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Buttered Vegetables with Collagen Puree (Weston A Price/Paleo First Baby Foods)

Buttered Vegetables with Collagen Puree (Weston A Price/Paleo First Baby Foods)

Pureed vegetables is a classic first baby food, and vegetables are nutritious foods with several vitamins and minerals. The nutrients vary depending on the vegetable so rotating a variety of them is key. However, they are not the most nutrient dense foods and are not calorie dense. When I think of optimal nutrient density, I think about the building blocks for the ideal human form. The most abundant protein in our body is collagen, and babies need a ton as they are growing their bones, teeth, skin, hair, and nails. Collagen is an easy form of protein to digest and absorb. It is even termed “animal starch” because it is so quickly digested. So, this is a great option for a baby’s digestion, especially in the evening.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb vegetables (cauliflower, daikon radish, parsnips, broccoli, green beans, peas, etc.)
  • 8 scoops grass-fed collagen powder
  • 2-4 TBSP grass-fed butter

Directions:

1. Cut the vegetable of choice off the stalk and cube (if applicable).

2. In boiling water, steam or boil the veggie for 10 minutes.

3. Add the veggie to the blender, and blend for 30 seconds.

4. Then, add the butter and collagen, and blend again until smooth.

5. Spoon about a 1/2 cup or 4 oz of the food into a breastmilk bag. Flatten the bag, label with the date and description, and freeze.

 

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding for Kids (and adults)

Chocolate Avocado Pudding for Kids (and adults)

Kids (and adults) need treats! It’s is easy to just run to the store for ice cream, but healthy, delicious treats can be easy to make too. This chocolate avocado pudding provides nutrients from all of the ingredients and tastes like a rich brownie pudding.

The avocado is rich in Vitamin E and fiber, while the cocoa provides magnesium and healthy fats. Dates contain iron, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and folate. Dates are one of my favorite sweeteners for desserts due to their nutritional benefits, and their natural sugars provide great energy without spiking blood sugar in the same way as refined sugar. Raw honey is rich in enzymes and supports melatonin production. So, this treat is great to have before bed to improve sleep. Coconut milk provides healthy fats, and collagen is great protein to build and maintain our bones, skin, hair, and teeth.

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ingredients:

Directions:

1.  Add avocado, dates, and coconut milk to blender, and blend until smooth. Make sure the dates are completely broken up.

2. Add cocoa, honey, vanilla, and collagen and blend until smooth. If necessary, scrap down the sides and quickly blend again to incorporate everything.

3. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

 

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Broccoli and Bacon Tots (Weston A Price/Paleo Toddler Finger Foods)

Broccoli and Bacon Tots (Weston A Price/Paleo Toddler Finger Foods)

Bacon makes everything better! Vegetables just taste better with a little fat on them, and the fat helps to increase the vitamin and mineral absorption.

However, bacon is one of those foods that you really need to be careful with your source. You will want to find a brand that is first and foremost free of preservatives like nitrites and nitrates as well as sugar-free. Ideally, the pork would also be pasture -raised. I like the Pederson’s Farm brand that I found at Fresh Thyme, and my family thought it was delicious. Their packages are marked as “Whole30 approved”, which was very helpful in knowing it was a clean product. There are other brands that are simply sweetened with honey, which is another good option.

My son, Noah, has always been a great eater and eats vegetables well on their own without added ingredients. However, I wanted a recipe to mix in some healthy fats with veggies such as raw grass-fed cheddar cheese and eggs or “sacred foods” as Dr. Weston A. Price calls them.

These are high in fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K2. Plus, I think it is important to continually introduce children to new food combinations to expand their taste buds. These make a great snack or side, for adventurous or picky eaters. When he started finger foods, this was a great one because he could easily pick them up and eat them.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 2 pasture raised eggs
  • 1/4 cup pastured pork, sugar-free bacon
  • 1/3 cup raw grass-fed cheese
  • 2 TBSP parsley
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400◦F.

2. Chop broccoli and steam for 5 minutes.

3. Add broccoli to food processor and pulse a few times.

4. Dump broccoli onto a paper towel and squeeze out some of the excess water.

5. Pour the broccoli back into a bowl. Then, add the rest of the ingredients, and mix. The broccoli should still be chunky.

