Free Download PDF Baby-Led Feeding: A Natural Way to Raise Happy, Independent Eaters

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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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Broccoli and Ham Egg Muffins from Baby-Led Feeding

Makes 12 mini muffins

These savory little bites have a lot going for them. They’re ideal any time of day—breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner. They’re portable: Tote them to daycare or just out and about. And they are also easily customizable. Instead of broccoli and ham finely chop 1¼ cups cooked veggies and/or meat to use up what’s in your fridge. If your mini-muffin cups are on the larger side, this will make 12 muffins; if the cups are smaller, you may be able to make more.


1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray 12 mini-muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.

2 Stir together the broccoli and ham. Divide evenly among the muffin cups.

3 In a medium measuring cup, whisk together the eggs and pepper to taste. Pour the eggs over the broccoli mixture in the muffin cups, dividing them evenly.

4 Bake for 25 minutes, or until set. Cool in the muffin cups for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make Ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Serve cold, at room temperature, or briefly reheated.

Nutrition per serving (1 muffin): 123 calories; 11g protein; 8g fat (3g sat. fat); 1g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 0g sugars; 149mg sodium; 53mg calcium; 1.6mg iron; 147mg potassium; 7mg vitamin C; 572IU vitamin A


Nonstick cooking spray

1 cup very finely chopped cooked broccoli

1 slice ham, very finely chopped (about ¼ cup)

4 eggs

Freshly ground black pepper

Publisher‏:‎Mariner Books; Illustrated edition (March 13, 2018)
Paperback‏:‎208 pages
Item Weight‏:‎1.1 pounds
Dimensions‏:‎8 x 0.53 x 8.5 inches
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