BOOK GIVEAWAY – “Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers” (CLOSED)

by Kelsey Norwood

in Giveaways

organically raisedThe winner of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers, is Mindy! She said, “This books seems like a good way of starting my kids out in a healthy manner. I’m always trying to feed them more healthfully.”

Send an email to kelsey[at]vanillajoy[dot]com to claim your prize.

Thanks again to Anni Daulter and Rodale Publishing for sponsoring this giveaway!


organically raised

One reader will win a copy of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers by Anni Daulter.


This is a longish book review, but baby food is an important topic and I wanted to share all the new things I learned that are helping me feed my family better.

Organically Raised is a new book from the publisher of the Eat This! Not That! series, and it’s an excellent reference AND cook book with tons of information about how to provide the healthiest food options for babies/toddlers.

Part 1: Information

I really like Anni Daulter’s philosophy about feeding babies/children, that baby food can be healthy and taste great. The food we feed our babies is crucial to developing healthy habits for a life time, and with all the obesity and heart disease, you have to start from day one with fruits, vegetables, and grains and stay away from the convenient but processed poison that most of us eat.

Here are some of my favorite parts of the book:

1. “Sacred Mama’s Milk” – studies have shown that “breastfed babies have improved brain growth and development, better vision, and strengthened immune systems, which leads to fewer chronic illnesses” (page 2).

I love hearing findings such as this to support all those mothers who make the effort to breast feed. Breastfeeding is hard  at first for lots of women, myself included. The only way I get through those first few weeks and months is by putting in long hours and working really hard to nurse, pump, supplement, nurse, nurse, nurse constantly. I know it’s a full time job and so hard, especially when you have other kids to look after, but it’s SO MUCH BETTER for your baby.

I love that Anni supports and encourages women to breast feed on the first page of the book.

2.  I’ve been concerned about the health of cow’s milk, and she provides some interesting information and some possible alternatives (page 4).

3. I started making my own baby food for Gus after I got the Beaba Babycook, which is a worthwhile investment if you’re interested in doing homemade. However, I learned that frozen baby food has reduced nutritional value and tastes different. I made large batches and froze it all in small portions, and with my next baby I will follow her advice to use fresh baby food as often as possible. Microwaving baby food also breaks down nutritional content, so she recommends reheating by stove top (pages 10, 12).

4. Use vegetable purees as pasta sauces or dips (page 15).

5. Eat the rainbow – there’s a chart on page 23 with a list of fruits by color and what benefit each group has to the diet. This is a great reference that I use all the time to help us eat the rainbow (page 23).

6. Kids will eat better when they’re comfortable – use a high chair with a foot rest or a kid size table (page 49).

7. Add healthy (and secret if you prefer) “mix-ins” to kids’ food to give them that extra nutrition. Examples – nuts, goji berries, dried seaweed, wheat germ, flaxseed, and acai berries (page 59).

Part 2: Recipes

homemade organic baby foodPear, Craisins, and Millet Cereal

And now for the recipes – the thing I love about her recipes are that they use mostly natural ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and grains. We all need more of those things in our diet, and all of the recipes make great meals for kids and for adults!

The recipes are simple but use grains in ways I didn’t know how to do before. For example, did you know you can easily and very inexpensively make your own rice/oatmeal cereal? Duh! I’ve been eating it for breakfast along side my kids!

Oatmeal Cereal
Grind 1/2 c. oatmeal (I use the WonderMill Junior hand grain mill and it’s fabulous – you can use an electric grinder or even a blender)
Boil 2 c. water
Add ground oatmeal, cook on low for 7-10 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened.
Add pureed or chopped fruit.

She talks about when to introduce what kinds of foods, and for young babies she has recipes for making all different kinds of cereals using oatmeal, millet, and other grains.

And she uses fresh new fruit/vegetable combinations that I never would have thought of! Green beans, broccoli, kale, and banana; carrot, beat, spinach; yam, spinach, tofu; lentils, carrots, etc.

There are also recipes for older kids and desserts using the same healthy and natural ingredients. I can’t wait for Gus to be ready for all those dishes!