6. Scoop heaping tablespoons into mini muffin tins.

7. Bake for 20 minutes.

 

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Strawberry Chia Jam (Weston A Price/Paleo Jam)

Strawberry Chia Jam (Weston A Price/Paleo Jam)

Kids love jelly, and we can’t blame them! It’s sweet and goes great with nut butter. However, there is an easy way to make your own without knowledge of canning or taking a ton of time. I love to make a batch of this healthy lunch option for kid sandwiches or top yogurt, crackers, or pancakes for a quick, nutritious snack.

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Strawberry Chia Jam

Ingredients

  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 4 TBSP honey
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds

Directions

1.Cut the tops of the strawberries, and dice them.

2. Place strawberries and honey in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

3. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Mash the strawberries with a potato masher if you want a chunky jam, or blend the mixture if you like a smooth consistency.

5. Mix in the chia seeds, and cook the mixture for another 15 minutes on low to thicken.

 

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Healthy Kid Breakfast Recipe: Banana Collagen Pancakes

Healthy Kid Breakfast Recipe: Banana Collagen Pancakes

bananapancakesOnce Noah started finger foods, I had to get more creative with incorporating some nutritious, building block foods into his diet. For butter and collagen, it was easy to just mix those into a puree, which he can’t feed to himself. So, I started thinking about how I could incorporate those ingredients into a cooked or formed product.

One morning, I decided to make some pancakes for him as a fun Sunday breakfast and created this homemade recipe that I am very happy with. I whipped the pancakes well in the blender, and that helped the collagen make a sturdy pancake. I slathered each one with grass-fed butter to make sure he was getting the essential fat in his diet. He loved them and ate 6 “dollar size” pancakes!

This is also a great, healthy snack idea to send for your kids since it is a great mix of healthy carbohydrates, protein and fat. For my son, I cut them up into small triangles, and he eats them as his morning snack instead of the graham crackers they offer at the school. This is a great fuel for kids who participate in sports as well and who need a pre- or post- workout fuel.

Banana Collagen Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pasture-raised eggs
  • 1 bananacookingpancakes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP collagen peptides
  • grass-fed butter (for greasing skillet and topping)

Note: Try and get natural, organic ingredients if you can.

Directions:

  1. Heat your skillet to medium or 350◦F.
  2. Peel the banana and place it in the blender.
  3. Crack the eggs, and add them to the blender.
  4. Blend the banana and eggs together. Then, add in the cinnamon and collagen.
  5. Blend for 1-2 minutes so the collagen has time to whip air into the pancakes. (This makes them fluffy like pancakes that have leaveners and grains. )
  6. Coat your skillet in butter, ghee or coconut oil.
  7. Pour your batter slowly into little circles onto the skillet. I make these 3-4 inch pancakes because that makes them easier to flip.
  8. As you cook the rest of the batch, you can keep the pancakes warm in an oven set on the lowest setting.
  9. Serve them topped with grass-fed butter, honey, maple syrup or nut butter.

 

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High Fat Hot Chocolate

High Fat Hot Chocolate

As the colder weather starts to come, it is great to cozy up with a delicious cup of hot chocolate. However, the hot chocolate packets are filled with processed ingredients and LOTS of sugar. Plus, I like my hot chocolate rich and creamy, and those store bought hot cocoas don’t always hit the spot. So, I created a homemade hot chocolate recipe that your family will love, and you can feel good about making it for them. It is great to make as a healthy, Paleo dessert for the kids or if you want something special to share with your significant other. I especially love that it is easy to make (even kids can help!)

There are so many great brands of natural, organic chocolates these days. I really like Lily’s because they are sweetened with stevia, but if you can’t get your hands on those, I would also recommend the Enjoy Life brand. Children typically like the milk chocolate variety (40% cocoa) and many adults may prefer dark chocolate  (70% or higher). The dark chocolate is rich in magnesium and antioxidants. In any variety of chocolate, there will be cocoa butter, which is a source of great fats, just like the coconut milk.

Coconut milk contains healthy saturated fats that won’t raise cholesterol. These fats, medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), aid in fat metabolism and energy. These fats also help control your blood sugar, and it also provide electrolytes like potassium and magnesium and promotes gut health. The coconut milk is especially great for kids since they need healthy fats to grow and fuel their brain. Our brains have a large portion made from saturated fats, and we want those coming from the right sources instead of junk food.

