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Vol. LXIV, No. 37
 
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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What to Prepare for Baby’s Dinner? “HappyBaby” Offers Healthy Options

Ellen Gilbert

“We’re passionate about educating parents,” said HappyBaby representative Nicole Koroghlian Auker. On Thursday, September 16, at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library, the East Windsor resident will be doing just that.

Ms. Auker’s appearance is part of the library’s effort to present food and health-related programs that coincide with the Thursday afternoon Farmers’ Market on Hinds Plaza.

Parents needn’t be fazed by baby’s transition to solid food, said Ms. Auker. The important thing, she said, is to make sure the introduction is made as early as possible using organic, fresh ingredients.

At the Thursday presentation, Ms. Auker, who also participates in the Princeton HealthCare System’s “Bright Beginnings” program, will demonstrate how to prepare healthy, organic food for babies, as well as offering samples of Happy Baby products.

While HappyBaby, a nation-wide company endorses cooking your own baby food, its primary products are frozen “homestyle” foods for hungry little ones whose parents may be pressed for time. “It’s as if you made your own baby food,” said Ms. Auker. “Same color and texture, 100 percent natural.” And, she added, “There should be no pesticides in foods consumed by growing bodies.”

Ms. Auker will be offering samples of two of HappyBaby’s baby foods: Mama Grain and Great Greens. Other products include “HappyMelts”; organic freeze-dried yogurt and fruit snacks containing both prebiotics and probiotics; and HappyTot pouches, reported to be “the only toddler food enriched with the super-grain Salba, nature’s most nutritious whole food.”

Since its launch on Mother’s Day in 2006, HappyBaby has become the leading premium organic baby and toddler food company in the United States, with six different lines of organic foods sold in over 5,000 stores. Locally, it’s sold at Whole Foods, McCaffrey’s, and Target.

The four-year old company takes its inspiration from the book, HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months by pediatrician Robert W. Sears. “It’s a great resource guide,” said Ms. Auker. “It covers everything from foods to cleaning products, toys, and recipes. There are tips on best first foods and how to store them.”

Ms. Aukers, who is a certified Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N. (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, Nutrition) Coach, will lead Thursday’s discussion and answer questions. She notes however, that participants often include experienced parents who are happy to share what they’ve learned about feeding babies. Babies are welcome, she added.

Parents and caretakers who miss the Thursday program can visit the HappyBaby website at www.happybabyfood.com, or contact Ms. Aukers at nkauker@happyfamilybrands.com.

Under the rubric of her own business, Wholesome Kids Cook, Ms. Auker will be starting parent/child cooking classes at the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Wellness Center in Hamilton this October. Ever the passionate educator, she emphasizes that the series will not be “Just a kids’ entertainment drop-off” opportunity. Her own website is at www.wholesomekidscook.com.

Cooking demonstrations, films, speakers, and more events will continue at 2 p.m. every Thursday through November 4 at the Princeton Public Library.

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