsenic levels in white and brown rice, oatmeal is a great choice as a Super Porridge baby food base. Oatmeal for baby food differs from oatmeal that you might make for yourself as an instant breakfast on the run. Oatmeal for baby is comprised of whole grain oats that look similar to brown rice grains or old-fashioned rolled oat flakes.  Oat flakes are made from whole grain oats that have been steamed and flattened.

Whole grain oats have fiber, calcium, protein and vitamin b vitamins.  It is often not an allergen and has been found to relieve constipation in babies.  You can find rolled oats or “oat groats” at your local health food store and more recently (hurray!) in the organic section of your grocery store. Bob’s Red Mill is a brand that carries groats and rolled oats and can be purchased online. I have recently seen this brand on the end of grocery isles.

Below, I describe the preparation of Oatmeal Super Porridge appropriate to feed your baby at 6 months old as part of the Super Baby Food Diet. Adding a bit of mashed babana and or yogurt can boost the nutritional value of the Oatmeal Super Porridge.  At 9 months, you could also add the new favorite  “super green” –  steamed, puréed Kale.

To Prepare Super Porridge with Oatmeal:

➢ Place a cup of water on the stove to boil
➢ While it is heating put 1/4 cup of rolled oats or oat groats in the blender and grind to a fine powder, approximately 2 minutes.
➢ Whisk the oat powder into the water and let it sit over low heat for 10 minutes. Whisk frequently to prevent lumps. Add breast milk or formulas to reach the appropriate consistency for your baby and serve.

 

To Prepare Kale to add to Oatmeal Super Porridge when baby is 9 months old or older:

➢ Select kale that is loose and not in plastic bags, if at all possible
➢ Wash each leaf thoroughly under cold water
➢ Discard unwanted leaves
➢ Remove stems
➢ Steam leaves for 5 minutes, reserving the liquid
➢ Place pieces in blender with some reserved liquid
➢ Purée away!
➢ At this point in preparation, it would be perfect to add the puréed kale to a stainless steel ice cube tray for freezing for later use.

A word on kale. Kale is, in my opinion, the most super of the Super Green Veggies. Kale has so many wonderful nutrients including fiber, calcium, Vitamin B6, magnesium, Vitamins A, C and K, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.Its strong flavor makes Oatmeal Super  Porridge perfect to mix with it.

You can add almost any age-appropriate food to Oatmeal Super Porridge.  I am interested in your “blending” discoveries.  What combinations have worked for you and your baby?

 

Sep 272012
 

Recently, rice has been found to contain arsenic.  There is plenty of information online, and you’ll find that the amount of arsenic in different types of rice varies greatly.  Although doctors on TV and other sources have been telling us it’s still OK to still eat rice, why take the chance–especially with our babies!    I recommend not eating any rice when there are so many other whole grains available.  That goes for any foods containing rice–infant cereal, breakfast cereal, brown rice syrup, cooked rice, granola with rice, rice milk, etc.–read the ingredients list on the label.

A healthy diet is about variety.  Just as babies (and adults) should eat a variety of organic fruits and veggies to help ensure we get a vast array of nutrients, we should eat a variety of organic whole grains and legumes (beans, peas, lentils).  You shouldn’t feed carrots, and only carrots. to your baby for veggies and you shouldn’t feed only brown rice for whole grains.

The Super Baby Food Diet is about eating a vast array of healthy organic whole foods.  Quinoa, millet, and oats are other super whole grains recommended for Super Porridge, as well as those listed in the Super Baby Book on page 222. Page 235 has a list of legumes.  On page 215, see my tips for mixing several whole grains and legumes together to ensure your baby will have a variety of these foods in their high-protein Super Porridge (2 parts grains + 1 part legumes).  Make Super Porridge even more healthy by sprinkling freshly-ground seeds and nuts (if your baby has no allergies) into cooked Super Porridge.  (Freshly-ground immediately before feeding because once seeds and nuts are cracked open, their super healthy oils/fats start becoming rancid.)  See Page 135 for a list of seeds and nuts.  If you can’t find these foods in your supermarket, visit your local natural foods store.  You can also find these foods online; you’ll have to pay shipping, but you might find it’s worth it when you consider your time and energy, since you don’t have to use gas and bundle up baby or get a sitter.  (I always buy from www.BreadBeckers.com, a website you can trust for only the highest quality foods.)  You may even want to join a food coop to buy in bulk and save $.