This hot chocolate is great at night because coconut fat helps with ketones that fuel the brain in the evening and while sleeping. Plus, it is as easy to make as making hot chocolate from a pouch with just 3 ingredients!

So, go enjoy a nourishing cup of hot chocolate on one of these cold nights with those you love!

High Fat Hot Chocolate

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 bar of chocolate sweetened with stevia (i.e. Lily’s)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

1. Heat a sauce pan on the stove to medium heat.

2. Open and pour the can of coconut milk into the pan.

3. Break up the chocolate bar into the milk or pour in chocolate chips.

4. Stir with a spatula or whisk until the chocolate is melted through.

5. Take the hot chocolate off the heat, and add the vanilla. For an added boost you could add 2 TBSP grass-fed collagen protein to the recipe once you remove from the heat. Stir to finish incorporating all the ingredients.

6. Pour the hot chocolate into some fun mugs!

This hot chocolate is great at night because coconut fat helps with ketones that fuel the brain in the evening and while sleeping. You can also stir in some grass-fed collagen protein as a source of glycine. Glycine promotes a deep sleep as found in this study.

 

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Healthy, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free First Birthday Cake (Weston A Price/Paleo)

Healthy, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free First Birthday Cake (Weston A Price/Paleo)

Carrot Cake with Creamy Frosting

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One great thing about using a carrot cake recipe is that the cake will be similar to many of the foods they have already eaten in purees or chunks. Also, the carrots help provide structure to a cake without gluten and does not need as much sweetness. This cake is make with all natural, organic ingredients that make first birthday smash cake healthy, nutritious, and delicious.

Ingredients:

Carrot Cake

  • 3 mini Springform cake pans
  • 4 carrots (roughly chopped)

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  • 2 TBSP grass-fed butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Creamy Frosting

  • frosting spatula
  • 1/4 cup grass fed butter (or ghee or you could double the coconut oil to make it all the way dairy free)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2-3 pitted dates or
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons cashew butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350◦F.

2. Blend ingredients of the cake in the blender until the dates and carrots are completely broken up.

3. Grease round cake pans using coconut oil or grass-fed butter. Pour the batter evenly among the 3 pans. My pans were 4 inches wide and 2 inches deep. Make sure to level the tops using a spatula.

4. Bake for 40 minutes. The tops should have gained a golden brown color.

5. Remove from the oven. Release the cakes from the springform pan, and set on a rack to cool.

6. For the icing, slightly melt the coconut oil and butter.

7. Put the dates, butter, and coconut oil in the blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes until the dates are completely broken up.

8. Put other icing ingredients in a blender, and blend all together. Mix and store in the refrigerator until about 30 minutes before the cake will be iced.

9. When the cakes are cool, you need to level the top of each cake.

Tip: If you do not have a cake leveler, try kneeling down on the floor so you are eye level with the cake and using a serrated knife, cut off the excess cake to level it. Start with the least amount to cut off that you can in case you need to continue to level it out.

12. Place some icing on the plate that the cake with go on so that it acts as glue for the cake. It should be very easy to spread. If not, let it come to room temperature for a little longer.

13. Ice the top of bottom layer thinly. Set second layer on top. Ice it thinly. Do the same with the third layer.

14.Proceed in icing down the sides of the cake until it is covered.

15. Smooth the icing and decorate.

 

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Chicken, Cinnamon Mashed Sweet Potato, and Veggies (Weston A Price/Paleo Toddler Meal)

Chicken, Cinnamon Mashed Sweet Potato, and Veggies (Weston A Price/Paleo Toddler Meal)

This nutritious homemade toddler meal is great for busy nights, and it can easily be made as a healthy family meal as well. Each component of this can easily be made the night before, cut, and reheated that night. If you can, use all natural, organic sources for your ingredients. From this meal, your child will get some beta-carotene from the sweet potato and protein from the chicken. No matter what veggie you choose, they will be getting some awesome vitamins and minerals.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pasture-raised chicken thighs
  • 2 TBSP grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • veggie of choice (broccoli, peas, carrots, cauliflower)

Directions:

1. Melt butter, and add paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper to the butter. I microwaved them for about 30 seconds.

