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Articles by Lisa Barnes

Lisa Barnes is the founder of Petit Appetit, a culinary service devoted to the palates and health of infants and toddlers. She teaches parents how to provide fresh, healthy, organic foods to their children through classes and workshops, and is the author of the iParenting Media Award-winning The Petit Appetit Cookbook: Easy, Organic Recipes to Nurture Your Baby and Toddler. Lisa lives in Sausalito, Calif., with her husband Lee, son Jonas, and daughter Ellery.

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Never mind the intro, take me to the recipes!

If you are what you eat, then the developing years are surely the most important time to eat well. As a parent, you may not be able to give your baby or toddler fresh, homemade foods every day — but there are real benefits when you do.

Her face and your floor will enjoy homemade food too.

Homemade food is more nutritious than commercially prepared baby foods: it retains more nutrients, especially vitamin A and B; it doesn’t contain additives like food dyes and thickening agents like cornstarch, flour, chemically modified starches or “tapioca” (corn syrup and starch); and it doesn’t contain preservatives to prolong shelf life.

Children’s small bodies and developing systems are more vulnerable to harmful chemicals, too — but if you buy organic, you’ll avoid pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, and other additives. Organic foods have other benefits: a study at the University of California at Davis (my alma mater) shows that organically grown strawberries, corn, and blackberries are richer in cancer-fighting antioxidants ̵... Read more