Sunday, February 26, 2017

Baby Food Recipe: Puréed Organic Sweet Potatoes x The Cost Of Making Homemade Meals

Mikey absolutely loves this meal. And why wouldn't he? Sweet potatoes do not only taste good (in fact, I myself always order a side of sweet potato fries instead of the regular fries!) but, sweet potato is also very healthy - they are high in Vitamin A, potassium and beta carotene. They are also infused with a good amount of calcium, folate and Vitamin E, making it a great first solid food choice for babies.

PLUS, one sweet potato is the equivalent of 2 day's worth of food for your little one - this of course varies on your meal plan. Mikey is 5 months old and we feed him 3 times a day with 2 oz worth of solid food per meal.



According to VeryWell.com, sweet potatoes have the following nutritional value:


So, if you love creating homemade, wholesome food for your baby, then, this is a recipe that you must try!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

New Show Alert: The Kindness Diaries

I admit. Being a working mom is a difficult gig.

My day begins at 5 AM because I like spending a little time in the morning playing with my son before I take off for the 8 AM train to get me to my 9AM - 6PM job. Since I work in the city, my commute is quite long, 45 minutes on a good day (which is rare nowadays since the LIRR keeps messing my schedule up). I get home at 7 PM and my evening shift begins with a quick shower, dinner (both for myself and Mikey) then playtime, bath time and bed time for him. This is a routine that I have mastered since I came back to my job after maternity leave. My schedule is pretty exhausting.

Having said that, I have become so consumed with my own schedule that I tend to be pre-occupied with just the life that I live ever since Mikey's came to the picture. He is my number 1 priority.

Yesterday, I was lined up at Dunkin Donut for my regular coffee and there was a man who asked me if I had spare change so he can buy breakfast. Without batting an eyelash, I immediately said, "no, I am sorry" and felt horrible about it. I used to be better at being generous when I had more time and am better rested. Now, quiet moments like waiting in line is such a luxury that I don't even want to engage with another human being.

A few minutes after I rejected this man, this wonderful samaritan bought him a donut without him having to ask her. Which left me to think, 'damn, I wish I did that.'

I love being able to help those who need it and it probably would have made me feel even better to have helped that man but my heart has become cold in the process of being exhausted.

That evening, right before I went to bed, I put on Netflix (my husband, baby and I can't sleep without any background noise) and I discovered this new show called, "The Kindness Diaries". The show's concept is about a man, Leon Logothetis (a.k.a. my hero), traveling the world with only his vintage motorbike, relying on the kindness of strangers for food and accommodations as he goes on his mission. Unbeknownst to the good samaritans he encounters, he repays them back in unexpected ways.

Photo grabbed from Leon Logothetis

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Creating Healthy Puréed Avocado Using The Baby Bullet System

Baby's first solid food was a milestone that I was looking forward to. I love to cook and even before Mikey was born, I knew that I will be dedicated in making homemade puréed meals for him. So, one of the items that I listed in my Baby Registry was a Baby Bullet food processor.

The Baby Bullet System comes with a blender, a big batch bowl,  a short cup (for small portions of meals) 6 dial-cups (food containers), batch tray for freezing meals, spatula, a nutrition book and a cook book

People told me that I should feed my child vegetables first before fruits because he may quickly develop a preference for sweet fruits over vegetables. While there is no scientific evidence to support the theory, it made complete sense to me.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Month 5: The Boy And The Bear


Our little big boy just turned 5 months old yesterday! At 5 months, he can already roll over (just one side), sleep through the night, babble like a champ and play with his saliva by rolling his tongue... A lot. Yes, we've invested in a ton of bibs now that he's unlocked a new skill. Yesterday, we also introduced him to his first solid food, and I will write a post about that separately. 

I can't wait to have my cake... And eat it too!

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