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Choosing Baby’s First Foods — Brown Rice

By Sara Vance, Nutritionist and Author of The Perfect Metabolism Plan

This is the second article in a series profiling some of the premium ingredients found in Healthy Times products. Read the first article here.

When baby is ready to start eating solid foods, it’s best to introduce new foods one at a time. Parents should choose foods that have low allergenic profiles, are easily digestible, and are rich in vitamins and minerals.

Organic brown rice is an excellent first food for baby. In addition to having a low allergenic profile and being easily digestible, it is naturally gluten free.

Healthy Times sources the rice for their Organic Brown Rice Baby Cereal from Northern California’s Sacramento Valley — an area where the climate and soil are ideal for rice production. The soil in which the rice is grown is rich in nitrogen. High-quality soil makes for healthier rice. The Sacramento Valley is known to be one of the lowest regions in the contiguous United States for potential contaminants. Watch the video to learn more.

As a Nutritionist, I recommend choosing organic for babies and toddlers whenever possible because pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not allowed to be used on organic crops. Since babies and toddlers are smaller, they may be even more susceptible to harm from pesticides and chemicals.

Read: 7 Reasons to Choose Organic for Your Baby

Healthy Times Organic Brown Rice Baby Cereal is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, gluten free and soy free. Plus, parents will like that it is available in a convenient, resealable pouch, which helps maintain freshness and allows for easy storing at home.

About the Author: A nutritionist and the author of The Perfect Metabolism Plan, Sara Vance is a passionate advocate for natural approaches to health. She regularly offers cooking and group classes and has developed a series of online courses to empower people to use foods to balance their metabolism and overall health. As a mom and a specialist in childhood nutrition, Sara loves working with kids, speaking frequently at school assemblies and leading children’s workshops. Sara is a frequent guest on the Fox 5 San Diego show, CBS Los Angeles, KUSI and CW 6. She has contributed to Delicious Living, Mind Body Green and Refinery29. Sara has also filmed videos for eHow and created a Kids Yoga series for GaiamTV.


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