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Happy Thanksgiving: Celebrity Parents Share Gratitude

Monday, November 25th, 2013

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop

To celebrate the festive season, we asked some of our favorite celebrity parents what they are grateful for.

From Holly Madison’s first Thanksgiving with daughter Rainbow and her new husband, to Bethenny Frankel‘s gratitude to her daughter Bryn, to Nick Lachey‘s happy family life, let’s hear how some high-profile parents are counting their blessings this Thanksgiving.

Holly Madison:

New mom Holly Madison has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

In September, the former Playboy model married Pasquale Rotella in an over-the-top wedding at Disneyland. And the newlyweds are set to celebrate their 8-month-old daughter Rainbow‘s first Thanksgiving.

“I am thankful for my wonderful husband and baby as well as our close friends and family,” Holly tells Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Bethenny Frankel:

The Real Housewives of New York City alum Bethenny Frankel may be going through a high-profile divorce and custody battle with Jason Hoppy, but the talk show host has a lot to be grateful for this holiday season — thanks to her 3-year-old daughter Bryn.

“This year, I am thankful for my relationship with my daughter and the fact that we are so close,” Bethenny tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “I am thankful that I truly know what love feels like.”

Nick Lachey:

Multi-platinum recording artist and TV personality Nick Lachey is counting his blessings this holiday season.

“I am mostly thankful for my immediate and extended family,” Nick tells Celebrity Baby Scoop of his happy family life with Vanessa Lachey and their 1-year-old son Camden.

“We are all happy and healthy, which I thank God for,” he adds. “I am also thankful for having my little boy now. This time last year, he was still pretty new at just two-months-old. A year later, it’s amazing to see what kind of boy he is turning into and what he is learning. He’s a lot of fun right now. It’s a great age—we can wrestle and I can teach him stuff. I am thankful for my family, for my wife, for my son, and all the love and joy they bring to my world.”

Nancy O’ Dell:

Entertainment Tonight correspondent Nancy O’Dell says she has “so much” to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

“Gosh, I am thankful for so much,” Nancy, proud mom of 6-year-old daughter Ashby and stepsons Tyler and Cason, tells Celebrity Baby Scoop.

“But I would say I am most appreciative of the little moments these days,” she adds. “I have really learned to enjoy the simple things these past couple of years. I have my husband to thank for that. He is always telling me to live in the moment. For example, last night after I came home for work, my daughter and I carved and decorated pumpkins together. We had been talking all week about it and planned that last night was the night. I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to that simple moment with her. It is so much fun to see her eyes light up with excitement about something. She actually squealed out of happiness when I walked in the door last night knowing it was time to carve! And we had the best time, giggling, roasting the seeds, and decorating our front door.”

She continues: “We have also been doing family game night these days. My two boys, my daughter, my husband and I gather around a table and play all kinds of board games and card games. It is such a fun family bonding thing to do and we have great conversations in between turns.”

Natalia Cigluti:

All My Children star Natalia Cigluti and husband, former NASCAR driver Rob Rizzo, are set to have a happy Thanksgiving with their 8-year-old son Kaden.

“I’m very thankful for my family, for my son, for the life I have, and for the people I love who love me,” the Saved by the Bell: The New Class alum tells Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Bruce Boxleitner:

Contagion star Bruce Boxleitner – dad to grown sons Sam and Lee – has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

“I am thankful that I am still working,” the Tron actor, who is also dad to son Michael, 23, with ex-wife Melissa Gilbert, jokes with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

“I have been at this for many years, almost forty years, and I am very grateful that I have a good career going,” he adds. “I love what I do and the people I get to work with. It’s a blessing.”

Use our Baby Name Finder to find the perfect name for your little one, check out which celebrity is expecting in 2013, or find great Thanksgiving books  at Shop Parents.

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Thanksgiving Kid Craft: Pilgrim Hat
Thanksgiving Kid Craft: Pilgrim Hat

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CelebrityBabyScoop.com is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on CelebrityBabyScoop.com

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Holly Madison: “Breastfeeding Was A Great Experience”

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop. 

