Jan 232015
 

Kale is a great choice for baby food, starting at 9 months old

Kale is a super duper green and a great food to your feed your baby at 8 months and older.  When you see this great big bunch of kale in the grocery store, though, the thought of preparing it might might seem a little overwhelming.  Do not fret.

Kale Baby Food Puree How-to Video

This quick video shows an easy way to prepare kale baby food puree. Remember to mix the pureed kale with a fruit, such as a banana, or yogurt in order to cut the strong flavor.

If you have discovered any tricks to preparing kale baby puree, please share it!

Jan 092015
 

Give Brussels Sprout Baby Food a Try

Brussells sprouts are probably not the first vegetable that comes to mind when choosing a baby food for your baby. They have a bad reputation.  Most of us remember being forced to eat them as children.  You probably also remember their unique smell as they boil.  I am here to suggest that you give them another try. Brussels sprouts are so full of nutrition and goodness.  A member of the cruciferous family, brussels sprouts are considered a Super Green Veggie, chock full of vitamin C, folate, lutein other goodies that are too good to miss!

Preparing Brussels Sprout Baby Food

Babies eight months old and older are ready for cooked brussels sprout. (raw brussels sprouts are a no-no for baby)  tasty brussels sprouts start with selection.  Pick small sprouts whose leaves are tight, firm, and bright green.  Select the smallest ones you can, they are sweeter and will have a milder flavor.  Pick off any yellow leaves and trim close to the stem.  It is important not to overcook your brussels sprouts as they will become mushy and the flavor will be too strong.  Best to steam them whole for 15 to 20 minutes until the stem end is done…then puree and add to cereal or yogurt or freeze using the food cube method for a later time.

Preparing Brussels Sprout to Freeze for the Family

I found a terrific blog post on blanching brussels sprouts to be frozen and used either in a family recipe immediately or frozen for future use.  MommaToldMeblog describes with some great pictures an easy way to blanch the brussels sprouts, place them in an ice bath so that they do not overcook, and freeze at the height of freshness for future use.

How do you like to prepare your brussels sprouts?

 

 

 

Dec 112014
 

Kale is a super duper green and can be fed to baby, cooked, at 9 months old.  Raw kale should not be fed before your baby is 10 months old.  You already know that kale is crazy-good for you and your baby.  Here’s why: It has phytonutrients, crazy amounts of vitamin K, fiber, iron, and calcium. “Phytonutrients are certain organic components of plants, and these components are thought to promote human health. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and teas are rich sources of phytonutrients.”

Kale has a very strong flavor, though, so add a cube to super   porridge or mix with banana to make it deliciously palatable for baby!

    Kale Puree Recipe:
   (Also found in Super Baby Food, 3rd edition)
    To prepare Kale Baby Food:
  • swish Kale leaves in a sink full of cold water
  • remove the stems –I go into a detailed method for removing the stems that is detailed (and entertaining) on p. 195.
  • Chop into bite sized pieces
  • Steam the kale leaves or sauté in 1/2 cup boiling water in a large shallow pan. (a frying pan)
  • Stir just until kale leaves turn bright green.
  • Remove from pan and place in blender (blend in the water from the leaves)
  • Puree and freeze using the Food Cube Method for up to 2 months.

Share your kale baby food puree recipes, tips and/or food combinations.

 

 

May 172014
 

Feeding baby is about more than just baby food

If you are a fan of Super Baby Food you know that feeding your baby and toddler is not simply for nutrition but also for supporting development, learning, and bonding with Mom and Dad.  In addition to the signs of readiness that must be present to begin “solid” food, there are some additional “fun” guidelines for when you get started feeding solid foods, too.  One of my favorites, “Do Play with Your Food,’ allows parents and caregivers to “let go” a bit at feeding time allowing baby to develop, explore, and discover on his own in addition to adding to his nutrition.  In this post, I elaborate on the “Do Play With Your Food” directive  AND include a fun recipe that illustrates the point – “Canoes for Riding the Rapids” featuring banana, tofu, ground seeds, and wheat germ.

DO Play with Your Food

Babies are messy eaters. It is perfectly normal for a baby to dip his fingers into bowls of food, suck his fingers and fist, squeeze and smear food onto his face and the tray with his palm and fingers, mash it into his hair, spit it out or let it drool down his chin, blow it at you or on the wall, throw it on the floor along with cups and bowls, and spill his drinks. Be assured that to everything, there is a learning purpose. Your baby is not doing these things to provoke you—he is experimenting and learning about his environment and the texture and feel of his food. She explores her food just as she explores her toys. Restrain your impulse to be neat and encourage self-feeding. Your baby doesn’t need Miss Manners’ approval.

The right recipe can make eating and learning fun

Try this recipe for your older baby (>1 year) or toddler and watch as he discovers and learns all while eating great food!

Canoes for Riding the Rapids

A slightly curved, shorter banana is good for this recipe. Wash the outside of a banana. Make a vertical slit down one side of the unpeeled banana leaving about 1⁄2 inch uncut at each end. If the banana is curved, make the slit on the “upside” so that it’s shaped like a canoe. Open slit and carefully scoop out the flesh.

