FED TO FAIL
That’s the title of the UNICEF article my friend Adenike sent me and in her words ‘This is not just the Gospel according to CoachE’. UNICEF agrees too’
N.B This post was first published on this blog in October 2021
Fed to fail? Not you, Chileeeeeeee
In this blog I will be sharing with you five simple meals you can feed your kids, from literally after you introduce solids and semi-solids (with some slight mods) and actually FEED TO WIN!!!
I recently launched one of our programs specifically aimed towards the kids, for our moms in the Jesus Girls’ Nation. The steps leading up to it were exciting as I had to create new recipes and more, some of it amazingly simple, for these moms. 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗮 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝟱 𝘀𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗸𝗶𝗱𝘀.
I also want to give you PERMISSION to BE THE MOM!!! If it won’t kill them, then they need to start to get their taste buds used to it, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘠𝘛 𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵, 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘨𝘰 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵.
The BEST help is actually in the NOURISH AND FLOURISH MOMS CLUB so if you are ready to truly lock this one in and feed to win, come on over and join us
So here are those five simple meals
- Boiled Plantain and Egg sauce
We are so used to always frying plantain to give our kids, but boiled plantain is such a delicacy. Plantain on its own is sweet, whether fried, grilled or boiled so please boil to win.
Pro tip: make sure it is fully ripe and boil it with the skin, and add a little salt. Don’t overcook too.
Serve this to your kids with any sauce, but I prefer to serve mine with egg sauce as it double fills them up
- Fruity Nutty oats
Universally known as a super food, this is one ‘cereal’ we need to be giving our precious babies at least 3 to 4 times a week, and this can go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I make my oats exciting by adding any combination of these; shredded coconut, shredded or diced apples, diced kiwi, mashed banana, unsweetened yogurt, grapes, sugar-free raisins and more. Gosh, so yum.
Recently, I started to mix in acha with my oats as my kids didn’t take well to acha alone, and I figured I could be creative as I didn’t want them missing out on it. Please check out the YT video for more tips to introducing new foods in.
3.Beans and corn
Phew. Popularly known as adalu, but I don’t use the canned sweet corn as it has sugar added to it. What I do instead is boil my own fresh corn (or you can buy boiled corn in season), then I take the portion I want to add to the beans out and boil again in coconut or tigernut milk (you can use regular milk but my kids do plant-based milk and I generally prefer it), then I could add a little dates paste to it to sweeten, bypassing the sugar in the canned sweet corn, then I add my already cooked beans when the water is little, keeping the heat low, stirring for a short while till it is all incorporated and then serve.
Gosh, it is UNBELIEVABLY yum. God knows how I keep pinching from it haha.
BEST part is knowing that is 100% HEALTHY
4.Beans and Plantain
Permit me to stay on beans because most of us moms complain that our kids don’t like beans, which is why I am nagging. Instead of letting them miss out on the super rich source of iron from this wonderful legume, we have to find more kid-friendly ways to serve.
i don’t cook the plantain with the beans, instead I cook the beans and set aside. Then very similar to the adalu method above, I boil the over ripe plantain in little water on low heat, with some salt and crayfish, or I could use chicken or fish stock. Then when it is all cooked, usually in 5 to 7 mins, and mashy, I take the portion of the beans they need and add to it, mixing it nicely, then serve.
That beans is spoon-licking delicious and I find it more delicious this way than when I cook the plantain with the beans from the beginning
Make sure the plantain is overripe though.
5.Boiled and grilled Irish potato and egg sauce
I especially LOVE this meal as the store bought French fries holds nothing to it. This is hands down more delicious and of course healthier by 100%. Btw, I did a post on store bought French fries and its dangers here.
ChildNutrition: The Dangers Of Store-bought Frozen Fresh Fries
I am so thankful it is not a meal we spend money on at home.
So for this recipe, boil your Irish potato in chicken or fish stock. You can cut it in the shape you want before boiling. don’t over boil please, then drain the water, let it cool and then you sprinkle any spices you want (fish powder, turmeric, black pepper or any, so far your kids agree with it) then toss into the oven or air fryer and let it crispify that yummy goodness.
When this is done and you taste it, you will kiss store-bought fries with all its dangers buh-bye forever.
Ok that’s all I can share here.
Join the NOURISH AND FLOURISH MOMS CLUB and let’s rock this healthy lifestyle out. Best part is how everything for kids can also be eaten by adults, so you get two for the price of one.
Let’s nourish our children today and watch them flourish tomorrow
And don’t forget to check out the corresponding YT video where I share more tips on how to truly FEED TO WIN with your kids.
Oh and hey, on my mummy blog, there is more goodness.
I share five foods you really need to drastically reduce to eliminate RIGHT NOW from your kids diet as an act of love for your kids and good stewardship to God for giving them to you.
𝐎𝐤, 𝐈 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬, 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐅𝐀𝐑𝐌 𝐭𝐨 𝐓𝐀𝐁𝐋𝐄. 𝐋𝐨𝐨𝐤, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐲 𝐠𝐢𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞. 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐬.
Cheers to your BEST Farm2Table Life
President, Jesus Girl’s Nation