The Best Homemade Baby Food On The Planet

I remember myself deciding what should I feed my baby. Do I make baby food by myself or just go to the store and buy organic baby food there?

My choice was obvious. I decided to do it by myself.

The baby food is very easy to make, but you need some ideas and recipes for it. You can search the internet, find the recipes, but it might take you more time as you expect.

I got the baby food book that helped me a lot: The Best Homemade Baby Food On The Planet.

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The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet is the single most comprehensive baby food book available today.Written by two highly-respected experts, the book contains more than 200 delicious, wholesome and natural baby food recipes along with guidance that takes the guesswork out of cooking for baby. It’s a must-have for moms, dads and grandparents alike!

Each recipe is simple to make and doesn’t require complicated steps or expensive ingredients. Most recipes can be made in 10 minutes or less! The book also provides information about what foods are safe to introduce to baby from weaning to two years of age.

Praised by pediatricians, The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet features:

  • Nutrition analysis for every recipe
  • Beautiful full-color photographs
  • An easy-to-spot snowflake snowflake symbol symbol next to recipes that are perfect for freezing
  • Valuable information about infant nutrition and oral care, allergies and optimal development
  • A fun recipe evaluation chart, so you can rate what meals your little one likes best

From baby’s first purées to meals for the active toddler, the recipes and suggestions in The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet pave the way for your child to enjoy a lifetime of good health!

I tried many recipes from the book and they worked great.

I really liked the chapter about the Best early Nutrition for you little ones at the end of the book. The guide to Vitamins is fantastic. It explains every vitamin in details, what it does, source of it for every age.

If you are deciding what to feed your baby now, I would highly recommend to read this book.

Spark Box Toys. Review.

Kids have too many toys today. I guess many parents may agree with me. Kids ask for toys, you buy them. They play for 5 minutes, and forget about it immediately. Your house is full of toys and games, and you don’t know what to do with them: donate, give away, sell, keep for younger kids?

Our house isn’t big enough to keep all the toys, and every year there will be more and more. I am trying to get rid of some of them, but still we have a lot.

Around month ago I was searching on line and found SPARK BOX TOYS. This is the saver for parents, kids, your budget, time, and home space!!!!!

What is Spark Box Toys?

This is the monthly subscription for renting toys for your kids.

How It Works

They send you 4 high quality educational toys in every box. Personalized for your child’s development. When you are done. Simply send them back for more. Shipping is always FREE.

1.Educational

Every Spark Box is designed by education experts to promote learning and development in your child

2.Safe & Clean

Every Spark Box toy is rigorously examined, cleaned and sanitized through a 5-Step process

3.Unbeatable Value

Each Spark Box is worth $120 on average. You pay as little as $24 every month.

They have different plans to choose:

1 box every 8 weeks-23.95$

1 box every 6 weeks-28.95$

1 box every 4 weeks- 35.95$

The age group is from 6 months till 4 years old.

The brands of the toys are: Plan Toys, Leap Frog, Brainy Baby, Fat Brain Toys, Alex, Tolo Toys, Geomag, Sevi, Guidecraft, Around Square, InnovativeKids, P’kolino, Mellisa&Doug, Tegu, Manhattan Toy Company etc.

You go on line, fill the information about your kid, pick the plan, and after that you get the option picking the toys. You can see the toys you have already, but you may change it, and pick the other ones.

So when I saw this Box, I decided to try the 6 weeks plan. I ordered 4 toys for my daughter, and got the box in 3 days.

What you get in the box?

4 picked clean toys. Everything was clean and packed in plastic. They looked like new.

Product Card for your Toys. The full description of every toy and ideas for using it during the play.

Mesh bag for toy pieces. This is cool. When you go somewhere, you can pack the toy with you and play with it anywhere.

Return label for returning the toys.

If you picked electronic toys, you get batteries for them.

We had the chance to play with these toys:

Beginner Pattern Blocks. by Melissa & Doug.

My daughter loved it.

Eggspressions. by Hape.

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This is a good toy, but I guess it works better for older kids. Sophia doesn’t get the idea of emotions yet.

Fun Farm. by Hape

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This wooden maze puzzle was one of Sophia’s favorite.

Screw blocks. by Guidecraft.

 Sophia loved this toy. She pretended fixing everything and liked the idea being like her dad.

I didn’t give her all the toys at once. We made some schedule, and every week she got a new one as a surprise, and I put the others away.

As I mentioned before, everything was clean and looked like new.

I really love the idea of renting toys. I can’t wait to get our second box.

I wish I knew about it earlier. I hope in the future  we will be able to order the toys for older kids too.

If you want to try SparkBoxToys, I have a surprise for you. You can save 10$ for your first order. Just use the code “LIDIYA” when checking out.

I will definitely share my experience with the future SparkBox Toys.

Stay tuned!!!!

Rosemary Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”.

