Vegetarian Pregnancies, Babies, and Toddlers

Maintaining a Vegan Diet During Pregnancy

Healthy Plant-Based Pantry Foods

Maintaining a vegan diet during pregnancy always seem to cause concern, but it can be done! Here are some tips and valuable information.

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→

6 Superfoods to Promote a Healthy Pregnancy

Fresh broccoli on a plate

You’re expecting a baby — congratulations! Now’s a good time to take a good look at your eating habits. It’s more important than ever to give your baby the best start possible. because you’re eating for more than just yourself, and that’s a big responsibility.

It’s a good idea to eat five or six small meals throughout your day. That will help keep your energy levels at a constant, instead of the roller coaster of energy and fatigue that larger meals can trigger. It also helps to remember that, although you’re eating for more than just yourself, you’re not really eating for two. more→

How to Make Healthy, Organic Homemade Baby Food

Carrots, potatoes, and peas pureed organic baby foods

Why make your own baby food? By making your own baby food you can have total control over what you feed your baby and you will know that what they are eating is free from salt, sugar, additives and fillers which are sometimes found in store-bought food. more→

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. If you like this, you may also enjoy our article on How to Make Healthy, Organic Homemade Baby Food. more→

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→

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→

Superfoods for Vegetarian Pregnancy and Lactation

Healthy plant-based foods

Knowing about the best foods for pregnancy and lactation is something expectant and new mothers want to be aware of. 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 and vegan women are usually extra careful to ensure they’re getting the nutrients they need for themselves and their babies to thrive. more→

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