Category: Food


Baby Kamea’s Vegan and Raw Filled Snack Tray

August 31st, 2011 by

I’m always asked about what I feed Kamea other than powerful, nutrient rich breastmilk. So, let’s take a peek at what she has awaiting her today.

I like to give her choices and I found myself putting a few different things in a bowl, where they would ultimately end up getting mixed together. Not a big deal, but I wanted to keep them separate so she could see them better. I went on the hunt for the perfect feeding tray and I found it! I found a couple of things actually (and I’ll blog about the others in the future), but this is the one we’re using at home the most. It’s a BPA-free plastic tray with lid, shaped like a pineapple with tiny compartments perfect for filling with little baby bits of food.

Today she’s gobbling up the following organic vegan and raw snacks…

  • soaked goji berries
  • black beans (not raw)
  • diced prunes
  • raisins
  • pine nuts
  • diced mango with complete protein hemp seeds
  • orange bell pepper

She’s one happy baby!

Introducing Solids To Kamea

March 14th, 2011 by

I’m very excited and proud that I exclusively breastfed Kamea for so long. Over 8 months. But, the time has come and it feels right (last time I wrote about timing and introducing solids here). My little baby isn’t so little anymore. She cut her first tooth at 8 months, she started crawling at the same time. She’s big time! I’m a tad sad… lol… but excited, too. Geez, if I’m this way because she’s tasting solids, how will I be when she goes to college?

Kamea tinkering… aren’t her feet so cute?!

Kamea is a little over 8 1/2 months now. For the past week or so, I’ve been introducing tastes to her. For example, when I’m eating an organic apple or pear, I let her lick it after each of my bites. She really likes that! I made a green juice with mostly cucumber, some celery, and a bit of swiss chard… I gave her a little tiny spoonful of it. Some made it into her mouth and some went on her shirt. Oh yeah… put a bib on me, mom! ;) But, I wouldn’t consider those examples to be eating solids. After all, her poop didn’t change.

Then, I tried to officially introduce her to smashed organic banana with breastmilk. We decided to use our new high chair (I scored a great deal on it at MamaBargains.com) – more on that below. We used her little wooden bowl and spoon. We took the camera out. I thought this would be a big day!

Greg putting the high chair together.

Voila! Sleek high chair begging to be used!

Ready for solids!

Organic banana and breastmilk mashed together.

Let me check that out, Mama.

But, the introduction was just that. An introduction. She wasn’t crazy about it and I don’t think much made its way into her tummy. No biggie… it’s only an introduction after all. It’s an opportunity for her to smell, feel, taste, and see different foods that she now has access to. I also let her taste a mild green smoothie of mine a couple of days after that. She seemed to like the one taste, but didn’t want more.

Since she was excited about licking apples, I decided to blend apple and breastmilk together. Again though, not much interest. You know, they say it can take introducing a food up to 15 times before you know if a baby (or child) likes it or not. So, don’t give up!

Another day went by and I went back to mashing up a banana (no breastmilk) and what do you know? She had about 3 small bites. Whoo hoo!

A couple of days after that, I went back to blending apple with a little water and she ate a decent amount. Greg and I took turns feeding her. Then, it was official. Her poop changed! It would seem that she actually ate more of the apple sauce than wore it. :)

Bib? Check! Food? Check! High Chair? Next time…

Yesterday, I also blended up some soaked organic prunes with water and she wasn’t offended by the taste, but she wasn’t interested. I don’t think any of it made its way to her tummy, although her poop would make me think differently.

Deets on the high chair… The funny thing is that I’ve only had her in the high chair once. We do like it, especially the travel booster seat we can easily take to restaurants (we used it last week when we went to Cave Creek). It’s a Minui Handy Sitt. Contemporary looking, made of wood, and can be used for a long time. What I am finding, though, is that I’m just sitting on the floor with her and seeing if she wants to try something I made for her. Speaking of which, I’m making her food using my Travel Blender and it’s been great! So easy to clean and use. Anyway, back to the high chair. I should probably get in the habit of putting her in it to feed her. I’ll start doing that. ;)

I’ve been asked multiple times about our co-sleeping arrangement. I’ll blog about that next time!

