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Baby Food and Nutrition

Becoming a Mom in a town of less than 5,000 has been by far my greatest challenge. The nearest city is over an hour away. And we only have one grocery store in town. Mama's Little Helper And I have had to change my lifelong mentality of doing what is best for me to doing what is best for my family. Although tricky at times, I have so enjoyed making all of Ella's food from scratch. And if trying to achieve a balanced diet for your toddler wasn't hard enough, the nutrients your baby needs is continually changing. Kitchen Counter Since most babies love their carbs I've started making baby food as a veggie-protein combo and then add a carbohydrate at meal time. This method also allows for your little one to have a more versatile diet. Some of her favorite "main dishes" are: - Tomato Tofu Pasta - Broccoli Mac 'n Cheese - Mushroom Spinach Quinoa with Parmesan - Southwestern Chicken with Rice - Beginner Quesadillas like my Peas 'n Cheese Quesadilla Side Dishes: - Carrot and Banana Puree - Chunky Sweet Pea Puree - Chunky Sweet Corn Puree
Simple peach and banana smoothie.

Yummy peach and banana puree.

Awesome Breakfast Fruit Combos: - prune, banana, and apple - peach, banana, and tofu - mixed berry and apple - strawberry and mango - blueberry and pear TOFU There are two basic types of tofu out there: silken and extra firm.  I prefer using silken tofu because it is easy to blend. Try pureeing it into a red sauce next time you have pasta. Or blend it with berries and/or banana for a nutrient-packed breakfast for you and your little one! PEARS - high in fiber and great at relieving constipation. SPINACH - good for brain function; it's anti-inflammatory; and it's great for bone health. Spinach is packed with nutrients, including high amounts of vitamin K, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and iron.  

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