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Whole foods for a healthy baby
Once your baby is ready to venture into the world of solid food, a whole new phase begins for your family. Providing the best nutrition possible is crucial to our children’s growth and development and a key factor in their lifelong wellbeing and happiness. Teaching our children to enjoy and desire a whole foods diet rich in nutrients and flavor, one that will keep them at their optimal weight and in top condition throughout their life, is attainable, and is perhaps the greatest gift we can give our children. Many of us, however, don’t know where to start. Our grocery stores are filled with refined, lifeless food full of chemicals. Offering foods free of artificial colors, preservatives, sweeteners, flavors, and hydrogenated oils is a great first step. However, you can go even further by offering your child a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, dairy, and healthy fats. Top nutrition and enhanced flavor bring powerful health benefits as well as a subtle sense of well-being. These rewards are easily achievable and benefit the entire family. The truth is, babies and children can eat the same foods their parents eat. With the addition to your kitchen of an inexpensive manual food grinder, you can serve your baby virtually anything you serve yourselves. So tie that apron on, take a deep breath, and dive in.

Books on healthy eating and whole foods cooking

Balch, Phyllis A. and Balch, James F. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. Avery: 2000.

Behan, Eileen. Fit Kids: Raising Physically and Emotionally Strong Kids with Real Food. Pocket Books: 2001.

Blythman, Joanna. The Food Our Children Eat: How to Get Children to Like Good Food. Harpercollins Publishers: 2000.

Brazier, Brendan. Thrive: A Guide to Optimal Health & Performance Through Plant-Based Whole Foods, Expanded Second Edition. Oceanside Publishing: 2005.

Burney, Lucy. Superfoods for Healthy Kids: More Than 250 Immune-Boosting Foods and Great-Tasting Recipes for Your Children. Duncan Baird: 2008.

Duke, James A. The Green Pharmacy. St. Martin's Paperbacks: 2002.

Erasmus, Udo. Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill: The Complete Guide to Fats, Oils, Cholesterol and Human Health. Alive Books: 1st publication 1986.

Fallon, Sally. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. New Trends Publishing, Inc.: 2003.

Fisher, MFK. The Art of Eating. Wiley Publishing, Inc.: 1st publication 1937. Recent publication 2004.

Gates, Donna. The Body Ecology Diet. BED Publishing: 1996.

Hausman, Patricia. The Healing Foods: The Easy-To-Use, One-Source Guide for Better Health Through Nutrition. MJF Books: 1989.

Lair, Cynthia. Feeding the Whole Family: Whole Foods Recipes for Babies, Young Children and Their Parents. Moon Smile Press: 1997.

Lappe, Anna and Terry, Bryant. Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen. Jeremy P. Tarcher: 2006.

Linardakis, Connie. Homemade Baby Food Pure & Simple: Your Complete Guide to Preparing Easy, Nutritious, and Delicious Meals For Baby and Toddler. Three Rivers Press: 2001.

Madison, Deborah. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Broadway Books: 1997.

Nestle, Marion. What to Eat. North Point Press: 2006.

Pitchford, Paul. Healing With Whole Foods: Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition. North Atlantic Books: 2002.

Planck, Nina. What to Eat and Why. Bloomsbury USA: 2007.

Pollen, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Penguin Group: 2006.

Pollen, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Penguin Group: 2008.

Prentice, Jessica. Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection.  Chelsea Green Publishing Company: 2006.

Rinzler, Carol Ann. Complete Book of Food: A Nutritional, Medical, and Culinary Guide. Facts on File, Incorporated: 1999.

Saltzman, Joanne. Amazing Grains: Creating Vegetarian Main Dishes with Whole Grains. Book Publishing Company: 2006.

Waters, Alice. The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution. Clarkson N Potter Publishers: 2007.

Wood, Rebecca. The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating. Penguin Group: 1999.

Wood, Rebecca. The Splendid Grain. William Morrow Cookbooks: 1999.

Keywords related to providing optimal nutrition for your baby

Organic foods, vegetarian cooking, whole foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables; infant nutrition, genetically modified foods; effects of pesticides on children; steroids and antibiotics in meat; hormones in dairy products; sustainable farming practices; family garden; slow food movement; eating locally

Websites for further research on supporting your baby’s growth through healthy whole foods

Wholesome Baby Food: Helping You Feed Your Baby with Wholesome Goodness and Lots of Love

Whole Foods Market: Whole Baby

The Weston A. Price Foundation for Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts

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The Weston A. Price Foundation for Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts

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Brain Food for Kids

Winning the Food Fight.

Healthy Foods for Life

Diet Wisdom

Healthy Foods Instead of a Diet

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The Daily Tiffin: For a Healthy Family Lifestyle

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