Dip into Lentils

Prepare this flavorful lentil dip and serve as a nutritious snack for the whole family! Lentils can offer huge benefits to your growing toddler. They are high in protein, folate, potassium and fiber. These healthy lentil ingredients help to build your baby’s immune system.  Most pediatricians recommend first serving lentils when your child is between eight and 10 months old. For an overview of essential vitamins and minerals your child needs, check out our Nutrient Chart. Serve this lentil dip with pita bread and … (read more)

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Alternative Sources of Protein

Alternative Sources of Protein

If your child refuses to eat meats, don’t worry you are not alone! Many toddlers may refuse to eat meats for a number of reasons. Either they are exerting their control over foods or maybe they just don’t like the texture. Either way, as a concerned parent it can be very frustrating since you know that protein is an important nutrient in their diet and essential for growth.

A little bit about protein…

There are basically two types of proteins

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Go Green: The Healthy Benefits Of Green Beans

Healthy Benefits Of Green Beans

Makes other vegetables green with envy.

One of the healthiest baby foods, and baby food ingredients you’ll ever find, green beans are a nutritious, wholesome addition to your little one’s diet. Loaded with calcium, plus vitamins K, C, and A, the positive nutrients in green beans help to build strong bones, your baby’s immune system and also help to prevent future conditions. These conditions include Alzheimer’s, atherosclerosis, diabetic heart disease, colon cancer, asthma, arthritis, acne, and ear infections. Since … (read more)

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A ‘Hungry Bear’ Meal with Grrr-oodles!

Hungry Bear Meal with Grrr-oodles

This simple family friendly pasta dish offers a hearty serving of veggies. Not only do I love the way this dish looks, but it is very easy to make! Combining multiple vegetables in a familiar pasta dish increases the likelihood for acceptance. The combination of carrots, red pepper and green beans in this recipe provides a wonderful source of vitamins and nutrients. Green beans are rich with antioxidants containing vitamin C and beta-carotene. They are low in calories and offer cardiovascular benefits that make … (read more)

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Food Safety and Baby Food Storage Guidelines

Baby Food Storage Guidelines and Food Safety

Pregnant women, infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to foodborne illness since their immune systems are not as strong, so it is very important to practice food safety in your home! Here are some food safety guidelines and helpful tips to keep you and your family healthy.

Foodborne illness.

Foodborne illness is usually the result of poor handling of foods, improper cooking or inadequate storage of foods. This allows for bacteria to grow and thrive. The Centers for Disease Control … (read more)

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Creative and Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Your little one might not be ready to grab their backpack and jump on the big yellow school bus but many parents of toddlers wonder what foods are good for packing for daycare, preschool and even family day trips. What better time to refresh your little one’s lunch box with a healthy kick than back to school time!  Here are a few tips on creating healthy lunches for on the go kiddos.

Build a healthy lunch.

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English Pea Salad

English Pea Salad - Designed to Nourish recipe

This easy-to-make English Pea Salad is both flavorful and nutritious. Can’t get your little one to eat peas? Well, combining the peas with other tasty ingredients help make this recipe a kid friendly food. Try bringing this delicious side to your next picnic or party and watch it disappear!

Peas are a great source of dietary fiber and contain many vitamins and nutrients including protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, and more. Peas have been shown to promote the growth and functioning of the … (read more)

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Take A Fresh New Look At Peas

Peas - Designed to Nourish

Nutritious benefits to grow on.

Peas are a wonderfully healthy option for your baby’s diet. In fact, just one serving of freshly frozen garden peas has more vitamin C than two large apples, more fiber than a slice of whole bread, and more thiamine than a pint of whole milk. Peas are also rich in vitamins A and B1, folate, phosphorous and iron. Peas have been shown to promote the growth and functioning of the cardiovascular system, activate bone growth, … (read more)

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Introducing Foods to Your Baby

Introducing Foods To Baby

Offering your baby solid food for the first time can be such an exciting experience! So what are the do’s and don’ts to offering new tastes and foods to babies? Here is some helpful information to assist you in making the best choices for you and your little one.

Making sure they are developmentally ready.

It is important to wait until your baby is ready before introducing foods. It takes a few months for their little bodies to be ready … (read more)

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Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

Melon is a staple around our house during the summer. As a quick snack, cantaloupe is often served as a finger food. This refreshing recipe combines flavorful ingredients and is sure to cool you off on a hot day! Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it’s great snack or dessert for the whole family. Cantaloupe soup is a good source of potassium, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Cantaloupe also contains beta-carotene, which helps to enhance vision and eye development.  Most pediatricians recommend … (read more)

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