Parents who are concerned because they have been feeding large amounts of brown rice to their babies should talk with their pediatricians.  Rice is one of the grains that is gluten-free, therefore many people might be eating it frequently.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has information about arsenic at http://www.aap.org; search for “arsenic.”  We should expect more information about arsenic in rice as more studies are completed.

Mar 112012
 

On CBS’s Sunday morning this past week, Cindy Crawford was featured. We love Cindy Crawford and not just because she is a fan of Super Baby Food and appeared with Ruth Yaron on a segment of Good Morning America, but also because she’s a wonderful gal..smart, bright, caring, and a giver.

The recent piece on CBS’s Sunday Morning highlighted Cindy Crawford’s charity work in honor of her brother who died at a young age from Leukemia. She is genuinely beautiful on the inside and out.

We thought it would be appropriate to share the segment of Good Morning America where Cindy teaches Charlie Gibson, and of course, the audience, how to make our favorite, Super Porridge! Enjoy!

Jan 272012
 

Super Baby Food loves Dr. Greene. Below is a video which announces Dr. Greene’s White-out campaign.

To learn more about The White Out Campaign, you can visit Dr. Greene’s website: DrGreene.com.

Nov 152011
 

In a recent comment a mom asks about dessicated liver.  We thought it was a great question and that we would ask Ruth for her thoughts…

The mom asks:

I really love your book. Thanks for such a great work.

I’d like to start using desiccated liver powder for my 8 months old daughter but I cant find the powder version of it,  all I can find is the tablet version.

Can you recommend a brand/company who makes powder form of the desiccated liver?

Thnx.

Ruth Says:

Desiccated liver is a powdered nutritional supplement made from dried liver.  It is high in vitamin B12 (a nutrient sometimes claimed to be lacking in vegetarian diets) and other B vitamins. You can introduce desiccated liver to your baby beginning at about 8 months.  Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to your baby’s  Super Porridge daily or several times a week to make up for whatever you feel your baby would be missing in a meatless diet.

I recommend the Now brand. Please go light on the liver powder so baby does not get too much iron.  The nutrition section of Super Baby Food discusses the daily recommended amounts of iron.  The iron is “heme” iron and is very well-absorbed, unlike iron from plants.  You can also buy the tablets and crush them by putting them in ziploc bag and crushing with a spoon

Check back at the Super Baby Food Blog for more information for feeding your baby the very best!

Moms Want To Know About Feeding Oatmeal to Baby

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Aug 232011
 

Moms Want To Know About:

Feeding Oatmeal to their baby.

Mom Asks:

Is my 6 month old too young for oatmeal porridge?

Ruth says:

No, he’s not too young, you can start him on oatmeal Super Porridge, just make sure it’s very smooth so he won’t choke on any lumps.  Get the organic steel cut oats or just plain oatmeal flakes from the natural foods store or the part of the supermarket that has “health” foods.  Quick cook oatmeal or the brands processed with sugar aren’t as healthy as plain, unprocessed oatmeal.  It is perfectly normal and very common for babies to get constipated when they start eating solid foods, especially on whole grains because of the fiber.

Here’s what to do about constipation:  Feed him about 2 ounces of commercial jarred baby prunes with the oatmeal.  Only two ounces, though, or you’ll have poop up the back !  With each meal, offer your baby a few tablespoons of plain water in a cup.  Let him get used to and like drinking plain water, not juice.  Thanks for writing! 🙂

Jul 152011
 

A mom asks Ruth:

“You don’t mention phytic acid in your book (Super Baby Food), but I have read that its presence in whole grains can limit the absorption of nutrients.  Do you recommend sprouting grains before grinding them for super baby porridge, or soaking?  Thank you!

