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May 28, 2015

Chia Pod’s and How “Unhealthy” They Are (NOT)

by jem614

I recently received this letter in my son’s lunch pack after picking him up from school.  I was flabbergasted to think that a Chia Pod would be deemed unhealthy and considered a chocolate treat.   Mind you, last week, I sent in a sugary 24 mg (sugar) coconut yogurt with chocolate and received no response.
Yogurt is fine but apparently chia with cacao is not?  I don’t know if this is the new Michelle Obama plan that everyone has been complaining about but something obviously needs to be done about educating our schools and teachers on superfoods and healthy alternatives, etc.  12 mg. of sugar is actually less than most yogurts and Chia provides things like Calcium, antioxidants, etc.
You can be sure that I sent a note right back to the teacher with an explanation that my son cannot have milk yogurt anymore as he’s allergic, and that they would need to make concessions for the yogurt alternatives that I send.  He’s an extremely picky eater and refuses to drink almond milk or veggies so getting his calcium and vitamin D is a challenge.

I am sure it was just an oversight on their part but it definitely opened my eyes on the mis-education of the american populace.  If our children are being taught that goldfish crackers or high sugar yogurts are a better snack  than chia pods (made with 5 whole ingredients: Almond Milk, Chia seeds, water, coconut sugar and cacao), we have a lot of work to do at home.

Do you have children in the school system too?  Have you received a note about something they brought being unhealthy?  Let us know!

March 5, 2013

The Mommy Files- Mashed Sweet Potatoes as a First Meal

by jem614

Our little chunker is growing up and it’s time to start introducing solids.  We were going to wait until the baby turned 6 months (in three and a half weeks) before we started him but he’s been eating like a horse and we have decided it’s time.  Our daycare ladies are also pushing us to start soon as they see he’s asking for more and more to eat.  I have been putting them off for a couple weeks but since he’s constantly watching what we eat at home and trying to put it in his mouth, we’re going to try.

SPLast night I baked an organic sweet potato and mashed it up in our little Bébé blender.  It was bittersweet knowing that his days of “true” infancy are behind him and he’s becoming a big boy eating big people’s food.  I’m also secretly excited to watch how he reacts to every new taste he takes.  And… Bonus!  A baked sweet potato when blended was probably enough for an entire week of meals.

His reaction to sweet potatoes was mixed and I wish at these times his dad and I had decided it was ok to put his pictures online because the faces were hilarious- he kept wanting to put more in his mouth but looked like he was disgusted with it.  He only got a tiny little taste last night so tonight will be the real test!

If you’re a mom or dad, what were the first foods that you gave your child?  Did you feel pressured to feed them certain foods or start at a certain time?  Did you go organic?  If your family is a mixture of vegetarian/omnivore, will you introduce meats?


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