Real Baby Food Review, Giveaway and Fajita Salad Recipe

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on May 1, 2015

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If your still in that baby or young toddler phase, I’ve got a book for you. It’s called Real Baby Food: Easy, All Natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler written by Jenna Helwig, food editor for Parents magazine, with help from Natalia Stasenko, MS, RD.

What you will find, in addition to fresh, nutritious and easy recipes for babies and toddlers, is top notch information organized by age (6 months to 3 years). Natalia Stasenko is up on the latest and greatest science and it shines through in this book. There’s information on food allergies, how to introduce solids, strategies for picky eaters and other nutrition tidbits.

An important part of this book is its emphasis on taste training — exposing baby to as many tastes and textures as possible. This is a time children are very open to food so Real Baby Food helps you take advantage of it. click to continue

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There’s a new skepticism in the air about health claims. I can feel it.

It started around 2011 with the discovery of a fraudulent study linking the MMR vaccine to autism, fueled more recently with the measles outbreak. Then, in 2014, researchers found more than half of Dr. Oz’s health claims were not supported by scientific evidence. Now 10 key doctors are asking that his medical license be revoked. And more recently, The Food Babe’s toxic and dangerous ingredient claims have been called into question by someone calling herself the Science Babe.

From where I sit, the lesson this teaches about nutrition and health in the 21st century is loud and clear. With the internet allowing anybody to write about any topic and sell most anything, people need to demand something extremely important: EVIDENCE.  click to continue

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Easy Spinach Pancakes [Recipe]

April 24, 2015
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I woke up on St. Patrick’s Day wanting to make something green for breakfast. So I searched Super Healthy Kids’ site and found this recipe for No-Dye Green Pancakes. I used my Blendtec to blend the spinach, yogurt and other wet ingredients, mixing it with flour. The kids really went for these. But what surprised […]

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DHA for Kids: The Complete Guide for Parents

April 21, 2015
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This is a post from 2009 updated and rewritten to reflect the latest research As a parent, you’ve likely heard about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for kids. In particular, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and its less-talked about partner, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). You can find DHA in fortified food products, seafood, and offered up conveniently […]

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Picky Eating: What’s Missing in the Nature vs. Nurture Debate

April 14, 2015
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I posted this article on my Facebook page: An Open Letter to the Moms Who Judged My Kid’s for Being Picky Eaters and got lots of great feedback. But I soon realized that while I like the article’s no judgment message, its overall takeaway may be one of helplessness. That’s because if picky eaters are born […]

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How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing Kids Will Eat [Recipe]

April 10, 2015
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I’ve tried everything when it comes to making homemade ranch dressing. I can’t even count how many “ranch spice” mixes I’ve experimented with. I’ve made it using yogurt, buttermilk and sour cream. The thing is my ranch lover (Big A) will have none of them. She tells me her favorite is Granny’s ranch dressing. And […]

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Why I’m Neither For Nor Against Kid Food

April 6, 2015
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This is The Feeding Diaries, an ongoing series about the feeding escapades in my house. Every year we go to Red Lobster for a family member’s birthday. This year, Big A announced she wanted to order lobster. I suggested we share the big lobster meal and she agreed. I was ecstatic to find her opting […]

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Two Giveaways: Amanda’s Big Dream & First Bites

April 1, 2015
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I have two great books to briefly review and giveaway. The first, Amanda’s Big Dream, was mentioned in my post about talking to kids about weight. And the second, First Bites, is a cookbook for babies and toddlers.

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5 Words That Will Instantly Calm Your Parenting Worries

March 27, 2015
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“You’re doing everything you can.” This is what Little D’s speech therapist said to me last fall, when she could tell my anxiety level was rising. These words — and the lesson they taught– have stuck with me ever since. Those 5 words popped in my head once again when a reader asked: “How do […]

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3 Simple Strategies for Using Up Veggies Before They Go Bad

March 24, 2015
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In my house, vegetables are the food item most likely to get tossed out. That’s because most veggies have a short life and they tend not to be something (like fruit) you can just grab and eat as is. In other words, they take preparation time. I started to get serious about decreasing veggie waste […]

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