New mom Holly Madison is helping women reach their weight loss goals with the Holly Madison Diet. The former Girls Next Door star, 33, has teamed up with eDiets to create a custom diet plan and app for women who want to take control, eat well and stay healthy.

Holly opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her former “unhealthy” eating habits, her 8-month-old “easy” daughter Rainbow, the benefits of breastfeeding and joys of motherhood, and how she’ll feel if Rainbow wants plastic surgery one day.

CBS: Tell us about teaming up with eDiets and creating the Holly Madison Diet. What inspired you to create the diet?

HM: “When I became pregnant, I really got into nutrition and healthy eating for the sake of the baby. I used to be so unhealthy — always running around eating fast food. When I was in the process of losing the baby weight, eDiets proposed working together to come up with a custom diet plan and app.

Revamping my diet was a huge lifestyle change for me, and I’m so interested in nutrition now. I thought it sounded like a really fun idea — and it is fun!”

CBS: Tell us all about the diet. Is it a food delivery program? Or online/mobile diet tips? What kind of support is provided for users?

HM: “When you login to hollymadisondiet.com, you enter your personal statistics, your goals and your preferences. A custom diet is then formulated for you to complete with shopping lists and diet logs so you can keep track of how you are doing. [There are also] recipes and support. It gives you new meal ideas all the time.”

CBS: How did you lose your weight after welcoming your daughter Rainbow? What kind of exercise did you do?

HM: “You know, I only recently started working out and Rainbow is now 8 months old. It was just the last thing I wanted to find time for while I was learning to be a mom and trying to keep up with everything else.

Diet became the biggest factor in my weight loss. Because I was breastfeeding, I had extra incentive to put healthy things in my body and I started to learn to cook because I was staying home with the baby. I used to eat all my meals out.”

CBS: Are you still breastfeeding Rainbow? Do you recommend breastfeeding to women? What are some of your favorite benefits of breastfeeding?

HM: “Breastfeeding was a great experience for me, but I’ve been told by moms I know that I am lucky my baby took to it so easily. Don’t beat yourself up if your baby just doesn’t want to do it and you go the bottle route.

But if you do choose to breastfeed, it’s nice because it burns quite a bit of calories and it kept me more mindful of what I ate because I knew what I took into my body was ending up in my baby’s food supply. ”

CBS: Now that you are a mom, do you have any regrets or different opinions about plastic surgery? How will you advise Rainbow if she wants to have plastic surgery? Would you be heartbroken if she got any plastic surgery?

HM: “I certainly wouldn’t let Rainbow get plastic surgery until she is an adult and it’s out of my hands. I hope she doesn’t feel the need to. I don’t regret the two procedures I had, but I am glad I knew when to stop. I hate the frozen face duck lip look you see on women these days.”

CBS: How do you plan to teach Rainbow about loving/accepting her body and promoting positive body-image? Are you concerned she will compare herself to you and try to live up to your beauty?

HM: “I bet Rainbow will be semi embarrassed of me and want to be totally different. Isn’t that how it works with teenagers [laughs]?”

CBS: How is Rainbow doing? What kind of baby is she? Tell us about the joys of motherhood.

HM: “Rainbow is an amazing, easy baby. I got really lucky! I love her so much and she has inspired me to slow down and enjoy life in the moment. It’s hard to keep up with everything when you are a mom, but you also realize it’s OK to let some of the stuff you used to think was so important go.”

Use our Baby Name Finder to find the perfect name for your little one, check out which celebrity is expecting in 2013, or find great breastfeeding gear at Shop Parents.

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How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding
How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding

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CelebrityBabyScoop.com is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on CelebrityBabyScoop.com

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Thanksgiving Dinner Questions — Answered!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Nervous about preparing Thanksgiving dinner? You’re not alone. No matter what your level of culinary experience, cooking the Thanksgiving feast can cause more anxiety than a turkey feels as November rolls around. I’ve been to culinary school and am now food editor here at Parents, and even I’m not immune. (Starting two years ago, I finally put my gravy anxiety to rest by making it ahead of time.) 

Recently we asked our Facebook fans about their biggest Thanksgiving dinner challenges, and I chose a few of the questions to answer, here. My goal is to help make the cooking part of your day go more smoothly so you can get down to the important part of enjoying the feast with your friends and family.

