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My High Hopes to Raise a Picky Eater

Picky Eater Havah and friend

Do you really want a picky eater? That might depend on your definition. This is an article written by Danielle Henry, when her daughter Havah was just a few months old. Havah is now 7, and the oldest of a set of 3 “littles” who have all grown up following many of the simple concepts in this short excerpt.


A few times a week I will talk with other moms about nutrition for the family. Up until the past year I’ve really only be responsible for feeding myself. Our two older daughters are old enough to go to the kitchen and feed themselves. Sean and I encourage them to make good choices, but they are at a place where they will choose what they do and don’t eat when they are at school or at a friend’s house.

When our youngest daughter started to seem interested in food I realized that I had some big decisions to make. When is the right time to introduce solid food? What is the right first food? I looked all over the internet, I went to the bookstore and to the library in search of answers.

I found a lot of helpful information. I also found a lot of useless information!

Common Answers, no Real Help

The most common answer that I found was something like this, “Around 4-6 months of age your baby will need something in addition to breast milk. This is great time to introduce rice cereal. If you feed your baby rice cereal before putting him to bed, you can expect that he will begin to sleep through the night.”

This was helpful, but not exactly what I was looking for. The information that I really wanted was something like, “Here are the nutritional needs of your baby and why. Here are good foods that meet those needs.” I did find a few sites and books that provided that type of information.

Great Resources to make a Picky Eater

The best source I found was a book by Mary-Ann Shearer called Healthy Kids the Natural Way. I had read a few of Mary-Ann’s books before, but didn’t realize that she had a book about children’s health until my friend Merrily Bright turned me onto it. Mary-Ann discusses nutrition from pre-pregnancy all the way to adolescence. The chapters on when to introduce solid food and what to give my baby were great! She goes on to break down several fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds – providing the vitamin and mineral content of each. It was great information. It really helped me to understand that these foods have everything that the body needs for optimum health. Unfortunately, if you look for this book on the web you will have trouble finding it. If are interested in getting a copy email me.

Another good resource is www.rawmom.com. Many of the articles are very practical. Besides having a super fun raw food family, they discuss great tips on providing proper nutrition to your children and practical advice on how to survive travel, school lunches etc. while keeping health in mind.

Recently, my friend Paul Nison (raw food author, chef and educator) has been posting information on nutrition for babies and children as he and his wonderful wife Andrea just had a baby girl. Andrea wrote a great post about her plans for their daughter’s diet in the coming years. You can check out some posts she did on a blog at http://rawfoodforbabies.com/tag/andrea-nison/. Guaranteed good info and great videos.

So here’s what happened with Havah: At around seven months old I gave her a taste of ripe banana mixed with breast milk. Over the next several months I introduced several other raw fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of her favorites are mangos, blended apples and pears, avocados, carrot juice, bananas (when she wants something to eat she asks for a nana), nectarines, papaya, young coconut meat, some of our raw shakes of course BarleyLife. A few times a week we give her food that is lightly steamed like yellow squash, peas and green beans.  Basically, she loves any food we give her!

I found some interesting info the on rice cereal suggestion. It turns out that babies don’t produce ptyalin, the enzyme that is produced in the mouth to help convert starches into sugars. Babies don’t produce this enzyme until they have a mouth full of teeth and are good at chewing. This usually happens around 18 – 24 months. Introduction of complex starches (rice cereal, potatoes, bread etc.) can sometimes result in constipation, mucus production and food intolerances.

My hope for Havah and all of our children is to raise picky eaters! I hope that if she grows up being stuffed with wonderful foods that help her body thrive that she will prefer them all of her life. I hope that our children will try anything, but have a preference for raw, fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables.

Danielle Henry

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Healthy Recipes: Zucchini Lasagne

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Ingredients

  • 4 Zucchini
  • 2 small Butternut Squash
  • 3 Leeks
  • Vegetable Stock (Mary-Ann’s or Organic preferred)
  • 400g or ~1lb mixed mushrooms
  • Marinated Artichokes
  • 1 1/2 Cup Tomato Puree
  • 2 Cups Cashew Mayo

Prep

  • Preheat Oven to 180C/360F
  • Grate butternut squash
  • Clean and chop leeks, and stir fry
  • Clean and halve (or slice) mushrooms
  • Using a mandoline or knife, cut zucchini into long flat strips
  • Make a layer of butternut squash, leek, mushroom and zucchini and top with cashew mayo
  • Repeat until baking dish is full
  • Top with tomato puree. Add vegetable stock if the mixture is too thick. Water will come out of the veggies so the result will be thinner than it appears at the beginning.
  • Place in oven and bake for 20 mins.

Options

Use other veggies including Onions, different squash, potato, carrot etc… as layers

Use precooked Brown Rice in the layers

Use large portabella mushrooms (sliced) for layers

Include fresh herbs like basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme etc…

Try different spices: Curry, Cumin, chili powders, Ginger etc… to create variation. Try using small amounts of Tahini or Hummus instead of the Cashew Mayo.

The main idea here s to replace the bad fats and processed foods with Whole Food ingredients, as well as gluten free options. You still get the savory elements, and the creamy textures with this recipe, and it adapts to many other applications as well.

 


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Healthy Recipes Cashew Mayo

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Ingredients

Preparation

  • Blend ingredients in high speed blender until smooth
  • If mixture is difficult to blend, add all ingredients except cashews, start blender and add cashews slowly until smooth.

Options

Add different herbs and spices: Curry Powder, Chili Powder, Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, Dill, Nutritional Yeast etc… to add variation.

Applications

Use as a cheese sauce, dipping sauce, and topping anywhere you want a savory flavor.

Excellent used on the Zucchini Lasagne recipe or any other baked preparations.

Can be used in raw, dehydrated applications. This is the classic sauce for dehydrated Kale Chips an other similar applications of dehydrated veggies.

Keep refrigerated or frozen.

The goal here is to provide natural, un-processed, non dairy fats and ingredients with a powerful flavor profile.

 


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Healthy Recipes Coconut Almond Hemp Shake

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Coconut Almond Hemp Shake

This is a nutrient dense, raw shake with plenty of calories and good fats to sustain you for hours. I attempt to use the least amount of sweeteners as possible. Feel free to sub different nuts, use avocado instead of coconut etc…

1 Young Thai Coconut
1-2 cups ice
1-2 cups Raw Almonds (soaked and sprouted if possible)
3 Tablespoons Raw Hemp Seed (soaked and sprouted if possible)
2-3 Tablespoons Raw Honey to taste
1 dropper Organic Stevia Extract
1 teaspoon (or less if possible) Celtic Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

Fill the carafe with water, and blend on high for 1 minute or more to make as smooth as possible.

Flavor options:
Organic Raw Cacao
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Decaf Coffee
Orange Zest
Mint

One of my favorite variations when using this for Pudding is White Cardamom and Raw Cacao

Another great idea is to use AIM products like ProPeas or Cocoa Leafy Greens and boost the protein and nutrient density!


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Healthy Recipes: Chia Pudding

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A simple way to make chia pudding. This is a great snack in the afternoon. My 2 little guys beg me for this if they know it is in the fridge.

1 Quart Mason Jar with lid

1/3-2/3 cups Organic Black Chia Seeds (for a thinner pudding use the smaller amount)

Fill the jar with a liquid of your choice, shake it and stir it completely

Leave at room temperature for 1 hours, then chill in the fridge

Liquid options:

Nut or Seed based Milks
Coconut Water (and meat) blended
Juice

I use the remains of almond/coconut/hemp shakes. I will make a whole vita-mix carafe of it, and then have some for a meal, and pour the rest into 1-2 jars.


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