Back to School Must Haves | Giveaway

Posted on August 07, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 5 Comments

Head back to school with everything you need to start the year off on the right foot. Little Green Pouch are perfect for smoothies, yogurt, and applesauce. Add a frozen pouch to your kiddo’s lunch in the morning and, like magic, it will be perfectly defrosted by lunch.

To celebrate back to school season, we're giving away a Little Green Pouch Starter Kit along with an adorable backpack and a Target gift card to pick up those last minute must-haves. Enter below for your chance to win. 

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Summer Bingo - Fun Summer Activity Ideas

Posted on June 15, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

Ahhh, summer vacation. We have a love-hate relationship with you. We love family vacations, longer days, and a slower schedule. But some days we find ourselves struggling with ways to fill our days. Thank you to all the teachers out there whose endless creativity and patience keep our children engaged, active and happy all school year. 

Enter Summer Bingo. Here's how it works:

  1. Create a simple Bingo board (or download ours).
  2. Fill each square with activities you and your kids will enjoy.
  3. Fill a jar or envelope with "bingo balls" (pieces of paper with B1, etc. written on them). Those can be found in our template, too. 
  4. When you have a day with nothing planned, let one of your kids pull a number from the jar and whichever square is selected, that's what you are doing.

Activity Ideas:

  • Go see a movie
  • Picnic at the park
  • Run through the sprinklers (unless you live in California)
  • Go to the zoo
  • Take a hike
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Put on a play
  • Build a fort

Here's a list of 200 free summer activities to get the ideas flowing.

 

 

Posted in Activities for Kids, Kids, Summer

The Art of Grocery Shopping with Kids

Posted on April 03, 2014 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

Emily Peterson of Simply Possible Health Coaching, shares her tips on the art of grocery shopping with kids. A certified health coach and holistic health practitioner, Emily has studied with international health and wellness leaders including doctors Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, and David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.

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Posted in Clean Fifteen, Dirty Dozen, Grocery Shopping with Kids, Guest Post, Kids, Real Food, Real Foodies

Real Food Making a Real Difference

Posted on March 04, 2014 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

During our Real Food series, we have covered the benefits of eating and cooking Real Food. It is clear the nutritional value of Real Food is superior to that of processed foods. But if you are on our site, you probably already know that. What about when it goes beyond that? Can Real Food make a real difference? We think so and so does today's guest blogger, Meredith from In Sock Monkey Slippers. We invite you to read Meredith's story about the impact Real Food has had on her daughter's health and wellbeing. And then head into the kitchen and make her recipe for Carrot Apple Ginger Yogurt.



"I've always had a passion for food and cooking fresh but it wasn't until I had a family that I saw the importance of it all. Five years ago, I had a beautiful baby girl. She was born 16 weeks early at 24 weeks gestation and weighed only 1 pound. A hard road was ahead of her but she came through it fighting all the way. Her biggest and most severe complication to overcome was a digestion problem called Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening  condition where the small bowel dies. She pulled through like a champ but for the first few years we had to strictly monitor what foods she ate. At the advice of her gastroenterologist, we stayed away from processed foods, additives, and dyes that would only cause her pain because she was so sensitive. We mostly did this anyway but now we were on alert. It became shocking how often anything processed contained a long list of man-made additives and it became even more apparent how important it was to choose fresh real foods. As my daughter got older she relied on every single calorie. At the age of 3 she weighed less than an 18-month-old. To give her anything processed was a joke as it did nothing nourishing for her. What was the point?

Today, she is a healthy and active little girl with a huge palate. She enjoys real foods and is far from a picky eater — something I truly believe has to do with feeding her a wide variety of FRESH foods from the very beginning. I am very thankful for every doctor that had a hand in saving her but I am grateful to her first gastroenterologist for putting me on the real food track and opening my eyes."


