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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.
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The food we feed our kids and the impact on their health!

Screen shot 2014-08-22 at 12.21.28 PMThis video will show the impact of the food you feed your kids and their health. Diet is the most important way to keep a child’s immunity and defense mechanisms working, unless chronically or unusually ill babies are born with a powerful immune system that can be maintain with nutritious foods free of harmful toxins but unfortunately we live in a time when feeding our kids healthy wholesome food needs  extra effort and commitment. This video will make you think every time you feed your kids   Link to video

 

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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.

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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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What is in season in July..Eating healthy on a budget..

Here is what is in season in JULY, the abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive and oh boy it also taste a lot better. If you have never been to a local farmers market  you should try and make a trip, nothing taste better than freshly harvested  produce from a local farm.  Want to save money and eat more healthy organic foods on a budget then become a seasonally eater.. I try and avoid buying out of season produce, only exception would be frozen items.. The reason being that out of season produce are either imported or grown in a hot-house and in both instances they don’t taste as good as my locally grown..

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Vegetables

  • Arugula
  • Beet
  • Bell peppers
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Fruits:

  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Melon
  • Mulberries
  • Nectarines
  • Passion fruit
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Strawberries

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Do you know what vegetable flavors your kids likes/dislike?

Knowing your vegetable flavor families might help in getting your kid(s) eat their veggies.. They might not like grassy, sweet or spicy tasting but love buttery, tart and pungent vegetables. There are so many varieties out there to please even the most finicky eater.. keep looking and don’t give up.. See helpful  chart below 

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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.

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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..

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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

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