I’ve checked out handfuls of cookbooks for kids, and this is my favorite because of the simple ingredients and preparation. The biggest take away from this book is that feeding my children healthy foods isn’t hard or expensive, but it is absolutely necessary for their health.

Here are some links from the Organically Raised website with lots of the same information from the book:

I give it 5 out of 5 stars – thanks to the authors Anni Daulter and Shante Lanay and Rodale Publishing!


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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Clarice July 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

Yummmmm… Organic is sooo the way to go!!! I could really use some help with info on prep and storing, and yummy fun ideas for increasing baby’s organic foods to 100%… Loved the website, I’m sure I’ll love the book too! Our super-appetite-can’t-get-enough-foodie Buddha belly baby says thanks for the chance!!

2 Jenny H. July 19, 2010 at 9:23 am

I am always looking for new organic recipes to feed to my 3 girls.

3 Monica B. July 19, 2010 at 10:17 am

I’m going to start feeding my little girl solids soon. I need some great, organic recipes asap!

4 Elizabeth G July 19, 2010 at 11:29 am

This book sounds like it would be a HUGE help to me as I try to provide the best nutrition possible for my family. Any other recommendations?

5 Kelly July 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I have two under two and am looking for ways to start cooking healthier and more organic

6 Kelly July 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I’m a fan on facebook

7 Kelly July 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I’ve signed up for your newsletter

8 Tricia July 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm

My great niece is just getting ready to eat solid foods so this cookbook would be quite wonderful.

9 Jeanne July 19, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I have a 6 months old grandson. My daughter is breastfeeding and is very motivated to make her own baby food. This book would be a great gift to her and my grandson.

10 Jeanne July 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I subscribe to your newsletter.

11 Shirley John July 20, 2010 at 5:52 am

this would be an awesome baby shower gift!

12 s July 20, 2010 at 11:32 am

Would love to have this. I’ve been trying to switch over to organic products for my toddler.

13 Yvj July 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I would like to have this to continue my son’s love of fruits and vegetables. We also have a daughter on the way and would love it if she was off to a great start.

14 Ellen July 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I grew up with an unhealthy view of food and eating, and I’d like my daughter (who was due 7-15 but is being stubborn) to have the best possible start.

15 Kristi M. July 21, 2010 at 6:19 am

Just having had baby #2 two weeks ago, this would be a great start in making sure that he is eating good, nutritious food when the time comes.

16 Kristi M. July 21, 2010 at 6:20 am

I am a fan on facebook of Vanilla Joy

17 Kristi M. July 21, 2010 at 6:21 am

I am a fan of Organically Raised on facebook

18 Kristi M. July 21, 2010 at 6:23 am

Your button is on my blog

19 Mindy July 21, 2010 at 8:26 am

This books seems like a good way of starting my kids out in a healthy manner. I’m always trying to feed them more healthfully.

20 Mindy July 21, 2010 at 8:26 am

I get your feed.

21 Jodie R. July 22, 2010 at 5:46 am

Wonderful! I visited the site, and the apple- mango yogurt sounds good! I bet my son would love that since he loves, applesauce, mangoes, and yogurt :) I have a 17 month old, and I made all his own baby food. Pretty soon we’ll start trying for baby #2, and that’s why I’d love to win this book!

22 Yvjdel July 22, 2010 at 8:59 am

I subscribe to your feed :)

23 Nicole Koettting July 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I would like to get this book, as I am wanting to go more organic with our food – especially now with a new baby, our 4th child.

24 Anni Daulter July 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Hi all…

Thanks so much for the review of my book! I am so happy to hear that you found the book helpful, inspiring and useful…I really put my heart into the book and wanted moms to feel how passionate I am about cooking easy simple foods that kids love and moms feel good about making!

Please visit me and let me know if you have any questions!

In gratitude,


25 Stacie Shepp July 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

Gardening is also a great way to inspire children to eat healthy. My nephew wouldn’t touch anything green until he grew it himself. Now he loves chard, kale, green beans and more

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