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Paleo Diet Baby Food Is Now A Thing

The Paleo diet is estimated to become a $300 million industry by 2018, mostly by convincing adults to forgo anything a caveman wouldn’t (or couldn’t eat) — adios, pasta, sugar, and processed foods. Now one Austin, Texas-based couple wants babies to get in on the trend with Paleo-inspired baby food.

According to Moneyish, Joe Carr and Serenity Heegel started Serenity Kids to promote a high-protein, high-fat diet for babies.”We saw how difficult it was for our friends who cook all of their baby’s food,” the couple writes on MySerenityKids.com. “We were shocked by the amount of sugar in most baby foods, because sugar (even from fruit) creates inflammation, which leads to health problems and can make a baby fussy from the blood sugar crash.”

Serenity Kids’ baby food pouches are available in three flavors — chicken with peas and carrots, beef with kale and sweet potato, and bacon with kale and butternut scotch. Of course the chicken is free range, the beef grass-fed and the bacon uncured, just like the cavemen would have wanted it. The pouches are also grain-free, soy-free, gluten-free, making them a good option for kids with allergies.

But is putting your baby on a Paleo diet safe? While the trend of people making their own baby food — many attempting their own Paleo blends — has been growing, the science isn’t definitive, according to a RD interviewed by Moneyish.

“There’s no research that shows a child needs a high-protein diet,” Stephanie Di Figlia-Peck, a registered dietitian at Northwell Health, says. “A child who’s growing and developing needs a balance of carbohydrates that come from fruits, vegetables and grains; protein and healthy fat. There needs to be a balance so you get the correct nutrient profile. “[Paleo baby food] could be one thing that you feed your baby with a variety of other foods that you have in your day or in your week.”

However, there has been some controversy around Paleo diet food for babies. According to The Post, a Paleo baby book was discontinued in Australia because it featured formula made from bone broth, oils, and probiotics. The formula had 10 times the safe amount of vitamin A for babies, which could be toxic. So it seems the best idea is to follow the old maxim, everything is OK in moderation. Apparently, it goes for babies too.



Parenting 101 – Homemade Baby Food

Making your own baby food is a lot easier than you might think. It’s also a way to save on the grocery bill and control what’s in the food for some families. My sister — Michelle Whiteman — has first hand experience with making her own meals for her kids. She says it’s something every parent should try.

Michelle lives with her husband and my nephew Aiden and niece Haleigh in Riverview, Florida. I spoke to her through Facetime to talk about her experience with making her own baby food.

“To me it was almost a difference between going out to eat and cooking at home. When your child is that young, you’ll know exactly what’s in it,” Whiteman says. “No preservatives or additives, it gives me peace of mind knowing that you’re giving the best you can to your babies.”


Renee Waggoner is a dietician at Lourdes Hospital. She says it’s a great option if you have the time.

“If you have other children and everyone’s hungry and life is crazy, it might be a little harder,” Waggoner tells us.

She recommends starting with greens. Use vegetables first for about six months. Waggoner says to make sure it’s really smooth and don’t add any butter, salt or sugar.

My sister says freezing food always comes in handy. You’ll have less meal prep time during the week.

“One day a week, I would make all the food at once, freeze them in ice cube trays. You can put the different trays into bags and mark when you made them. Just mix the foods later on.”


All you need is a food processor. You can find those at any store that carries kitchen appliances. You will also need a way to steam your food. You can find steaming pots and sets just about anywhere. You will also need some good recipes based on heavily on fresh vegetables.


PRO: You know exactly what you are feeding your baby. You are guaranteed there are only fresh fruits and vegetables – not chemicals or sugars.

CON: It takes more time. You’ll spend most of your time cooking, preparing and storing your baby’s food than you would just buying it from the store.

PRO: It’s more economical. You may be washing your dishes more, but you won’t have a collection of glass or plastic containers in your trash.

CON: It’s less convenient. Prepackaged foods are already measured and ready to serve. You won’t have that luxury if you make it yourself.

PRO: Your baby will get used to eating the same kind food that your family does. It’s just in puree form.

CON: Another issue is storage. Prepackaged food can be kept in your pantry. The stuff you make yourself will have to be kept cool or frozen, so you will have to sacrifice some fridge space.


Most pediatricians will tell you homemade baby food has bigger benefits for your child than processed foods you buy at the store. Here are some of those health benefits.



Gerber Recalls Baby Food Over Allergy Concerns

The Gerber baby food company is recalling its Cheese Ravioli Pasta Pick-Ups because the egg allergen is missing from the “contains” statement on the back of the packaging statement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The products were distributed nationwide through retail and e-commerce sites.

No other baby foods sold by New Jersey-based Gerber Products Co. are included in the voluntary recall. No one has been sickened, according to the recall notice.

Gerber said the full ingredient list on the package does list “egg” as an ingredient, however the “contains” statement, designed to further alert parents to allergens in the recipe, did not include “egg” as is required, the FDA said. Only consumers who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg are at risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The labeling oversight was brought to Gerber’s attention as a result of a consumer contact. Gerber said that following an internal review, officials confirmed egg was included in the ingredient list but was not listed in the “contains” statement. Gerber is in the process of updating its food package labels to make it easier for parents to identify foods that contain allergens such as egg, milk and wheat.



Who says baby food can’t be delicious and healthy?

My sweet granddaughter Coraline loves to eat. Can you tell? And her daddy Keegan loves to cook for her now that she can have solid foods. They’re a good team in the kitchen. In this picture, she’s “helping” him make some puréed veggies. You’ll find a recipe at the end of this post. (Yes, that’s a bottle of wine in the background. Neither cook is imbibing and it’s not an ingredient in any baby food recipe.)

“I’ve always really enjoyed cooking, especially for others,” Keegan told me. “Watching Coraline enjoy a home cooked meal brings us so much joy. I also think the whole process really connects her to the food she is eating. It starts with the grocery shopping. Coraline makes a trip to the store every Sunday morning where she is shown and handed all of the foods that go into her meals. I think it’s so important for people to understand where their food is coming from. It’s also significantly less expensive than purchasing baby food in jars or pouches.”

At the moment, she’s discovered something she seems to like a lot. Tofu. They cut firm tofu into small cubes (less than 1/2-inch) and lay them out in front of her.

“It took a few days,” said Keegan, “but she eventually started to get the hang of it. Tofu is nice because it mashes up fairly quickly once Coraline starts chewing on it. I think we’ve both been surprised at how much she seems to enjoy it. Big smiles are common. I think she’s pretty proud of herself.”



Kasani’s Organic Baby and Toddler CookBook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start

42 chapters of tasty recipes every parent will love. The recipes are simple and easy to read. The family dinners include some flavorful recipes that any family will enjoy. Kasani’s Baby and Toddler CookBook is your guide to these important first years of eating. Find the building blocks of starting your child on solid foods, how to recognize food allergies, and easy ways to cook in bulk.


Recipes progress from single-ingredient purées to multi-flavor blends like Garden Vegetable combo and Beets Blueberry mesh. This book also includes oral allergy information as well as the best BPA free utensils for children. Stage 1 and Stage 2 foods are included. Most can be made ahead and frozen, many are easily adapted for grown-up tastes, and all include full nutritional value. Please consult with your pediatrician ahead of time for food allergies also included in depth. Free of pesticides, hormones, GMOs, and additives, these delicious purees promote strong immune systems and healthy growth.