If you’re still in that baby or young toddler phase, I’ve got a book for you. It’s called Real Baby Food: Easy, All Natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler written by Jenna Helwig, food editor for Parents magazine, with help from Natalia Stasenko, MS, RD.
What you will find, in addition to fresh, nutritious and easy recipes for babies and toddlers, is top notch information organized by age (6 months to 3 years). Natalia Stasenko is up on the latest and greatest science and it shines through in this book. There’s information on food allergies, how to introduce solids, strategies for picky eaters, and other nutrition tidbits.
An important part of this book is its emphasis on taste training — exposing baby to as many tastes and textures as possible. This is a time children are very open to food so Real Baby Food helps you take advantage of it.
Here’s more of what the book offers:
- Step by step feeding advice
- Sample meals plans by age
- Top 10 starter puree recipes
- Fabulous finger food recipes like Smoky Squash Cakes and Sweet and Sour Tofu Sticks.
- Family friendly meals including Tropical Pork Tenderloin, Honey Mustard Chicken, Coconut Curry Muscles and more!
What I like most is the book’s focus on health for the entire family. This means the goal is for babies to eventually eat what the grownups are eating, which not only encourages healthy eating for the whole family but is convenient and cost-effective.
To show you how tasty the recipes are, here’s one for Fajita Salad