Potatoes are very popular in Ukraine. I remember from my childhood, we ate potatoes almost every day. My favorite dish was mashed potatoes with piece of chicken. I could eat mashed potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To tell you the truth, I still love it, but don’t cook it very often.

Because it is not recommended to mix the starchy vegetables with the animal protein, I kept looking for some recipe that will work and taste as good as my favorite dish from the past.

When I found Cauliflower ” mashed potatoes” idea, I wasn’t sure if it tastes good. It might taste good as a cauliflower, but not as good as mashed potatoes.

Anyway, I got the huge head of cauliflower and tried to cook it at home.

This cauliflower-based version is the same texture to enjoy as mashed potato, but sans the butter, whole milk and table salt that make mashed potatoes a beauty-busting food.

It turned out so delicious for me, and tasted like REAL mashed potato. My husband still doesn’t know, how I made it, because he called it mashed potatoes:)

Rosemary Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

1 head cauliflower, broken into florets, stem and leaves removed

1 small garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

1tbs olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Sea salt, to taste

1tsp. dried rosemary

Bring water to a boil and steam cauliflower in a steamer for about 6-7 minutes, until softens.

Put the cauliflower florets in a food processor with the blade in place. Add garlic, almond milk, olive oil, black pepper, sea salt and rosemary. Pulse long enough to achieve the desired consistency.

Adjust seasonings to taste.

I served it with baked salmon and fresh veggies salad.

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Liebster Award.

I am new to blogging and start my blog not so long ago. Yesterday, I was nominated for a Liebster Award for the first time by Running on Good. Thank you again!!!! I appreciate it.

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What is Liebster Award?

Liebster Award highlights blogs that have less than 200 followers as a way to recognize new and upcoming blogs. I am so honored to be apart of this group of nominees.

After being nominated, each nominee must:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger that nominated you has created for you
  4. Nominate 11 new bloggers
  5. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  6. Let all the bloggers know that they have been nominated; but you cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.

Here I am:

11 Random Facts about Me:

1. I am originally from Ukraine.

2. Sport and healthy living is my life.

3. I can’t live without chocolate.

4. I can’t swim.

5. I hate dentists and gynecologists.

6. I love reading.

7.I am trying to become a vegetarian.( not easy for me)

8. I used to be an English teacher. Now I am stay home mom.

9. Easter is my favorite holiday.

10. I love making desserts.

11. My dream is to move to CA.

11 Questions from Running on Good:

  1. What made you start your blog? I love writing and sharing the useful information with people, that’s why I started blogging.
  2. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?Exercising, reading, sleeping.
  3. What is your favorite food to eat?Chocolate, salad,fish
  4. What is your favorite way to stay active? Running
  5. If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? Barcelona, Spain.
  6. What is your favorite animal and why? Dogs. I just love them.
  7. What is your favorite movie? “He is just not that into you.”
  8. What is your favorite book? Beauty Detox by Kimberly Snyder( just for now, but I like a lot of books)
  9. What is your favorite childhood memory? My summer vacation with my grand mom.
  10. If you were granted one wish, what would it be? No one ever get sick.
  11. Where do you want to be in 10 years? CA.

Bloggers I nominate:

Heatherinbadweather

Inspiring Healthy Living

Simplify It

Everyday Monday

Ibakedishotiateit

Project Eat Me

Healthy Mama, Happy Mama

Healthy  Working Mom

Silk and Spice

So Stop Making Excuses

K. abc

Questions for my nominations:

1. What’s your favorite thing to wear?

2.What’s your favorite holiday?

3. What’s your guilty pleasure?

4. Veggies or fruits?

5. If you could pack a suitcase to anywhere right now, what would you pack and where would you go?

6. Have you ever lived in another country? Where and for how long?

7. What are your 5 must-have foods?

8. What is one of your biggest regrets?

9. What do you want your legacy to be?

10. What is your dream job?

11. Would you rather live on the beach or in the mountains?

I can’t wait to see everyone’s responses!

Barnana. Organic Healthy Snack.

Bananas? This is one of the most popular fruit in the world. You eat it raw, cooked, dry, frozen.
Bananas are a good source of fiber, manganese, potassium, and vitamin C. Banana is an excellent source of B6. They help combat diarrhea by replacing lost potassium, and their soluble fiber from pectin helps absorb liquid in the intestines, to better form and move stool. Bananas also contain inulin, a type of soluble fiber that functions as a prebiotic, promoting the growth of beneficial in the gut.
There are over five hundred types of bananas. The banana tree is not actually a tree, but a huge herb. It can grow as high as twenty feet tall-as big as a two-story house. They are thought to be the first fruit to be ever grown on a farm.
There is a new product on the market, that I got to review recently: Barnana. Original Chewy Banana Bites.
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These bites are:
1. 100% raw and unprocessed
2. Gluten Free.
3. Organic.
4. Vegan
5. GMOs free
6. Zero refined sugar.
7. No preservatives.
They taste as good as it sounds. Chewy, not too sweet delicious banana bites.

