Category Archives: Yummy parent

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

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

Ramen Noodles Cause Heart Disease!

Screen shot 2014-09-07 at 12.50.41 AMIf you are still eating ramen noodles you want to read this article. .Scientists reveal it cause heart disease, stroke and metabolic syndrome. Please share with friends and family, it is frustrating to see products like this in our food supply chain..
Link to article

Thanks and have a wonderful day

Chief Yummy Officer

 

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

What is lurking in your box of baby cereal, maggots?????

Screen shot 2014-08-21 at 9.45.08 AMTo all parents feeding babies anything from a box or pouch, you want to watch and share this video…here is one of the many reasons you need to pour out into a bowl or cup anything you are feeding your baby, you never know what is lurking inside, from mold to maggots and who knows what.. Here again is why we go through the trouble of making fresh food for our precious kids.. To think this is food for babies is disgusting..

‘This a must watch for all mothers. I am serious. I just opened a brand new box of Parent’s Choice baby cereal (wasn’t outdated) and still wrapped in plastic. Once I tore off the plastic and opened it, I thought I saw something inside of there. I assumed it was a piece of cardboard until it started to move. Yes that’s right I said move. Inside the box was meal worms or maggots, something like that, and not one, but several. I poured it all out in a glass bowl and was shocked”… Link to video Joni Baker

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Why food pouches SUCKS, A must read by a mom.

food pouches-dangerAs a mother and nutrition expert this was the frustration that lead me to start teaching workshops in the late 90s (still do) and subsequently Yummy Spoonfuls our fresh from scratch organic baby food company was launched. if you feed your baby food from pouches  that you didn’t make at home you want to read this. If you have been to any of my workshops you have heard me talk about this , if you can please make your own baby food or buy fresh, these type of food might come in handy once in a while when you are totally strap for time but by no means should it be the food you feed your baby day in and day out.

This is a great article by  
Recently, I—and apparently a lot of other parents, too—have stumbled across a seemingly brilliant solution to this problem: spoutedblended fruit andvegetable pouches. (The annual revenue of Plum Organics, one of the first companies to sell these products, grew from $200,000 in 2008 to $39 million in 2011, according to Forbes.) Parents everywhere—including all-organic, anti-processed-food types—are raising tots who have plastic pouches growing out of their mouths, and can you blame them? The snacks are convenient; they’re virtually spill-free; they’re ubiquitous (on sale at Starbucks!); and they’re pure blended fruit and vegetables, so we can feel good about giving them to our kids.

I looked into these snacks last week, and I was sad to learn that they’re not as perfect as they seem. Certainly, if you’re choosing between a BuddyFruit Pure Blended Fruit To Goand a chocolate chip cookie, then God yes, pick the BuddyFruit.

Read full article here Slate.com

The moment you start asking questions is when change happens!!

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And also ask is this going to nourish? is it real food? will this provide the nutrients or is this for fun? what is this ingredient that I can’t pronounce and have never heard about? etc.. the moment we start asking these questions is the moment we start making better choices.. We are what we eat and our kids what we feed them.

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Cree’s mommy Actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict talks Yummy Spoonfuls with People.com

When it was time for solid food Instant Mom  Actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict knew she wanted the freshest foods for her baby but her busy schedule didn’t afford her the time to cook his meals so she turned to Yummy Spoonfuls.. We are so excited to hear how  today he  loves his spinach and all the other fresh wholesome meals he eat as a baby.. Cree’s mama talks mommyhood, healthy eating  and everyday life with people.com tia-mowry-600x450 Click link people.com  for deets

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Everyday is Mother’s Day $700.00+ giveaway

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A group of the most beloved providers of services and products for mothers and babies got together to offer a bundled gift basket worth over $700 to one lucky winner to say thank you for being an awesome MOTHER

Some of the amazing goodies in the basket  to pamper both baby and mother are
A $100.00 gift towards a one of a kind 18X24 portrait by Maisie Thompson , a custom organic baby basket valued at $70.00 atlantababybaskets.com, a case of award winning fresh organic baby food including shipping plus an organic bib valued at $65.00 www.yummyspoonfuls.com , $100.00 gift certificate to amazing green make-up www.lamik-beauty.com, a $50.00 gift certificate from http://www.izzymaternityclothes.com, with summer around the corner, 2 cases (60 total) of organic tea/juice boxes and t-shirts valued at $70.00 from www.littlemetea.com, we also have a personalized Mommy Pendant valued at $149.00 http://www.themommypendant.com, Free 1 month subscription worth $49.99 to http://www.austinlloyd.com and 5 packs of NumNum valued at $50.00 by http://www.numnumdips.com/

 

This giveaway is in NO way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook. By entering this giveaway you release them from any liability. Open to the US.)

Here is how to enter:
Upload a picture of you and baby to our Face Book page
Take a minute to like all the wonderful companies in the basket
www.facebook.com/AtlantaBabyBaskets
www.facebook.com/lamikcosmetics
https://www.facebook.com/yummyspoonfuls
http://tinyurl.com/izzymaternity
www.facebook.com/littlemetea
https://www.facebook.com/mommypendant
http://www.facebook.com/austinlloydbox
www.facebook.com/numnumdips

You have from May 9th through May 16TH to garner as many likes as possible to help you move to the next round..

Monday May 19th we will select the top 10 photos with the most likes

Monday May 26th we select the top 3 pics with the most likes

Ends Friday May 30st

Winner with the most likes will be announce Saturday.

This is gift from moms in business (sponsors) and not affiliated with face book.

Breeding Nutrition Out of Food?

real-food-todayWe live in a society where convenience triumphs over everything else and we are paying a huge price for it. We want everything fast including the food we eat, babies are being fed 2 yrs old cooked food, extra hormones in poultry to fatten it up so we get a 6 week old size bird in ½ the time, produce is harvested way to early to bring to market, chemicals in our soils, fillers in our food, synthetic colors in our food because it is cheaper than using real food colors, the list goes on and on not to mention the horrors of GMO.

New York Times delve deeper into the issue of breeding nutrition out of Food, take a read link to NYT

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/breeding-the-nutrition-out-of-our-food.html?_r=0

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