Archive for ‘For Kids’

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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May 19, 2011

EnviroKidz Organic, Gluten-Free, Gelatin-Free Crispy Rice Treats

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

It’s rare to find a product that is sold nationwide, but still holds that family oriented, local farming mentality. Founded in 1985, but with much older roots dating back to the 1930’s, Nature’s Path (the owners/creators of EnviroKidz) have built a company through years of dedicated organic farming and family values. I was impressed reading through their quaint, but ample website that they have such strong connections with their workers and farmers. If you have a few moments, I would suggest you read through it a little too. I’ve included a link at the bottom of this post.

When you can place a story with the product you pick up in your hands, whether in a farmer’s market or in a grocery store, something special happens. The product is no longer just a cereal bar, just a piece of fruit, just a bag of rice – it becomes your connection with the hands that made it. And that makes enjoying the product just a little sweeter.

Opening the packaging of the crispy rice treat this morning, I was immediately greeted by the wafting scent of fresh fruit. I turned over the package and re-read the ingredients, noting that the bar contains both fresh freeze-dried raspberries and blueberries. Freeze-dried doesn’t always invoke the most pleasant of thoughts, but in this bar they are lovely. All ingredients are also USDA approved organic and gluten-free. While I don’t have children, I immediately thought why other products aren’t this health-conscious. This is what we should be feeding our children – not chemicals and preservatives, basically poisons.

Nothing artificial, almost vegan (it includes organic honey), made from gluten-free organic brown rice flour and tastes better than any other crispy rice treat out there. I don’t think a healthier sweet snack exists.

Visit http://www.EnviroKidz.com/ to check out their site, I really was impressed with the scope of their dedication to organic farming. Nature’s Path will also donate 1% of all proceeds to an environmental or children’s educational charity for every product you purchase.

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