Category Archives: Yummy Feeding Tips

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

 

 

 

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

 

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.

Butternut-squash4Hope you and your baby enjoy this dish as much as we did.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Chief Yummy Officer

www.yummyspoonuls.com 

 

 

 

Two worlds, one problem: Educating women on good nutrition

Through a mist of faraway memories, I walk between the garden rows.  Large green leaves brush my bare legs, and the black earth is soft beneath my toes. Bees are buzzing in the clear, hot sun, sipping nectar from the golden pumpkin blossoms. I spot a cluster of beans dangling like ornaments in the shade beneath a canopy of heart-shaped leaves. I reach out my tiny hand and pluck a fat green bean. I take a bite. Juicy and sweet and tender, I could not have been happier if it had been candy.

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My mother’s farm in Cameroon, where I grew up, was a wonderland of delights. From the time we could walk, my sisters and I followed her around as she picked corn and beans, tomatoes and pumpkin. My earliest taste memories involved stolen bites of fresh vegetables, warmed and ripened by the sun. These early experiences set my eating habits for life.
Read full article here

 

 

 

Kale pineapple smoothie your picky eater will love!

If you are one of many parents out there blessed with a ‘picky eater’ that has a strong aversion for all things green, making fun yummy smoothies or fruity green juices at home might be another easy way to get them start enjoying the fresh yummy taste of vegetables.

Though sneaking in vegetables get your kids to eat a few of their veggies, it doesn’t address the problem of getting them to love vegetables which is an essential component of their diet. From my experience working with families I find that you get kids hooked on veggies when you serve it in a way they enjoy…

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I can’t tell you how many times a ‘picky eater’ with parents emphatically telling me there is no way my child will drink that green looking stuff and the look of total disbelief when kid (ssh and sometimes adults) gulps down

If you have a baby starting solid, now is the time to train them to fall in love with the taste of veggies (take it from a parent with a son who loves raw green vegetables passionately and that includes raw slimy okra), it is easier to do it when they are younger than later. ..

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With our son I made it a point to never mix fruits and vegetables to give him the opportunity to appreciate the various tastes and textures he was experiencing and a lot of my clients do the same and it works. It might take you 90 tries to get your baby to love a new taste/texture but the good news is they will eventually love it and that is so worth the effort..

Here is the recipe to make this amazing  smoothie.

At our home we prefer organic fresh produce but you are welcome to use what you have.

2 cups full of fresh pineapple chunks
1 orange  (peeled)
3 cups (packed) of kale (we do use way too much kale so you are welcome to use more or less)
1 cup of ice (optional especially if you are suing frozen pineapples)
Slice of lemon.

Blend until  creamy and serve immediately

Enjoy

Chief Yummy Officer
Yummy Spoonfuls

 

 

 

Halloween treats without the scary chemicals !

Whenever Halloween comes around I cringe just thinking about the amount of toxins that parents are going to unknowingly feed their kids, this my friends is what scares me about Halloween.

The contents of what is lurking in the trick-or-treat bags of your precious kids are horrific when you read some of the labels. Ingredients from synthetic dyes to artificial flavors and other ghastly chemicals which have been linked to many diseases including ADHD, hyperactivity in children and even some forms of cancer – Surrey University United Kingdom.

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To be quite honest these types of dangerous treats shouldn’t be in the market in the first place let alone the mouth of our kids, the good news is we can still have fun without compromising health..

Here are my favorite sweet treats without the scary ingredients, amazing toxic chemical free treats that you can buy… I love the fact that these are free of synthetic colors, food additives, artificial flavors, preservatives, MSG and GMO

Torie & Howard
Yummy Earth
Equal exchange
Funky monkey
Glee gum
Go Natural candy
Surf Sweets
Unreal candy

Chief Yummy Officer

Fresh organic food is best food for babies!

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Bonnie Bedford said it perfectly “what is best for the child is not always what is most convenient for the parent” . .

This is the best way I can think of when talking about how we feed our kids..

Today we are in such a rush about every thing, because of our need for super convenience we simply accept the fact that jarred/pouch shelf-stable pasteurized food with a 2-3 years shelf life is food suitable for babies. . .

See the huge difference between our freshly made peas and organic jarred/pouch peas. . As parents we need to fiercely demand better food options for our kids, fresh food should be the only option for all kids not just a few of us. Until we get to that point we should cook more and buy fresh food.
No child should eat food that was cooked way before they were born. We are what we eat and our kids what we feed them.

There is no parent who can happily eat a 2 year old cooked food but yet we expect our babies to eat these types of food that we as adults can’t tolerate  the taste nor the smell.

Our babies deserves better!

Chief Yummy Officer
Yummy Spoonfuls

Today’s school lunch arugula tuna wrap.

Screen shot 2014-09-10 at 11.38.57 AMToday’s school lunch for the kiddo. Tuna arugula wrap..Until we successfully give the school lunch program a healthy shakedown I will continue to pack snacks, lunch and everything in between.

This is an easy no cook meal made with whole wheat wraps….

Tune (strain out the liquid)

chopped pecans, celery and raisins, add about a teaspoon of sesame oil, mix well, lay your fresh arugula, then spread your mix and wrap. We use all organic ingredients.

Chief Yummy Officer
Yummy Spoonfuls

My top 3 back to school healthy tips.

fancy-water-oneInfused water to keep my kids properly hydrated during all their endless after-school activities. It is cheaper, healthier and a whole lot more tasty than sugary drinks.
There is really no limit to what you can do with infused water but here are my 2 favorite recipes.

Strawberry infused water: Strawberries, watermelon, slices of lemon, stevia leaf if you want it sweet, then add your water and let it infused overnight in the refrigerator .

Cucumber infused water: Cucumber, lemon, mint ( I love that you can use fresh produce from your tiny garden like we did) and water and infused over night.

 

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Breakfast is an important meal, I love sending the kids off to school with a very nutritious meal, that sets the standard for the day, from their mood to their energy level, good wholesome unrefined whole wheat  zucchini pancakes is one of our all time favorites.
100% whole wheat banana zucchini pancakes:

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 2 happy eggs
  • 1c milk (I always use almond)
  • Vanilla 1/2tsp Cinnamon 1/2tsp
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour + 2 tablespoons
  • Pinch of salt
  • Oil for skillet

Shred your zucchini, mash your banana, mix all together and fry. For the small pancakes you see on here I use a tablespoon to scoop the batter and for the large I use a 1/4 measuring cup.

 

I use every opportunity to nourish the kids so snacks are just as healthy as regular meal and smoothies are healthy super tasty snack. Here is our 9yr old son’s all time favorite snack and it is so easy to make if you have a blender..

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Ingredients (I used all organic but for the coconut water)

  • Spinach
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Ginger
  • Coconut water (use apple juice if you want extra sweet)
  • Little ice

    It is amazing how small changes like these ends up making a huge difference in your family’s health and wallet.

    Agatha Achindu
    Chief Yummy Officer
    Yummy Spoonfuls