Sunday, March 20, 2011

Book Review: The Best Homemade Baby Food On The Planet

I have been working as a consultant to a Montessori school that is opening a new infant environment.   Along with creating an infant room, I have also been working with the school and families to create new parent education opportunities.  

One of the workshops that I have been working on creating is one about nutrition and making your own baby food.  We want to start at a young age giving our children the best possible nutrition and to begin developing healthy eating habits that will aid in the child's physical and mental development.   In the workshop, some of the topics we discuss are organic vs. conventionally farmed foods,  healthy and safety tips, and of course recipes. 

 I have had the opportunity to review a book called, The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet Although my children are long past the baby food stage, I had the opportunity to test recipes with other mother's whose children were just starting baby food.  This book has been an amazing resource not only to myself, but to the parents that I work with as well. 

The book is filled with recipes that take 10 minutes or less to prepare, The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet (Fair Winds Press, December 2010, $21.99, paperback with color photos and illustrations) is a great resource when it comes to establishing a child’s preferences for healthy, nourishing foods.  
The book includes informative sidebars that address feeding challenges, food safety and even traveling with baby. Best of all, each recipe features a nutrient analysis, serving size suggestions and recommended preparation methods - assuring parents baby receives the nutrition they need without any of the additives found in most store bought baby food.
It is the first baby food book to be authored by a Registered Dietitian (Tina Ruggiero) and a Registered Nurse (Karin Knight), the book provides readers with more than 200 baby food recipes that suit every age – from six to 23 months.  Inside readers will find:
·      Recipes from baby’s first purees to meals for active toddlers;
·      Beautiful full-color photographs;
·      An easy-to-spot snowflake symbol next to recipes which can be frozen;
·      The latest information about infant nutrition, oral care, intolerances and optimal development; and
·      A fun recipe evaluation chart, so parents can rate what meals their little one likes best

If you are a new parent or your child is getting ready for solid food, I would encourage you to check out this book.   It has wonderful information!    I wish this book had been available when my children were younger. 
Publishing Information:
Know What Goes into Every Bite with more than 200 of the
Most Deliciously Nutritious Homemade Baby Food Recipes
by Tina Ruggiero M.S., R.D., L.D. with Karin Knight R.N.,
Fair Winds Press
December 2010
$21.99 Trade Paperback
ISBN-10: 1592334237
ISBN-13: 978-1-59233-422-3
disclosure:  I was provided with a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  I did not receive any monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed in this book are my own. 

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