Strawberry & Mango homemade fizzy drink for our soda free home!

I categorically never give my kids soda because I know the gumption it takes to kick that habit when you get hooked on it, but I also don’t want them to feel deprived so I make all types of nifty fizzy drinks. This is another favorite that is so easy to make.

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My why:……….
A can of regular soda contains eight teaspoons of sugar with no nutritional value, just plain old empty calories creating havoc. 
According to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism drinking soda appears to alter brain chemistry. 
If you have to hide in a closet to drink your soda so you don’t set a double standard please there is no shame in us trying to do our best so our kids don’t have to go through the same struggle:)

My secret ingredient here is the sparkling water, I buy whichever comes in a glass bottle. .

Ingredients organic
8 strawberries
1/4 cup cube mango
Raw honey to taste
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Blend all ingredients together until creamy with no particulates left. 
Pour in 4 cups, add ice and fill cups with sparkling water and watch it fizz, this makes my son so happy.

Yummy Spoonfuls Has Secured Its Growth Path!!!!!

Stay tuned-and Pardon Our Interruption In Service While I Prepare the Bigger Kitchen to Serve You Expanded Offerings This Spring!

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From A Dream…

9 years ago after creating food in my home to feed my baby, I found myself teaching mothers how to cook for their own little ones through a program at a local hospital. Before I knew it I had mothers showing up at my home asking me to share my own home prepared foods like my mother and aunties did for me in Camaroon-using only nature’s ingredients-only the number of them outgrew my kitchen as the circle swelled. This had moved beyond helping new friends and extended family.

 

From that outpouring of response I decided to start my company Yummy Spoonfuls, to help busy parents feed their babies high quality fresh frozen organic food made with only real organic ingredients and nothing else, not even ascorbic acid.

With you my company and vision became real.

In the past 9 years we have slowly been helping build awareness around the importance of real food, blended to a digestable level just for babies and kids. I built a certified kitchen. Whole Foods Market in South Eastern region allowed me to serve those around my home. It was all that I could do with the money I had-I quit my job and we used our savings. With fedex I was able to reach more of you with Amazon, and even sell through Dean and Deluca

I find myself in this incredible moment close to being able to share news with you that will come this spring. I will be part of a partnership with another mother who was raised like I was, on real food, mostly plants, prepared at home by her mom. We come from different countries, but were raised with similar culture and food values-and we both made America our home to raise our kids. Yet neither of us has lost the love of whole foods and real ingredients on which we were raised. I am so excited to tell you we have out grown our capacity here and God has blessed us with our amazing partnership. The downside is we need to close my kitchen to prepare our new one. For the next couple of months I am going to focus all my attention and efforts towards our new company to meet a May production date from our new kitchen so I will not be able to make your baby’s food until then. Hopefully you are putting some in your freezer-part of our convenience-remember that freezer is Nature’s Pause Button! We will be back with all types of fresh wholesome goodies for your precious and ask you to help us build our network of moms in the meantime by joining our newsletter and staying close to us on Instagram.

Please keep us in your hearts to everyday, and in your life-and know your baby’s growth will not outgrow our ability to support upcoming stages.

Sometimes in pausing we gain the oxygen to take the bigger climb. Climb with us mamas….

With love
Agatha Achindu
www.yummyspoonfuls.com

 

One Tasty Green Beans and Shrimp…

Today I’m sharing my green beans  side dish that is guaranteed to take center stage on  any occasion….Enjoy

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Sautéed Shrimp and Green Beans

Ingredients:
1lb green beans (such as French string beans)
1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 tomatos, diced (about 1 1/3 cup)
2 scallions, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, minced (I use a garlic press)
5 spring fresh parsley, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste
1/4lb large shrimp (about 16) (washed, pealed and deveined)

 

Full recipe  CLICK on TameraMowry.com

With love
Agatha
Chief Yummy Officer
www.yummyspoonfuls.com

 

THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT CANOLA OIL.

 

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Mamas I know a lot of you are trying so hard to eat and feed the kiddos better but also believe in my core that we can only do better when we know better. If you are using canola oil with the believe that it is a healthier option you need to read this post from @organic_olivia.

“Did you know that canola cooking oil is registered as a pesticide? Yes – JUST the oil itself – the one that many people eat on a daily basis. It’s sold under a product called “Earth Tone Horticultural Oil” which has only one active ingredient (canola oil) at 96%. It is approved to kill a wide variety of insects… so imagine what it does to your delicate gut bacteria when you eat it.

