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.
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