2. Pour seasoning mixture over chicken. Bake the chicken thighs at 350◦F for 25 minutes.

3. Peel and dice sweet potatoes. Dice into 1/2 inch pieces. Boil for 10 minutes.

4. Strain the sweet potatoes. Add them to a mixer or food processor. Add the coconut oil and cinnamon, and then, blend until the potatoes are smooth.

5. Steam the side of vegetables. My son loves cauliflower and carrots. These take seven minutes to steam. To steam them, I boil 2 cups of water in my steamer. 

6. Cut the chicken into small bite sized chunks, and serve.

 

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Cinnamon Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil Puree (Weston A Price/Paleo First Baby Foods)

Cinnamon Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil Puree (Weston A Price/Paleo First Baby Foods)

Babies love sweet potatoes! Along with the coconut oil and cinnamon, this is a sweet, homemade baby food recipe for them while being nutritious. Whether you choose squash or carrots, your baby will get high amounts of the precursor to vitamin A, and with the healthy fat from the coconut oil, they will be able to convert it to vitamin A, which babies need ample amounts of as they grow. rootveggiepuree

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb carrots or butternut squash
  • 4 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 TBSP grass-fed collagen (optional)

Note: If you can get all natural, organic ingredients.

Directions:

1. For butternut squash – The easiest way to cook the squash is to cut the squash in half and place the halves in a baking dish that has 1/2 inch of water in the bottom. then, cook in the oven for 1.5 hours at 350 F.

For carrots – dice and boil in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes.

2. For the butternut squash, peel off the skin and cut into large chunks for the blender. You will want to do this once the squash has cooled to prevent burning your hands.

3. Add the vegetables (squash or carrots) to the blender, and blend with the cinnamon and coconut oil.

3. Spoon about a 1/2 cup or 4 oz of the food into a breastmilk bag. Flatten the bag, label with the date and description, and freeze.

 

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Grass-fed Beef, Liver, and Carrot Puree (Weston A Price/Paleo First Baby Foods)

Grass-fed Beef, Liver, and Carrot Puree (Weston A Price/Paleo First Baby Foods)

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Liver is nature’s multi-vitamin! But, let’s be honest. It doesn’t taste the best on it’s own. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking babies don’t need as much of certain nutrients because they are smaller, but kids need nutrient density EVEN MORE than adults because they are growing so much.

I found in this homemade baby food recipe that mixing liver with grass-fed beef and sweet root vegetables masked the flavor of the liver enough that my son loved this baby food puree! Making your own baby food allows you to provide truly nutritious solid foods.

Liver provides high amounts of :

  • B vitamins
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Iron

Vitamin A is essential for proper growth and development, protein assimilation, calcium assimilation, endocrine system function, immune function, and proper emotional development.

Even with the many benefits of Vitamin A, the medical community has concerns regarding Vitamin A toxicity. However, when Vitamin A is present along with Vitamin D, they can work together, and toxicity is prevented. Therefore, grass-fed butter plays an important role in this recipe. It not only provides Vitamin D but also cholesterol and saturated fat for brain development. Vitamin D aids supports strong bones, muscle development, reproductive function, proper growth, immune function, insulin production, and nervous system function. Grass-fed butter also provides Vitamin K2 that transports calcium into the bones properly.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb grass-fed beef (whatever cut works for you, I like ground beef)
  • 1/4 lb grass-fed liver (either chicken or beef)
  • 1 lb carrots
  • 4 TBSP grass-fed butter
  • Full-fat coconut milk for blending
Note: Try and get your ingredients from all natural, organic sources if possible.

Directions:

1. In boiling water, cook or steam carrots for 10 minutes.

2. For grass-fed ground beef, cook meat in a pan with grass-fed butter until the meat is no longer pink. If you can, let the meat come to room temperature before cooking to prevent it from becoming tough.

3. In the pan, also cook the liver on medium heat for 3 minutes per side with grass-fed butter.

Note: Liver contains high concentrations of Vitamin A. So, when cooking with it, you should pair it with a fat that contains Vitamin D, like butter or lard, to maintain the balance of Vitamin A and D.

4. Cut the liver into chunks that will blend well.

5. Add the carrots, beef, fat, and liver to the blender.

6. Blend for 30 seconds, and then, add coconut milk in 1/4 cup increments until it is blended smoothly.

7. Spoon about a 1/2 cup or 4 oz of the food into a breastmilk bag. Flatten the bag, label with the date and description, and freeze.

 

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