Thursday, November 17, 2011

Superman Smoothie

How else do you get a baby to eat kale?
If anyone knows, please email me. 
Until then, mixing it with fruit is the way to go.

1 bunch of kale
2 pears 
Handful of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
TBS ground flax - because why not add the extra omega-3s and fiber?

1. Soak and rinse the kale obsessively until you feel that its clean.
2. Peel, cube and steam the pears. 
3. Wilt the kale in boiling water for about a minute and squeeze out the water.
4. Combine the kale, pear, berries and flax in a mixer and blend until you get the consistency thats right for your baby. I left mine chunky.
5. Watch your baby inhale it and secretly think, ha ha you're eating kale and you don't even know it!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Song of the Week: Foster the People - Color on The Walls

Don't stop don't stop don't stop coloring on the walls.

I'll remind myself to say this when my baby is actually coloring on the walls.

Listen here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tilapia Tomatoes and Basil

This dish sounds too grown up for babies, but trust me, the taste is very mild and tilapia is the least fishy tasting fish.

I picked up the ingredients at 4:05, got home and dinner was ready at 4:28.
Its super easy, super fast and best of all looks like it took more time than it did. I win.

4 big tomatoes
4 cloves garlic mashed
Handful of Fresh basil leaves
Cumin to taste
Tiny tiny bit of freshly ground pepper

1.  Rough chop the tomatoes, mash the garlic and shred the basil.
2. Saute the garlic in olive oil for 2 min.
3. Add the tomatoes. Let it get juicy.
4. When the tomatoes look saucy, like your great aunt kathy, toss in the basil.
5. Add the tilapia, pour tomato and juice over the fillets, cover and cook for 4 minutes.

I like to let it sit without the fire on for another few minutes just to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
I suggest removing all the tomatoes and basil and just flaking the fish for baby, serve the other fillet to your hungry husband with wild rice and a nice salad and give him the"I was so busy today BUT I still made dinner so I get to watch the real housewives reunion part 1 AND 2 tonight" look.

Et Voila!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Product Review of The Week: Little Duck Tiny Fruits

I remember the first time I gave my baby a snack on the go. It was a magical moment of transformation. Right before my very eyes was a baby in the midst of a total meltdown and with a simple snack ta-da! The crying, body thrashing and remarkable redness in his cheeks disappeared.
Ever since then we take our snacks on the go very seriously. 
We don't leave the house without them. Ever.

I particularly love Little Duck Organics Tiny Fruits because its actually just 100% real freeze dried fruit. It has no preservatives, additives or artificial flavors and best of all, there's no choking risk. It dissolves in a second in their mouth. We once had a choking incident with a rice crisp that induced projectile vomit in the middle of a busy street in NYC and let me tell you, it was enough to scar me for life. The dissolving factor is key when you are first starting your baby out on snacks. Tiny Fruits comes in 3 different mix types and my baby literally hyperventilates with joy when he catches a glimpse of the bag. Do yourself and your baby a favor and buy in bulk.

Available here.
To learn more about the seriously cool company go to

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Millet Breakfast

Just a brief reminder how amazing millet is and how my lovefest with this little birdseed grain continues to blossom.
It contains protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6 and other nutrients that are way better than plain old cheerios and milk.

There are 1,001 ways to prepare millet but here's a simple breakfast recipe I tried on my baby this morning.

1/4 cup millet
2/3 cup water
Almond Milk
Touch of Agave
Steamed Apple

1. Peel and cut the apple into small chunks, steam.
2. Cook the millet, stirring occasionally so it gets more of a mushy consistency. I kept adding water and let it cook longer because I know my baby likes it soft.
3. When its cooked, add the almond milk, agave and cinnamon to your liking.
4. Add steamed apples and cook for a few more minutes.

You can always add more water to cook, more milk, more whatever.
You know your baby best!

Makes 3-4 Servings. 
I don't know how well it freezes, but I froze a few portions to test.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Product Review of The Week: BabyGanics Germinator

As you can probably guess from my obsession with healthy food and the welfare of my child, I am also a complete clean freak. Living in New York City kind of sets me off into crazy lady territory on a daily basis. The past few months have been a new challenge for me as my baby begins (is forced) to become a social butterfly. Music class, gym class, free plays, playdates...they are all wonderful, but I do have to make a concerted effort to leave my crazy thoughts at the door.

In an effort to keep my sanity and not plunge my baby into a bath of purell as soon as class is over, I like to use Babyganics Germinator Hand Sanitizer. Its alcohol and fragrance free and kills 99.9% of germs naturally. Bada bing. Bada Boom.

Available here.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Powerhouse Breakfast

We went to a farm and picked a pumpkin a few weeks ago. The pumpkin has been sitting in my kitchen staring at me in the face ever since. I had no clue what to do with it, how do you even get started? Do I need a hammer?
I looked at it, knocked on it, patted it, turned it around and was finally ready to start cutting into it when I saw something that looked like mold growth.
My neurosis kicked into overdrive. This is so not happening. I placed the little pumpkin next to the garbage can and slowly walked away.

For the pumpkin advocates out there, I have to assure you that this pumpkins life was not in vain. It inspired this powerhouse fall flavored breakfast recipe that my baby INHALED.

½ millet or quinoa
1 ¼ cup almond milk
1 cup pumpkin or winter squash puree
Agave and cinnamon to your liking

Combine all ingredients and cook together for about 20 minutes.
You can add more almond milk if its too thick.

What a great way to start your babys morning. Super healthy, filling and seriously delicious.