Fork-mash half of the banana and mix with 1⁄2 cup of mashed tofu, 2 tablespoons of ground seeds, 1 tablespoon of wheat germ, and honey to taste. Spread banana peel open gently and make bottom of canoe flat by pressing with fingers so that it will be stable, being careful not to rip ends.

Return mixture to inside of banana. You can trim around the slit with a sharp knife to make the opening wider.

Use the other half of the banana flesh to shape fish and rocks, roll in wheat germ, and place them around the canoe. These “dangerous” rocks must be avoided to prevent the canoe from breaking apart.

Make oars out of carrot or celery sticks.

Please feel free to add your own recipes that allow baby to play with his food!

Dec 042013
 

Spirulina Powder

Spirulina is a nutritional enhancer that can be added to baby food (and adult food) and adds super nutrition to any meal. It is a blue green algae that springs from warm, fresh water bodies. This sounds exotic, but was is really exotic is what it can do for your baby and for you! Spirulina is a terrific source of protein, reinforces the immune system, protects folks from cancer, contains GLA, an essential fatty acid that is found only in mother’s milk and is a fabulous source of vitamin B and B complex to boot.

It is very easy to add spirulina to baby food and adult meals, simply sprinkle into your recipe and let the nutritional benefits abound.  For baby, at about 6 months (ask your pediatrician, of course), start with just 1/4-1/2 teaspoon stirred into pureed foods, cereal and/or smoothies! For adults, try 1 to 2 teaspoons a day.  Spirulina powder, like as found at GNC (Spiru-Tein) is also a popular way for adults to add spirulina to their diets!  Just add one scoop and you are ready to go.

As if the nutritional benefits were not enough to get you excited about adding spirulina to your diet, I found an article by terranut.com that extols the following benefits of Spirulina, you can read the entire article at the link.

Terranut tells us that spirulina benefits include:

1 Cleansing: Spirulina promotes the body natural cleansing processes. You feel fitter, more cheerful, and you have more energy.

2. Restoring: Spirulina compensates for deficiencies in the diet and stimulates the metabolism. Your physical condition improves noticeably and you recover faster after exertion.

3. Fortifying: Spirulina boosts resistance and activates the body natural defense mechanisms. You feel stronger and are better able to cope with the pressures of everyday life.

Because of its cleansing, restoring and fortifying functions, Spirulina has a wide range of applications. It gives you new energy without taking pep-ups and makes you more alert and stable.

I know you are excited now!  Who does not want to feel peppy and more alert and stable.

To feed spirulina to baby try combining:

1/4 Cup applesauce

1/2 tsp spirulina

1/2 mashed avocado

As you can guess by the above example, the possibilities for baby food recipes using spirulina are endless.  Mamanatural.com posts a fantastic recipe for a tropical spirulina smoothie that she swears her picky baby loves! If you would like more example of adult spirulina recipes, I found a post by naturalhealthychoices.weebly.com that lists several great ones including Spirulina Salsa, Guacamole, and Vegetable spirulina Stir Fry.

Have you discovered any great spirulina baby food recipes?  Share them!

 

 

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!

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!

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!

May 302011
 

Happy Memorial Day!

The Super Baby Food Blog would like to highlight two blog posts this week that we feel are particularly well done.

Ali at MomSpark.net put together a fantastic post to help beginners start to make their own baby food.  Super Baby Food lovers know that the first step can be a bit daunting but once in the groove, making your own baby food is as easy a one, two, three.  Momspark.net identifies one, two, three for you to help you get started in a quick and easy way.

Naomi Odes Aytur of  Babble wrote a terrific post with a recipe of homemade baby food made with cauliflower and millet.  She made it sound and look easy and her testimonial of her baby’s love for the dish is inspiring.  Thanks, Naomi, for posting this terrific recipe for homemade baby food.

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!

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!

Jan 142011
 

Moms Are Talking About… Blenders

Do you have a favorite blender that you can recommend to your fans to make baby food preparation a snap?

I am still using the Oster blender that I purchased 32 years ago.  I think it’s going to last forever!
Of course, if you are rich, the top of the line blender is the Vitamix, and that’s the one I would recommend if money were no object. Otherwise, the regular brand names are fine for the most part for pureeing veggies and fruits and making smoothies.  For Super Porridge or grinding flax seeds and other seeds and nuts, I recommend the Tribest blender.  It’s a workhorse, and again, you can expect it to work for a long, long time.  I like that you can put all parts that touch the food in the dishwasher.  For grinding flax seeds, nuts, and grains, you can also use a coffee grinder, but you must clean it out very well after each use because the oils in the seeds and nuts get rancid quickly; this tends to be difficult with some coffee grinders.  You can also use the Tribest to make smoothies and it comes with different parts, depending on the model you buy.    I’ve heard that the Magic Bullet can be run continuously for only 30 seconds.  In my opinion, it’s no Tribest.  Before I buy a small kitchen appliance, I always read reviews at Amazon.com and on QVC.com and HSN.com.  They are from real people with experience on the products. What has been your experience with blenders?  Do you have any “blender tips” to share?