Yummy Spoonfuls CEO/CYO talks Motherhood!

mommy-jz-mater-meaWritten by Lisa Kay
Photography by Tim Redman

There’s very little room for resting in entrepreneur Agatha Achindu’s packed schedule. Even when her two younger children have been tucked in bed for a few hours, Achindu is still at it, working on another round of paperwork and food prep that awaits her in the kitchen of her home in Atlanta. As the founder of Yummy Spoonfuls, a line of organic baby food sold in retailers like Whole Foods, sleep is a luxury the 46 year old left behind years ago, thanks to the demands of caring for her sons — Georges (23), Malcolm (15), and Jared-Zane (9) — and running her own business. Although the constant shuffle can be hectic, Achindu believes that the level of sacrifice is worth it.

“The biggest challenge to me is being in a million different places at a million different times because of how I choose to parent,” she says. “Everything is hands on. We don’t do any fast food. We don’t do any processed food. No matter how busy I am, we have to cook. That is my biggest challenge, but at the end of the day I am grateful that I have the opportunity and [the] willpower to do it.” Read complete story on mater mea’s link http://www.matermea.com/#/agatha/4583867159

Toxic chemicals, our kids, and why we need better laws!

tooth-pasteI am getting ready to make another batch of toothpaste for the kiddos, while  the bread bakes in the oven, but wondering what about the parents who don’t have the time like I do to read every label, mill their own grain for bread, make toothpaste, skin butters and the list goes on and on just to protect their kids from toxic chemicals.

Here is why I personally believe that we need laws that will protect our kids, yes my kids are protected because I have become a gorilla in the toxic chemical jungle and work my behind off daily in trying to protect them but lord knows that not everyone can go this distance and we shouldn’t have to work this hard.

Our children deserve safe clean products that are free of harmful toxic chemicals, studies continue to support the fact that some of these  toxic chemicals found in our everyday products   has been linked to cancer, early puberty, asthma, allergies and learning disabilities. By tackling toxic chemicals, we have a major opportunity to prevent some of these health problems.

With your help we will be able to get congress to pass better laws to effectively regulate toxic chemicals in our everyday products. Please start my signing this petition and having all your friends to the same, effective change can only come from us when we let our voices be heard.. Collectively we can make change.

Sign this petition here, then call

Rep. Gingrey and tell him you OPPOSE the Chemicals in Commerce Act. 202-225-2931

Thank you ever so kindly
Chief Yummy Officer

 

Toxic chemicals in everyday products link to childhood illnesses!

Unfortunately, without realizing it, many parents who wouldn’t consciously do anything to hurt their kids are unintentionally exposing their children to dangerous toxic chemicals found in everyday products.

One would assume that products we find on the shelves are safe but unfortunately that is far from the truth. Many chemicals used in our everyday products, foods and packaging makes their way into our supply chain with little or no regulations, we need stronger laws to help protect and keep our families safe especially our kids.

Some of these toxic chemicals found in our everyday products have been linked to cancer, early puberty, ADHD, asthma, allergies and learning disabilities, by controlling these toxic chemicals we have a major opportunity to prevent some of these health problems.

We got so excited when we heard there is a bill before Congress that is looking into updating some of these laws to help put much needed regulations in place but unfortunately there really is nothing in that bill to protect our families from toxic chemicals, we need to stop this bill in its tracks.

Will you join us in keeping harmful toxic chemicals away from our kids, here is many ways you can help..

- Sign this petition telling Congress to do right by our families and pass REAL toxic chemical reform. Here is the link

- Call Rep. Gingrey and tell him you OPPOSE the Chemicals in Commerce Act. 202-225-2931

As parents we face many issues, but diet and health remains a fundamental priority, When it comes to helping our little ones grow healthy and happy, it’s worth taking the time to do it right. After all… we only get one chance to get it right. Pls take the time to help bring change.

Proud mommy  & Chief Yummy Officer
Yummy Spoonfuls

 

 

 

Our CYO talks healthy eating with Mommy Noire magazine

Sometimes as women and mothers we have to be creative and resourceful and take matters into our own hands. That’s what we love about Agatha Achindu who saw a healthy baby food void and decided to fill it with her amazing company Yummy Spoonfuls, which was founded with the philosophy that healthy babies are happy babies. Each Yummy Spoonfuls meal is packed with all natural, fresh and flavorful ingredients that are 100 percent organic 100 percent of the time! How could we resist getting Achindu to sit down for a talk? Read on for a peek into the great time we had and the great things we learned from Agatha! –

See more at: http://mommynoire.com/66857/agatha-achindu/#sthash.ajsZmOzn.dpuf

Starting the Day off with Fresh Orange Juice

There is nothing like having a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning to start your kids day off with a great start. In fact, getting the kids involved in the making process will be create a fun morning exercise that will have them excited throughout their day. Exposing your kids to real food at an early age helps them fall in love with the taste of clean unprocessed food and sets a better eating habit for their life. Join us and make freshly squeezed orange juice with your little one(s):

  1. Carefully rinse Organic Oranges
  2. Tightly squeeze, roll the oranges firmly with the palm of your hand across the counter or table to soften them up.
  3. Slice the orange in half and remove the seeds
  4. Grip one of the orange halves tightly and squeeze it by hand, using a plain juicer to coax all the juice out or use a juice machine.
  5. Enjoy a yummy, cold glass of freshly squeezed, orange juice.