We got 2 packages: Original and Chocolate( covered in chocolate)
Which one I like more? Both taste great, but my love to chocolate won!!!! I like everything “chocolate”, that’s why the chocolate one tastes better to me. This can work as an occasional healthy treat, because the bites taste like candy.
My daughter loved the original ones.
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We even took some of them to share with her friends on the play date, and the kiddos approved it.
My idea is to use it as a treat for my daughter now. She doesn’t eat any candies, or chocolate, but Barnanas will work as a healthy treat.
I didn’t see them at them at our local stores, but their site says, you can find them in Fairway, or order on line.
I will definitely recommend to try this delicious healthy snack.

Read your labels

UnknownEat to live, don’t live to eat. If you want to live  healthy and long life you have to watch what you are eating. The global food market is a big fake “bubble”. When you go to the grocery store, you see tons of different products: green and bright veggies all year long, multiple kinds of cheese and meat, cereals, bread that never goes bad, milk with expiration date in 2 years, sauces, dressings,dips, cookies, sodas, candies, pastas etc. A lot of companies use the word “Natural” that works as a “magic” word for a lot of people. They believe “natural” means healthy, good for you and your kids, but in real it means” my product is packed with chemicals, but I will call it healthy, because, there is no government controls about it”.images
First, the term “natural” is not synonymous with “organic”. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service defines “natural” as “a product containing no artificial ingredients or added color and is only minimally processed. Minimal processing means that the product was processed in a manner that does not fundamentally alter the product. The label must include a statement explaining the meaning of the term natural( such as ‘no artificial ingredients; minimally processed’).”
Before you put something in your shopping cart and later eat it, please read the label, check the ingredients, even organic ones.
Here is the top MUST-AVOID-ingredients list:
1. Trans fat, aka hydrogenated oils. Found in: any vegetable oil that has been hydrogenated( hydrogenated soybean oil,hydrogenated safflower oil, etc.), margarine, chips and crackers, baked goods, and most fast food.
2. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or corn sugar. Found in: soft drinks, most processed foods, breads, cereals, candy, flavored yogurt, salad dressings, canned vegetables.
3.Artificial sweeteners( sucralose, aspartame, saccharin). Found in: most diet or sugar-free foods, including soda, desserts, sugar-free gum, beverage mixes, baking goods, sweeteners, cereals, breath mints, even chewable vitamins and toothpaste.
4. Artificial colors( Red no.40, Yellow no. 6, Blue nos. 1 and 2). Found in: candy, beverages, cereals, cheese, bakery products, and ice-cream.
5. Sodium nitrites and nitrates. Found in: hot dogs, bacon, ham, luncheon meat, cured meats, corned beef, smoked fish, and any other type of processed meat.
6. Growth hormones(rBST, rBGH). Found in: nonorganic dairy products and meats.
7. Monosodium Glutamate. (MSG). MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and many restaurant foods. Don’t be fooled if you don’t see it as a listed ingredient-MSG is often camouflaged under the guise of sodium caseinate, hydrolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, or autolyzed yeast. Found in: Chinese takeout and restaurant foods( ask to hold the MSG), many snacks, chips, cookies, seasonings, soup products, canned foods, frozen dinners, and lunch meats.
8. Butylated hydroxyanisole(BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene(BHT). These are preservatives commonly found in most nonorganic cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils. Found in: potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy, and Jell-O.
9. Antibiotics. Found in: conventionally raised livestock( including poultry) and farm-raised fish.
10. Pesticides. Found in: the majority of nonorganic fruits and vegetables.

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Coconut Cream Berry Tartlets.

Yesterday, we had friends over and I needed to make some delicious dinner with dessert.

For dessert I wanted to try something new, something I have never done before, something delicious and guilty free.

There are a lot different desserts, but in summer you want to eat light and fresh desserts, so my recipe worked great, because it is not too sweet, with light coconut cream and fresh berries. It might take a little time to make, because it needs some time to stay in the refrigerator, but if you make everything in the morning, it will be ready by dinner time.

Coconut Cream Berries Tartlets.

Crust:

10 plain graham crackers. I picked Erewhon Graham Crackers because they are organic and GMOs free, has only 7 grams of sugar, and just a few ingredients.

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5-6 tbsp of coconut butter.

Filiing:

1 can of coconut milk( refrigerated)

6 drops of stevia, or any other sweetener

1tsp of vanilla extract

rasberries

blueberries

In a food processor blend the graham crackers into a super fine meal. Add coconut butter and pulse until a crumby dough forms. Divide the dough between four deep dish tartlets pans with removable bottoms and press the dough into the sides. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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Mix the coconut milk with vanilla and stevia with mixer on high speed for 1 minute. Divide the cream between the tartlets shells and refrigerate until ready to use.

Just before serving, top with berries.

Yes, they were really delicious and this combination worked just great: not too sweet, light and fresh.

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