Cooking With Cantaloupe: The Refreshing Fruit

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Popular with babies and the moms who love them.

As tasteful to baby as it is healthy, cantaloupe is a baby food staple. This member of the melon family is a good source of potassium, calcium, vitamins A and C, contains a high water content, is low in calories, and is also fat free. These characteristics help to promote both body and brain development, while also boosting baby’s immune system. In addition, cantaloupe contains beta-carotene, which helps to enhance vision … (read more)

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Broccoli: A Superfood For Summer

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Take a fresh look at a classic veggie.

While broccoli has a reputation for not being the most tasteful, it is one of the healthiest foods you can feed to your little one. In fact, broccoli is packed with vitamins C, K, A and B, plus fiber, iron, calcium and protein. Together, these attributes help to promote both body and brain development, while also boosting baby’s immune system and even protecting against various forms of cancers, heart disease, and stomach … (read more)

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Make Grocery Shopping With Your Toddler Fun

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Going to the grocery store can be a fun experience for you and your child. Children begin to learn from their parents from the minute they are born, so teaching your child how to shop in the grocery store from an early age can help them to become health savvy shoppers when they grow up! If you dread taking your kids to the grocery store with you, try doing the majority of your shopping solo and take the kids with you … (read more)

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Oven Baked Broccoli Potato Pancakes

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I am a fan of potato pancakes, and after reading this recipe,  I was excited to try them with broccoli. The ingredients in this recipe are an excellent source of fiber and help to aid in digestion. This recipe is also a wonderful source of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, iron and offers other nutrients that are necessary for your child’s growth and development. Another benefit to adding broccoli — combining a familiar food like potatoes with broccoli increases the likelihood for acceptance. For an … (read more)

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When to Choose Organic Foods

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Terms like growth hormones, pesticides and antibiotics can sound really intimidating — especially when it comes to feeding your baby. This is a real and growing concern today for many families and many are choosing to buy organic foods as a means to control what enters our bodies when we eat. Organic foods have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and as a result, they are often readily available in most supermarkets and grocery stores. If you buy, or are considering buying, organic foods, … (read more)

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Asparagus: Wholesome Baby Benefits

Asparagus

All hail one of the healthiest vegetables.

When you think vegetables, you think “healthy”. Asparagus takes this concept of good, healthy eating to the next level. Asparagus contains many beneficial nutrients and is a good source for baby’s potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin. In addition, asparagus contains no fat or cholesterol, and is low in sodium. Asparagus is also high in folacin, which has been shown to play a significant role in the prevention of … (read more)

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Make a Super-Yummy Summertime Pasta Salad

Summertime Pasta Salad

This pasta salad recipe is a healthy side dish for summertime BBQs and family picnics. It’s packed with veggies and flavor that the toddlers and adults in your life will love. This pasta salad recipe also happens to contain valuable vitamins and nutrients. One of the main ingredients in this recipe is asparagus. Asparagus provides antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and several minerals including zinc and manganese. In addition, asparagus is a heart healthy vegetable … (read more)

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Great Greens: Spinach Health Benefits and Recipes

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Here’s to your baby’s health!

Spinach has a legendary reputation as a healthy food – and for good reason! Spinach is low in calories and is a good source of vitamins A, B2, C, E and K, and minerals, including manganese, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and selenium. Although glorified as a strength-building source of iron by the infamous Popeye cartoons, spinach actually contains low amounts of this mineral and has minimal benefits to baby. But collectively spinach is one of the … (read more)

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Transitioning Your Toddler to Whole Milk

Transitioning Your Toddler to Whole Milk

The time leading up to your little one’s first birthday is so exciting! Daily changes and development are peppered with major milestones that keep life interesting (to say the least). One of the many important milestones during this time is the transition from breastmilk or formula to whole milk. As a pediatric dietitian, parents often ask me how to make this transition and why it is so important to wait until their child’s first birthday to make the big switch. … (read more)

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Spinach Pizzazz Pizza

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Not only is pizza one of my favorite foods, but I am always looking for new, easy-to-make recipes. This flavorful recipe helps to add more veggies and variety to your child’s diet in a delicious way. Spinach is one of the healthiest vegetables around. It is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese and it’s loaded with many other vitamins and nutrients. For more information on all of the nutrients your child needs, check out our nutrient chart.

To make this recipe, … (read more)

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