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Hi everyone.  Just joined this afternoon.  Looking forward to some good discussion :)

I'm interested in what people are reading/hearing about Vitamin D.  I have been following this explosion of "it's the cure for everything from cancer to the flu" 'outbreak' pretty closely for the last three years and from what I can tell the Cochrane Database findings aren't nearly as promising as we were expecting.  I have my own personal Vitamin D tale as well but I'm interested to hear what you've read?  Especially in light of the new study showing that calcium supplementation, even in the presence of Vitamin D, is increasing the risk of cardiovascular events.



Moar baby food

Acorn squash:

Slice acorn squash in two and scoop out seeds
Drizzle olive oil into indentations
Sprinkle about a tsp of turmeric over both halves
Fill indentations with diced apple
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Sprinkle about a half a thumb of finely chopped fresh ginger over squash and pan
add about a cup and a half of water and cover tightly with foil

Bake for about 45 - 60 minutes at 425
Scoop out squash into blender, bullet or food mill, careful not to scrape the skin (that's where you pick up the "strings")
Strain cooking water in and blend until smooth

Baby will devour with glee :)

Baby foods

Isaac is turning out to be an enthusiastic and adventurous eater. I've never had a baby like that before and it's fun! I've been making baby foods like crazy and seeking inspiration for the most flavor rich combinations I can offer him. I've also been learning a lot about the nutritional value of spices along the way!

We started with strained peas mixed with breastmilk. He got bored of that fast, and it seems he just plain doesn't like them if they're not fresh.

Next, we tried baked, blended yellow carrot. Not a big hit

Then he had some of my friend TJ's carrot ginger soup and his love of food totally came alive. I made something for him inspired by that which he loves.

Recipe:
About 2 cups of cooked carrot
About 2 cups cooked cauliflower
1head roasted garlic, squeezed out of the shell
About 1 cup Low-sodium broth
2 tins coconut milk
About a tbsp Turmeric (high in iron and a mild anti-oxidant/anti bacterial)
About 2 fingers of fresh ginger
A dash of pepper
(I served this as dinner with lemon rice and might recommend a touch of lemon in this recipe)

Blend smooth and heat to make the flavors mingle.

Isaac loves it!

Cinnamon-clove sweet potato

Roast a sweet potato in olive oil ( in the skin)
Scoop out the soft innards and mix with a little of the olive oil
Add 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
Add: a tsp each of cinnamon and ground cloves
Blend with desired amount of water or breast milk until desired texture

Another hit. Now I have an acorn squash. What to do with that?

Cereals:
I was feeling lazy the other day so I just gave him some pre-packaged rice cereal with a small amount of oat bran mixed in to keep it from constipating him.

Today I used Nick's bullet to grind quick oats into a powder. I mixed the resulting powder with a lite bit of very hot tap water and waited for it to soften then added touch of molasses or flavor and added iron. If I'd had any full fat yOvurt I'd likely have added that too.

Anyone else got any cool, flavor-full baby food recipes to share?

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