Posted in 100 Days of Real Food, Guest Post, Kids, Pouches Out and About, Real Food, Success Stories

Baby Food: Fresh versus Shelf-Stable

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Amanda Holliday | 83 Comments

As the owners of a fresh baby food business and a reusable food pouch company, we have the pleasure of meeting with many parents and discussing healthy foods for babies and young children. “How is fresh (or homemade) baby food different than the organic baby food in jars or pouches” is a question we get asked a lot. It’s a good question and we always enjoy the opportunity to discuss the difference. We believe knowledge is a very powerful tool and our goal is to share what we know and then let parents decide what makes the most sense for their family given their individual circumstances and nutritional beliefs.

Before we begin, let us first define “shelf stable”. Shelf stable is a term we use to describe foods that have been prepared or processed in such a way that allows for long-term storage without the need for refrigeration. The processing of pouched or jarred baby food involves the use of extremely high temperatures in an effort to kill bacteria and other harmful pathogens. The food is then sealed to create an oxygen free environment that makes it impossible for bacteria to grow (with the exception of Clostridium botulinum, a bacterial strain with the ability to cultivate without the presence of oxygen). These extreme temperatures are believed to have a negative impact on the concentration of certain heat sensitive vitamins and minerals.

Fresh on the other hand refers to foods that are either uncooked or cooked using conventional methods. Freshly prepared foods, such as baby food, must be stored cold and consumed within a shorter time frame. 

When purchasing from local fresh baby food companies or making homemade baby food, you have the ability to take advantage of local produce. Using local ingredients affects the nutritional content of fruits and veggies, which naturally decreases between the time they are harvested and the time they are consumed. Since local produce does not have to be transported as far, it can also be picked closer to peak ripeness when nutrients are most dense. In most cases it is not clear where mass-produced organic baby food companies source their ingredients. We don’t know how long the fruits and vegetables have been stored or how far they have travelled. Many certified organic fruits and vegetables grown outside of the U.S. are actually sprayed with pesticides post-harvest before they enter the United States. However, this does not change their organic certification. Further, foreign countries are still using chemicals that are currently banned in the United States.

Supporting local farmers is better for our environment and local economy. Many local farmers have strong connections to their land and minimize their impact on the environment by using sustainable practices, such as no-till agriculture and composting. Minimal travel distances and packaging for their farm products also contribute to the well being of our environment. Food grown locally, processed locally, and distributed locally generates jobs and subsequently helps stimulate local economies. For these reasons, there are many organizations popping up today to help foster and support local food systems, such as Good Eggs and Slow Money.

In addition to using local ingredients, some fresh baby food businesses use compostable packaging. Their foods as well as homemade baby food can also be packed in a reusable food pouch such as the Little Green Pouch. While store bought disposable pouches may be a convenient choice, the pouches are not recyclable and create a lot of waste. In addition to being an eco-friendly pouch solution, the Little Green Pouch is ideal for on-the-go freshness. 

Finally, we can’t ignore the fact that locally made fresh purees and homemade purees contain a wider variety of flavors and textures than shelf stable pouches and jars. Fresh herbs and spices can be used to entice developing palettes and foster more adventurous eaters. It is well known that babies need fat for optimal brain development.  Therefore, fats such as butter, olive oil, coconut milk and coconut oil can also be incorporated. Meats providing protein and easily absorbed sources of iron are also great additions as well as the use of fresh vegetable stock and even bone broth instead of water for additional flavor and a nutritional boost.

Based on the information presented, we realize you still need to find a balance that makes sense for you and your family. For some, homemade baby food may not be an option for one reason or another. For others, they may find that their baby only wants to eat out of a pouch. Well, we are happy to tell you that you have options. As mentioned several times, many fresh baby food businesses are popping up all over the country these days. There are even three right here in the Bay Area. And, if you need the convenience of a pouch, we strongly suggest you give the Little Green Pouch a try. This reusable squeeze pouch is perfect for homemade baby food, smoothies or yogurt as well as fresh purees from local baby food companies. 

Posted in Go Green, Kids, Little Green Pouch, Must Haves, Pureed Contents, Shout Out

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