I recently had the pleasure of “sitting down” with Heather Dessinger, author of Nourished Baby, to chat. If you’ve been over to Heather’s blog, Mommypotamus, at all, you know that she is a fun, knowledgeable gal who is passionate about real food. It’s been a real treat for me to get to know her a little better over these past few weeks. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about Heather!
Interview with Heather Dessinger
Mindy: What inspired you to write Nourished Baby?
Heather: Three things:
- The memory of my mom standing over the bed where I was gloriously napping with my newborn and saying “Uh, hon, why is your car running in the driveway?”
- The time I washed all my son’s baby clothes with the hangers still on.
- And of course the constant hunt for eyeliner (freezer, cutlery drawer, or bookshelf???)
Okay, maybe not these things exactly, but my general experience as a mom with lots of demands on my time and attention made me want to create a concise but thoroughly-researched guide to real food and babies.
I wrote it for the mama who gets back from a trip to pick up cotton balls only to realize she went in barefoot, and the mama whose baby is past the newborn stage (and sleeping better!) but still feels overwhelmed by all the conflicting data about introducing “allergenic” foods like peanuts, etc., and of course the mama who is so **over** baby food and is looking for easy recipes the whole family can enjoy!
Mindy: What understanding do you hope readers of Nourished Baby will walk away with?
Heather: How incredibly powerful food is, and how we as parents wield that power for our children. I spent waaaaay to much of my childhood staring at fish tanks in the waiting rooms of pediatricians, ear-nose-throat doctors and more. My mom was told I just had a weak constitution, but we both agree now that my misery was the result of a poor diet and excessive antibiotic use. My kids, on the other hand, have never had an ear infection and are free of chronic problems like eczema, asthma and attention disorders. They do get sick from time to time, but I think that’s a good thing!
Nourished Baby is more like a field guide than a textbook – it’s specifically designed to empower parents rather than overwhelm them. Can’t remember the guidelines for babies and salt? That’s okay! Just type it in to the subject search bar and you’ll have your answer in a jiff. No need to memorize everything for every stage, the answers are there whenever they’re needed.
Mindy: What was your biggest challenge when you were first learning how to nourish your own children?
Heather: Patience. As I wrote about here, some children are ready for solids at 4 months, but some wait until 14 months! My kids were on the later side of the scale
Mindy: What are your kids’ favorite nourishing foods to eat?
Heather: Katie and I just created a food pyramid for Nourishing Our Children together, so this will be easy! They love sweet marrow custard, butter, bacon, grass-fed pot roast, raw goat cheese with raisins and honey, and homemade sour gummy stars made with grass-fed gelatin.
Mindy: Thanks again, Heather, for telling us a little more about you and your ebook!
Recipe from Nourished Baby
Heather was also kind enough to share one of the recipes from her ebook with us. I think you’re going to love this recipe as a great replacement for store-bought crackers. Enjoy!
Honey Cinnamon Crackers
- 1 cup crispy sunflower seeds
- 1 cup coconut shreds
- 3 tablespoons raw honey
- cinnamon for dusting
- about 2 tablespoons water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Blend sunflower seeds in a food processor until the seeds resemble a dense flour (about 2-3 minutes)
- Add the coconut shreds and honey. Pulse to mix.
- Begin adding in the water – 1 tablespoon at a time -until the seeds all clump together in a ball.
- Between lightly oiled parchment paper, roll out the dough as thinly as you can. Remove the top piece of parchment paper and slide the remaining parchment paper with dough onto a cookie sheet.
- Dust crackers with cinnamon.
- Cut into rectangles with a pizza cutter or butter knife.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes- or until golden brown. Allow to cool while still on the cookie sheet, then break along scored lines.
When to introduce: Because it contains honey it is recommended to wait until after one year.
Nourish Your Children (and Yourself)
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