When to Feed your Baby Solids?

When you’re about to feed your baby solid food for the first time, it’s important to be familiar with the most recent official recommendations from groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). But it’s even more critical to know your child and to be flexible when it comesContinue reading “When to Feed your Baby Solids?”

Zucchini and Carrot Muffin

Lightly spiced and just slightly sweet, these are a great way to get some vegetables on the table in the morning. You can bake these in donut tins, but they could just as easily be muffins. Ingredients: Makes 24 donuts or muffins Non-stick cooking spray 3 eggs 1 cup canola oil 3/4 cup sugar 1Continue reading “Zucchini and Carrot Muffin”

Peanut Butter and Peaches Smoothie

This naturally sweet smoothie is packed with protein thanks to the milk and peanut butter, and potassium courtesy of the banana. Almond butter or sunflower seed butter stand in nicely for the peanut butter, if you prefer, and any frozen fruit can sub for the peaches. Frozen strawberries or grapes make for an especially appealingContinue reading “Peanut Butter and Peaches Smoothie”

Quick & Easy: Blueberry-Spinach Shake

Feel free to use unsweetened almond milk or soy milk. By 12 months most toddlers should be able to use an open cup to slurp up a smoothie. Straw cups are another – less messy – option. Ingredients 1/3 cup milk 1/2 banana 1/2 cup packed baby spinach 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1 tablespoon groundContinue reading “Quick & Easy: Blueberry-Spinach Shake”

60-Second Egg

Balanced sources of protein and healthy fats, eggs are one of nature’s most perfect foods. For a complete breakfast, serve one egg with toast triangles and a bit of fruit. Ingredients Unsalted butter or olive oil for greasing the ramekin 1 egg Pinch salt Freshly ground pepper. To taste. Steps Lightly grease a 4-ounce ramekinContinue reading “60-Second Egg”

8+ Months: Cornmeal and Zucchini Pancakes

Serve these wholesome pancakes with Greek yogurt, sour cream, or applesauce for dipping. Ingredients: Makes about 24 pancakes 2 large zucchini, grated (about 5 cups) 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 3/4 cup milk Freshly ground pepper to taste 2 cups cornmeal 1 teaspoon baking powder 7Continue reading “8+ Months: Cornmeal and Zucchini Pancakes”

8+ Months: Maple Graham Animals

Skip the trans fat and high-fructose corn syrup found in many processed animal crackers. Mix up this lightly sweetened whole-grain dough instead and cut away. Animal-shaped crackers are cute, but little circles and stars also delight. Ingredients: Makes about 60 small crackers 1/2 cup whole-wheat graham flour or whole-wheat flour 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plusContinue reading “8+ Months: Maple Graham Animals”

8+ Months: Smoky Squash Cakes

Babies and toddlers will love this veggie pancake. Nutrition bonus: butternut squash is full of vitamin A. Ingredients: Makes 12 patties 1 cup butternut squash puree 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 1 scallion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped clinatro 3/4 teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more if necessary Steps In aContinue reading “8+ Months: Smoky Squash Cakes”