Cheesy Spinach Quinoa

Cooking with Cat: Cheesy Spinach Quinoa

A delicious and healthy meal for your toddler.

This nutritious and easy recipe is perfect for toddlers transitioning  into Stage 3, and it offers enough flavor for mom and dad to enjoy.  This dish serves as a  potent source of vitamins and nutrients that are needed for a balanced and healthy diet. Spinach is an excellent source of Calcium and Iron which are essential to our health. Calcium helps strengthen bones, and Iron is important for … (read more)

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5 Unlikely Foods with Vitamin C

The ABCs Of Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is critical for health and growth in infancy. This essential vitamin promotes a strong immune system, the growth and maintenance of healthy skin and red blood cells, plus is necessary to build collagen, which helps to form connective tissue that binds muscles, bones, and tissue together. Vitamin C is also known to increase wound healing, while preventing infections and, as an antioxidant, helps protect against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis … (read more)

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Fun Food Activities That Turn Mom Into a Magician

Fun Food Activities

Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks) where your perfect little angel won’t eat any of the perfectly healthy foods that you have painstakingly made for them? Well, you are not alone! This is a very common concern among parents of toddlers and preschoolers, and here are a few fun food ideas that will help make foods disappear while incorporating learning activities, making you Mommy the Food Magician.

  • Layering – Let your child build their own … (read more)
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Peachy Cobbler Portions

Peachy Cobbler Portions

Cooking with Cat: Peachy Cobbler Portions

A healthy and delicious dessert for your toddler.

Since peaches are one of my favorite things about summer, I was so excited to try this recipe! Peaches store well in the freezer, so you can enjoy this sweet dessert year-round.  I was thrilled to see a healthy alternative to peach cobbler and couldn’t wait to give it a shot. Not only is this a great option for baby, but the perfectly portioned desserts are great … (read more)

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Oh-So-Fun Frozen Fruit Cups

Baby eating frozen fruit cup

Cooking with Cat: Oh-So-Fun Frozen Fruit Cups

A perfect snack for your toddler on the go.

I was really excited to try this recipe, because I knew this would be a cool way to serve fruit in an oh-so-fun way. This is a great recipe for using fresh seasonal fruit, but if that is not available, you can use frozen or canned fruit as well. Just look for fruit in juice instead of heavy or light syrup. These fruit cups are … (read more)

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“Insider” Tips For Beating The Heat

Okay, let’s just state the uncomfortably obvious – it’s hot!  As the temperature rises to seemingly unbearable levels, so do the anxiety levels of anxious toddlers, and their desperate parents, who are often housebound by the heat and humidity. I think my wife summed it up best when she said you have to think of it as an extended series of snow days . . . in August. Our mission (and we have no choice but to accept it) is … (read more)

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Tofu Sticks & Dips

Cooking with Cat: Tofu Sticks, Cucumber Dip & Hummus
A perfect meal for your toddler.

Ever since I read this recipe, I have been interested to see how this would taste. I have tried tofu a couple of times and enjoyed it, but I never made it on my own. Tofu provides calcium and other necessary nutrients to promote healthy growth. Check out the Nutrient Chart for an overview of more essential vitamins and minerals your baby needs. Pairing (read more)

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Enjoy Safe Summertime Fun

Safe summertime fun

Summertime and the livin’s easy. After a season of cold temperatures and indoor activities, swimming pools, sunshine and backyard barbecues offer appealing options for family fun. Before you head outdoors, take a moment to review a few quick tips that will help make those long, summertime days injury-free.

Get sun smart.

So you’ve probably heard that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, and is commonly caused by ultraviolet (UV) light, or sunlight, … (read more)

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Crispy Cheese Crackers & Avocado Dip

Cooking with Cat:  Crispy Cheese Crackers & Avocado Dip
A perfect snack for your toddler.

Ever since I read this recipe I have been dying to try it on my own. I buy cheese crackers at the store all of the time, but I have never considered making my own. I like the idea of making my own crackers, that way i know exactly what goes into them. Pairing them with avocado dip seemed like a natural choice. … (read more)

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Items You’ll Need to Take Your Baby Beyond the Bottle

Adding solid foods to mealtime is an exciting and important milestone for you and your baby, ranking up there with crawling and saying that long-awaited first word. Not only is your baby moving past the extrusion reflex and learning how to eat from a spoon, but she is finally getting to enjoy some of the same foods you love. Different than the bottle or breastfeeding, this is a new opportunity for bonding at the dinner table, and depending on your … (read more)

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