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Refreshing Raw Summer Soup

I love making soups for lunches in the winter.  Its a great way to warm our bodies and house and there is so much room for creativity and nutrients!  In the summer, cold soups can be just as enjoyable!  Try this refreshingly healthy and light creamy tomato soup from Alive in 5 by Angela Elliott.

Combine the following in a blender:

3 Large tomatoes (I used 5 medium)

1 Cup Almond milk (preferably homemade)

1 Ripe Avocado

1/2 C fresh basil (I used a medium handful)

1/4 C fresh oregano (I used a small handful)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used a little extra)

1 tsp curry powder (I forgot this one and it still tasted great.

1/4 tsp ground cumin

1/8 tsp black pepper

If it’s too many flavors for your child or you can’t get the texture smooth enough, try without the fresh herbs.  That is what I did with Jack.  He was hungry and didn’t want to wait on me to go out to the garden and he loved it – ate 2 bowls!  I added the herbs for my husband and I.  The book says it makes 3 servings but mine made a little more.  I will definitely make this one again!

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Why Avocado?

Avocado is an excellent first food for you baby.  It is very nutrient dense and creamy like breast milk.  It is easy to make at home.  All you have to do is mash it up and add some water to thin it down to the consistency of breast milk.  I really like it because it is all natural and unprocessed.  It is also not a high risk food for allergies.  I preferred Jack’s first food to be something unprocessed with out preservatives.  Avocado is loaded with healthy phytonutrients including:

  • Healthy Unsaturated fats
  • Folate
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Lutein (an antioxidant and great for healthy eyes)
  • Beta-carotene

For more information on Avocado’s check this out!

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Avocado

Today Jack ate his first food, avocado!

Jack's First Food, Avacado!

Jack's First Food, Avocado!

He really enjoyed it!  He didn’t seem to notice it was any different than breast milk.  It was a lot of fun watching him during this milestone!  Greg and I enjoyed every moment of it this morning.  He not only enjoyed the avocado but really liked chewing on his bowl.  I went with Boon Inc., on my friend Dolly’s recommendation for baby dishes/utensils (check out her blog for more info).

I knew before I was pregnant that I wanted to make my own baby food.  I have been reading the book Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron as a resource on homemade baby food and tips for the first meal.    Making your own baby food is great.  It gives you control over what he eats and doesn’t eat and it is very economical.  I plan on avoiding when at all possible processed, caned, preservative-filled baby food.  Today I mashed up 1Tbs of avocado in my BPA/Phthalate-Free Kidco BabySteps Manual Food Mill.  I used one whole organic avocado and stored the left over in my BabySteps Freezer tray.  We fed him first with our fingers then tried the spoon.  He didn’t mind either method.  It was so funny to see him with green avocado smeared on his face and hands… it made me think ahead to many days and probably several years of food everywhere!

Jack will be 6 months on Saturday and until today I have been exclusively breastfeeding him!  I am a huge advocate of breastfeeding, and plan to continue breastfeeding Jack for at least 12 months.  (I have a lot to talk about when it comes to breastfeeding so I’ll save that for another post.)  I will also go more in-depth later as to why we chose avocado for the first meal.

Dr. H

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