Vegetarian Pregnancies, Babies, and Toddlers

Homemade Baby Cereals from Whole Grains

whole grain baby cereal in a colorful bowl

Did you know that baby’s first food does not have to be a commercial infant rice cereal? Here are several ways to make wholesome, homemade whole grain cereal for your baby. more→

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Introducing Finger Foods to Your Baby

Chopped banana

There is nothing cuter than watching your little one chase food around the highchair tray with her fingers, and seeing the sense of accomplishment in her face when a tiny little piece of food actually makes it her mouth. When your baby is between eight and nine months old, you can begin to introduce finger foods to encourage your baby to begin self-feeding. It is very important that the texture of finger foods be very soft, so that your baby can “gum” the foods. To get food soft enough for gumming, many of them will need to be cooked. more→

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Nourishing Your Independent Toddler

Applesauce with cinnamon

Somewhere between 12 and 18 months, your easy-going infant becomes a toddler striving to take control of his or her activities. When you want her to get dressed, she decides pajamas would be perfect for the park. When you call him to come in, he runs away laughing as you chase him. Mealtimes are the worst. While your baby ate anything you put in front of her, you may now have a finicky eater on your hands. Don’t let the table become a battleground. Here are a few ways to make meals enjoyable for the whole family and to help your child develop a healthy attitude toward food. more→

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Super Foods for Vegetarian Pregnancy and Lactation

Healthy plant-based foods

What you eat makes a big difference in how you feel physically and emotionally while pregnant or breastfeeding. Your diet also directly affects the health of your baby. Vegetarian women must take extra care to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need in order for mother and baby to thrive. I experienced a major difference between my two pregnancies. During my first pregnancy, I frequently ate out because I did not feel like cooking. more→

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Vegetarian and Vegan Diets for Pregnancy

Healthy Plant-Based Pantry Foods

During pregnancy, your need for all nutrients increases. For example, you will need more calcium, more protein, and more folic acid. But calorie needs increase only modestly during pregnancy. In fact, you will need to pack all of that extra nutrition into just 300 extra calories a day. For that reason, all pregnant women need to choose their meals wisely. It is important to eat foods that are rich in nutrients, but not high in fat or sugar, or excessive in calories. more→

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