Friday, September 3, 2010

Review: Cooking Light's First Foods: Banana-Mango Frozen Yogurt

A new classic is born! Cooking Light delivers First Foods, their first ever guide to healthy baby and toddler cuisine. I was sent a copy for review and let me tell you how cute this book is! First of all it's a glossy hardcover spiral bound book (so it lays flat when you're using it) just full of all kinds of info on Toddler feeding. With over 100 recipes your little one will be set for healthy eating tips!

Parenting can be hard. Feeding your baby delicious, nutritious food shouldn’t be. Enter Cooking Light First Foods. The nation’s most trusted healthy living magazine’s first-ever guidebook specifically for parents takes the guesswork out of preparing and choosing foods for your child—from veggies at age four months to snacks for your terrible two-year-old. Insightful, informative and, most importantly, easy, this baby cookbook is a must-read for parents seeking healthy, homemade foods and sound advice. First Foods went on sale August 17 for $19.95.

Tapping the unique professional and personal insight of Carolyn Williams, Registered Dietitian and mom to a growing toddler, First Foods baby steps readers through the first few pivotal years of child development. Taking parents through the stressful transition from mother’s milk to soft foods, and slowly introducing a wider variety of cuisine, First Foods provides more than 100 recipes that are:
-Dietitian approved
-Cooking Light Test Kitchen tested
-Approved by a panel of babies and toddlers

Visually-engaging, with 200+ precious, helpful and guiding photos, First Foods is in an easy-to-use spiral-bound format. Straightforward illustrations simplify important matters such as food allergies and intolerances, as well as food charts for each phase of a baby’s growth.

Key elements include:
-Baby and toddler-approved recipes for all stages, from first foods, such as Blueberry Banana Yogurt and Lentils with Sweet Potatoes, to a toddler’s meal of Cheesy Broccoli and Potatoes or Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna to snacks such as Banana Pops
-Hardworking tips and how-to advice, including recipe prep techniques and more
-“At Our House” tales from the front line of parenting
-Special sections “Happy Birthday, Baby” and “Holiday Food for Everyone,” which offer recipes and tips for celebrating milestones without throwing nutrition out the window

My son enjoyed looking at all the toddler's pictures as they were eating their foods. These recipes can be enjoyed by all, the Mac and Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes, Cheesy Broccoli Potatoes, Fruit Purees (great to add to muffin/pancake batter!), Chicken, Rice, and Tropical Fruit Salad and Risotto Primavera are just some that are tempting my tummy!

For my recipe review, I chose to make the Banana Mango frozen yogurt. It was such an easy recipe, and I added in some small diced mangoes for texture. Boy was this good!! I loved how the banana flavor came through with the vanilla extract, and the little pieces of mango. Everyone (even my Father-in-law) enjoyed this, not just my 3 yr old little guy. =)

Banana-Mango Frozen Yogurt

1 cup sliced ripe banana
3/4 cup chopped peeled mango
1/3 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1-1/2 cups 2% low-fat milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 (16-ounce) carton vanilla low-fat yogurt

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Combine
banana mixture and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; stir well with a

2. Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according
to manufacturer's instructions. Spoon into a freezer-safe container; cover
and freeze (ripen) at least 1 hour. Yield: 6 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup).

CALORIES 118 (8% from fat); FAT 1.1g (sat 0.7g, mono 0.3g, poly 0.1g); PROTEIN
3.1g; CARB 24.9g; FIBER 0.5g; CHOL 4mg; IRON 0.1mg; SODIUM 41mg; CALC 105mg

I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about Cooking Light's First Foods. I received free product to keep for this review. All opinions for this review are that of myself & family. Product info & stock images provided by PR or Co.

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