Join us Thursday (tomorrow) morning, 10 am, at the
Jamie Roth will be teaching us all about
This is applicable to both infants and older children. Who doesn't like a massage?! If you want to practice on your child please bring a blanket and some oil or lotion. If you don't have a little one to practice on you can bring a doll.
Thursday evening we got together and shared tips for feeding with love and respect. It was a very inspiring meeting, and I think everyone left hungry!
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Here are a few easy, healthy food ideas that were mentioned:
~Hard boiled eggs
~Mix Frozen berries and/or sliced frozen bananas with fresh kale or spinach in the food processor to create a quick & tasty treat.
~Beans seem to be one of the favorite finger foods for little ones. Roll the beans in brown rice cereal and they are easier to pick up for the young toddler.
~Green smoothies are a great way to add the vegetables into your family’s diet. You can make them by blending leafy greens into your regular smoothie.
~Add pureed greens to your pasta sauce (red or Alfredo) for green spaghetti
~Providing healthy dip options (such as hummus or a "raw food" dip) with vegetables to encourage a selective eater to try a new veggie
~Make extras and freeze them to save yourself some time later in the week
Helpful Hints for making your own baby food:
~ Using your fork to mash up soft well cooked vegetables
~ Beaba Babycook- steamer and food processor in one
~The Baby Bullet – small food processor/great for baby food (check out the baby bullet infomercial
online…I’m a sucker for a good infomercial gadget! I want one now)
~ Babies R us has a great selection of food containers you can use to store homemade frozen baby food
~ Dr. Sears also has some excellent tips on making baby food.
~We also discussed baby led solids.
~Involve your toddler in the meal making process to get them excited about mealtime & boost their self
confidence as well. Learning Towers or similar products are great way for your child to safely interact with you in the kitchen.
~Allow grazing on healthy snacks throughout the day. A refrigerator snack bin is a great way to allow older children to make their own healthy snack choices.
~When you are sleep deprived it’s hard to remember the small things like brushing your teeth or
remembering to take time for yourself to eat. Setting an alarm on your phone might be a helpful way to
remember these things.
~Local farmer's produce markets makes shopping for healthy food more personal.
The super food Quinoa was mentioned to be a favorite go to food for vegetarians or just a yummy super
food to check out!
“Here in the U.S., quinoa has been discovered as a nutritious asset and enjoyed culinary popularity within
only the last few years. Here’s why…”
Eat one cup of quinoa (a single serving size), and you’ll consume:
~220 calories (70 percent carbs, 15 percent fat, 15 percent protein)
~40 grams of carbohydrates (13 percent daily value)
~8 grams of protein (16 percent of daily value)
~3.5 grams of fat (5 percent daily value with no saturated fat)
~A glycemic load (blood sugar spike) of only 18 out of 250
~5 grams of fiber (20 percent of daily value)
~20 percent of daily value of folate (various forms of Vitamin B)
~30 percent of magnesium daily value (beneficial for people with migraine headaches); 28 percent
daily value of phosphorous; iron (15 percent); copper (18 percent); and manganese (almost 60
“Quinoa is stocked with life-sustaining nutrients all across the board, including all eight essential amino
acids. There are other highly beneficial compounds, vitamins and minerals in this food that the Incas
reverently called "chisaya mama" (mother of all grains).
Vegetarians would do well to incorporate quinoa into their diet often. It’s difficult for vegetarians to get all
eight essential amino acids and an adequate source of protein from one food source. Usually, vegetarians
and vegans need to combine foods like beans and rice to acquire all the essential amino acids, the
building blocks of protein.” www.mnn.com (Mother Nature Network)