Making Homemade Baby Food

Wednesday, September 10, 10:30-12noon

Awaken Chiropractic, 3515 Grand Ave, Oakland

Cost: $45, Email to sign up.

Ideal for parents of babies 3-8 months. Babies are welcome!

Fresh Baby Bites Chef Marjan Esser joins Virginia Watkins to lead an educational and lively class on making your own baby food.Participants will learn several foundational recipes, taste and take home samples.

Topics covered include:

·       6 key time-saving tips, such as, “Cook the same foods for baby as you cook for yourself”

·       Recommended safe first foods

·       Foods to avoid

·       Herbs and spices

·       Raising a healthy eater and avoiding the picky-eating stage

·       Progressing to finger foods

·       Freezing and thawing


Introducing Solids and Raising a Healthy Eater

Wednesday, September 17, 10:30-12noon

Awaken Chiropractic, 3515 Grand Ave, Oakland

Cost: $40, Email to sign up.

Ideal for parents of babies 3-6 months. Babies are welcome!

This class will take all of the guesswork out of giving your baby the best nutrition and a healthy relationship with food right from the start.

Topics covered include:

·       Understanding when your child is ready for solid food and why

·       Safe first foods, looking beyond rice cereal and across the globe

·       Foods to avoid

·       How much food to give your child

·       Food texture and choking hazards, how to progress

·       Recommended “tool kit” for first feedings – no fancy gadgets involved

·       The importance of family mealtime

·       Recommended resources on healthy eating for you and your growing child

·       “Show and Tell Bag” of food samples you can buy or make


Virginia Watkins completed her post-graduate studies in Nutrition Education at Bauman College in Berkeley, CA. While an undergraduate at Duke University, she studied French cooking in Montpellier, France, continuing an early fascination with food. In 1996, she began working at the American Institute of Wine & Food in San Francisco; Virginia helped create and manage projects ranging from ingredient tastings to a children’s garden project. Subsequently, she spent seven years working for Niman Ranch, the leading brand in the sustainable meat industry. As a National Retail Sales manager, she worked closely with customers such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. She is also the mother of a two well-fed boys, ages five and eight.

In addition to working with individuals and families to improve nutrition and health, Virginia has spoken to hundreds of people in community talks, leads a recurring 6-week cleanse, and teaches cooking classes to adults and preschoolers.

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