Beets: A Colorful Addition To Your Baby’s Diet

Beets - Food of the Month

Hard-to-beet health benefits.

With an eye-catching color and an easy-to-handle size, beets are perfect as one of the first finger foods for your little one. As healthy as they are tasteful, beets are loaded with calcium, potassium, and sodium, plus vitamins A and C. These nutritional benefits help to boost your baby’s immune system, while promoting muscle skeletal, nervous system, and brain development. In addition, beets are also high in fiber, making them easy to digest. Most pediatricians recommend introducing … (read more)

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Un-beet-able Pancakes

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Beets act as a natural food coloring that brighten up any pancake recipe. This fun breakfast recipe is packed with nutrition!  Beets are loaded with calcium, potassium and vitamins A and C. These nutritional benefits help to boost your baby’s immune system, while promoting muscle skeletal, nervous system, and brain development. In addition, beets are also high in fiber, making them easy to digest. Most pediatricians recommend introducing beets into your baby’s diet between eight and 10 months. For an … (read more)

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5 Ways to Encourage Picky Eaters to Eat Healthy Foods

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It wasn’t very long ago that I was pregnant with my son. Being a pediatric Registered Dietitian, I envisioned preparing very healthy meals for him to eat as a baby and toddler.  Of course, part of the daydream was my son enjoying the meals I had prepared. Wow did I get a good smack from the reality stick!  As an infant, my son seemed to like most of the simple purees I fed him. However, when he was about eight to nine … (read more)

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Keeping the Holidays Healthy

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The holiday season is upon us yet again, and along with the exciting hustle and bustle of holiday preparations comes all the delicious holiday foods and treats. I love this time of year but dread the unhealthy foods that I may end up eating and serving to my two year old son. I have been working hard all year long to make sure my little one is eating the healthiest foods and meals possible and I don’t like changing this … (read more)

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Cranberry Ginger Grilled Chicken Fingers

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This well rounded recipe is a great source of protein along with vitamins and minerals. Not only do cranberries go great with chicken, but this healthy dipping sauce is a simple and flavorful way to incorporate additional vegetables into your child’s diet. Cranberries feature vitamin C, plus polyphenols, which collectively help to strengthen and maintain the immune and cardiovascular systems along with promoting brain development. For an overview of essential vitamins and minerals your child needs, check out our Nutrient Chart.

Depending on the toddler and adult … (read more)

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Cranberries: A Holiday Favorite For Any Time Of Year

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Small but mighty. Berry Big Benefits For Babies.

The star of many Holiday Season meals, the cranberry is loved by babies and their moms year ‘round as a tasteful, healthy delight. Loaded with nutritious vitamins and minerals, cranberries feature vitamin C, plus polyphenols, which collectively help to strengthen and maintain the immune and cardiovascular systems, promote brain development, and help to prevent cancer and heart disease. Cranberries tend to be more acidic than many berries but most pediatricians encourage introducing this … (read more)

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Adding Spice to Baby Food

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Along with adding flavor to your foods, spices and herbs can add health benefits as well. It’s easy for spices and herbs to become lonely little jars in the pantry that are overlooked. If your spices are being snubbed, this article may help reinvent their presence in your family’s meals and snacks.

The health benefits.

Herbs and spices have long been used for their medicinal value and recent research suggests that some spices and herbs may actually help with certain … (read more)

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Sweet Potatoes: Healthy & Delicious — What Could Be Sweeter?

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How sweet it is.

Recently making a comeback as an ultra-healthy ingredient in adult diets, the sweet potato has been loved by moms and babies for its tasteful benefits for decades. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins A and E, beta carotene, potassium, calcium, fiber, and foliate. In fact, the Nutrition Action Health Letter recently rated 58 vegetables for overall nutritional value. The winner? The sweet potato – by far – with raw carrots a very … (read more)

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Sweetie Pie Tots

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The combination of sweet potatoes, black beans and spices makes this recipe easy-to-make and tasty. Try preparing this simple and flavorful recipe as a side dish for any meal. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and nutrients. They contain vitamins A and E, beta carotene, potassium, calcium and fiber. They are also easy on your little one’s stomach and digestive tract. Try pairing with Turkey & Gravy or Apricot Glazed Chicken. For an overview of essential vitamins and minerals your child needs, … (read more)

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Lentils: Easy To Love!

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Small but mighty.

Although small in size, lentils can offer huge benefits to your growing baby. Low in fat, lentils are also high in protein, folate, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, fiber and iron, plus feature vitamins A, B and C. Collectively, these healthy lentil ingredients help to build your baby’s immune, skeletal, and muscular vascular system, plus helps to enhance brain development. Like most beans and legumes, lentils are sometimes labeled as a gas-causing food for baby, so … (read more)

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