The New Ways Nutrition Blog

Join me as I talk about all things family and childhood nutrition related. If you have a burning question or topic you would like me to address, be sure to let me know by following me on Instagram and Facebook, or write me a note here

Kale Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
I am a huge fan of clean out your fridge recipes. In winter, that usually means soups and curries. But in summer, I just have no appetite for things that are warm and take a long time on the stove. That could be a product of living where it is routinely 100F in the summer, though! Enter this salad. It’s a great dish that can serve as your entire meal. I’ve put it into recipe form here...
Foods to Avoid For Babies in Their First Year
As a dietitian, I take a pretty liberal approach to what you should and shouldn’t eat. In fact, there’s really not much that you would ever find me saying not to eat! We can come up with all sorts of sayings, like all foods fit, there’s no good or bad food, all of that. Whatever saying you want to put to it, that’s what I believe when it comes to food. Except for when you’re feeding babies. When you’re feeding babies, there are a few foods to avoid for babies that you need to be aware of before you start.
Baby Cookies
When we first started feeding my daughter solid foods, I was constantly on the look out for easy, baby friendly recipes. I still am, as a matter of fact. There are so many different recipes out there, and some of them fit the bill, but there sure aren’t many! I’m looking for sweetener free, not a choking hazard, and low or no salt. Quite a tall task when it comes down to it. I give bonus points for the same recipe being parent friendly, too!
When Can You Give A Baby Water?
Ever wonder when you should be giving your baby water? Read on for the latest recommendations! While there are lots of anecdotal recommendations flying around out there, there is an official recommendation on water and babies. Once you start feeding your baby at 6 months of age, you can start to give them water at meal times. During these first few months, you do want to restrict the water intake to meal times. Once your baby is eating foods, having something to drink at meal times can help them to swallow food easier. At one...
Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese with Kale Chips
Today marks the release of my first recipe! Over the last few months, I have realized that it is important for me to begin creating recipes for this site. The first recipe that I'm sharing with you is our go to meal. This is what we eat when we just don't know what else to cook. I found the original recipe years ago, and we've made it so much since then that I realized it's essentially become a whole different recipe now!
What’s the Best Yogurt for Babies?
Believe it or not, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to buying the best yogurt for babies! Should you buy sweetened or plain, conventional or organic, whole fat or low fat? Read on for a detailed rundown of what you should be looking for!
Which Drinks for Kids Are Best?
Drinks are a common source of questions most parents have once they start feeding their babies solid foods. Should they stick with only giving their baby breastmilk or formula? When is juice okay? When should you transition to cow's milk? How much of each should you give? I've got all the details on which drinks for kids are best!
Dinner Ideas for a 6 Month Old
I'm back with the third installment of meal ideas, this time it's dinner ideas for a 6 month old baby! If you're new to the blog, be sure to check out the previous two posts on breakfast and lunch. In those, I talked all about how to build your baby's plate for a quick and easy, balanced meal.
Is Salt in Baby Food Okay?
As a parent of a newly-eating baby, you are likely aware of the salt in baby food that you serve. Most parents know that they should be cautious of how much salt they serve. But just how much is too much?
How Many Meals Should Your Baby Be Eating?
So you’ve got this feeding thing underway now. Your baby has met all the developmental markers and has started to eat foods. You know how much you should be feeding them at each meal, but just how often should you be feeding them? Six to Seven Months- At 6 months old, start by feeding your baby at least two meals a day. Feeding three meals isn’t a bad thing and can help with skill development. It can be quite the task between nap times and the amount of time your baby wants to sit at the table, though! So don’t feel the need to get 3 meals in every day at the beginning. (As with pretty much anything I write about, please pay attention to your baby first and foremost. These are general guidelines, but your parenting intuition rocks and you should listen to that above all else!) The Logistics It doesn’t matter what time these meals are at. The most important thing is
Help! My Baby Keeps Gagging on Their Food
A common question I receive from parents is about how much gagging is okay when a baby is first starting solid foods. While this is a hard question to answer definitively, I will try and provide a few guidelines to ease your mind. Gagging is a normal part of the learning process. A baby’s gag reflex...
How Much Should My Baby Eat?
One of the most common questions I get is "How much should my baby be eating?" Parents are understandably concerned when their baby doesn't actually eat much food in those first few months after starting solid foods, and want to know what is normal.So what is the amount that your baby should be eating? To most parents' consternation, the answer is: It depends.
6 Month Old Baby Food Ideas- Breakfast!
Today we're talking about breakfasts for your baby. Making balanced meals for a 6 month old can be fairly simple and straight forward once you get the hang of it. Until that time, though, it can seem very overwhelming! 6 month old baby food doesn't have to be daunting. I'm here to help you get past being unsure of what to serve. Here are a few pointers for you to make sure feeding is as seamless as possible.
How to Prevent Food Allergies in Children
Food allergies in children have always been a hot topic. Up until recently, the recommendation was to only give allergenic foods, like peanuts, to kids once they were a few years old. That recommendation has changed, though.
Healthy Snacks for Kids
Healthy snacks for kids can mean so many things. It's not just about the food itself, it's about when you serve it and what you serve it with, too! Find out the best ways to serve snacks to your kids.
6 Month Old Baby Food Ideas- Lunch!
Quick and easy lunch ideas for your 6 month old. We're talking about portion sizes, texture, and food ideas for babies.
Iron-Rich Foods for Toddlers and Babies
A frequent question from parents is what is the best source of iron for toddlers or babies. In the first years of life it can be very important to provide many different iron-rich foods for toddlers and babies to help prevent iron deficiency, or anemia.
Hot Topics in Nutrition: Probiotics for Kids
Probiotics for kids: are they necessary? I'm taking a look at the research this week to let you know the latest science and recommendations out there!
Talking to Kids About Food
Yucky and yummy. They seem to be the words that every kid likes to declare when at the table. As parents we  tend to encourage it, too. It's usually our default when we talking to kids about food. "Mmm, yummy!" or "Yucky?" Sound familiar? We would never rely on just those words to talk about food when speaking with other adults, though.

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