Ashley Jude is hosting her first Thanksgiving and asked for our best piece of advice.  

My best piece of advice is one I follow myself every year: do as much in advance as possible. Turkey stock for the gravy and my piecrust are already in the freezer. This weekend I will make my cranberry sauce. Tuesday I will cut up my vegetables for the stuffing and trim the Brussels sprouts. Wednesday I’ll whisk up the gravy and put together a mashed potato casserole that can go straight in the oven on Thursday. The more you do ahead the less stress you’ll feel on the big day, guaranteed.

Check out our helpful make-ahead plan for more ideas, or consider preparing this make-ahead sweet potato dish.

Almost equally important is to have a cooking plan for the day and write it down. I start from when I want dinner on the table (4:30 PM), then work backwards to carving the turkey (4:15 PM), taking the turkey out of the oven (3:15 PM), and putting the turkey in the oven (12:15 PM). It’s amazing how having a schedule on paper can keep you cool and composed.

Heather Beckman wants an easy pie crust.

Ah, Heather, don’t we all. Okay, here is my official “food editor” answer: piecrust isn’t difficult once you practice a little. Just keep your ingredients cold and don’t work the dough too much. Watch our video here to see just how easy it is to roll one out.

And here is my “unofficial” answer: you know what kind of piecrust I love? Graham cracker. Yum. How delicious with pumpkin or pudding or cheesecake or virtually any other smooth, creamy filling. You can press a graham cracker crust into the pan in seconds or, gasp!, buy one that still tastes great.

How to Roll Out Pie Dough
How to Roll Out Pie Dough
How to Roll Out Pie Dough

Several people asked how to serve a gluten-free Thanksgiving.

Happily, aside from the stuffing, gravy, and pie most traditional Thanksgiving dishes are gluten-free (remember gluten is a protein found in wheat). So pile your plate high with mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, green beans, squash, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, salad, and, of course, turkey. To replace a traditional bread stuffing try a wild rice dressing. Instead of, or in addition to, pumpkin pie add baked apples to the menu, pumpkin pudding, or poached pears. No one will miss the gluten.

We had a lot of questions about dealing with picky eaters on Thanksgiving.

Here’s the good news. I think Thanksgiving is the last day you should wage a battle with picky eaters. (And, in fact, try to avoid making it a battle any day of the year with these strategies.) On Thanksgiving, just make sure there are one or two things on the table your kids will eat. That shouldn’t be too hard since, let’s face it, there’s an awful lot of food on the table. Maybe little ones will eat the rolls with butter, the mashed potatoes, a fruit salad, or plain turkey. Some kids might love the cranberry sauce or the sweet potatoes.

Another beauty of the Thanksgiving table is that you can always add a dish, so if you don’t think they’ll eat anything you serve, add macaroni and cheese (traditional in some parts of the country) or apple slices. Once the food is on the table, let your kids eat what they want and have dessert later, no strings attached. This is a meal for everyone to enjoy. You and your children. Save the one-bite rule and other maneuvers for outsmarting picky eating for another day. That’s something both you and your kids will be thankful for.

 Any other Thanksgiving dinner questions, let us know!

Image: Turkey dinner via Shutterstock

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Bake Up a Sweet Christmas

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Like many moms, my to-do list this time of year is a mile long. But Sharon Bowers’ inspiring book Sweet Christmas is an excellent reminder to slow down and get back to the heart of the holiday season – spending time with our families. From crafting colorful garlands to baking creative cookies, her projects are doable, delicious, and perfect for sharing with enthusiastic kids. Sharon recently chatted about her go-to party recipes, her least favorite part of the holidays, and her best advice for busy moms. 

Q: What inspired Sweet Christmas?

A: My first two books, Ghoulish Goodies and Candy Construction, had sort of made it evident that sweet stuff is my thing! But working on those books had also helped me understand more clearly that what’s fun around the holidays, any holiday, is not shopping trips with tired, crabby kids. What’s fun is staying home with your kids and enjoying projects together, celebrating as a family.

