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4 Unexpected Seasonal Summer Produce

4 Unexpected Seasonal Summer Produce

But while you probably already know to eat strawberries in the spring and apples in the fall, there’s a virtual cornucopia of other seasonal produce that often get overlooked. We rounded up a few of our less common favorites you’ll want to sink your teeth into.

6 Foodie Moms You Should Start Following On Instagram Immediately

6 Foodie Moms You Should Start Following On Instagram Immediately

It’s the age-old question: What’s for dinner? And from the first spoonfuls we feed to our tiny humans, parents are constantly on the hunt for the latest and greatest recipes that will encourage diverse palates and fill those tiny bellies with the best nutrients.

Celebrating Fathers: Some Of Our Favorite “Dada And Me” Moments

Celebrating Fathers: Some Of Our Favorite “Dada And Me” Moments

1. By Sarah Boigny: when my husband and our daughter finally connected “People often see our story as a sad one but we chose to find the positive out of it. This is Eden and her dad. She was born on November 27 2017. Before […]

5 Creative Ways to Use Meal Delivery Boxes (well, Raised Real coolers)

5 Creative Ways to Use Meal Delivery Boxes (well, Raised Real coolers)

You already know how much you and your tiny human love getting your monthly Raised Real shipment with the accompanying cooler. What you might not know is that the fun doesn’t have to end after your meals are done. Here are five ways to upcycle your Raised Real cooler with crafts you and your child can do together.

5 Stages of Food Acceptance by Tiny Humans

5 Stages of Food Acceptance by Tiny Humans

Sometimes introducing new flavors can feel like bargaining your way out of a hostage situation. (Okay, maybe not quite that bad. But definitely as messy.) But never fear! Most tiny humans need to try a new flavor up to 15 times—and then one day they suddenly do love green beans.

8 Books That Help Parents Fend Off Picky Eaters

8 Books That Help Parents Fend Off Picky Eaters

It’s not easy trying to feed your kids healthy, nutritious, organic food… only to have them spit it up, fuss over it, or flat out refuse to eat it. Thankfully, we’ve looked at enough research to know that picky eating is a learned behavior, which means there’s hope! As a mom, here are my topic picks for meal time with what could become a picky eater.

Solid Start: Giving My Baby Solids For The First Time, Alexandra’s Story

Solid Start: Giving My Baby Solids For The First Time, Alexandra’s Story

Gianna started to reach for food when she was only 4 months old. It all started when she was just a week old and we took her a steakhouse for my dad’s birthday dinner. Since then, my husband and I take her everywhere.

Raising A Salt Bae: How Much Salt Does Your Child Really Need?

Raising A Salt Bae: How Much Salt Does Your Child Really Need?

It’s not easy being a salt bae. Turkish cooking techniques aside, many parents aren’t sure if they should shake it like a salt shaker when they first start introducing their tiny human to solids.

Solid Start: Giving My Baby Solids For The First Time, Anne’s Story

Solid Start: Giving My Baby Solids For The First Time, Anne’s Story

It’s HARD to find fresh and organic fruits and vegetables in the dead of winter in Southwestern Montana. And by hard, I mean our tiny little town in the Rocky Mountains gets 300+ inches of snow.

How To Get Your Baby To Eat Their Veggies

How To Get Your Baby To Eat Their Veggies

My baby gobbles down his fruit, but it’s a chore to get him to try carrots, greens, and other veggies. What’s the secret? We’ll tell you!


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Why You Don’t Have to Be The Nutrition Expert For Your Kids, But Should Know How to Find One You Trust

Why You Don’t Have to Be The Nutrition Expert For Your Kids, But Should Know How to Find One You Trust

By, Justine Lorelle LoMonaco

When it comes to deciding your baby’s first bites of solid food, there’s a lot of information to wade through. From blog posts to expert articles, it can be difficult to know what to believe and when to worry when it comes to feeding your little ones. And every mom knows that hungry babies don’t like to wait. Even worse, reading baby food labels can feel like a crash course in chemistry. Ascorbic acid? Calcium phosphate? Thiamine mononitrate? Not to mention all the organic/natural/gluten-free confusion. Making sense of labels can sometimes be harder than convincing your toddler to keep her shoes on. (Just kidding, nothing is harder than that!)

But don’t stress—you don’t have to be a nutrition expert to feed your kids. But for the best information and guidance, you should know how to find one you trust. Rather than trying to decipher it all yourself, turn to a pro. Your child’s pediatrician is your first line of defense because they know your child personally. From allergies to developmental concerns, talk to your pediatrician for recommendations about whether or not your baby is ready to start solids. For special nutrition needs, they should also be able to point you to reliable local experts who can help you navigate any issues.

For more specific nutrition tips, though, you may have to dig a little deeper on your own. One reliable resource is the World Health Organization. They regularly publish articles on maternal, newborn, and child health care and nutrition to help you stay up-to-date on current guidelines and findings in the nutrition world. Another excellent nutrition source for parents is the American Academy of Pediatrics. Their website features news, health and safety tips, and information for parents looking for suggestions on improving childhood nutrition. And with new guidelines published every few years, you know you’re always getting the most current information.

Plus, we’re here to help you too! Not only is every Raised Real meal tested and developed under the watch of a registered dietician, but we also offer additional guidance through our Instagram feed. Follow us on Instagram @Raised_Real to get regular tips and pairing suggestions for new ingredients and ways to provide your child with crucial vitamins and minerals. Now that’s something we can all double-tap.

Interested in organically sourced, healthy baby food? Try Raised Real.