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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

 

Starting the Day off with Fresh Orange Juice

There is nothing like having a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning to start your kids day off with a great start. In fact, getting the kids involved in the making process will be create a fun morning exercise that will have them excited throughout their day. Exposing your kids to real food at an early age helps them fall in love with the taste of clean unprocessed food and sets a better eating habit for their life. Join us and make freshly squeezed orange juice with your little one(s):

  1. Carefully rinse Organic Oranges
  2. Tightly squeeze, roll the oranges firmly with the palm of your hand across the counter or table to soften them up.
  3. Slice the orange in half and remove the seeds
  4. Grip one of the orange halves tightly and squeeze it by hand, using a plain juicer to coax all the juice out or use a juice machine.
  5. Enjoy a yummy, cold glass of freshly squeezed, orange juice.

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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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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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Agave a threat to our health?

Despite the fact that  agave is being marketed  as a healthy alternative it poses a very real  threat especially to the diabetic population. Yes it is true that we eat too much sugar in the United States and drastically need to reduce this anyways.

The problem is this myth that has been marketed for so long that somehow ‘processed’  can also be ‘wholesome’  is ridiculous.  We have to really start paying serious attention to the foods we feed our bodies and that of our children because our health depends on it.

If you are not looking at the wholesome form of a product, in this case agave raw plant you have to research it to find out the process it was used to create the final product etc . I personally have a total dislike and distrust for any food that has been overly processed  knowing that they are always economic driven and not nutritive, there are good companies out there making commercial foods that are good for us and the planet, we have to seek  out and support them. Don’t take your hard earn money and buy death, let it find you accidentally.

The Glycemic Research Institute announced that they have halted and banned all future clinical trials of agave, and legally “de-listed” and placed a ban on agave for use in foods, beverages, chocolate and any other products, due to results of 5 years of human in-vivo clinical trials on agave. Additionally, they have warned that manufacturers who produce and use agave in products can be held legally liable for negative health incidents related to ingestion of agave.
Read full article here

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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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5 EASY WAYS TO AVOID GMO IN YOUR BABY’S DIET

Without labeling requirements for GMO ingredients in the U.S. it can be very difficult to know if you are eating GMOs. Here are 5 ways to avoid GMOs in your diet and support a more sustainable food supply.  With Yummy Spoonfuls the choice is clear, we are proudly 100% USDA certified organic and 100% GMO FREE.. Our kids are not lab rats.. Please share this post!

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95% of all chronic disease is caused by our food choices!!!!

This is so sad because it is true, reason why we are so committed in helping parents understand the connection between the food they feed their babies and the direct results through our educational workshops and also making fresh food for busy parents who don’t have he time to make theirs at home.. We are learning each and everyday about just for important our food is to our health..

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