Book Review: First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers

Book Review: First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers

By Alexandra Orlan, Guest Blogger

Weekly or even daily grocery store trips are no longer necessary to pick up foods for your babies; it’s now easier and more cost effective to make your own! In Dana Angelo White’s, MS, RD, ATC new book First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers, she provides plenty of recipes and tips to help you raise healthy children.

About First Bites
White uses her advanced nutrition education and experience as a mother to help relate to readers.  She offers a variety of recipes that can be made in bulk and frozen for busy mothers on the go!

Being a registered dietitian, White explains the nutritional needs of newborns. She lists 50 “superfoods” to include in your child’s diet, as well as recipes consisting of them.  White also points out the foods that infants and toddlers are more likely to be allergic to, and gives the appropriate time frame of when those foods should be introduced.

White also provides recipes that are perfect for your growing child, which happen to be suitable for the entire family. She addresses frequently asked questions from other mothers and emphasizes the importance of shopping and cooking with your youngsters, so they are more open to trying new foods.  All her recipes use fresh ingredients that are easy to find at your local market. Dana was kind enough to share her pulled pork recipe.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Pulled pork may seem like an odd suggestion for kids but the sweet and tender pork is perfection for little eaters. This recipe makes a large batch – a must-have for Sunday football. Serve with rice, in quesadillas, or with a side of mac and cheese.

Dana Pulled Pork

1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced
1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
3 medium sized pork tenderloins (about 3 pounds), cut in half
1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
1/2 cup BBQ sauce (Trader Joe’s brand recommended)
Kosher salt and pepper

Place fennel and onion in the bottom of a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker, season with salt and pepper. Then season pork with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear 3 pieces of the pork, cooking for about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to slow cooker on top of fennel and onion; repeat with remaining oil and pieces of pork. After removing pork, pour apple cider into hot skillet and cook for 2 minutes, using a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour apple cider mixture into slow cooker, followed by BBQ sauce. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.

After 7 hours remove lid and shred pork using 2 forks. Add more BBQ sauce if desired. Cover and cook for one hour more (*see tip).

Tip*: If the mixture is too watery, drain some of the juices and transfer to a small saucepan; boil until it is reduced as desired and add back to slow cooker.

Yield: Makes about 10 cups
Nutrition information (per 1 cup): 130 calories; Total Fat: 3.5 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.5 grams; Protein: 18 grams; Carbohydrates: 5 grams; Fiber: 1 gram; Sugars: 3 grams; Cholesterol: 55 milligrams; Sodium: 175 milligrams; Vitamin D: 7 IU; Calcium: 13 milligrams; Iron 1 milligram

Excerpted from First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers by Dana Angelo White. © 2015 by Dana Angelo White. A Perigee Book, Penguin Group USA, A Penguin Random House Company.

Should You Buy It?
First Bites is great for first time parents. It is divided into categories based on type of food and age of introduction, which makes it easy to follow.  With many tips and tricks to feeding your little ones, First Bites should definitely be on your shopping list!

Alexandra Orlan will be a junior dietetics major this fall at the University of Delaware.  She hopes to become a registered dietitian and use her passion for food and health to better others’ lives.

1 Comment
  • Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition
    Posted at 20:17h, 22 June Reply

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I’ve referenced it a few times with my #2. Even though #1 isn’t much older than #2, I felt like I forgot all the baby nutrition stuff— must be my Mom brain!

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