Maximizing Your WIC™ Benefit

By Eileen Thomas, RDN, CSP, LD

Maximizing Your WIC™ Benefit

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who receives a monthly benefit from the Women, Infants & Children (WIC™) program, try these tips to make the most of your allotment of baby food cereals and jars! The advice comes from our partner Eileen Thomas, RDN, CSP, LDN. She’s a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition. She previously worked for 7 years in the WIC™ nutrition supplemental program helping families make healthy lifestyle choices. Eileen currently works at Lemond Nutrition, a nutrition private practice for children and families. In her free time, she enjoys cooking healthy meals for family and friends, including her young son.

Making the Most of Your WIC™ Benefit
Pureed baby food is a valuable WIC™ benefit offered to babies starting 6 months of age to help provide balanced nutrition as they begin eating solid foods. By 8-10 months of age, you may notice that your little one is more interested in finger foods and what the family is eating than spoon-fed pureed solids. But, did you know that WIC™ participants continue to receive pureed baby foods as a benefit up to one year postpartum! Make the most of your benefit by incorporating Beech-Nut® pureed baby food into healthy meals that even older babies will enjoy.

Ways to Use Pureed Baby Food:

  • Add pureed fruits to plain whole milk yogurt
  • Use in place of jelly on toast
  • Mix pureed fruits into hot cereal
  • Mix pureed vegetables into soups, stews and casseroles

Try These Easy Recipes:
Between smoothies, cereal, turkey burgers and hummus, there are plenty of sweet and savory occasions to use Beech-Nut® purees. For more recipe inspiration for your little one, visit, or click on one of the recipes below.

Pancakes with iron and added fruit


Speedy Spaghetti Sauce


PBJ and Puree Sandwich

Quick Tip!
Make sure to ask your WIC™ nutritionist for more information on feeding your baby and what foods are appropriate at each stage. If you would like more information about how to sign up for the WIC™ program in your state, you can find helpful information by clicking on the link! Available in English and Spanish.