Smoothie Challenge Wrap-Up

Melissa, May 29, 2013

  For those of you who were not aware, I have been doing a smoothie challenge put on by our very own Wean Team Expert, Tanya.  She chose 2 different “super foods” a week to create breakfast smoothies for the entire month.  I am a food lover and much prefer to chew my food rather than drink, but I was absolutely blown away with this challenge! Not only did the smoothies satisfy my hunger until lunch, I also noticed physical changes as well.  I have had so much more energy in general and have even shed a couple pounds.  I look forward to making the smoothies in the mornings now and will be carrying on with morning smoothies for the future. Tanya wrote a blog post a couple months ago about being creative and trying different mixtures in smoothies and this is exactly what I am inspired to do from now on!  Tanya is also thinking about doing another challenge in a couple months.  If you have any ideas for a food challenge that you would like to try be sure to send her a note! If you would like to learn more about what Tanya does, check our her website!

Iron & Starting Baby On Solids

Melissa, May 22, 2013

There’s a lot of debate these days on what your baby’s first food should be. Infant cereal? Meat? Avocado?? With my first child, I started with a brown rice cereal. With my second, I chose bison as her first food! I still think the infant cereals are useful, as they are a good source of iron. But meat & alternatives are a better source! The type of iron in meat is heme iron, of which 15-35% is absorbed (depending on if your blood is low or high in iron stores). The type of iron in other sources (vegetables, beans or fortified foods like infant cereals) is non-heme. Two-20% of nonheme iron is absorbed. Vitamin C can increase absorption of non-heme iron though, so serving that fortified cereal with fruit is a good idea. From 7-12 months, babies need 11mg of iron. This is more than an adult male!  It is used to transport oxygen around the body and is important for energy and brain development. Until 6 months, most babies have enough iron stores from birth. This may depend on a few factors. For example, delayed cord clamping during birth can increase the baby’s iron status. And premature babies may have low iron, and need a supplement. Even though the recommendation to start with meats/alternatives is fairly standard now, it still seems to shock parents. “Meat?! Isn’t it hard for babies to digest meat?” No. From an allergy perspective, it could also more beneficial to start babies with meat. It is likely that you know some people who are intolerant of grains – celiac disease occurs in 1 in 100 people, for example. Yet how many people do you know who are allergic to meat? You can buy meat in baby food form at stores. Or you can also make your own. Bison is higher in iron than even beef, and is leaner too. Meat can be boiled to be cooked, as boiling adds a bit of moisture. Then just get out your food processor, bullet or blender and blend the cooked meat with some fluid. The more fluid you add, the finer the puree can be. And starting at 6 months, many babies can handle a bit more texture than the super runny rice cereal. I mix the baby food with breast milk. You can add formula or water as well. The benefits of adding the breast milk include added nutrition, as well as a slightly familiar taste to your baby. Bon Apetit!

Week 1 Smoothie Challenge

Melissa, May 8, 2013

After a week of doing the Fresh NUrisment Smoothie Challenge I feel great!  Tanya makes morning smoothie recipes using 2 super foods per week!  The first week was chia seeds and spinach.  I have to say, I am pretty new at smoothie experimenting and the thought of spinach in my breakfast drink sounded terrible.  I was pleasantly surprised – not only did the smoothies taste amazing but they also kept me full until lunch and gave me lots of energy! Tanya creates full meal plans for people as well and personalizes it to likes and dislikes to that you will actually enjoy what you eat!  Check out Tanya’s website for more info!  

Think Big CONTEST

Melissa, May 6, 2013

Enter for your chance to win a ultimate Mother’s Day Prize! From May 6th to 9th take your guesses at the sizes (in oz) of our 3 newest containers. We will draw on the 10th for a winner! Get your name in the draw by leaving a comment with your guess at the bottom of this post. Get your friends thinking big by sharing the event with them and get a bonus entry into the draw! The prize? A starter kit of our new sizes! You will get an assortment of our sizes in a variety of colors! ENTER NOW!

Helpful Tips For Feeding Your Baby And Toddler

Melissa, May 1, 2013

I thought I might be fun to share some tips with you today for feeding your baby or toddler. These are tips I often share on Twitter, in workshops and in consultations.  Some of them you may have heard before, some may be new. My hope is that one or two might make meal time a little more fun for all involved. Feeding Baby Six months is not a magic age. There is nothing that happens on your baby’s six month birthday that occurs to make them ready for solids. It is a guess, a rule, but as we know now all babies follow the rules. Instead, follow your baby’s lead. If your baby does not seem ready, no worries, breast milk or formula will fulfill your baby’s nutritional needs until he is ready. Never force your baby to eat. This is disrespectful and teaches your baby to override their own hunger cues. Instead, watch your baby closely; she will cue you when she is done. Remember food introduction is about getting your baby accustomed to food, teaching him to eat and making meal time fun. It is not about nutrition. Your breast milk or formula continues to meet your baby’s nutritional needs until his first birthday. Make eating fun, stress free and watch as your baby develops a love for healthy, real food. Choose real food whenever possible when feeding your baby. Now is the time to tickle those taste buds with real food. Let them develop a taste for the subtle tastes of real food now and you will decrease the chances of picky eating later on. Feeding Your Toddler Let your toddler play with her food. Let your toddler feed herself. She learns about food by playing and feeding herself, let her do it. I know it is a little messy, but it is worth it. After your toddlers first birthday, growth begins to slow down, don’t be surprised if appetite slows down too! The two often go hand in hand. Not to mention the fact your toddler will be much more immersed in his world and sometimes stopping to eat is not on the agenda. If your toddler doesn’t feel like eating, don’t force the issue. Remember they have a really great sense of their hunger and they follow it. They will not starve. They will eat when hungry. Try not to fall into the habit of getting a different meal for your toddler if they refuse to eat the one you served. You will quickly become a short order cook. Calmly explain that what you served dinner is it, there is nothing else. She can decide to eat it or not, but there is nothing else being made. Again, she won’t starve; she will eat when she is hungry. Remember your toddler is very active and needs a constant supply of real food. Serve meals and snacks often. Keep portions small. Many a meltdown can be prevented if toddlers are well fed and are not […]

