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Jenna Helwig - book author

Jenna Helwig is the author of books: Baby-Led Feeding: A Natural Way to Raise Happy, Independent Eaters, Real Baby Food: Easy, All-Natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler, Smoothie-licious: Power-Packed Smoothies and Juices the Whole Family Will Love, The Multi-Cooker Baby Food Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes for Your Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, or Multi-Cooker

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What if you could skip the tiny jars and pouches of bland baby food in favor of a more natural, flavor-filled, and family-friendly transition to solid foods? Baby-led feeding (also known as baby-led weaning) is just that. Feeding your baby a variety of healthy, wholesome solid foods, rather than relying solely on purees, is thought to promote motor skills and establish lifelong healthy eating habits. Here, author and food editor at Parents magazine Jenna Helwig gives an easy-to-follow introduction to this popular new method. With more than 100 ideas and recipes, this bright, photo-driven book includes chapters on the benefits of this approach, when and how to get started, essential safety and nutrition guidelines, frequently asked questions, basic fruit and vegetable prep, more complex finger foods, and family meals. All recipes have been reviewed by a registered dietitian and include nutrition information to ensure a healthy mealtime.
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Simple Recipes for a Wholesome Start

Nothing compares with making your own baby food: It's fresh and unprocessed, you choose what goes into it, and it is a delicious way to introduce your child to a world of flavors. In Real Baby Food, Jenna Helwig helps you fit this loving act into a busy day's routine by making the process easy, fast, and flexible with 100 meals to begin a lifetime of healthy eating—from the moment your baby takes her first bite of solid food through her toddler years when she's happily ensconced in a booster seat at the family table.

Real Baby Food 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 Salmon, Kale, and Sweet Potato Smash; then move on to finger foods—Turkey Meatloaf Bites, Maple Graham Animals—and finally toddler meals and snacks. Most can be made ahead and frozen, many are easily adapted for grown-up tastes, and all include full nutritional information.
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A smoothie might just be the perfect family food: an easy and delicious way to get kids and adults alike to eat more healthfully.
 

A blessing for busy parents, they are whipped up in minutes, perfectly portable, and enjoyed by even the pickiest eaters. In Smoothie-licious, Parents magazine editor Jenna Helwig shows how to make 75 smoothies and whole-fruit juices that are both healthy and delicious. Kids will love the bright colors and playful names like Peanut Berry Blast and Mexican Frozen Hot Chocolate; parents will love that they feature nutrient-dense seeds, dark greens and fresh fruit, and use no refined sugars. Nutrition information accompanies every recipe and icon note high sources of vitamins and minerals as well as vegan, gluten free, and meal-in-a-glass smoothies. A treats chapter turns smoothies into fun popsicles, slushes, and shakes.

 
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Making your own fresh, unprocessed baby food is as easy as “setting it and forgetting it” when you enlist your multi-cooker or slow cooker

Here, Jenna Helwig, author of Real Baby Food and Baby-Led Feeding and the food editor at Parents magazine, shares 100 recipes to nurture your baby’s development and cultivate wholesome family mealtimes. Best of all, making baby food in a multi-cooker or slow cooker gives you the gift new parents need most—time: You simply put the food in the pot, set the time, and walk away. Here are some of the great reasons to make your own baby food using a multi-cooker:

You’re in control: You’re not limited by the varieties on supermarket shelves and can customize foods for your baby.
It’s easy and convenient: Most recipes require just one pot, and the machine does all the work for you. Many of these recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less.
The timing is flexible: Many of the recipes can be made fast or slow using either a pressure or slow cooker—flexibility that’s priceless when you’re juggling irregular schedules.
It’s economical: Making your own is much less expensive than buying the same amount of jarred baby food.
It saves time: Make and store big batches, and you’ll have dinner at the ready for weeks.

From starter foods to family meals, recipes include DIY staples like yogurt; single-ingredient fruit and veggie purées; finger foods like Purple Sweet Potato Patties, Blueberry Banana Bread, and Chicken Nuggets; and toddler-friendly meals like Cauliflower Mac ’n’ Cheese, Meatballs, and Savory Steel-Cut Oats. All recipes are vetted by a registered dietitian and include nutritional information to help ensure healthy mealtimes.