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Natural Baby Food: Over 150 Wholesome, Nutritious Recipes For Your Baby and Toddler Paperback – April 26, 2016
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100 Books for a Lifetime of Eating & Drinking
If you want to make an authentic tagine, bake mouth-watering cakes, or vicariously experience the life of a chef, you’ll find the book for it on this list.
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"...an easy to use, full of great information cookbook that not only can be for babies but for big ol’ kids and adults!"
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"...contains over 150 wholesome, nutritious recipes for your baby and toddler plus [...] information to help you navigate this new world of feeding your little one!"
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"What I like best is that the book is full of recipes that everyone can enjoy and is an excellent way to get your babies to grow up learning to eat all different types, textures, and cuisines."
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"If you’re looking for nutritional guidance for babies and toddlers, complete with delicious recipes and sage advice, I have just the book for you."
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"I can’t wait to share this special book with my sister (and new mom)."
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"makes it easy for moms to not only whip up food for their toddlers, but also nourish their own body with wholesome, delicious nutrition."
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About the Author
Dr. Sonali Ruder is a physician, chef, recipe developer, and food blogger. Her passion for food started several years ago when she was doing her residency training in New York City. In 2007 she entered a recipe contest on a whim and ended up being selected from thousands of entrants to compete on a cooking competition on the Food Network. After a few years of competitive cooking, Sonali decided to take her passion for cooking one step further by enrolling in culinary school at the Institute of Culinary Education. While she was a student, she started her popular food blog The Foodie Physician where she uses her medical and culinary backgrounds to help readers create meals that are nutritious and full of flavor. In addition to practicing medicine, Sonali also develops recipes and is a contributing writer for several national magazines, cookbooks, and websites. She recently moved to sunny Fort Lauderdale where she lives with her husband and daughter.
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When it got closer to my baby turning 6 months old I got busy in the kitchen whipping up some homemade natural baby food. I chose to give my baby sweet potatoes for his first solids – and he loved it! He couldn’t get enough of them! Over the past month and a half I have made and given him many of the recipes out of the first chapter of the recipe section. I love making homemade baby food for my son. I know exactly what is in his food and can take pride in knowing he is eating and enjoying something nutritious I made for him.
One thing I love about this book is that it is useful for more than just a few months when your baby is an infant. You can use it as he or she grows into toddler-hood and beyond. Seriously, even if you don’t have a baby or toddler you will still find some tasty recipes in this book you will enjoy. They are all simple to make and full of flavor!
If you are a new mom or know someone who is expecting or just had a baby, or even someone with a toddler, I highly recommend getting this book for you or to give it as a gift. I love it and can’t wait to make more recipes for my baby, toddler and the whole family. Natural Baby Food is a great book for anyone wanting to give their baby the best nutrition possible when starting on solids and beyond.
Part I includes the following chapters:
-Why Homemade Baby Food?
-Starting Solids: When, What and How
-Becoming a Baby Food Chef: What You Should and Shouldn’t Feed Your Baby
-The Building Blocks of Good Nutrition
-Safely Feeding Your Baby
-Making Homemade Baby Food 101
I particularly liked the section with the charts on herbs, their flavor profiles, and what they pair well with–it’ll be super helpful for my future kitchen experiments! It also covers the different macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and what kinds of foods to consume to get more of em’!
There’s also a great section on things to avoid feeding your baby, as well as food safety and pantry essentials!
Part II includes the recipes!
"First Spoonfuls: 6 Months" includes recipes for Vegetable Purees, Fruit Purees, No-Cook Purees, Cereals, and Tasty Combinations! (If you don't have kids, these purees can easily be incorporated into desserts or made into smoothies to pack in some extra nutrients!)
"Fun Flavors: 6-8 Months" includes recipes for Vibrant Vegetables, Fantastic Fruits, Mighty Meat and Fish, Lovely Legumes, More Tasty Combinations, and Roasted Recipes.
"Tasty Textures: 8-12 Months" includes recipes for Great Grains, Combination Meals, and Finger Foods.
"Big Kid Meals: 12 Months and Up" had lots of awesome recipes great for any age, including Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks, Soups, Dinner, and Sweet Treats.
The end has an appendix with health and nutrition resources, including websites for general nutrition information, allergies + asthma, breast-feeding, food safety, first aid/CPR, and organic food.
Each recipe section includes sample menus for your behbeh, and the recipes each have a short intro that covers different tips, alternatives/variations, and information on nutrition, as well as the ingredient list, and instructions.
Lots of these recipes look really fun, regardless of whether or not you have kids. As I stated before, the target audience is for moms-to-be/moms, but even if you don’t have any kids, you’ll find lots of super tasty recipes for yourself and others in here (and a wealth of useful information)!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review, but as always, my thoughts + opinions are mine and mine alone!
So far, I have made the Apple Pie Quinoa Cookies and the Super Strawberry Yogurt Pops and my choosy eaters are liking these! My 5 year old helped me make the cookies and even ate them after he saw that an apple went into the mix (he's less likely to try a food when he sees a whole fruit or veggie!) because they smelled so good! He also will now eat fresh strawberries after finding out they were part of the yummy pops! My 3 year old liked the pops but is not convinced on the fresh fruit yet.
I'm happy to have a recipe book that can help me provide healthy options that are tasty so I can encourage my children to eat well.