Dr Greene.com recently asked Ruth to be a special guest perspectives blogger on their informational website. Ruth was more than happy to provide 5 terrific blog posts sharing all kinds of great, detailed information on finger foods and tips for getting started with finger foods for babies and toddlers. In case you missed it, here is a description and a link to each fantastic blog post.
Super Baby Food is happy to be a part of the Dr. Greene team! Be sure to check out some of the other terrific information on Dr. Greene’s website.
We had a blog request for the Egg-less Salad Spread recipe found in Super Baby Food p.317. We are happy to oblige.
Egg-less Salad Spread
1 pound tofu, crumbled
1/4 cup tofu mayonnaise
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 green pepper, minced
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1/2 medium onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon tamari
Moms are talking about: Baby Food Snacks
It’s not unusual for a baby to eat only one major meal a day, with the rest of his food coming from snacking. Snacks are necessary in a baby’s diet and should consist of smaller portions of the same healthy foods that are part of larger meals. A baby may not begin eating three baby-sized meals until he is 10 months old, although he may start as early as 4 months.
When Should Snacks Be Offered to Your Super Baby During the Day?
Snacks should be offered at scheduled, predictable times every day and not at random. Snacks should be eaten in the feeding area, as main meals are, because they ARE meals.
Read more about Super Snacks at the Super Baby Food Blog.
The following are some example of Super Baby Food Snacks:
- SOFT pieces of wedges of ripe peeled and cored fruit
- SOFT pieces of cooked, diced vegetables
- Oatios or another brand of health store equivalent of Cheerios
- Small lumps of cottage cheese
- well-cooked pasta pieces
- cooked brown rice or other grains
For a complete list of Super Baby Snacks as well as recipes for Toddler Hors d’oeuvres, check out Super Baby Food!
Super Baby Food Loves This Post on How To Make Fruit Leather
Tricia, a blogger at How Sweeter It Is, is a fan of Super Baby Food. We love that. We also love that she took the time to describe the making of fruit leather as mentioned in Super Baby Food, with pictures, in a scrumptious blog post on her site for mom’s benefit. Keep up the good work, Tricia.
If you make eating healthy foods fun, healthy eaters will be created. Kids think it’s lots of fun when you make playful, decorative food. Decorating only takes a few seconds, but it makes your child feel very special. For the older than 1 child, try creating a recipe like Apple Smiley Face (recipe below) and then decorating with fruits and vegetables. Once the recipe is completed and placed on your child’s plate in a pancake-shaped face, use decorative touches to add eyes (cooked egg slices or halved grapes), a nose (raisin or carob chip), mouth (orange section) and hair (curly carrot peel). This recipe is healthy all around and fun! Any healthy food can go through the same decorative transformation.
Here’s the Apple Smiley face recipe:
To make a “pancake,” grate a well-scrubbed organic apple with peel in a processor (or use organic no-sugar-added applesauce). Mix with 1-2 tablespoons natural peanut butter or other nut butter to make a slightly thick “dough.” Optionally add 1 teaspoon maple syrup or agave nectar (a healthy sweetener that can be found in natural foods stores) and a pinch of cinnamon and/or some flax seed oil or freshly ground flax seeds. Grate an apple in a processor.
Enjoy your toddler’s enjoyment of this Super Snack!
With regard to a baby’s or toddler’s diet, the word “snacks” is a misnomer. We adults tend to think of snacks as sweet little bits of foods that we eat for enjoyment more than to assuage hunger or to provide nutrition. This is not true for your baby or toddler. Super Baby Food “Super Snacks” are not extras, but a necessary part of your baby or toddler’s daily diet that adds calories and nutrition! Of course, baby’s and toddler’s are different. Below is a simple, nutritious Super Snack recipe for a Toddler. The Super Baby Food Blog will be sharing many more Toddler and Baby Super Snack information and recipes, so come back and visit often!
Toddler Hors d’oeuvre Recipe:
Fresh Fruit Hors d’oeuvres
1 ripe mashed banana, or some avocado or other mashed fruit
1/2 C chopped nuts, (if not allergic, of course)
2 teaspoons honey
Do not cook but form into balls and refrigerate or freeze!
There are plenty more recipes in Super Baby Food, or check back with us us here at the blog! Happy Super Snacking!