Q: I bet Christmas at your house is great! Tell me about how your family spends the holiday.

A: We do a lot of baking and a lot of eating! It’s not all about sweet stuff, however. We make an Advent Calendar by hanging paper envelopes or little socks on a string and we put tiny toys or knickknacks in to surprise each other, or we make little wreaths to hang off the doorknobs by sticking gumdrops into a foam core. 

Q: How much latitude do you give your kids in the kitchen?

A: I’m really into letting my children be hands-on about projects. When you’re making something like Stained Glass Cookies, for example, with crushed candy melted into the opening of sugar cookies, it’s so easy to let your inner grownup take over, to make all the cookies look pretty. But what’s fun for my kids, and ultimately for my husband and me, is to let our boys do it themselves, and we end up laughing together in the kitchen and spending time with one another.

Q: What is your favorite part about Christmas?

A: The excellent excuse to eat whatever we want for a few days! I spend the entire rest of the year keeping a running tab on precisely what amount of fruits and vegetables went into each child each day, and did they get enough iron and calcium and Vitamin C. And I just shut that part of my mind down over the holidays. For that week or so between Christmas and New Year’s, when we’re with family and friends or going to parties or entertaining at home, I just throw it all to the wind and enjoy whatever is in front of us.

Q: What is your least favorite part about Christmas?

A: No matter how much fun everyone had at a big holiday meal, the dishes still have to be done.

Q: What are two or three especially good recipes/projects to make with kids from the book?

A: Believe it or not, good old-fashioned popcorn garlands absolutely enthrall kids. It might seem like the oldest holiday trick in the book, but your children may never have seen it before. 3-D cookies are another one of my favorites. Use any cookie cutter you like, but ideally more solid ones, such as Christmas trees or stockings. Then, when the baked cookies are still warm, cut a narrow rectangular groove up from the bottom of one and down from the top of the other, then fit them together through these slots to make a cookie that can stand upright (p. 78), which you can then decorate on all sides. It’s so easy but kids think it’s magic! 

Q: You seem very crafty. What are some recipe options for more craft-challenged moms like me?

A: What’s kind of funny is that I’m actually really lazy about crafting. My motto is, “If I can do it, really, ANYONE can.” I think that’s why so many of my projects start in the kitchen, because I don’t have to go to a craft store and buy a lot of stuff before I begin. I’ve already got butter, sugar and chocolate in the kitchen most of the time, so I try to find things to make with what’s at hand like Chocolate Santa Mice (p. 77). These are made with a sort of sticky chocolate dough made from ground-up cookies that kids can form into shapes–we make mice–and roll in powdered sugar. All you need to be able to do is work a food processor, and your kids will do the rest.

Q: What are your go-to holiday party recipes?

A: My Caramelized Onion Dip (p. 99) is ridiculously easy considering how many compliments it gets. You cook onions until they’re deeply golden and stir them with sour cream and mayo and a little Worcestershire, serve with chips or veggies, and people will think you just invented the wheel. My mother’s side of the family is Swedish so I also am always in charge of making mini Swedish Meatballs (p. 104) which take very little effort but get people all excited–there’s never one left over.

 Q: Any tips for moms who want to make special treats for their families but find themselves pressed for time?

A: Ohmigosh, yes: give yourself a break! We all work fulltime, whether inside or outside the home, and we’re all tired and kids’ schedules are demanding. So if you make “bake something with children” just another thing to check off your list, it feels like a burden. But a tray of Blondies (p. 89) takes about 6 minutes to mix, even if you let the kids stir, and 35 minutes to bake, and you’ve got something gorgeous you made yourself. So just pick one thing and do it and enjoy it.

Q: What do you hope families will get out of your book?

A: To slow down a little more at Christmas. To take the time to stay home and do a little baking with their children. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the shopping and gift-buying. But simple homemade gifts, even really easy things such as a jar of Salted Caramel Sauce (p. 167), are much more welcome to the recipients, and they express so much more love that everyone feels happier.

 Interview has been edited and condensed.