 The plant “canola” does not exist. Canola oil was developed from the rape seed, a member of the mustard family. Rape seed is unsuitable for human consumption because it contains a long-chain fatty acid called erucic acid that is toxic and associated with fibrotic heart lesions.

The original rape seed oil was so inedible due to erucic acid that it took 10 years for marketers to modify the plant for lower acid production, newly revealing it as “(Can)adian (O)il, (L)ow (A)cid.” 90% of canola oil today is also genetically modified to contain an herbicide within its DNA (which is why it’s registered as a pesticide).

Canola shares soy’s hormone-disrupting tendencies, and is also noted to produce cancer-causing toxic fumes when heated at generally low temperatures. Canola causes your body to rapidly deplete Vitamin E (no food should do that) – and research also shows that canola oil causes detrimental changes to blood platelets. Throw out the canola and always use coconut oil or organic ghee for medium-high heat cooking. Olive oil should only be consumed raw or at a very low heat.”

At our home as you know coconut oil, olive oil, ghee and palm oil are oils of choice, listed in the order of use.

With love
Agatha
Chief Yummy Officer
http://www.yummyspoonfuls.com

 

 

 

Scientists officially link processed foods to autoimmune disease

When we talk about processed foods, let’s start with mainstream commercial baby food (organic & non-organic) and move on up…

It has been undeniable true for decades that people who eat overly processed foods habitually suffer from higher rates of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, type 2 diabetes and the list goes on and on, statistic shows more than a third of all cancers can be easily linked back to diet. Diet related chronic diseases are amongst the top killers in America today and that is a fact sad but true.

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We all know a few people who have seen dramatic change to their overall health by a simple change of diet from processed to fresh wholesome toxin free foods but it is nice to have a good scientific evidence to support what some of us have been talking about.
What is frustrating to me as a mother and a nutrition expert is the fact that not enough emphasis is put towards educating parents about processed foods. Oh goodness! The misconception of processed foods is causing the most harm in our communities today.

Can’t tell you how many times a parent has told me, ‘we feed our family all organic foods how can my baby be sick all the time’ junk food is junk food regardless if you are paying premium for it. Mainstream commercial baby food is one of the most processed foods on planet Earth, food is cooked with an 18months- 3 years shelf live, common sense tells us these type foods are not as nutritious as freshly made food and yes now we have science to support it..

For article click here

Namaste
Chief Yummy Officer

Food is healthcare & medicine is sick-care

it is the simple reason why chronic and deadly diseases continue to grow at an alarming rate despite the fact that we live in the most affluent country in the world with top notch physicians.

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Medicine is not health care and will never be.

 We need to try our hardest to train our kids to love foods that sustain health, it could be a battle with some kids but it is worth the effort. So many illnesses and chronic diseases are preventable.
 Let’s continue to support each other, life is worth living vibrantly not always in a sick bed.

Feeding our kids fresh organic foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains beans etc along with grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish that are minimally processed prevent cancer and even block cancer growth. It also strengthens their immune system, protects them from diabetes, heart disease, obesity and maintains vibrant skin and strong bones to list a few. Healthy wholesome foods shouldn’t be an option at our homes, it should always be the first choice. We have to start believing in the old adage that we are what we eat and our kids what we feed them.

I know  jar/can  foods are so easy and convenient but our kids are paying a huge price with their health for this type of convenience , it just cannot sustain health.
Love, light and good health
Chief Yummy Officer

 

Fresh easy homemade organic finger foods for babies.

When it was time for our son to start finger food.. I knew it was an opportunity for me to help him with his fine motor skills, encourage and prepare him for self-feeding and subsequently table food.

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I knew finger foods was a fantastic gateway to the world of real foods and another perfect chance to  continue advancing his taste buds towards unadulterated wholesome foods.

It was an opportunity for me to connect all his senses with his  food, helping him experience the different smells, texture, taste etc.. To see the look on his little face when he saw a carrot and watched his expression from trying to hold the little piece to finalllllllllllllllllllllly getting it into his little mouth, then the realization that though it looked like the other orangey food he had before it tasted completely different was always priceless..

I also knew how tinny his tummy was and  the fact that he can only take so many bites a day so  I made sure every tiny bite was chockfull of nutrients .

