Tag: healthy foods

Farm to Baby – A fresh approach to baby food, delivered straight to your door

First baby food moved out of the jar and into the freezer. Then it went organic. (And organic some more.) Then, gourmet. Now, we’ve discovered a new service that puts it all together, offering delicious, fresh foods for baby made with ingredients like hubbard squash and quince straight from the farm–and delivering it right to your door. Farm to Baby NYC is a new subscription-based baby food delivery service in New York City, and we can’t wait for it to expand. They use locally grown produce, picked just days before being gently cooked in their kitchen, to deliver fresh...

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5 essential baby food recipes from 5 essential baby food sources. Starting solids research: done!

Making homemade baby food may be as easy as 1-2-3 (prep! cook! puree!), but it takes time. And let’s be honest, it’s not easy to stay excited about pureeing carrots. Again. If you’re going to invest some of your precious free moments making baby food from scratch, you might as well keep it interesting.  In honor of this year’s Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide (have you seen it?!), check out these essential baby food recipes from our essential baby food sources.  Keeping baby food interesting just got easy. Your baby food may not look quite like the bébé meals that Béa...

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New glass baby food containers make it easy to wean off the plastic

I admit to using plastic food containers for everything from storing leftovers to housing fresh made baby food. Yes, I cringe every time I put them in the dishwasher and I do find it a pain in the rear to take the extra step of pouring the contents in a porcelain bowl to microwave the food. But it’s not easy finding glass containers that snap shut as easily as the plastic ones. Hooray for Wean Green (gotta love the name!), an eco-friendly line of tempered glass food containers with BPA-free, totally secure, and very pretty lids. What I love most about...

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Homemade baby food just got about as easy as it gets

Homemade baby food is one of those things that a lot of parents consider–but the thought can be daunting. Regardless, there comes a time in every baby’s life when it’s clear that it’s time to introduce solids and you’ll have to make the decision. Maybe they’re reaching for everything you eat. Maybe they’ve just cut four teeth all at once. (In which case, our sympathies!) Or maybe you’re simply ready for that classic food-smeared-smile photo to post on Facebook. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got an amazing new baby food system that’s perfect for you. Sage Spoonfuls is...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest new baby foods, kids snacks, and mealtime helpers

One thing we parents all have in common is the need to feed our kids. Here, our favorite foods, snacks, tableware, cookbooks, all to help make mealtimes a little easier and a little more fun. Green Toys dishes Kristen: I have a huge thing for Green Toys as toys, but wow, their new dishes and tumblers have been a welcome addition to our kitchen. Sturdy, safer than melamine, and eco-friendly too–I’m not quite sure you can get better than that. SIli Squeeze fruit puree dispenser Kristen: For as many squeezy-whatevers we go through a week, I’m soooo thrilled to...

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HoneyBells – The gift that won’t arrive in time for Christmas. Which is exactly the point.

If you are not familiar with HoneyBells, you are not familiar with the sweetest, most delectable, lipsmackingly awesome nectar of the gods. Or as my kids call it, good orange juice. (Silly kids.) Each year, my dad has sent us a shipment of these amazingly sweet HoneyBell Tangelos that put standard navels to shame and we’ve come to look forward to it every year. They’re not actually oranges–they’re a rare hybrid of a Dancy Tangerine and a Duncan Grapefruit, and the result is unreal. While several companies ship HoneyBells, we’ve never been disappointed with the ones from Albritton Fruit....

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No more tears

My first two children were so easy to feed, I assumed it was due to my superior parenting (and cooking) skills that they would gobble down whatever I put in front of them without too much nose wrinkling. And then I had my son who humbled me and turned me into one of those crazy parents who beg their child to eat anything. So when I heard that Elizabeth Pantley, the author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, was coming out with a book to help us parents with picky eaters, I had only one question: Will this work with...

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A breakfast that you can squeeze into the morning

I started a new job right about the time my little guys went back to preschool. The rush to get everyone where they need to be has made our mornings a little, uh, more hectic than we’re used to. And while I do manage to give the kids a good breakfast in the morning, I cannot remember the last time I actually did so for myself. Fortunately, these new organic smoothies are a step in the right breakfast direction. The HappySqueeze pouches are the ultimate eat-on-the-run food, since you just pop the top and start slurping.  Organic, low in...

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5 alternatives to peanut butter for a peanut-free classroom

I really do consider myself lucky that my kids don’t have a peanut allergy. And I consider myself more lucky that so far, kids in their classes haven’t had any that would require banning it from the classroom. Still, I know we won’t always be so lucky. And with more and more schools and after-school programs banning PB, I’ve put together a few options for you parents who might be trying to balance a peanut-loving kid with a peanut-free classroom this year. Justin’s Nut Butters I am such a huge fan of these organic nut butters (above), with flavors...

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Back to school shopping – better lunchbox snacks

Welcome to our second installment of our back to school shopping guide, featuring 8 better lunchbox snacks for your kids. If you’re like us, lunch packing can be a chore. To say nothing of the trips to the super market aisle in which the kids beg for any single-serving pack made with artificial goo and stamped with a cartoon character on the bag. While we love packing fresh fruit, if you’re looking for more of a treat, these 8 snacks are definitely on the healthier side.  Peeled Organic Fruit Snacks The next best thing to fruit–gently dried fruit, nothing...

