What's inside that little glass jar may seem wholesome, but when it's store-bought, do you really know what you're putting inside your baby's mouth? Former actress and mom of three Liza Huber, daughter of actress Susan Lucci, has made it her mission to educate others about the importance of feeding your children only the finest ingredients that nature has to offer (whipped up with love by mom, of course).
It's easier than you'd think. Some of Hollywood's busiest moms are already doing it for their little ones! We asked Huber to pinpoint six celebrity moms and offer recipes that they (and the little ones!) would love from her popular cookbook Sage Spoonfuls.
January Jones1. January Jones: Mad Men star January Jones' cutie, Xander, is 7 months old and likely ready for some new tastes and textures.
"Healthy, no-cook purees are time-saving ways for busy moms to provide healthy homemade meals for their babies," Huber says. "This black bean banana mash is one of my favorites, a delicious and completely unexpected combo that Xander would most certainly gobble up."
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Denise Richards2. Denise Richards: At 9 months old, Denise Richard's beautiful new daughter Eloise Joni is old enough to eat many of the same things her big sisters, Sam and Lola.
"As a busy working mom, having healthy meals that can feed all three children is certainly the way to go [for Denise]. One of my favorite family meals is a simple roast chicken. It is a healthy, delicious meal the whole family can enjoy together. All Denise has to do is put a little of the chicken and roasted veggies into a food processor and puree to the appropriate texture for Eloise!"
Tori Spelling3. Tori Spelling: With children Liam, Stella, Hattie, and now a fourth baby on the way, Tori Spelling is definitely one of the busiest mamas in Hollywood.
"At 6 months old, Hattie is still a new eater," Huber says. "One of the best first foods for a baby 4-6 months old is roasted butternut or acorn squash. They are nutrient rich, easy to digest, and not allergenic. An added bonus is that one large butternut squash yields about 25 ounces of baby food, saving mom's precious time by only having to cook once and freeze the rest."
Jessica Capshaw4. Jessica Capshaw: Grey's Anatomy star Jessica Capshaw has two children and a third on the way.
"For a busy, working and expectant mom , easy-to-prepare meals are key to save time and stress. This muscle man stir-fry recipe is chock full of grains and veggies and is a healthy go-to weeknight meal for the whole family."
Jessica Alba5. Jessica Alba: Jessica Alba is playing more roles than just mom and movie star these days. The new mogul and mom-of-two started the Honest Company, which provides parents with healthy and non-toxic products for their families.
"She knows the benefits of homemade baby food and makes her own for her beautiful baby girl Haven. At 7 months old, Haven is ready for new tastes and textures. One of my favorite foods for this stage is lentils. They are nutritional powerhouses and blend well with lots of other foods," Huber says.
Ali Landry6. Ali Landry: TV Host and SpokesMoms founder Ali Landry may seem super busy, but she still finds time to make sure her kids are eating right.
"Ali's baby boy, Marcello, is 5 months old and ready to start eating solids," Huber says. "A wonderful first food for a baby is pear puree. It is non- allergenic, easy to digest, and babies love the taste. It can also be soothing to a baby suffering from acid reflux. As an added bonus, cool pear puree straight from the refrigerator is very soothing on a teething baby's sore gums."