Natural Nut and Seed Butters for Baby

Have you given up on peanut butter? I am so-o-o glad I didn’t read that doctors are recommending pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoid peanuts when I was pregnant five years ago.  As a vegetarian, I live off of peanut butter!

Once my daughter was eating solid foods, I waited patiently until she was two before introducing nuts. (Which was the recommendation at the time.) She was really underweight for a while there, and it was frustrating to withhold peanut butter for so long. I know I gave her almond butter first, but now I can’t remember when I introduced it.

Has anyone tried feeding babies sunflower seed butter? All the peanut butter alternatives out there are so much more expensive, but it seems like a good way to get some protein and calories into a young child’s diet. What do you think?

Energy-Filled Snacks for Exhausted or Pregnant Moms

I remember stumbling into the kitchen at 2am, staring into my vacant refrigerator and wanting to cry with hunger.  Whether you’ve been able to breastfeed or not, caring for baby in those early weeks is incredibly physically demanding—and requires a bit of chocolate now and then. 

 “Quick Energy Pick-ups” are the perfect solution for a starving momma.  The recipe has been tweaked a bit from its original form, but it’s still pretty marvelous, easy to make, and long-lasting.   It’ll take you about ten minutes to prepare, won’t require baking, and can easily accommodate vegans if you use graham crackers.    Since these keep well in the fridge, you might want to double the recipe and munch on them for as long as they’ll last.

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