🤓👋🏼 Megan Garcia

First foods for baby. Inspired by science, traditional wisdom, and real food 🌸🌈✨

Today’s our first day back home and I felt REALLY comfortable playing, eating, cooking, writing, and sleeping under the redwoods. My kiddos loved it too. We’re planning another trip to Big Basin this spring and considering Red Rock Canyon. Anyone have recommendations in the California area or on the west coast? I’m listening!!
Evidence of a good time. We got to meet Natalie @honeygheeme and Laura @laura.radicalroots last night and I wish we could have spent more time together. Such good people. We’re already planning a group camping trip this spring (AND if babies + nature are your thing, keep in touch with @laura.radicalroots - she’s got big plans for all the mamas xxo!!
Yes, we did 😉
Chili for our Big Basin camp dinner!! We made the @nomnompaleo recipe with bacon fat and added veggies - a sweet potato, zucchini, and a couple of carrots. Topped with @bellwetherfarms yogurt. Don’t you love the little mossy table decoration the folks before us left??
This week, celebrating TWO times around the sun with this lil’ nugg.
I made this QUICK soup yesterday (inspired by @nomnompaleo carrot soup from her book) for my kids and topped it with sheep’s milk yogurt. My 6 year old got lime (because the love is real) and even though my toddler tries HARD with soup, he usually ends up wearing most of it - so into a pouch it went. If you look at the therapeutics of the ingredients from a Chinese medicine perspective, the soup is warming and good for digestion. ⠀ ⠀ Dried ginger is very warming and more appropriate to support digestion (I love using it in smoothies) whereas fresh ginger is more mild, better for everyday cooking, and especially good when working through the common cold. ⠀ ⠀ Cardamom is moving and warming. It also supports digestion and can help with hiccups.⠀ ⠀ Carrots can be constipating (they’re good for loose stool). Whereas pears relieve constipation. So, you know = balance 😉Celery is traditionally used to clear internal “heat” from babies. ⠀ ⠀ Ingredients:⠀ 1 bunch of large carrots ⠀ 1 bunch of spring onions ⠀ 3 sticks of celery⠀ 1 large (or 2 small) Asian pears⠀ 1 tablespoon of ghee⠀ 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos ⠀ 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom ⠀ 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger, or 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger⠀ 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice ⠀ 4 cups of chicken stock ⠀ ⠀ Roughly chop up your veggies. If you want to develop flavor in the onion, brown first with ghee in the Instant Pot using the saute function. Then add everything to the Instant Pot and set to manual high for 8 minutes. I did quick release and then used my immersion blender to blend it up xxo!!⠀ ⠀ ⠀
You all know that I’m less about purees vs finger food and more about meaty minerals - iron and zinc - plus other nutrients that babies get from animal based foods like vitamin D and DHA. ⠀ ⠀ This doesn’t mean packaged baby food - especially high quality - can’t be fabulous for baby. ⠀ ⠀ But pump it up. Add fat. And add extra layers of nutrition. ⠀ ⠀ @whiteleafprovisions recently sent over a box of baby food for me to try. Even though the purees are all fruit and veggies, they also makes a point of using biodynamic produce (and CEYLON cinnamon, safer for baby). This tells me that the company is really interested in producing a high-quality product. ⠀ ⠀ I played around with their apple sauce and purees. If you’re crunched for time, traveling, or need to make things a little easier on yourself, you could add this to their apple sauce cups:⠀ ⠀ – 1 teaspoon of Pure Synergy camu camu powder, it makes it tangy and adds complexity. Great for making adventurous eaters!!⠀ – Dulse flakes, a seaweed with trace minerals and it softens this sweetness of fruit purees. ⠀ – 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon spirulina. The apple sauce / pear sauce + spirulina combo is always a good one. ⠀ – 1 to 2 teaspoons of whipped bone marrow. One of my mama friends sends her little to daycare with this combo!! *HEART EYES*⠀ – 1 to 2 capsules of desiccated liver bc apples and liver are a classic combo. Add fat or breast milk to support vitamin absorption.⠀ ⠀ I usually make apple sauce in the Instant Pot (it’s fast, tho there are still apples to peel). I’ve tried all these combos out and they work. Layering superfoods into purees is a really yummy way to provide nutrients that support baby’s brain and immune health. ⠀ ⠀ More about this in stories xxo!! ⠀
We smoothie hard at my place and I’ve almost always got fruit on a plate in the freezer. Once the fruit is frozen, I stuff it into a large @stasherbag Peaches or mango + lots of collagen = a VERY soft and fluffy smoothie. Steamed zucchini and cauli work too!! A little vanilla powder can soften that cruciferous cauli funk 😉💗
Mah lil nuggs ✨
The other day, I shared my little hack for bumping up the nutrient density of dairy = add spirulina!!⠀ ⠀ In the world of baby nutrition, there’s a lot of support for spirulina. It’s not just an ultra trendy superfood. It’s exceptionally high in quality protein and iron, along with other minerals like zinc, magnesium, and potassium. It offers a small amount of omega-6 in the form of GLA (excellent for inflammatory skin troubles like eczema) and brain-building omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA.⠀ ⠀ In some regions where meat is scarce or hard to come by, spirulina can save lives and protect against malnutrition.⠀ ⠀ And for folks with a history of allergies or eczema, spirulina inhibits the activation of mast cells. This makes it a very good food to offer a baby who has signs of histamine overload.⠀ ⠀ On top of ALL that, spirulina has the ability to feed the “good” bugs in your gut. ⠀ ⠀ Pretty lovable stuff, right?!
