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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

 

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

Steps to remove wax and dirty film from your fruits.

Cleaning fruit – fill sink with water, add 1 Cup apple cider vinegar, mix. Add all fruit and soak for 10 minutes. Water will be dirty and fruit will sparkle with no wax or dirty film. Great for berries too – keeps them from molding.

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Getting kids to eat their vegetables blissfully

We know that our children need a highly nutritive diet to fuel their rapid development and growth ensuring that they grow to their full genetic potential.
We also know that this can be a huge challenge when you have kids who won’t eat their vegetables.  As a mom with veggie loving kids, I can honestly tell you from experience that it is very possible to get your kid (s) to eat their vegetables, all you need is time along with a variety of vegetables, don’t give up after a few tries, it might take up to 90 attempts to get you child to accept or show liking to a particular taste. I am not a strong believer of the  ‘sneaking in’ concept because of 2 things,

1)    it gives the illusion that your kid (s) is actually eating their vegetables but they are honestly not getting enough.
2)    You end up not training your kid to eat their vegetables since the little veggies are usually buried in something sweet..

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That said here are some easy ways that you can incorporate veggies into your kids diet that they can’t resist.. There are enough vegetables in the market to find one that your kid (s) go gaga over. Possibilities are endless, just keep trying..

  • Popsicles (carrots, beets and apple) don’t limit your self
  • Smoothies
  • Pasta sauce
  • Soups
  • Homemade chips like bake kale etc
  • Pancakes (sweet potato pancakes or squash)
  • Breads like zucchini
  • Homemade carrot muffins sweeten with apple sauce (store bough comes with too much sugar and very little carrot)
  • Use butternut squash to replace  some of the cheese in mac N cheese
  • Cauliflower to replace some shredded cheese in pasta
  • Get a food dehydrator and make chips
  • Give them raw vegetables with fun homemade dips
  • Salads with

When all else fails then you lead by example, eat your veggies everyday and slowly the kid (s) will do the same, they all want to be like their parents.

As parents we face many issues, but diet and health remains a fundamental priority. After all, feeding our kids is the first, most basic thing we do to raise them right.

Chief  Yummy officer

11 vegetables for kids, our boys favorites.

Nutrition research shows that eating a diet rich in fresh vegetables reduces the risk of many chronic diseases.  Vegetables provide a wealth of nutrients that are very critical for optimal health. They contain the necessary essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and trace minerals our kids needs to build a strong immunity, which is the best defense against diseases.                                                bountiful-harvest

The way vegetables are prepared has everything to do with the nutrients your kids are getting; they should be very minimally processed. Try avoiding canned/jars/pouch if possible since the heating that is part of the canning process destroys many vital nutrients, frozen are a good option is fresh is not available. Do not overcook your veggies when you steam (never boil) it at home. When it comes to vegetable my philosophy is that if it grows in a clean soil we can eat it but below are our kids all time favorites..

Here are 11 top nutritious vegetables that our boys LOVE.

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Chard
  • Winter squash
  • Brussels sprout
  • Dandelion greens
  • Sweet potato

All dark green leafy greens you can lay your hands on at your farmers market are also great. When we use lettuce at home I make sure it is romaine since they turn to be more nutritional then any other variety.

 Chief Yummy Officer

A well stocked pantry is the best form of preventive medicine!!

“A well stocked pantry is the best form of preventive medicine known to man” With the kids at home for summer break having healthy wholesome foods, snacks and treats readily available is a sure way to getting them eat healthy.

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A well-stocked pantry is invaluable especially during the summer break with a house full of kids. It is very easy to get the kids to eat healthy if healthy is the only choice they have at home. My husband and I keep a ‘junk’ free house and our boys are used to eating what we have at home since we don’t stock conflicting options…

From raw nuts, popcorn kennels, homemade dried fruits and vegetables (we use a small food dehydrator), whole fruits like apples, banana, oranges, kiwi, peaches, homemade muffins sweeten with maple syrup or applesauce just to name a few we have them handy at home.

Hope you take the time to prepare a healthy summer for you and your family and that starts with a well-stocked pantry..

Chief Yummy Officer

Is your baby’s yogurt a healthy option or candy bar?

