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Banana Coconut Muffins

Muffins.  Pretty much a favorite breakfast treat of mine for, oh, I don’t know, the last 28 years of my life (maybe a few years shy… I did at one point have very few teeth).  When I was pregnant with Kaden, my husband and I lived near an amazing farmer’s market that brought in the most delicious, jumbo muffins every Sunday.  So, naturally, every Sunday I put on a pot of coffee, walked down to the farmer’s market, purchased two mega-muffins, and indulged with my cup-o-joe.

Being pregnant round two, I’ve have had an inkling to make my own muffins as a quick, and easy to grab on-the-go breakfast option for those mornings we are feeling especially rushed.  Also, I’ve found that at almost seven months pregnant, my appetite has finally caught up to me, and I basically wake up starving each morning… so a yummy, pre-made anything is something of my pregnant lady dreams come morning.  

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Antioxidant, Immune-Boosting, Super Food Smoothie for Toddlers (and Adults!)

As a mom who swears by her child’s probiotics, I am going to blame my son’s most recent illness on the fact that we went a few days while on vacation without giving said probiotics to said child.  Of course, it could be coincidental, but as I watched my niece, then my sister, my husband, then my nephew all develop the same awful, wet cough and snotty noses, I was sure my son’s built up immune system was crushing that virus and that we were totally missing the bullet… that is, until that same bullet hit him three weeks later after arriving home from holiday, and I needed something to put blame to.  Clearly, the infected populous that we typically surround ourselves with is an obvious answer (not to mention disgusting germs on a crowded airplane), but I can’t go without blaming myself for being lazy whilst vacationing in Hawaii.

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Baby Food Timeline Part 1

When my son turned 4 months old, I knew he was ready for solid (super mashed, pureed) baby food; he had 2 teeth, he was confidently crawling without his belly touching the ground, he was showing interest in the food I was eating and he was almost able to truly sit up on his own without help.  Plus… he was super active, and hungry every two hours – food needed to be added to his diet.  Many forums do suggest that you wait until your child is at least 6 months of age before introducing solid foods to deter any possibility of food allergy, and to ensure that baby is able to swallow and digest the food appropriately.  With my pediatrician’s input, however, we decided that Kaden was ready before that point.

The following infographic visually shows which foods are okay for baby to have, and at what ages.  We have always recommended all organic foods for your child, especially as their tiny little bellies are still developing (nasty pesticides and such aren’t a good mix for all that), but go with your gut and do what you feel is best for your child – we promise, we’re not telling you how to raise your kids.  Remember that all fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly (try Honest Company Fruit & Veggie Wash) before introducing to baby.

We do want to remind all mommies and daddies out there that once a new food is introduced, to continue feeding your little ones that food ONLY for a minimum of four days – this way, if your child does have an allergic reaction, you will know exactly what triggered it.

All of these suggestions have been approved by our Pediatrician, but always be sure to talk to your child’s doctor before introducing any kind of food and get their opinion.  You know your child better than anyone else, so also keep in mind the textures, size, and chewiness of certain foods, and how you feel your child will be able to chew or gum these items.  Let Kaytee or I know in the comments if you have any questions at all regarding our food timeline, or about any questions you may have on the introduction of foods for your baby in general!

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Organic Coconut Flour & Almond Butter Baby Pancakes – 8 months +

The other morning my son woke up just like he had the day before.  He smiled at me with that 6 toothed grin, reached for me with immense anticipation to remove him from his four-poster prison [crib], and even snuggled my shoulder like he did every morning before.  I changed his overnight diaper and walked him downstairs to play with his toys in front of the TV glaring Disney Junior – a daily distraction while I made my necessary morning coffee – just like I had the morning before, and each morning prior to that since I could remember.  And like every morning since Kaden turned 4 months old, I popped a frozen, organic pear mold from our silicone food container, mixed in a tablespoon of his oatmeal, added in a couple drops of Vitamin D, his probiotic and a dash of cinnamon and proceeded to set up my little man in his highchair and bib.  Only something came to a crashing halt in our otherwise daily ritual – my child refused to eat his food.  Breakfast was always a meal he successfully ate in full, but not that day.  Weird.  Then at lunch he refused to eat his favorite pureed butternut squash.  And at dinner… I don’t think I need to go on.

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Organic Pasta, Mixed Veggie & Sweet Potato Puree – 8 Months +

According to my pediatrician, the average 6- to 10-month old should be eating at least 4 tablespoons of grains or cereals each day.  Admittedly, upon entering his 8 month birthday, I had only been feeding my son a tablespoon of his Earth’s Best Organic Oatmeal Cereal each morning and the occasional Happy Baby Teether when we are on the go.  Although I am aware of how important whole grains are for an adult, I naively prepared my child’s meals without taking into consideration just how important the absent food group was; whole grains and cereals are critical for sustaining your infant’s energy levels.  They contain important B complex vitamins, zinc, magnesium and fiber – important not only to maintain a healthy digestive system and prevent constipation, but also a necessary component to build a healthy immune system.

