Candy is all good and fine this time of year but both you and your little one are better off...
Candy is all good and fine this time of year but both you and your little one are better off eating the jack-o-lantern! pump-and-squash.jpgPumpkins and the rest of the squash family are not only beautiful and perfect for the autumn season but also pack a powerful nutrition punch -- something both busy mamas and growing babies (plus toddlers) can use. One cup of winter squash has double the amount of beta carotene you need daily plus vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and fiber. Research shows that squash is among the top 10 most powerful cancer fighting foods as well. But you don't only have to eat pumpkin in a pie (although, that's good too). For babies boil or steam chunks and mash -- you can even make wonderful baby friendly mixes of any type of squash and apples, pears, or mango. Also, squash puree freezes well so you can make a bunch ahead of time and feed it to you baby over time. For mamas there's a huge world of recipes out there. You can go simple such as halving an acorn squash and baking it with butter and nutmeg, grill it or get fancy. What's Cooking America has a ton of great squash recipes to choose from and in case you run out of ideas there than check out squash abundant meals at That's My Home. Don't forget to enter Pregnancy & Baby's Little Monsters Contest -- you can win fabulous prizes that will help you preserve your digital memories!

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