Yogurt can be a very healthy food or candy bar depending on which you are feeding your baby. It’s packed with potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins B2 and B12, protein and vitamin D as well as probiotics, the healthy bacteria is beneficial to the digestive system of both adults and babies alike.
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One cup of yogurt contains 400 milligrams of calcium, more than milk, and will provide more potassium than a banana, however because off all the added stuff this ends up not being so healthy after all.
Sugar should NEVER be the 2nd ingredient in any food you are feeding your baby..

Yogurt is another example where manufacturers have taken a healthy food and made it into an unhealthy treat, by adding a ton of sugar, artificial flavors and colors, extenders and fillers and preservatives that it almost could double as a candy bar.

Yogurt can be a wonderful additional to your kids diet but it will depend on the type you provide.

My suggestion is that if you have the time try making yours at home using a starter kit from your local farmers market or co-op.  If that is not an option, here is what is important when buying mainstream commercial yogurt.  Go with plain organic yogurt with nothing else added to it, for example no sugar, fillers, preservatives, color etc

At our home we buy plain organic yogurt  (grass fed if animal base and non-GMO for plant base) and sweeten it with raw honey or 100% maple syrup, we add fresh or frozen fruits (for your baby you can add puree fruits (Yummy Spoonfuls)

Again just to reiterate my point, yogurt can be either a healthy addition to your kids everyday diet or a once in a while indulgence depending on your choices..

Here is what is on my label.. Organic pasteurized whole milk, live yogurt cultures, only TWO ingredients

Obesity and poor nutrition the new global threat????

I am not sure why obesity and poor nutrition  is just now being considered a new threat, this issue has been impacting our immediate communities and the world at large for decades. The frustrating part about the ‘NEW’ epidemic is that these are both very preventable issues that can so easily be corrected with a change of our  food supply and a little education..

For a nation with as many diet related diseases it makes you wonder if this is economics driven.. The good news is that parents are slowly becoming AWAKEN and taking nutrition more seriously, it is becoming more apparent that the CURE is not in the bottom of any pills bottle but in the food we eat.

It is nice to see that the United Nations is taking a step to address this issue:

The UN’s food agency on Tuesday said obesity and poor nutrition weigh heavily on the global economy and told governments that investing in food health would bring big economic as well as social returns.

Lost productivity and spiralling health care bills linked to obesity cost the world economy around $1.4 trillion a year (1.1 trillion euros), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

Improving nutrition would boost earnings, “with a benefit-to-cost ratio of almost 13 to 1,” it said, adding that some 1.4 billion people in the world are now overweight and a third of them are obese. Read the full article here

Chief Yummy Officer
http://www.yummyspoonfuls.com

The illusion of what is ‘junk’ food

The diet of the average American child consists of overly processed foods that typically has been ‘manufactured’ and sitting in a warehouse for years

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Countless scientific studies have concluded that many of the disorders that commonly affect children of the new millennium have a dietary component due to a deficiency of important nutrients they need to grow into healthy adults.  Parents usually believe that poor diet is typically associated with only ‘cheap’ ‘junk’ food but that is so far from the truth.

As parents we have to be more mindful of the ‘dead food’ diet, the illusion of  ‘health’ these ‘foods’ that has been sitting on the shelves indefinitely provides is a threat to our kids health.  Keep in mind that most processing of food is needed for economic and  not nutritive  reasons, foods that were once healthy when freshly harvested usually ends up  with little or no  nutrients left after excessive processing.

Feed your babies foods that are very minimally processed and free of harmful toxins, their health depends on it

Cheers
Chief Yummy Officer

Did you know fresh healthy food actually cost less than unhealthy food?

As a society we have been made to believe that healthy foods cost more, and that junk food AKA fast food though unhealthy cost a lot less, convenience and cost has been the two greatest allure to the masses.

Well think again, get ready to be either furious for finding out you have been paying too much money for very little or pleasantly surprise about finding out the truth and not fall prey to big company deception.

Making your own food at home is always the cheapest route and depending on what you are making the healthiest. If you must buy food make sure you are getting your monies worth, there are better options out there, do due diligence to the food you eat and feed your family like your lives depends on it because it does.
Thanks to the New York Times for this detail price comparison between McDonald’s and home cooked meal.  click  here for details

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