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Kid Friendly Nourishing Savory Snacks - Part 1

Angie Needels

Want to offer your kids more healthy snack options that are easy to grab and go and will support their development, learning, play, immune and sleep? 

All of these snacks are based on a traditional way of eating, so they are either pastured, raw, cultured/fermented, and/or have healthy fats and proteins in them to bring in lots of great nutrients that will aid in keeping your child(ren) healthy and ready for another day. Many of these snacks can easily be made at home, bought in stores or online.

Please always consider the highest quality organic or pastured (no herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones or GMOs) foods for your family as an investment in your health. Reference our Traditional Foods on a Budget post to find out plenty of ways to make eating high quality whole foods easier on your pocketbook.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts with more snack ideas and simple recipes.
Next post = Kid Friendly Nourishing Beverages & Sweet Snacks... yum!

Want more ideas? Got Questions? Let me know!

SAVORY SNACK IDEAS

beef jerky / beef sticks
turkey jerky
salmon jerky, cured lox, or smoked salmon chunks
shrimp bites / niboshi (tiny dried sardines or anchovies)
hot dog bites

mini meatballs (beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken or mixed) with organ meats and veggies
chicken / turkey tenders with nut crust
sausage bites
liver pate on cucumber slices and other charcuterie
crispy chicken skins or pork rinds
bacon chips, salami chips, and prosciutto chips
roasted or cured sliced meats (roast beef, turkey, chicken, salami, etc.)
meat and cream cheese 'rolls'                                                                                                      
soft, hard or deviled pastured eggs
frittata bites or mini egg/cheese/meat muffins
parmesan chips "frico" (recipe below)
homemade savory crackers made with herbs, nuts, seeds, and cheeses
sprouted nuts and seeds / trail mix
veggie crudite (cut carrots, radish, snap peas, celery, etc.) with nut/seed butters, dips
sun-dried tomatoes
avocado
lacto-fermented dill pickle ‘sticks/chips’
olives (fresh or dried)
seaweed 
nori sheets /seaweed roll-ups
dried veggies chips (plantain, kale, brussel sprout, sweet potato, beet, mushroom)
teff injera bread 'chips'
popcorn with butter or coconut oil
pao de quejio (Brazilian cheese bread)
kabalagala (
plantain fritters)

Links for sourcing:
First check your local farmer's market. Many vendors make the markets diverse in ingredients and are conveniently in your neighborhood. For example...
HERE is the Berkeley Farmer's Market Vendor Directory. 
HERE you can find the closest Farmer's Market in your neck of the woods.

Vital Choice = seafood
US Wellness Meats = beef sticks, pork rinds
Grass-fed Beef Crisps / Jerky Chews / Caveman Fuel = jerky
Epic Bars = pemmican style snack bars
BackyardCSA = weekly traditional foods grocery with a variety to choose from
The Local Butcher Shop (Berkeley) = jerky, meat sticks and lots of charcuterie
Tara Firma Farms = (SF Bay Area) sliced deli meats
Thistle Meats = (Petaluma) sliced deli meats, pate
Sonoma County Meat Co.  = (Santa Rosa) meat

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RECIPE                                                                              

Savory Parmesan Chips (Frico)

1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 Tablespoons of fresh herbs (optional)
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

(optional) Toast sesame seeds in small skillet over medium heat, tossing continually until lightly browned.

Toss all ingredients in a small bowl. Make small clumps (approximately 1-2" in diameter) on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for approximately 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. They will be crisp once cooled. 

Enjoy as crackers or chips. 

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Primal Mama
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Thanks to Nom Nom Paleo for a super fabulous kid friendly snack foods image! We heart you!

Traditional Food on a Budget

Angie Needels

 

It can seem expensive initially when making the change to eating healthy, pure foods. However, there really are ways it can be done more economically and I'm happy to share a few things that have worked well for me and my family.

Consider eating whole foods as an investment in your health. By eating well and supporting your health, you'll have less out-of-pocket expenses on doctor's visits, missed days at work and expensive medications or supplements.

