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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

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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.

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What might be lurking in your baby’s cereal box!

ALERT..another baby cereal with bugs and green gooey stuff found at the bottom. .what is so sad is that baby was throwing up every time she eat her cereal but parents never could figure out what the problem was, thought it was reflux

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We saw this not to long ago with warms in cereal and mold in juice box, mamas don’t let your baby eat or drink directly from a container that you can’t see the bottom of. .you never know what might be lurking inside. To read more about this story click here

We will continue to make  fresh  food in small batches.  to read more about our fresh organic meals or to place an order visit our website

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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

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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

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Better breakfast and quinoa pancake recipe

quinoa pancakeWhat we put in our stomachs or feed our kids first thing in the morning sets the standard for the rest of the day, which makes breakfast the most important meal you can eat.Morning nutrients are essential because they affect how we look, feel, our energy level, brain power, alertness, our mood (happy, sad, lethargy, etc)…not to mention the body’s ability to fight off offenders.

Trying to eat and feed our kids a healthy wholesome breakfast can be a huge challenge for busy parents who are limited on time. There are a myriad of packaged ready-to-eat breakfast foods out there – everything from box cereals and breakfast bars to frozen pancakes/waffles and biscuits – all touting to be healthy though statistics continue to prove the contrary..Continue reading for recipe

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Organic banana blueberries spelt pancakes

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This happened today for breakfast, banana blueberries spelt flour pancakes. Okay so we know fresh from scratch meals are more nutritious but let’s not talk about nutrients, let’s focus on taste.

Nothing beats the taste of made from scratch pancakes. …Seriously the moment you make fresh pancakes from scratch is that very moment you are going to stop buying pancake mix or frozen.

I remembered once I tried pancake at a friend and I knew from the very first bit it was from a box even though it was an organic mix. You will see from this recipe how easy it is to make, this took me less than 30 minutes this morning, pancakes are not like cake so you can easily ‘wing’ your way to a yummy meal, to thick add more liquid to light add more flour:)

Ingredients organic:
1 banana mashed
1 egg (Happy pastured)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 / 4tsp salt
1 cup almond milk ( any will do )
1 / 2 tsp vanilla Pinch of nutmeg ( not necessary but I always use)
1 cup spelt flour
Oil for the griddle
Frozen blueberries

Add all wet ingredients and mix well, add flour and mix just enough, you don’t want to over mix. I don’t mix my blueberries in the batter, I add when it is on the griddle. For this shape and size I use a measuring tablespoon to fry..see previous pic on how it looks on the griddle. I serve with warm maple syrup and banana. And if you really want to take this a set further mill your grains:)

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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

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The Toxins That Threatens Our (kids) Brains

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Many parents assume there is a rigorous testing process before a new chemical is allowed to be a part of our supply chain but truth be told there is very little evidence to support that. Our kids are being used as ‘science project’ for all these experiments and these toxic chemicals they are exposed to every day have been linked to cancer, early puberty, asthma, allergies and learning disabilities. By tackling toxic chemicals, we have a major opportunity to prevent some of these health problems. We need safer laws because our children deserve products that are free of toxic chemicals.

“We still don’t have any kind of decent law on the books that requires that chemicals be tested for safety before they come to market,” said Dr. Landrigan

We have to demand for laws that will protect our kids. Every little effort helps, don’t ever overlook the importance of any petition, the only way we are going to see change is for us to demand change. Subscribe to www.saferchemicals.org newsletter so you too can stay inform and don’t forget to call/email your congress Rep.

Here is an in-depth article by the Atlantic’s Dr.James Hamblin on some common chemicals and their effect on our brains especially those of our precious babies.

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Cows eat grass and Chickens corn in the rest of the world but America ..

This is what is wrong with our food supply chain, our push for cheap food is completely changed our food culture. What is frustrating is that millions of very intelligent people still buy into this crazy idea of cheap food AKA  ‘food-like products’  So much money is being spent into making cheaper food, why don’t we invest this money into making real food more accessible?

Here is a 30 minutes video documentary detailing some of the problems we face today from  click here

 

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