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Our kids, their snack and health. What type of snack do you buy?

 

Snack is a big part of our kid’s lives; some kids have as much as 3 snacks a day. The sad thing is that many of the snacks children consume are high-calorie, low-nutrient foods such as desserts, sugary, over-processed and salty snacks. It is no surprised that we continue to have so many diet-related diseases.

Replacing a calorie-dense, low nutritive, overly processed snack with fresh fruits and vegetable not only reduce calorie intake but most importantly improve a child’s diet and thus their overall health.

At the market today consider swapping unhealthy food snacks with healthy fruits and vegetable. I would add to this list all can foods. Here is what happens when you make these simple changes see study chart from the .

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Have a wonderful weekend
Chief Yummy Officer

Healthy eating trend brings much needed change to Fast Food Industry!

For decades I have been talking about the dangers of overly processed foods which are the typical ‘FOOD’ you find at fast food eateries across the country and on most grocery store shelves to whoever is ready to listen.
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Don’t get me wrong, food needs to be processed a little but majority of the foods found on the shelves in your grocery store or served at fast food eateries are honestly processed beyond excuse. Some of the items offered are fabricated in laboratories using harmful chemicals that statistics continues to prove is keeping our nation unhealthy.

Processed  ‘fake food’ are bad for our health, these ‘foods’ have their nutrients stripped of and what makes it even worst are the added sugar and a bunch of harmful additives.Parents are becoming more aware of these dangers and are making better choices elsewhere thus a decline in sales. Yeah……

Due to a decline in company sales and an attempt to remain “relevant,”. Yesterday we saw McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson announced they are going to start making ‘high quality (insert snort here), healthier food. Chick fil a is removing synthetic colors from their meals and are going to start using antibiotic free chicken, subway is dropping the bread conditioner AKA yoga mat and today mcdonald’s is working towards healthier meals. Before you know fresh organic food will be the only baby food option. Change is coming.

(NaturalNews) Heightened awareness surrounding the dangers of commercially processed food is hitting McDonald’s, the number one global fast-food chain, where it hurts, their wallet.  Read article here

Chief Yummy Officer
Yummy Spoonfuls

Fresh of the stove, organic pureed green beans..

We got the freshest green beans last night from Florida and the very first batch is ready to ship. Organic green beans fresh off the stove, the difference is in the color, texture, taste and nutrients.  Studies continue to support what we already know, nutrition plays a huge role in the health of our kids, learning how to make your own baby food  at home or buying freshly made meals like Yummy is such an important step when it comes to feeding our kids real food.  We need to cut out processed and boxed foods since stats continue to show how damaging they are to our kids health. We need to get back to the business  of  real food.

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Chief Yummy Officer

The color of fresh organic baby food.

It is undeniable true that fresh food taste better regardless if you agree with scientific data or not that it is more nutritious. That is always open for debate. Fresh is best!!!!!

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Somehow as a nation we have been made to believe that 2 year old cooked organic or conventional food has them same nutritional value as freshly made food.  That believe system is costing us lives everyday and that is a fact. We are truly what we eat, change your food and change the way you feel, look and act..

Have a happy day and please think before you buy, eat or feed your family, common sense goes a long way.

Cheers
Chief Yummy Officer

Change is coming. Chick-Fil-A to stop sales of Antibiotic raised chicken!

Healthy is becoming the new trend, Chick-fil-A commits to Stop Sales of Poultry Raised With Antibiotics. This is the beginning of change towards the right direction.
There is a clear impact of nutrition on the potential development of diseases and other late-life cognitive disorders, this is not news since we have been talking about this for ages but it is good to see companies slowly trying to clean up their act.
We don’t need to be ingesting hormones or antibiotics and the gazillion of other toxins from synthetic colors, additives, preservatives etc, this is a baby step but it is one towards the right direction. The cleaner the food (free of harmful toxins) the better it is to the consumer. We are a long ways away from cleaning up our food supply chain but kudos to Chick-Fil-A  for this move though personally I will still not eat or feed my family fast/processed food, will wait until commercial food is made fresh like we do at home. The fight for real food continues and real soon fresh food like yummy spoonfuls will be the new normal. We are what we eat.. Read story New York Times