  1. Remember that you will be saving money on processed stuff you won’t be buying anymore! This is huge when you think about how much sugary boxed cereals cost, how quickly you can go through money on eating out/fast food and how expensive other packaged foods are.
  2. Meal planning. Try to sit down once a week and get a general plan for what you’ll be making for meals, then make a grocery list. If you have a thorough list, it really does cut down on the impulse buys and your time.
  3. Make foods at home. Homemade items like breads, crackers, creme fraiche/sour cream, yogurt, pickles, sauerkraut, salad dressings, condiments, soups, casseroles and snacks can be much cheaper made at home.
  4. Keep your kitchen well stocked and organized. Have extra staples on hand, so you don't have to do last minute trips to the store or pay high prices at the 'corner store'. You can keep a 'cabinet and/or freezer inventory list' on your fridge telling you what you have on hand. It may cost more in the beginning to do this; however, it will save you considerably over time.
  5. Shop at the farmer's markets. Decreasing the distance from the food source to your table, is not only more beneficial for our bodies and for our environment, it is easier on the budget by cutting out the middle man and the cost of fuel. Also, you can give yourself a budget to stick within much easier when shopping at the farmer's market. Simply allot an amount of cash you can spend and when your pocket is empty, pack up and go home. If you want even further discounts on produce, shop toward the end of the day at the farmer's market and many farmers will reduce their prices so they don't have to take their goods back to the farm. *** NOTE *** If you use food stamps or EBT for buying your foods, many farmers markets will accept those as payment now. In Berkeley they also have an amazing program called Market Match where you'll get extra free dollars to spend on produce if you use your EBT there.
  6. Buy in bulk and/or join a local co-op, buying club or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). When you buy yourself or split orders with friends, you can take advantage of deeper savings in buying in bulk and larger quantities. This can include butchered pasture raised meats, fats and oils, dried pantry goods and spices, fresh produce for drying, canning or freezing, supplements and so much more. Check out: Azure Standard and even CostCo is carrying organic products. We'll be adding a Sourcing Page to MamaKai's Wellness Resource Library in the near future, so please check back soon to find loads of great places to buy high quality ingredients.
  7. Plant a garden. Gardening is very affordable when done from starter plants and even more so when starting from seeds. Even those of you with limited space can have container gardens or fresh herb planters and subsidize your overall food costs. Take pleasure in watching your food grow right before your eyes and pick/eat it when its perfectly ripe for maximum nutrition.
  8. Buy whole foods when on sale, discounted or with coupons. Plan your meals around what whole foods are on sale. Certain stores have specific days/times when things might be on sale, ask your preferred grocers and they'll let you know their schedule. There are plenty of recipe apps, magazines and websites that you can search to find new recipes to make with the ingredients that you find on sale. Crop Mobster is a listserve which alerts you when farmer's have an abundance of produce that they need to sell quickly at discounted prices.
  9. Buy the inexpensive cuts. When buying meats, buy and use more of the cheaper cuts like ground, stew meat, shoulder cuts, roasts, shanks, organs, bone-in and sausages. Because these generally have more fats, cartilage, bones and marrow and take longer to cook they are actually going to be healthier. They'll have a wider make-up of nutrients and those nutrients will be more accessible through slow cooking techniques. Not to mention they'll be much more flavorful and comforting to eat. 
  10. Buy whole pieces of meat. A whole chicken or duck is much cheaper by the pound than the sum of it's parts. You can roast it whole to serve for a couple meals or take off the bone and add to soup or make a chicken salad. You can save all bones, skin and cartilage for making nutrient-dense broths.  
  11. Buy in Season. Out of season produce is more expensive because it is being shipped from other places. If there are things you might like to have on hand throughout the whole year, buy them in bulk when they are in season and either dry, freeze or can them for later use. Farmers have special pricing for full flats or if you buy a pound/s of a particular item.
  12. Make your own bone broths and include them in your cooking. Bone broths are very economical to make. Save bones, skin and cartilage from meat or ask for knuckle, neck, or shank/marrow bones from your butcher. Instead of buying broths that are laden with MSG and other substances to make it taste like broth, Nourishing broths are deeply healing and will make every dish (soup, stew, sauce, gravy or cooked grain) taste rich and comforting.
  13. Make meals in large batches and freeze leftovers. You can make a double batch of any dish you make. So if you're roasting a whole chicken for dinner, roast two instead. Eat one for dinner and save the other for another night. Or you can pick a day a month to make several dishes in large quantity. Package meals in single serving containers for lunches or quick dinners. Simply label the dish name, date, freeze it and thaw it later to balance with side dishes. 
  14. Eat out less. You can buy several meals at home for the price of one at a restaurant. When you make meals at home, you also know all of the ingredients that are used, that they are safe and healing for you and your family's health. Pay less and get so much more!  
  15. Pack your bag with snacks. Take a few minutes before you leave the house to pack a drink and a few nutrient-dense snacks to take wherever you go. This will help you avoid buying fast food or snacks from vending machines that not only add up in costs but are detrimental to your health.
  16. Pack or plan food for trips. By car, take a cooler and have lunch on a picnic table or in a park. By plane, bring non liquid foods like canned fish, beef jerky, cheese, cured meat, dried fruit, sprouted nuts/seeds, homemade crackers. Also save money by staying in a place with a kitchen & shop at local markets, AirBnB makes it easy to do this all over the world. Check out Local Harvest and the Eat Well Guide for more food resources at your destination spot.
  17. Eat a few balanced 'vegetarian' meals a week. Use plant or dairy 'proteins' and healthy fats by incorporating cheeses, yogurt, soaked/sprouted gluten-free grains, bone broth, lard, tallow, coconut oil and nuts/seeds in your meals. You can have very nutrient-dense options for considerably less. Our ancestors didn't eat meat everyday, so maybe we shouldn't either.
  18. Do the best you can and don't stress about it. Make the best food choices with the resources you have. If you can’t afford all organic or pastured meats all the time, make it a goal to add more in when your budget allows.

