Benefits of making your own baby food

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I think making your own baby food is wonderful. So not only can you have a wider variety of tastes, rather than just getting apples and pears and bananas in the market, but you can play with the textures. So you can increase the bumpiness and the lumpiness that you get with making your own baby food. And it's much cheaper; it's about a a tenth of the price that you get from jarred baby food. And it's really, really easy. All you need is a fork, you can just mash it up, or a baby mill which you can buy anywhere; a baby food mill is available at almost any market. You can use your blender, you can use a food processor, or you can even get real fancy and get one of these systems that they sell now which has a steamer and a food processor all in one, and it comes with little trays that you can freeze, and then you just pop them out when it's baby feeding time. So it's a really great way to feed your baby foods that you're eating and then they can have wonderful tastes and textures that are right from your table.

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Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD

Pediatric Dietitian

Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD is the founder of NutritionWise, a nutrition consulting practice based in Los Angeles.  She enjoys working with clients in all ages and stages of the lifespan and has specialized training in working with children and families. As a trusted partner who works closely with her clients and their physicians, she specializes in medical nutrition-related issues including food allergies, diabetes (type I, II and gestational), overweight/obesity, celiac disease, feeding disorders, failure to thrive, cardiac disease, eating disorders, and others.  Nicole’s approach and philosophy are based on a client-centered model.  She looks at each client on an individual basis and develops their plan according to their specific needs.  Nicole works with her clients to develop realistic and attainable goals. 

Prior to opening her private practice, she practiced as a clinical dietitian at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (outpatient clinics, school-based clinics, community education), at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  

In addition to her clinical work, Nicole publishes her own newsletter, NutritionWise Monthly. She has contributed to numerous publications and websites including Healthy Child Healthy World, Breezy Mama, Parenting, The Bump, ICAN (Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition- a professional publication) and is a frequent speaker to local schools, corporations and the community at large. Nicole has also provided consulting services to several national food and beverage companies.  She is the founder of the San Fernando Valley Family Food Allergy Support Group and is on the medical advisory board for the Celiac Disease Foundation. 

Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts Degree in Preventive Nutrition from the University of Southern California. She then completed the Dietetic Internship program at California State University Northridge.

 

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