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Breastfeeding with Instinct

baby, EAT By March 2, 2009 Tags: , , , No Comments

“Take no advice.. follow your own instincts.. use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions” – Virginia Woolf.

This week is shaping up to be “postpartum visit week.” Lots of wee boys (and their tired mums) to visit. I’ve also heard from clients whose babies range in age from three to eight months.

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French Toast Fingers

EAT, snacks By January 27, 2009 Tags: , , , No Comments

French Toast for Kids.  Try this one with cinnamon raisin bread for a fun twist to the traditional.  Changing things is a great way for kids to ‘rediscover’ foods that they may not have liked the first time. 

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Banana Avocado Mousse

baby, EAT By December 31, 2008 Tags: , , No Comments

Once in a while, when my 8 month old starts to go a little batty while I’m cooking in the kitchen, I’ll stop what I’m doing to make something with him.  He can totally be my co-pilot on this recipe. He helps me peel a banana and plop it in the blender. Then, I’ll wash and scoop the avocado and yogurt into the blender and then let him press the buttons so he can watch it all mix together.

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Feed your baby organic

Top 10 reasons to feed your baby organic

baby, EAT By April 10, 2008 Tags: , , , No Comments

Whether you are a first time mom with questions about feeding your baby or a seasoned veteran, read on to learn more about organic baby food and the benefits for your baby and the environment.

Head nutritionist for Sweetpea Baby Food, well-known author and mom, Dr. Joey Shulman has compiled the Top 10 Reasons to Feed Your Baby Organic.

Top 10 Reasons to Feed Your Baby Organic

1. Reduces your infant’s exposure to harmful herbicides and pesticides

2. Protects your child’s developing immune system

3. Improves the quality of your baby’s nutrition

4. Provides your baby with better tasting food

5. Helps protect your baby against the onset of future illness

6. Reduces the amount of harmful residue found in the meat your baby eats

7. Decreases soil erosion, thereby enhancing the nutrients in your baby’s food

8. Organic certification is strictly monitored to ensure your baby is receiving the highest standard of food

9. Protection of future waters through use of natural ingredients in the soil

10. Protects the environment for the next generation

Reprinted with permission from Sweetpea Baby Food  www.sweetpeababyfood.com

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Homemade Low Fat Granola

EAT, snacks By December 1, 2007 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Homemade lowfat granolaSeeing as we are moving into the season of eating, here is a recipe that is not only delicious but also nutritious and low fat with no added sugar. Homemade low fat granola is a great way to start your day and perfect for a mid day munch!

You will need:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups mixed nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups dried fruit (cranberries, apricots, mango, rasins)

Preheat oven to 300.
Lightly pam or grease cookie sheet.
In a large bowl mix oats, nuts spices together.
In a small bowl mix water, syrup and vanilla together
Pour wet into dry and mix with hands until clumpy.
Pour onto pan and bake turning every 20 mins.
Bake aprox 1 hour or until crunchy

Photo credit: Flickr, Stacy Spensley

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Bottle Feeding

baby, EAT By November 5, 2007 No Comments

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a type of bottle that works best for you and your baby. You should think about convenience, ease of cleaning (if it’s dishwasher or sterilizer safe), if the bottle helps to reduce gas/colic/spit up, the breast milk storage system, whether it is easy to use on long trips, and finally if it is economical.

Lots of babies have trouble transitioning from breast to bottle. If you have this problem here are a few tricks that you could consider:

  • try giving the milk/formula in a cup
  • if someone else is feeding the baby, he/she could wear something you’ve worn recently so the baby is calmed by the familiar smell
  • don’t be anxious, baby can sense this
  • try a different, harder or easier nipple

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Difficulty Breastfeeding

baby, EAT By November 5, 2007 No Comments

Breastfeeding takes a lot of commitment. It seems to happen painlessly in concept, but in reality it takes practice and perseverance. Make sure you get all the help you can from lactation consultants in the hospital, and know how to access one from home if you still need advice. Some public health units have lactation consultants on hand that you can consult with for free. If this is not the case in your community, you can consider hiring a lactation consultant that will visit you in your home. Don’t be discouraged – difficulty breastfeeding seems to be the biggest problem experienced by the women at mom group so know that you are not alone. Try not to be anxious about it because anxiety effects your production; the more relaxed you are the better things will be.

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Tiny Meatballs for Your Wee One

baby, EAT By November 1, 2007 Tags: , , , No Comments

These meatballs are great once your baby is comfortable with solid food. They are full of nutrition, tender and the cinnamon gives just the right amount of sweetness. Just make sure you watch them eat to avoid any danger of choking.

  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • ¼ pound organic chicken-apple sausage, casing removed and diced
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray it with olive oil spray; set aside.
  2. Mix the egg, bread crumbs, spinach and sausage together in a bowl. Using a small scoop, make 1 inch balls and place them on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until firm.
  4. Place the meatballs on a plate and dust them with cinnamon.
  5. Make sure you cute them up for babies who don’t have many teeth.

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Sweet Potato and Cannellini Beans

baby, EAT By October 1, 2007 Tags: , , , No Comments
  • 1 cup cooked organic sweet potato
  • 1 can (15 ounces) organic Cannellini beans, drained and mashed
  • Dash of ground cinnamon

Bake or steam potato in preheated 400 F oven until very soft, about 45 minutes. Cool potato, peel and mash.Combine potato and beans on plate and sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

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Polenta with Yogurt

baby, EAT By September 1, 2007 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

A cornmeal pudding as they like it in Romania (they call it mamaliga) takes the place of bread on the rural table and is always eaten on its own, as a separate course. For children you can combine freshly made curd cheese, yogurt or sour cream. This adds protein and a touch of sharpness to balance the natural sweetness. Another sweet bonus…cornmeal is a suitable grain food for anyone with a wheat intolerance!

Makes about 2 cups
What you will need:

  • 3 cups spring water
  • 1 cup fine-ground cornmeal (polenta)
  • 1-2 tablespoons plain yogurt

Put the cold spring water into a pan and stir in the cornmeal. Bring to a boil, keeping the heat high until the mixture belches and bubbles. Then turn it down and keep stirring as it thickens and ceases to be grainy-30-40 minutes should see it ready. You can of course make it thicker or thinner as you please just by adding less or more water (if you add water while cooking make sure it’s boiling). Remove from the heat and let cool to finger heat; it will firm as it sets. Finish with yogurt, stirred in or separate, as you please.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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