Super-Food Smoothie Challenge

Melissa, April 24, 2013

Our lovely Expert Pannel Blogger, Tanya asked if I would partake in a Smoothie Challenge that she is putting on for the Month of May. I love smoothies and challenges so I said YES! It’s not too late to join me on this challenge! I will be blogging about this every week to let everyone know some of my favorite recipes and how it is making me feel as well! Smoothie Challenge Sign Up Contact Tanya if you too would like to join! Kat =)

You’ve Reached The Finish Line!

Melissa, April 22, 2013

  Please list your answers in the comment box at the bottom of this post for your name to be entered into the draw!  Remember, you will get bonus entries for: Liking all of the retailers on Facebook Following all of the retailers on Twitter Sharing the scavenger hunt with your friends   Get Bonus Entries Here

L is for Laundry

Melissa, April 17, 2013

Make sure what you’re washing gets truly clean. It doesn’t make sense to toss your personals in the wash with conventional detergent where they will bathe in chemicals. Stop overdosing on the bad stuff and start washing with natural soap in cold water (except use some warm or hot when you are sick to get rid of the ickies right way). And then there’s the fabric softeners, dryer sheets (and even dryer balls made from PVC) which also contain some not-so-snuggly ingredients. Make sure your fresh laundry is not in fact really dirty.   TAKE ACTION Get real clean with super–concentrated, eco-effective Berry Plus laundry soap Get yourself some BaaLLS (and grab some for your friends, too!)   This blog series is created from The Alphabet of Avoidance by Lisa Borden. Lisa is a champion for change, mom of 3, and owner of Borden Communications, and she believes, “If you aren’t outraged, then you just aren’t paying attention.” You can follow her on twitter @LisaBorden for rants, raves, inspiration and information.

Flavour Your Own Yogurt

Melissa, April 10, 2013

It can be very overwhelming when it comes to purchasing the ‘right’ foods.  We are constantly bombarded with different messages about what is considered ‘healthy’.  One day we are told to purchase low fat foods and the next we are told the fat is ok but watch out for all that added sugar. The truth is quite simple…eat as many foods in their natural whole state to ensure optimal nutrient intake.  Our bodies were not intended to digest all these processed and packaged foods which are so readily available.  Unfortunately these types of food are contributing to many health conditions which are on the rise.  So the question is…where do we start? Well, a great place to start is by making better choices.  When I ask most people what types of yogurt they eat, they tell me about the flavored concoctions they find in the store: Strawberry Dream, Tropical Delight, Café Latté, etc.  I have to admit, these do sound delicious however they are not what I would consider ‘healthy’.  The second ingredient in most flavored yogurt is some form of sugar or artificial sweetener such as aspartame or sucralose. Rather than overload our bodies with unnecessary sugars or artificial sweeteners, we can easily make our own yogurt which is a much healthier option.   All you need: -Large container plain yogurt (2%, Greek, Goat or Sheep*) -Fruit of choice (bananas, berries, pineapple, mango etc.) -Other options (cocoa powder, natural peanut butter or almond butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, etc.) -Natural sweetener (raw honey, pure maple syrup, etc.) *Goat and sheep dairy is easier for most individuals to digest. Mix all ingredients in a food processor or by hand.  Store in fridge and enjoy for snacks or breakfast.  Use your creativity to come up with new flavours that the whole family will enjoy!   Chocolate, PB & Banana 1 large container plain yogurt (750g) 1 mashed ripe banana 4 TBSP natural PB 3 TBSP cocoa powder 1 TBSP raw honey   Strawberry Vanilla 1 large container plain yogurt (750g) 1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, rinsed 1 TBSP vanilla extract 1 ½ TBSP pure maple syrup   Lemon Delight 1 large container plain yogurt (750g) 2 lemons (I used the juice of Meyer Lemons – Absolutely delicious!) Zest of 1 lemon 3 TBSP raw honey ½ TBSP almond extract   Learn more about Fresh NUrishment today! 

You’re Invited….

Melissa, April 5, 2013

  Get a bonus entry into the draw for each task you complete below: Like all the retailers involved in the party on Facebook Follow all the retailers involved in the party on Twitter Share the invite with your friends via social media  

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