This is Food with Full Belly Food

I had so much fun with Natalie on This Is Food. What a sweet person to now be able to call my friend. She makes cooking seem flawless. Somehow, I’d swear she came out of the womb with a spatula attached to her. Sometimes, people are just born with gifts that are so natural. I’m so glad Natalie decided to share hers with us!

Me and Natalie at the RVN Studio.

 

Speaking of womb, we chatted a lot about expecting mamas and baby food! Prenatal nutrition has a special spot in Natalie’s heart and she shared a lot about it with us. It made me realize how much better I could have eaten when I was pregnant. Not that I did anything particularly wrong, I followed the rules, but I didn’t give myself any extra love. Natalie is a registered dietitian, she loves to help out soon to be mama’s but she can help anyone who has a specific need or want. Check out her website here to learn more about what Natalie offers.

No time to smile for the camera, the show is starting in 5…4…3…2…1…

Natalie explained that she pretty much feeds her baby everything that she and her husband eat, only modifies the texture when needed. This was interesting to me, it’s really that simple. I think as parents sometimes we mold to the marketing of “kid food”. We’ll purchase the baby food because it says it’s baby food. We buy the fruit snacks with the princesses or superheroes on them because our kids like the box. It’s all a gimmick, food is food and quite frankly most of the boxed items we bring home aren’t food at all. Just a bunch of chemicals that are artificially supposed to taste good. True story, I stopped bringing my kids to the food store with me in an attempt to buy healthier snacks. So far, so good!

Natalie shared a recipe with us that her baby loves! It’s is packed with all the good stuff, like beets turmeric and lentils!  What!? You’re probably thinking, ok, no way, my baby won’t eat that! But they will, try it out! Babies develop their flavor windows between 6 and 18 months, so now is the time to feed them all the things!

(Photo Credit: Natalie Locketz)

Beet Baby Food

Ingredients

  • 3 beets peeled, halved and steamed
  • 1 carrot peeled, halved and steamed
  • 1 small piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup cooked green lentils
  • Approx 3 tbs water

Instructions

  1. Place the beets, carrot, ginger, turmeric, banana, and lentils into a food processor and blend.
  2. Add 1 tbs of water in at a time while blending.
  3. Blend / add water until smooth or until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
(Photo Credit: Natalie Locketz)

Place in a sealed jar, your homemade beet baby food can be left in the refrigerator for up to one week!

It’s that simple, and you’re set for a week! I really enjoyed my time with Natalie on This Is Food ,  I hope you enjoyed the recap! Be sure to see what we have going on every Thursday at 11 AM EST on rvntv.tv !

Natalie can be reached here at her website, or follow her here on Instagram!

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