Make delicious snowman pops for your next holiday party:

How-to Make Snowman Pops
How-to Make Snowman Pops
How-to Make Snowman Pops

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

By Savings.com

 Below are the best savings on kid’s stuff from around the web for this week – including a can’t miss deal from Fashion Playtes, the store where little girls can unleash their inner fashion designer by designing their own clothing.

 

  1. Toys R UsGet $10 Gift Card for Your Wish List Purchase of $100 or More (No coupon code needed). Expires 11/27/2013.
  2. FAO Schwarz. $20 off Orders $100 or More + Free Shipping (Coupon code: 963751). Expires 12/24/2013
  3. Justice & Brothers. Get $50 Gift Card on Orders $50 or More (No coupon code needed; offer is shown on left side during checkout). Expires 12/01/2013. Justice & Brothers is also offering 50% off all orders. (Click through link for discount to be applied automatically). Expires 11/27/2013.
  4. The Children’s Place. 20% off Everything! (Coupon code: Y6HPOST13). Expires 01/01/2014.
  5. Fashion Playtes. Save $8 off Orders $18 or More (Coupon code: 8OFFCHAIExpires 12/05/2013.

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Dip-Dye Design

Monday, November 18th, 2013

DIY crafter Alison Caporimo recently released her first book, Instacraft, about fun and simple projects for adorable gifts and décor. We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog. Come back each Monday (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) to see which creations we feature next.

 

Berry Stationery

“Have left over blueberries in the fridge? Let’s make something of them!” Alison says.

Materials:
3 cups water
1 cup blueberries
Stockpot
Card stock

Directions:
1. Pour water into a pot and heat over a high flame until boiling.
2. Stir in blueberries and smash with a spoon or potato masher. Mix well and allow to cool slightly until lukewarm.
3. Dip card stock into dyed water and allow to dry completely before using. (Experiment with dipping times and angles.)

 

Alison’s extra tips for Parents readers:

  • Swap it: Instead of blueberries, try beets, blackberries, tea, or turmeric spice.
  • Challenge your kids to count and measure the ingredients before you get started.
  • Explore and investigate! The color of your dye is true to what it looks like in the pot, so experiment with your measurements to create different shades.
  • To let stationery dry without disturbing the dye, secure the card stock to a wire hanger with clothespins.

 

For more ideas from Alison Caporimo, follow her on Twitter.

Text adapted from Instacraft, with permission from Ulysses Press. Copyright 2013. All images by Meera Lee Patel.

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

By Savings.com

Whether you want to start your holiday shopping or stock up on fall and winter weather essentials for your family, this week’s deals will save you on clothing, kids pretend play items and more.

 

  1. thredUP. 20% off your entire purchase + Free Shipping for New Customers (Coupon Code: GOODY20). Expires 12/31/13.
  2. Sears$10 off boys’ and girls’ clothing orders of $45+ (Expires 11/21/2013). Coupon Code: TENOFF45
  3. DisneyStore50% off select costumes and costume accessories (Expires 12/01/2013). No coupon code needed.
  4. Nordstrom. Half-yearly sale for women and kids — save up to 40% and get free shipping (Expires11/17/2013). No coupon code needed.
  5. TargetBuy two family sweaters and save 15%, buy three and save 20% (Expires 11/16/2013). No coupon code needed.

 

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Giada’s Recipe for Feeling Good

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

You know Giada De Laurentiis: the Food Network star, author of 10 books, mom, and all-around busy lady who somehow stays thin, healthy, and gorgeous. It’s enough to make us mortals green with envy. But happily, in her new book Giada’s Feel Good Food she is sharing her get-healthy and stay-there secrets with the rest of us. In a recent conversation, Giada revealed some of her tips for eating well on a budget and why she doesn’t believe in diets. 

Q: As parents, we focus a lot on good nutrition for kids (which is important of course). But we don’t talk as much about good nutrition for parents. Do you think that’s problematic?

A: I like to say that this is the perfect opportunity to lead by example! My daughter Jade loves asking me questions while I’m cooking, and if I don’t baby-talk her, but rather get on her level and explain what all the yummy things going into my smoothie are and how they are going to fuel my body, then she’s far more likely to try what normally would look to her like a nasty green shake! It’s a great motivator, being an example for anyone.