Ruth says:

Great question!  Actually, I sometimes do sprout my own grains before using them to bake bread or for porridge so that the phytic acid goes away and so that the nutrient content increases.  I also grind my own grains into flour for baking using the Whisper Mill or the Nutrimill grain grinders.  Grains must be totally dry before you use a grain mill or it gets ruined. I use an Excalibur dehydrator to dry my sprouted grains before grinding in my mill.

When soaked, the phytic acid takes a while to go away if the grains are whole kernels–about 8-12 hours.  However, the grains for Super Porridge are first ground to a powder, not a fine powder, but a powder.  The finer the powder, the faster the phytic acid disappears because more water comes into contact with the surface area of the powder.  For well-ground flour like you would use in breads, it takes only 5 minutes of soaking to remove the phytic acid.

Grinding the grains to a course powder is perfect for Super Porridge. Much of the phytic acid goes away when boiled in water, but some may remain.  Phytic acid is a phytonutrient that is good for us, so we should get some of it in our diets.

Because Super Porridge is only coarsely ground, it is low on the glycemic index scale, which is good.  The lower the GI, the better the food is for us because it doesn’t shoot up blood sugar and cause the pancreas to quickly produce lots of insulin.  An overworked pancreas can lead to insulin resistance and maybe even full-blown diabetes.

So the bottom line is, you can sprout your grains, but only for a day or so because otherwise they will be too difficult to grind with longer sprouts.  And the grains must be totally dry before you grind them.  If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can dry them in a low oven- at about 200 degrees so that all bacteria that might start growing are killed.

Happy sprouting and grinding!  Thanks for writing!


Jul 062011
 

When you start a baby on solid food for the very time, it is not always smooth sailing.  Here’s a question from a mom about starting her second baby on solid food and Ruth’s answer.  Maybe YOUR feeding solid question will be answered too!

Love Super Baby Food! My first child is a terrific eater and I know it is from using your book. However baby number two is presenting a bit of a challenge. She’s 6 months and becoming really gassy after rice cereal. I don’t get it. I am still nursing and am very careful about what I ingest. We haven’t been able to really start other solids like avocado and banana because it is such a battle. Could it be the rice cereal? We were about the start the super porridge, but now I’m not so sure. Thoughts?

Ruth says:

NO BATTLES! Wait a week and then gently offer again. Try banana well mushed and liquidy-tastes like breastmilk. Ages 6 and 7 months are for LEARNING TO EAT. Not until 8 months will you baby actually need calories from solid foods to supplement breastmilk. Wait a few days, try again, and let me know how things worked out. Never force or push! 🙂 (Rice cereal and gas – I’m not surprised. I’d be willing to bet that the cereal as first food will be changed to banana some day.) Make sure your baby is getting an iron supplement and a vitamin D supplement-ask your pediatrician.

If you have any feeding solid food questions, do not hesitate to leave  a comment here.  Ruth would love to hear from you and to help.

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

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.

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.

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 212011
 

Inquiring minds, want to know…Do the grains used to make Super Porridge need to be washed?

If you buy organic grains, then there’s no real need to wash them.    Any bacteria on the grains will be killed in the boiling water. (Conventionally grown grains that are not organic have the problem of pesticides–I strongly suggest you use only certified organic grains.)  If you still choose to wash the grains before grinding, do so by putting them in a strainer and rinsing under running tap water.  Keep in mind, though, that you are washing away some valuable nutrients, especially the water-soluble B vitamins.  After rinsing, blot off most of the water with clean towels, then place on dry towels to air dry.  Or spread them on a baking sheet and bake at 200-300 degrees F until dry.  Then grind away.  The grains must be totally dry or they will just clump up in the blender.  (For parents with a food dehydrator, such as the Excalibur, you can dry the washed grains in your dryer.)

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 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.

Super Porridge by Super Baby Food Author, Ruth Yaron

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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!