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Immune-Boosting Chicken, Parsnip & Butternut Squash Puree

With the flu season upon us, I know several mommies—including myself—who are on the lookout for immune-boosting foods to feed their kiddos in hopes that they will dodge the flu-bullet this winter.  Lucky for me, my son enjoys many of those immunity building ingredients, but there was one in particular that caught my eye, and my curiosity, at the grocery store: the parsnip.

I am always looking to add new and different fruits and vegetables to Kaden’s diet in attempts to broaden his taste-palate (crossing my fingers that I will not end up with a picky eater… but, we all know that road can lead anywhere), and I placed one of these funny bugle-shaped vegetables into my cart hoping that it would be a winner in both taste, as well as flu-fighting benefits.  Once again, luck was upon me, and we will be adding this nutrient rich root veggie to Kaden’s food throughout the flu season (it’s best in the winter months).

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Chicken, Apple and Sweet Potato Puree

When my daughter turned 9 months old my mother suggested that I give her chicken in her baby food. My first thought was “oh that is so gross.” I had seen the gerber baby food on the shelf that had chicken in it. A white puree of mystery meat that I just could not stomach. With my daughter I relied a lot on organic store bought baby food.

I worked over sixty hours a week and felt baby food making would be  too time consuming for me and my parents, who took care of my daughter. (I will blog later on the best store bought baby foods because in no way am I opposed to them.)  With my son I decided that I needed to be home with my kids. I now had time to make my own baby food. My son is an EATER and sooner than expected he was ready to have animal protein in his food. I had to suck it up and do my research. Organic chicken and egg yolks seemed to be the best path. I had tried store bought chicken baby food and the only ones he really liked were the Sprout foods. He was going through them like crazy, and it did get a tad expensive. So here I am creating my own recipes and my son loves this one. 

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Carrot, Peach and Apricot Baby Puree

This baby puree is a no brainer: It’s full of health-beneficial ingredients, sweet enough for baby’s developing taste buds, and best of all – it is delicious and silky smooth for your special guy or gal (maybe both!).  I originally started giving carrots to Kaden when he first turned 6 months, as my pediatrician had me stick to the main three single-foods from 4-5 months of age (those being butternut squash, apples and pears).  Since carrots are one of nature’s sweetest vegetables, and they offer a silky texture when pureed, it was an instant hit for my little man.  Adding in a little cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice – well that made everything even nicer.

Once I started giving my son combination purees (around 6.5 – 7 months), I knew I wanted to incorporate these orange veggies into a blend that would give him added nutrition, but that would still be sweet and be used as a lunch or snack option.  Thus the combination of carrot, apricot and peaches was created!  I particularly like to give him a fruit and vegetable combo at lunch time, as breakfast is typically a fruit (pears…) with baby oatmeal and dinner is a more wholesome, protein and veggie time of day; giving him a mix at lunch is a more sure-fire way of ensuring he will enjoy his meal and make it more appealing.  This puree is an easy first to try with your infant, given that it is in fact so sweet.  It may take baby a couple spoonfuls to get used to the flavor of the apricots, but you can always downplay those in your first batch by using less if you prefer.

The addition of apricots and peaches in this puree add extra health benefits, including offering gut-healthy dietary fiber.  Most important to your little one: they add extra sweetness to this yummy lunch alternative!

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Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake Heaven

Today is Thanksgiving.  It is also that time of the year where the pumpkin obsession of all twenty-something-ers, hipsters, pinterest-ers… basically anyone with a pulse… goes into full-blown mental chaos.  Me?  I’ve never really succumbed to this trend quite like the vast majority of people on this globe, but there is one pumpkin-something-or-another that I look forward to each and every year, and I’ll tell you a secret… it ain’t no PSL.  Oh no.  It’s better.  MUCH better.  It’s this:

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How to Make Wild Blueberry, Pear and Spinach Baby Puree

When I began looking for baby food options for my son once he moved out of the single food purees, I really wanted to incorporate some healthy nutrients for him from leafy greens, in addition to continuing to make his food palatable.  The most effective way of doing this was to integrate those greens into a yummy mixture of super delicious fruits.

Not only is this baby puree yummy and nutritious, it is also incredibly beautiful – making a gorgeous purplish-blue mixture [does this really matter? No, of course not.  But I like marveling at my hard work, and it’s an added bonus that this food mixture ends up being my favorite color].

You might have seen a similar puree which used apples instead of pears – I originally used apples in this puree, but after having several failed attempts with applesauce and other apple-included items, I realized that apples were just too tart for my son.  It didn’t matter what kind of organic apple I chose, he always made one of those super adorable, yet obviously annoyed lemon-faces after each spoonful.  That’s why I decided to swap the apples for pears.  Kaden already eats pears every day at breakfast with his cereal, and since I know he absolutely loves those, this was an easy substitute.  If you know that your child loves apples, go ahead and use those… either way, this puree turns out delicious.

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