Do kids need special smoothie recipes? Not necessarily; but if you make them fun and colorful, they are more likely to drink them ! Yesterday Sprout was running a fever, so she refused any solids (including smoothies) and would only nurse. Today she was feeling much better, but still only wanted Mommy’s milk… until I whipped up this amazing fruit smoothie, and then her Daddy could not get the cup to her fast enough. If he missed her cue by a split second she would try to tell him in her “gum language” just how displeased she was . (you can read in this post how we deal with fevers efficiently and quickly, without medication)
While I had made a lot of delicious smoothies she loves, the color of this one turned out to be especially pretty, due to one ingredient–yams (sweet potato). Who knew that mixing a little bit of orange with other berries would give such pretty purple hue to this smoothie? [click to continue reading…]
I do not know what you define as baby food. In our household it is NOT what you will find in stores–brown mixtures stored in tiny jars! Not at all! In our household baby food is anything that is healthy, vibrant, and mostly raw. In our household it is EVERYTHING , which makes feeding Sprout easy and fun. We do avoid salt in her foods altogether, but outside of that, if we eat it, she can eat it too. We do have to mash/blend foods, since she barely has a tooth now (still teeny tiny), however, it takes only second to do.
She is now going through a new stage–she wants to hold her own food. Most of the times she does not know what to do with it, so she mashes it in her hands, and throws it down. It is funny, since she grabs any object around her and always takes it into her mouth first, but not with food. Not a big deal–she needs to start and learn somehow. In the last couple of days, however, with Mommy’s assistance, she has been learning to take her little hands to the mouth. We start with things she won’t choke on, like bread.
(She loves bread! When we go to Whole Foods shopping, we always stop by the bakery, to see if they have bread samples. A tiny piece at a time, keeps her happy the entire trip ! ) [click to continue reading…]
If you have been following Vegalicious long enough, you already know I am an avid B-12 supplementation advocate. It was the shortage of this very vitamin, even though I supplemented with low dosages of it since going vegan, that led to several health issues and prevented me from conceiving.
The medical world, at large, is ignorant of what B-12 is, how it works and what it can cure. How can I say that? Having gone misdiagnosed for over 5 years, being diagnosed and treated for about any other problem, other than B12 deficiency, gives me that right, I suppose. Having been through numerous medical and naturopathic doctors and spent thousands of dollars on needless experiments, while my problem could have been resolved for under $100, would certainly give me the right to speak up.
If you are new to my blog, you can see how I first connected the dots between my pituitary gland tumor (adenoma) diagnosis, infertility and B-12 deficiency, and how I finally went on to correct it and conceive in only four weeks, after unsuccessfully and painfully trying for four years before that, by downloading the free report I offer ———-> on the sidebar. You can also browse the B12 benefits category. I will save the time and space in this post to talk about children (vegan or not) and their need for B-12. As you can imagine, now that I have a child of my own (I lovingly call her my B12 baby) this topic is of huge importance to me, since I would not want her to go through the hell I had lived through.
(Sprout is about 3 mos old in this picture) [click to continue reading…]