The sky is the limit when it comes to what counts for a homemade finger food depending on how messy you want your life to be  and if the food is something baby can easily ‘gum’ down to a swallowable texture or dissolve in the mouth without ‘gum chewing’.
Here are a few of our all-time favorites , we gave our son  only homemade finger foods.. It was sometimes not the easiest thing on planet earth especially since there are so many convenient pre-package on the go finger foods but I can tell you it was truly worth the extra efforts of cleaning up a messy baby, house and cars:)

  • Banana slices
  • Avocado slices
  • Steam broccoli floret
  • Cooked peas
 (I always crushed up peas before giving to son)
  • Peeled peach chunks
  • Shredded cooked chicken
  • Cooked lentils
  • Cut up cooked brown rice
  • Cooked carrots slices
  • Small tofu slices
  • Soft chapatti pieces (thanks to Priya)
  • Cheese slices
 (real cheese)
  • Flakes of cooked fish ( cod, flounder and salmon)
  • Steam cauliflower floret

If you want to raise kids  with a healthy eating habit it starts with you proving them with healthful foods..

Note.. make sure you cut all finger foods to manageable sizes and as mentioned earlier they are foods that can be easily ‘gum’ chew by baby or it can easily dissolve  in baby’s mouth without ‘gum’ chewing.  Give foods that your baby has already eaten in pureed form to avoid unexpected allergic reactions.

Chief Yummy Officer
Yummy Spoonfuls

 

Homemade remedies for cold & cough

As kids during the cold season my mum would give us raw ginger and honey religiously every morning to keep us from getting sick. Today 40+ years later and thousands of miles away from home I am still a strong believer of homemade remedies.
My favorite during the winter months is my ginger, turmeric and raw honey brew, it works wonders for us.

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Chop fresh ginger and turmeric root (about a thumb each) and pour 8oz of boiling water over and let brewed for 10 minutes. Then strain it out and add raw honey to taste. If you are not familiar with the health benefits of these super power roots look them up and your cold seasons will never be the same. What is your favorite home remedy for the cold?

There are so many healing foods full of anti-inflammatory and anti-viral compounds that will work wonders for your common cold and cough without the side effects you get from medicine, check out this fantastic list from Rodale News

Yummy Homemade Recipe for Baby’s first Christmas!

There is an innate satisfaction within us as parents that we all experience when our babies reaches each and every milestone, from something as simple as their very first smile to a huge challenge as starting solid,  baby’s first Christmas is another milestone that is celebrated with so much love and fanfare. Here is a simple recipe for you to make Christmas more memorable for your little eater.

This recipe is so easy to follow and requires very little fuss so even the most kitchen-shy mama can make this.  Make sure you roast your pumpkin, I know it takes longer but oh man the taste from it being caramelized in the oven is priceless, your precious baby will appreciate the difference in taste. This is that concentrated taste Yummy Spoonfuls babies love.

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Ingredients for Baby 4-9 months

Butternut squash (1 small)
Cold pressed coconut oil (half teaspoon)
Dash of cinnamon optional

Wash, cut squash in half, scope out the seeds, pat it all over with oil, bake face down on an oiled or parchment lined sheet on 375 for 30 minutes. Turn your squash an dust it with a little cinnamon and let bake for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and scoop out roasted squash in a bowl.

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Mush up to your baby’s food texture and serve.

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For babies 9-12month
Butternut squash (1 small)
Cold pressed coconut oil (half teaspoon)
Dash of cinnamon optional

Spinach –(2 cups
Onion- ( half small onion chopped)
½ teaspoon coconut oil
Piece of moist chicken / fish optional or a tablespoon of flaxseed

Wash, cut squash in half, scope out the seeds, pat it all over with oil, bake face down on an oiled or parchment lined sheet on 375 for 30 minutes. Turn your squash an dust it with a little cinnamon and let bake for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and scoop out roasted squash in a bowl and set aside.

Sauté chopped onions in coconut oil  at medium heat until translucent and aromatic, add spinach, try not to overcook, add chicken or fish mix well and set aside  if squash is not ready.

Mix with roasted squash and blend to child’s food texture..


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For the adults in the house (true story- this was lunch today)
Follow steps 1 and 2 then sprinkle some cheese and baked just to melt cheese and enjoy, want it extra sweet drizzle grade b maple syrup and enjoy.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Chief Yummy Officer

www.yummyspoonuls.com 

 

 

 

What might be lurking in your baby’s cereal box!

ALERT..another baby cereal with bugs and green gooey stuff found at the bottom. .what is so sad is that baby was throwing up every time she eat her cereal but parents never could figure out what the problem was, thought it was reflux

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We saw this not to long ago with warms in cereal and mold in juice box, mamas don’t let your baby eat or drink directly from a container that you can’t see the bottom of. .you never know what might be lurking inside. To read more about this story click here

We will continue to make  fresh  food in small batches.  to read more about our fresh organic meals or to place an order visit our website

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