So, what are your stories of introducing your little one to solids? Any great tips, tricks, or advice?

Go Green w/ Glass Mason Jars

March 5th, 2010 by

Using glass mason jars is a GREAT way to make your life a little more green. Glass is better for the environment and for your health (no toxic BPAs there!). I use glass mason jars of all sizes to grow sprouts, drink smoothies and water, store sauces, sauerkraut, dressings, and to keep all of the goodies I buy in bulk such as hemp seeds, chia seeds, nuts, dried fruits, grains, and so much more (as you can see from the picture, this is a glimpse into one of my freezers). You can even use glass mason jars with the Food Saver machine to keep your foods extra fresh (you need the mason jar attachment from Food Saver for this).

Sun Warrior Sprouted Brown Rice Protein Powder

February 27th, 2010 by

Sun Warrior Protein Powder – Another protein powder regularly consumed in our household is sprouted,??raw vegan,??brown rice protein powder. For this we buy Sun Warrior’s brand. This has a high protein content, and according to Sun Warrior, their brown rice protein is actually??complete (they told me:??Most rice proteins in the past used white polished rice. We’ve taken organic whole grain brown rice with the bran and the endosperm layers which raise the amino acid profile to make a complete protein. It’s bio-fermented with natural enzymes (no heat), stripping down the carbohydrate and sugar content, leaving 85% bio-available protein.) That’s great because, traditionally, rice protein powders are not a complete protein in terms of amino acid profile. The nice texture blends easily with water by simply shaking it up in a glass mason jar or BPA-Free shaker cup, but it does have a little bit of a chalky after taste. I also think it’s a tad too sweet??for blending into shakes, so I actually prefer to just shake it up in water and drink it. The texture is on the thin side for doing this, making it almost like just drinking water, so it’s easy to get down. A lot of people reach for this protein because it’s easy to digest. One scoop has about 15 grams of protein.

Here is some more information according to Sun Warrior’s staff and website:??Sun Warrior has a 98% Correlation rate to Mothers Milk and a 98.2% digestion efficiency making it one of the highest digestibility and efficiency ratings of any other protein sources (compared to whey and soy).

Highest Net Protein Utilization score of any vegetable based protein and the highest ratio of amino acids converted to proteins.??Sun Warrior is created with a Low Temperature natural Enzyme process that does not use any chemicals or acid hydrolysis (like most proteins do).??Sun Warrior Protein is naturally rich in Vitamins and Minerals and contains high amounts of Antioxidants, Tocopherols, Tocotrienols and other essential nutrients ??? such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorous, iron and potassium.??Using Sun Warrior Increases the efficacy and absorption of vitamins and minerals. There has been a direct correlation between the use of Sun Warrior Protein and the absorption of vitamins.????Weight Loss – Clinical studies in Japan have shown that by providing Rice Protein as a staple in a diet it can act as a weight control vehicle. This is especially because of superior absorption rates.??Cholesterol – Clinical studies have shown promise that Sun Warrior has cholesterol lowering potential and the USDA is currently using Sun Warrior in trials to see if it may help control high blood pressure.??Unlike the extraction processes of other proteins, our method of extraction uses neither chemicals nor acid hydrolysis. We only use Organic Enzymes during the process and our process is 100% Organic Compliant.

We also offer “Natural” which is not sweetened with Stevia. The Vanilla and Chocolate was designed for ease of use (mix with water and go)! Natural also goes good in soups and other non-sweet recipes.

Maca Powder – Organic Raw Superfood

February 27th, 2010 by

Maca Powder – Organic Raw Superfood, 16-Ounce – It’s true, I’m not the hugest fan of maca (it kind of smells like feet to me – haha) but this is one of the most popular superfoods among Raw vegans. It’s noted for giving you tons of energy and increased stamina for exercise, long days, and your libido! Here’s a recipe where I actually couldn’t taste it very much, so quite enjoyable…

Love Nest Maca Smoothie
Yield 1 quart

2 cups water
2 cups frozen raspberries
3 dates, pitted
1 tablespoon??Vitamineral Green Powder
1 tablespoon Raw carob powder
1 tablespoon??chia seeds
2-3 teaspoons??maca powder
3/4 teaspoon cherry extract
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Blend it up and enjoy!