Q: Why do you think it’s so difficult for many moms to eat well?

A: Two words: busy and tired. The thing is, the best way to help offset those two words is a well-balanced meal plan and some fun exercise. I’m not suggesting a boring diet or some workout that you’re going to dread all day long. Life is short, and we are made to be happy! Take a brisk walk with the kids through the neighborhood. Play hide-and-seek. Or try some nice yoga moves together! Eating healthy can and should be delicious; I think sometimes people just need to have the opportunity to discover an appreciation for fresh foods and natural flavor.

Q: What are three simple things parents can do to improve their diets?

A: Skip sodas, replace refined sugars with natural sugars like those found in fruit, and eat more often in smaller portions. Portion control is truly the key.

Q: Do you have any tips for people on a budget who are trying to eat well?

A: Skip the restaurant and cook at home. It will be easier on your wallet than eating at restaurants night after night.  If you don’t consider yourself a cook, start simple and be patient with yourself. Learning to cook for yourself is a great way to be budget-savvy, plus it will taste better because you will learn to make it just how you like it. And if you do have a night out, skip the booze and do dessert at home to skinny up that check! 

Q: Why do you say you don’t believe in diets for you?

A: Because I don’t stick to them and I generally resist things that seem like deprivation. I choose to get excited about my health and my body and adjust my meal plan and activities accordingly.  Being healthy is a lifestyle and a state of mind, and diets don’t contribute to that in a positive way for me. It’s not sustainable, and I like things I can build on, look forward to, and get excited about. Being healthy is exciting!

Q: Like many moms you are one busy lady! How do you manage to fit exercise and healthy eating into your schedule?

A: For me, the key is good planning. You have to set yourself up for success, you know? I like to cook a few meals in advance to help with the impossible days in the week… there are always a couple!

Q: You mention that when you were younger you were addicted to chocolate and sugar. How did you kick the habit?

A: I got pregnant. Jade changed everything for me. Once I started eating for two, I really started really paying attention to what I was eating and made it a habit. A good one!

Q: If we forced you to choose, what would you say are your favorite three recipes in the book?

A: That’s hard. This book is full of my favorite recipes and feels a little like sharing my diary because a lot of these are what I cook myself… but I would say the Avocado-Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries, the Swiss Chard Rolls with Wild and Brown rice and Indian Spices, and, of course, my go-to Spinach, Ginger, and Apple smoothie [recipe below]! 

Q: A lot of moms deal with picky eaters. What do you think is the best way to encourage kids to eat a variety of foods?

A: The best way to encourage them is to involve them in the process! I think the root of picky eaters is that they want control. It’s a power struggle, and I think that’s totally okay. They want to have control of what goes in their bodies, and it’s the perfect opportunity to empower them. Flip through the cookbook with them, see what sounds fun to make, and then cook with them! It will change a picky little eater’s tune just like that.

Q: What are your daughter’s favorite foods?

A: My girl loves her waffles. I’d have to say that’s probably her favorite right now. I’m excited though because she’s adventurous with food and is willing to try new things. She has a strong opinion and knows what she likes, but she’ll give things a shot, which is great.

Q: You’ve also written children’s books. What inspired you? 

A: Jade is my ultimate inspiration. I wanted to write something she could enjoy soon, rather than having to wait until she can use my cookbooks. I come from a big Italian family of storytellers and I wanted to have a way to tell about the adventures I had with my own brother when I was a kid. We were fortunate as kids to get to travel a lot but even when we were just playing in our room, it turned into a grand adventure. Our imaginations were limitless, and I really wanted to encourage that curiosity for exploration — exploring the world as well as the kitchen!

Get recipes that will help your baby go start eating solid foods here. Plus, get everything you need for holiday baking from Shop Parents.

Spinach, Ginger, and Apple Smoothie

From Giada’s Feel Good Food

Makes 2 cups; Serves 2

1½ cups ice

½ cup water

1 medium apple, such as Fuji or Honey Crisp, peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch pieces

1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped

1 (1-inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 cup packed baby spinach leaves

1/3 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Combine all of the ingredients in the blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

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