Posts Tagged ‘avocado’

Baby’s First Foods

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Introducing solid foods is a big step for new moms and can be quite confusing. Here are some common questions new moms may have about introducing solids.

Is my baby ready for solid foods?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for baby during the first six months of life. Below are a few milestones your baby should reach before starting solid food:

  • Baby can sit in high chair with good head control
  • Baby watches you eat, reaches for your food and seems eager to be fed
  • If you offer a spoon of food and baby pushes it out of its mouth; he may not have the ability to move it to the back of his mouth to swallow. If this happens- try to dilute food with breast milk or water or wait a week or two and try again.

Sounds like my baby is ready. What should I feed them first?

Traditionally single-grain cereals are introduced first; however there is no medical evidence that introducing solid foods in any particular order is advantageous for baby. This website has tons of great recipes, nutrition information and pointers on how to prepare homemade baby food.

Are there any foods I should avoid?

What to Expect has a great list of food to avoid. This includes nuts, egg whites, honey, cow’s milk, wheat, juice, shellfish, strawberries and chocolate. These foods can be introduced later, please check with your pediatrician for when these can be safely introduced.

What were your babies’ first foods?

With my first we attempted organic brown rice cereal right at six months. This did not go well; she hated it. We went back to breast milk for few weeks and tried sweet potatoes next time she had solids. Our second was 7.5 months before we gave him solid food and he started with homemade sweet potatoes.

How do you make sweet potatoes for your baby?

Preheat oven to 400* F. Wash and poke holes in sweet potatoes and wrap in foil; bake in oven until soft (30-60 minutes). Puree in blender mixed with water or breast milk for desired consistency. Drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet to freeze. Once frozen put into Ziploc bags to store in freezer until ready to eat. Thaw and serve.

What was your baby’s first food? What would you do differently with your next child?

Kristen Beggs is a mom of two who enjoyed watching her babies take their first bite. 

 

Tasty Tuesday: Black Bean and Rice Salad

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

This Black Bean and Rice Salad is a favorite dish of ours to bring camping, on a picnic, or to a BBQ. I made it recently for a family gathering we had at our house and my sister asked me for the recipe. I told her “it’s on the blog”.  A few days later she informed me that it was actually NOT on the blog…WHAT?!? How could I have failed to share one of my top favorite recipes with you all? Seriously! Well here it is! Now next time someone asks me for the recipe I know FOR SURE they can find it here. :)

Ingredients:

2 cups cold cooked basatimi rice

1.5 cups of cold cooked black beans, or 16oz can of black beans drained and rinsed

1 to 1.5 cups of corn (frozen is fine, fresh off the cob is better)

1 red pepper, diced

1 zucchini, diced

1 jalapeno, diced

1 avocado, diced

1/4 cup (or more to taste) chopped cilantro

3 green onions, chopped

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 tablespoon oregano

1/2 tablespoon cumin

juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

salt and pepper to taste (you could also sprinkle a little garlic salt)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients from rice to green onions in a bowl. Mix remaining dressing ingredients in a small bowl or cup. Pour dressing over rice mixtures and stir to evenly coat. Refrigerate about an hour before serving.

Enjoy!! :)

- Sarah

Yummy Veggie Wraps!

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Summer time is full of all day outings and picnics at the park. For us this means packing a cooler bag full of yummy, healthy foods! It’s become almost a daily routine that as I make breakfast, I’m also making and packing our lunch for the day. My current favorite lunch on the go is a Veggie Wrap! They are super simple to make plus make good use of all the garden veggies friends and family have generously bestowed upon me! :)

Ingredients:

Your favorite pita bread, flat bread, or tortilla

Your favorite hummus (can substitute your favorite dressing if you *gasp* don’t have any hummus on hand…kind of sacrilegious in a vegan house to be out of hummus;))

1/2 red pepper, sliced

1/2 cucumber, sliced

1/2 avocado, sliced

1 small carrot, shredded

small handful of sprouts

small handful of spinach or mixed greens

1 green onion, chopped

fresh cilantro, chopped (to taste)

salt and pepper to taste

*Optional: for a heartier version packed with extra protein include cold cooked black beans and quinoa.

Directions:

Spread hummus on wrap. Layer all veggies. Fold and enjoy!!

Peace and Veggie Love All!

Sarah

Sunday Funday Giveaway: Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Did you know that Mom’s Milk Boutique carries a great selection of sunscreens? We do! AND All of our sunscreens are rated “Low Hazard” by the Environmental Working Group’s SkinDeep Database.

One awesome sunscreen option is Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35. Made of natural ingredients such as organic sesame, safflower and avocado oils you will love how this sunscreen moisturizes and nourishes the skin while protecting against sun damage. Additionally it goes on smooth and and is completely odorless. Also your children will love Eric Carle’s artwork from The Very Hungry Caterpillar on the packaging.

Would you like to win a FREE 4 oz. bottle of Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35? Then be sure to enter this week’s giveaway below! The winner will be announced Sunday, July 8.
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