Baby Food – Adding Protein to Your Baby’s Diet

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Certified health counselor Lisa Wilson demonstrates how to add protein to your baby’s diet.

    Lisa Wilson

    Lisa Wilson is a Certified Health, Nutrition and Wellness Counselor and a Certified Fitness Trainer. She is the founder of Nourished, LLC and Parkfit, Outdoor Fitness for Women. She helps busy families incorporate healthy meals into their life on a regular basis. As the mother of three, Lisa is passionate about proper nourishment for growing children. She works with clients seeking weight loss, sugar reduction, cholesterol control, hormone balance, emotional issues, wellness, prevention, renewed energy and balance and more. Lisa offers individual and group counseling. Individuals are often referred to her practice by area doctors. She also offers a cooking class series in the home or office! The classes cover kitchen basics, intermediate classes and classes on stepping it up to ultimate health! Lisa earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota. She received her training as a Health Counselor through a program with Columbia University, at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan. She lives and works in McLean, Virginia.

    Him I'm Lisa Wilson, Certified Health Counselor here in Northern Virginia. Were starting to add protein to our baby's diet. Now, when we are talking about protein, I can't emphasize enough the importance of quality. What you want to do is look for a local farmer, you can talk to your local farmers, you might want to seek out CSA, Consumer Supported Agriculture, and they might be able to point you in the right direction, but when you are shopping for your poultry, when you are shopping for your beef, when you are shopping for your lamb, absolutely quality comes first. This just isn't for baby, this is for your whole family. So, Im going to urge you to look for grass fed, pastured, everything from chickens to lambs, and then you can start to have fun with this. So, what I have done, for example, last night I cooked a soup. I had the whole chicken in the pot, its been cooking overnight, but what I have done is I have taken out some chicken. You are going to be so impressed when you see how nicely these meats puree. So, again, same rule holds true when youre cooking, when youre starting to introduce proteins, youre going to introduce one protein for three or four days in a row, that way you will see if your baby has any kind of an allergic reaction or negative reaction. So, go ahead, just put the chicken in. Wait till you see this. Add a little bit of mother's milk, again, here were still going to keep it simple. Mother's Milk actually have a lot of fat in it, babies need fat for their brains, babies need fat to help digest the food. Go ahead and puree that. I don't think I added enough milk so I'm going to add a little more. I have a lot of chicken in there. This is going to get me through several meals. In fact, this will stay in the refrigerator for a few days, or you can go ahead and freeze this. Gorgeous, oh, it smells great, Oh, look at that, okay, I cant wait to show you, look at that, look at that. Can you believe that's chicken, this is chicken. Your baby is going to get one taste of that and go crazy, its so good. I also have fish here, I'm not going to go ahead and puree that, but I had fish for dinner last night, I served fish for dinner, it's a little piece of cod. Now, when I'm shopping for fish, you want to find not farm raised, you want to find a wild cod, look for something deep like this, this is a nice deep cold water cod, and salmon is wonderful too. So, again, you can start to introduce your baby to all kinds of farm raised animals, and fish, a little protein to their diet, and theyre going to be so happy.