I don’t have a picture to rep what I want to say, so I thought I would use this amazing selfie 😜 just me, my mom bun, and an old inside out t shirt. So guess what?! I just recorded my SECOND IG live!! Over the last couple of days, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what to do if you’re avoiding food for health reasons, pregnant or breastfeeding, and want to protect your little against allergies and eczema. For example, a paleo or AIP diet. Here’s the BIG MESSAGE: Science tells us that including things like milk, wheat, and peanuts in your diet during pregnancy can reduce the risk of your baby developing allergies. This includes eczema. If you get violently ill when you eat these foods, I wouldn’t recommend eating them. But sometimes it helps to know that super restrictive diets can do the opposite of what you want. Thanks to everyone who joined me on the live, I will save it in my highlights for anyone else who wants to see it. So much love xxo!!
I sometimes get asked about my thoughts on dairy - do littles need it once they stop breastfeeding? From the perspective of nutrition - no. If you’re feeding your baby wonderful foods high in brain building nutrients (+ lots of fatty acids) then your baby isn’t missing out on anything with a dairy free diet. HOWEVER, milk is an allergen. And for that reason, you may want to make high quality dairy a regular part of baby’s meals. One thing that isn’t fab about dairy is that it’s low in iron and other minerals. One way I work around this is to add spirulina to yogurt and raw goat milk. Spirulina is also a prebiotic - for babies who are constipated when drinking dairy (super common!!), regularly adding spirulina can help soften 💩💩 Oh, and it’s also inhibits the release of histamine (related to allergies and eczema) so #gospirulinaGO 😉
Stay wild ✨
Today was FULL. But I’ve got two babes in the bathtub, sparkling water, and the smell of charred tortillas (blue corn! 🤤) in the air. So everything’s going to be okay.
Blackberry stained babe. When I say “I love you,” he says “Too.”
Gingery sweet potato chicken nugs. Suitable for babies, toddlers, and adults. This recipe is 100% inspired by @unboundwellness and we make them all. the. time. With @primalkitchenfoods unsweetened ketchup, of course!! ⠀ ⠀ Ingredients ⠀ 1 pound ground chicken
2 cups orange fleshed sweet potato, grated
2 tablespoons ghee⠀ 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
1 tablespoon cassava flour⠀ 1 teaspoon onion granules
3/4 teaspoon dried ginger powder
1/2 small lemon, zested
1/2 teaspoon dulse flakes, or dulse porcini powder ⠀ ⠀ How to prepare⠀ 1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl add grated sweet potato and evenly sprinkle cassava flour, dried ginger, onion granules, lemon zest, and dulse flakes. Add ghee and coconut aminos. Add ground chicken. Use hands to mix completely.
3. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of ground chicken mixture onto the baking sheet and shape with hands. Repeat until baking sheet is full.
4. Place in the oven for 15 minutes, checking for the bottoms to caramelize but not blacken. Flip. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.
5. Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 3 days or wrap in parchment paper and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. ⠀
Currently reading my way through Many Moons @gottesss and have learned that the full moon is a great time to celebrate. This month I’m celebrating the realization that I need to have more fun (and the tiny steps I’m taking to have fun) and the decision to take my master’s degree in Chinese medicine to the NEXT LEVEL and start studying for my licensing exams. EEEK!! Ultimately, it means I will be able to work more directly with mama and baby. What about you, what are you celebrating from this past month? If you feel like sharing, I wanna know xxo!!
Peanut butter peach smoothie recipe for the whole family. Thick, fluffy, and full of allergens to help tone 💪🏽 your baby’s immune system. For the full scoop, link in bio xxo!!⠀ ⠀ Ingredients⠀ • 1 cup of frozen peach slices⠀ • 1/2 frozen banana⠀ • 1 - 2 tablespoons organic peanut butter⠀ • 1 heaping scoop of hydrolyzed collagen⠀ • 1 cup raw goat milk⠀ • 1/2 teaspoon camu camu powder⠀ • 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger powder to warm baby’s digestion⠀ • 1 pinky-sized strip of dulse leaf for trace minerals⠀ • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla bean powder⠀ ⠀ Instructions⠀ 1. Put everything in a large wide mouth mason jar and blend with an immersion blender. I usually add the collagen last so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom. Or, put it in a high-speed blender and blend.⠀ 2. If you want a thinner smoothie, add more goat milk.⠀ 3. Spoon into a squeezie pouch or your favorite cup for baby and spoon the rest into a cup for yourself.⠀
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