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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vitamix for baby food, toddlers, and children of ALL ages!




 I only wish I had had a Vitamix to make fruit-and-veggie, coconut milk and kefir, egg and full-fat cream concotions for my daughter when she was really young!  (She's still young, and really healthy since her diet was revamped once I knew what was what and she was still around 20...)

But still!  The earlier, by far the better!  


Eliminate the grains- half the battle!

Introduce all the ultra-healthy foods to displace those bad ones-  the other half!


Imagine, growing up with not grain induced gut irritation, no "leaky gut" letting toxins into the child's bloodstream...  No hyper, nervous, ADD kids, just calm healthiness, wanting to learn and play!


All of these things are not only possible, but very available, given the proper knowledge and tools.  


I believe the major tool for raising healthy children would be a...

Vitamix!



Anne Thacker, MS, RD offers the following tips for presenting healthy foods, like vegetables, unprocessed fruits and whole grains, in fun ways kids will love:
  1. "Start healthy habits in the high chair."

    Babies who start out eating healthful foods grow up into adults with a good dietary foundation. Many pediatricians recommend parents make their own baby food, rather than feed infants commercially prepared foods that are often full of water, starch, sugar or meat fillers. Homemade baby food can provide better nutrition at a fraction of the cost.

    Preparing baby food is easy. Simply steam or gently cook the healthful ingredients of your choice, from carrots and peas to sweet potatoes, apples or pears, then puree them. For optimum health benefits, puree cooked foods with a little water in a powerful blender like the Vitamix Super 5000. The machine breaks the whole fruits and vegetables down to the cellular level, so nutrients are freed--not stripped away. Using the whole vegetable or fruit allows you retain most, if not all, of the food's original nutrients and fiber.
  2. "Turn kids into "smoothie operators."

    There's no denying that smoothies are strong on the fun factor. Unfortunately, smoothies purchased from an ice cream shop, or packaged ones from a grocery store, often contain excess sugar and preservatives. Very often, they are made with processed fruit syrups that are missing most of the whole food fiber and nutrients.

    Making smoothies at home is a great way to put the nutrition back into this kid-friendly treat. By using fresh whole fruits and your own healthy ingredients, you have total control over the nutritional content. Older kids can get in on the act by helping prepare the ingredients and creating new combinations.

    "Smoothies are a great way to get kids to eat both fruits and vegetables," according to Jodi Berg. "Start out with a healthy base of fresh fruits, and even the most militant anti-veggie toddler won't be able to taste the squash or carrot you've slipped into the smoothie."

There you go: how to raise much healthier kids!  It really is that easy.  And believe it or not- much cheaper and more convenient to boot.

If you've decided to prepare your own food for baby, congratulations! By doing so, you're serving up two of life's greatest gifts - good health and delicious food.
When you use your Vitamix machine to make your own baby food, you'll know what's going into your baby's diet and what's not -- like preservatives, fillers, extra sodium and sugar!


Go ahead- your baby, and later your adult son or daughter, will thank you: 


And carry on the tradition with their own family!


J