'Tis the season for all things pumpkin, so we've put together our favorite pumpkin recipes for fall.
February is National Cherry Month. While it may not quite be cherry season, cherries are fabulous, so why not start the celebration early? We probably have George Washington to thank for that! Cherries are packed with nutrients and are delicious, so let's celebrate them. Plus, we always have frozen cherries in our freezer for snacks, dessert and smoothies.
The Environmental Working Group recently removed cherries from the Dirty Dozen list, meaning they no longer are one of the foods grown with the highest level of pesticides. For more on the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, click here.
Cherries are loaded with nutrients, including calcium, iron, Vitamin C, potassium, fiber and melatonin. The melatonin in cherries promotes brain health and also helps regulate our body's internal clock. This means it helps determine just when we wake up and when we fall asleep. So, if you little one's body clock seems to be a tad off, a sweet cherry puree might help get things back on track. Cherries, like their relatives (apricots, peaches and plums) have a laxative effect, so if baby is constipated, cherries may help get things moving.
Babies may begin to eat Cherries at about 8 months of age or sooner with the ok of your pediatrician. Cherries are not highly allergenic, however, cherries do contain pits and a rather thick skin. Young babies may not be able to properly digest cherries earlier than 8 months of age and if you wish to add them to baby food earlier, do be sure to thoroughly blend them!
Here's some of our favorite cherry recipes:
We all know and love the crock pot for its magical powers to make comfort food for the whole family. But have you ever thought of using it to make homemade baby food?
These tasty baby food recipes freeze great and are so simple they almost cook themselves! With just a few minutes of prep, healthy meals can be ready for baby in time for breakfast, lunch or dinner.Here are 5 crock pot baby food recipes to get you started.
Tell us...What are your favorite slow cooker baby food recipes?
While it's still technically fall, it feels like winter in much of the country. And when it's cold outside, we crave comfort foods that cook low and slow in the slow cooker all day. The slow cooker really is a parent's best friend—it does all the work while you're at the office or running errands. Our slow cooker lives on our counter top throughout the fall and winter.
In addition to the convenience, the versitility of a slow cooker makes it a great tool for Real Food baby and toddler meals. You may already know about one of our favorite crock pot recipes—Pear Applesauce . But what about Herbed Pumpkin and Rice, or Spiced Carrots and Raisins? Or cook up a batch of Beef Stew for the whole family (you can puree baby's portion if needed). Check out our Pinterest board for more great slow cooker recipe ideas.
In the spirit of the holidays and these slow cooker recipes making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, we're hosting a giveaway, complete with everything you need to make slow cooker meals for the whole family.
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Today we have a wonderful and insightful guest post from Heather of Multiply Delicious. We asked Heather to share her Paleo/Primal lifestyle journey and how it works for her entire family, including her adorable twin daughters.
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