When it comes to dinnertime, many parents want their children to do more than simply eat their greens. They’re thinking Thai, Indian, Greek and want their little ones develop a taste for a variety of cuisines adults enjoy—or at least give them a shot. So, how can you help ensure your child has an open mind when it comes to trying new foods?
An article in The Washington Post tells of one couple’s determination to have their baby eat pure, whole foods and avoid the bland and beige (one idea for healthy and adventurous eating!). This isn’t surprising considering the new father is a food writer who wants to improve his baby food making skills. So, he meets with a chef and parent of three to learn a few tricks for crafting purees that match the ingredients of the flavorful meals he and his wife enjoy eating. The combinations the chef creates are unique, tasty, and designed for kids: curried carrots, minted pineapple mango, basiled beets and strawberries, sweet potatoes with a dash of crushed red pepper flakes, and cauliflower with cumin.
The good news is that you don’t need a culinary degree to give this a try. Making your own baby food is easy. It’s healthy and fresh because you know what goes into it. You can tailor purees to suit your baby’s tastes and dietary needs. And it’s a great cost-saving measure.
Here are three baby food recipes you can make in your kitchen:
Basic Veggie Baby Food: Honest Co-Founder Jessica Alba has a great basic baby food recipe in her book The Honest Life. This recipe offers solid nutrition for your children and exposes them to the fragrant flavor of ginger.
Directions: Combine all veggies, ginger, salt, and broth in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Cook until veggies are soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from stove and place in a blender with homemade applesauce or an organic banana, plus a small amount of organic olive oil. As your child gets older, you can toss in meat and quinoa. Let cool and store in reusable glass jars.
Savory Baby Food: The earthy flavor of sage compliments the creamy (and nutritious!) sweet potatoes. (This recipe has been adapted from Christine Dionese’s recipe on Pure Mamas.)
Directions: Peel sweet potatoes and slice into small chunks. Place in a steamer basket and steam until easily pierced with a fork. Add potatoes, avocado, sage, coconut oil, and chia powder to a high-powered blender and blend for 30 second to a minute.
Directions: Saute the garlic in the coconut oil for 1-2 minutes until soft. Add spinach and let it wilt. Add peas, chickpeas, cumin and broth. Blend with an immersion blender or add mixture to a high-powered blender and puree.
Because we know convincing your child to try new foods can be challenging, green chef and contributor Juli Novotny shares some tips for getting your little one to enjoy new flavors:
What are your tips for developing your children’s palate for a variety of foods?
In 1974, Diane von Furstenburg was a working mom looking to create one effortless, elegant piece of clothing that would take her everywhere she needed to go (and look good doing it). Her wrap dress, first crafted in knit jersey, was the simple solution that became a global fashion phenomenon and remains a wardrobe essential today.
Feminine and flattering, but also practical, wrap dresses free us up to go about our day and still feel glamorous, whether that’s a full day at the office, taking care of kiddos, a night on the town, or a weekend with the family. As the embodiment of her work, Diane’s strength and style continues to be a great inspiration to women and entrepreneurs alike (including our founder).
On the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress, we thought Valentine’s Day would be the perfect occasion to celebrate this must-have style simplifier. Dressed up or dressed down, we’ve found a lot to love…and we think you will, too!
A Valentine’s Day brunch is a wonderful gift to get: a meal shared with the people you love most! This look has bold pops of color that complement the Pop Art print courtesy of Andy Warhol, the artist responsible for Diane’s most famous portrait.
If you’ve been surprised with a special trip—whether that’s a stroll in the city, a walk in the park, or a plane to Paris—the wrap dress is the perfect companion to a romantic getaway. We’ve brought out the bohemian with some western touches and ’70s inspiration.
Making time for the two of you can be a challenge, but Valentine’s Day can be a date night to remember when you’re wrapped up in each other (and a great dress). Take a gorgeous floral print and give it a modern spin with graphic accessories and sleek staples like this blazer and these boots.
Diane’s best advice is also the most simple: “When in doubt, wear a wrap dress!” No doubt about it—nothing universally flatters like wrap dresses. This Valentine’s Day, make sure you’re a wrap star.
What is your go-to figure flattering outfit? Tell us in the comments!