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Okay, so imagine if NERDS were actually healthy

As my dentist will attest, I was a big candy fan as a kid, and I was definitely a nerd for NERDS. (My favorite was the split box with cherry on one side and watermelon on the other.) Cut to 2011, when my children think plain yogurt with honey is a sugary treat. Oh, how the times have changed. And yet, in a way, they haven’t. If you combine that yogurt with the NERDS of yore, you get a brilliant snack that my kids adore. They’re called Yo’Drops. Yo’ Drops are another nutritious hit from our pals at Revolution...

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The best food on Fresh Direct for the time-starved NYC parent

Like so many New York area parents, I’ve been an avid user of Fresh Direct for years now. For me, shopping for groceries online is the best way to avoid the stress and mess of supermarket shopping with a curious toddler who wants to stick his fingers into packages of raw chicken and take bites out of everything in the produce section. So I did not need convincing that it’s a seriously great way to stock my kitchen. What I did need convincing about, was that the prepared meals didn’t taste like hospital food. Fresh Direct sent me a...

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Spreading the almond butter love

As someone who has a soft spot for peanut butter (a combination of words that is almost impossible to say when you’re actually eating it), we always have a jar sitting around somewhere. But the more peanuts are disappearing from schools, airplanes, and other public places that kid with peanut allergies might turn up, the more I realized it was time to check out another kind of nut butter. And this one is wonderful. Barney Butter is all-natural almond butter made with exactly four ingredients: almonds, evaporated cane juice, palm fruit oil, and sea salt. Per serving, Barney Butter...

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What’s better than ravioli? Kid ravioli.

For the last few years, my kids have been obsessed with this one brand of ravioli in our local supermarket. (They call it “Kid Ravioli.”) Because as it turns out, if you’re four years old, ravioli tastes better when it’s cut like a heart or a spaceship or a teddy bear. Who knew? Kid Ravioli actually has a proper name– Jolie Ravioli. And I’m so pleased to see this little Brooklyn company is now available online and getting wider distribution. The pasta is made with 100% natural ingredients, and it’s a good way to sneak in veggies if you...

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Gilt Taste is a Virtual Feast

If you have yet to visit, there’s a deliciously gorgeous, high-end new site for the foodies mamas among us: Gilt Taste. It’s like everything that’s great about Gilt plus everything that was great about Gourmet. Gilt Taste in fact is helmed by former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl. So not surprisingly, you’ll find tips on cooking and introductions to new foods, dishes and ideas written by the in-the-knows of the foodie world, like Gourmet‘s Barry Estabrook and Orangette‘s Molly Wizenberg. The free membership site includes an online market, giving you direct access to artisan products often only available to elite urban foodies...

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Choose you. First.

Recently, I was honored to attend a celeb-packed preview party for an amazing new initiative from the American Cancer Society. But it wasn’t the glitterati that left the strongest impression (as gorgeous as Hilary Swank and Kelly Rutherford are in person)–it was some of the women I had the privilege of speaking with. They embodied everything women can be: strong, powerful, determined, and beautiful from the inside out. Also, their lives had all been touched by cancer in profound ways. One woman confided that because of chemo treatments, the party was her first night out in six months. Let’s...

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Cooking for kids when cooking isn’t an option

The terrible twos have started early in our house and feeding time is often the catalyst. So imagine my skepticism about putting a healthy, well-balanced meal in front of my 21 month old and expecting positive results. But thanks to a brand new line of foods made for kids, there may be some hope for all of us lost in the frustrating land of chicken nuggets and fish sticks.  Brain child of NYC local dad Matt Cohen, Kidfresh meals were developed by with a top chef and a pediatric nutritionist a la the Jessica Seinfeld method of hidden veggies and...

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Hey! You got your beets in my strawberries!

Our good friends at Revolution Foods have cooked up a new organic taste treat for your kids that combines the health of veggies with the sweetness of fruit. Trust me when I say it’s the best mash-up around– especially since it doesn’t include samples of Kid Rock rapping. [don’t miss a $100 giveaway after the jump!] The new flavors of Organic Mashups Fruit & Veggie Smoothies are so addictively delicious that my kids ate them in two days and still beg for them whenever we see them at the store. They come in easy, no-mess squeeze packets that would...

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Popsicles without the sugar or HFCS

With the weather getting warmer, the big treat around our house is popsicles. Sometimes we make our own and other times, I’ll splurge on the fruit juice-only ones from our supermarket, even though I know they’re loaded with sugar. But now I’ve found an awesome popsicle alternative with only 5g of sugar per serving that my kids actually love. I was just whipping through my grocery store freezer section when I saw the Power of Fruit bars and decided to give them a try. They only contain fruit – that’s it. Nothing else. Seriously. Hence the super low sugar...

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution returns – Set your DVR!

It only took one episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution to suck me in for the entire season, and it wasn’t just his cute face and adorable accent. The chef-crusader’s passion for making real changes in the eating habits of our kids is compelling. And this season, he’s heading to a big city to rally the support of the community. If you’re not familiar with Jamie Oliver, this dad and chef is enthusiastic about making healthy foods accessible to everyone, especially our kids, which is especially timely given the alarming childhood obesity rate in this country. In the first...

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