From the old ways,
Primal Mama

primalmama@mamakai.org

No More Sugar Blues - Starting the Year with a Sugar Detox

Angie Needels

It’s that time of year and many of you probably have some sort of exercise regimen, weight loss program or cleanse at the top of your New Year’s Resolution List. A sort of "hit the reset button" right? 

After the holidays and maybe indulging in sweet treats at work, holiday parties or family dinners, it's time for us to recalibrate our sweet tooth.

Let's do a little sugar detox. This can help increase all of our health goals for the new year.

It’s important to give our bodies a break from sugar and an over abundance of carbohydrates. Too many carbohydrates in our diet are directly linked to fatigue, blood sugar issues, weight issues, brain fog, energy highs and crashes and much more.

In the old days, eating desserts or sugary snacks were a rare treat. Anything sweet that was eaten was from nature and coming with all the necessary components to digest and integrate the minimal carbohydrates in the most optimal way. However, in today's society we've come to expect sweet in our everyday life. By eliminating sugars even for a few weeks, your body can break this addictive cycle.

There are many ways to detox and reset your sweet cravings, here are couple:

2 Week Sugar Elimination - Remove all flours, sugars or sweeteners, including sugar substitutes and even natural sweeteners

Paleo Style Elimination Diet - Remove the above ingredients in the 2 Week Sugar Elimination as well as coffee, grains, beans/legumes, dairy, alcohol, and chocolate. So you're asking... "What the heck can I eat?" - Check out the Paleo dietary guidelines and meal plan generator in the link - http://paleologix.com/about/dietary-guidelines/

When eliminating sugars and carbohydrate rich foods from your diet, you force your body to use fats as a more sustainable source of fuel. Fats contain 9 calories versus the 4 in carbs. You'll find that your energy level is more sustained throughout the day, you have less crashes and a need for a sweet treat or cup of coffee in the afternoon. And not to mention you're body will start to burn the fats that you already have in your body, trimming you up and showing more of your natural muscle tone.

Below are links for more support. Feel free to email me if you've got questions along the way.

21 Day Sugar Detox - http://21daysugardetox.com/

Whole 30 Program - http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/              

Whichever detox you choose, keep in mind that it may be rough the first few days. Sugar withdrawals are similar to the addictive nature of kicking a drug habit. Some of these symptoms include headaches, fatigue, cranky-ness, and digestive issues. Please be sure to take things slow and consider working with a health care provider if you have other health issues.

These detoxes are ideal as they are not depriving your body along the way like some cleanses do. These detoxes are very nourishing and re-building.

To support your body during this detox, consider: getting more sleep, supplementing with high quality liquid B Vitamins, cod liver oil/salmon oil, and minerals.

Happy detoxing and starting your new year off with no more sugar blues!

From the old ways,
Primal Mama
primalmama@mamakai.org

Sacred Foods: Water & Nutrient-dense Beverages

Angie Needels

Water is life. We can’t exist without it. Water is essential for our bodies’ health and the health of our environment. The primordial soup that made all of life, came from water.

Every day we should be drinking about half of your body weight in ounces of water or nutrient-dense beverages. Averages are 2.2 liters of water for women and 3 liters of water for men. If you don't know or don't think you are coming close to that consumption, carry a water bottle wherever you go and start tracking you're intake. You'll find that you just drink more when you have it with you anyway.

Water composition in our bodies:

  • babies 80-90%
  • adults 60-65%
  • brains & hearts 70-75%
  • lungs 80-85%
  • skin 65%
  • muscles & kidneys 75-80%
  • bones 30%

Water performs many roles in every cell of our bodies.

  • exchange of nutrients in blood and cellular fluids
  • building new materials
  • regulating body temperature
  • metabolizing carbohydrates and proteins
  • flush toxins and waste through urination and elimination
  • shock absorption in joints, brain, spinal cord, and amniotic fluid
  • in saliva transport minerals to remineralize teeth and enzymes to break down food

Water levels in our bodies are constantly changing along with levels of water-soluble nutrients, including the B vitamins and vitamin C, as our bodies try to maintain homeostasis. Results from water-based health tests like blood and urine tests will vary greatly depending on our water levels in that moment. A test that is not water-based like the Hair Mineral Analysis test will give nutrient level results based on a longer period of time, about 3-4 months.

In the U.S. our drinking water comes from one of about 160,000 public water systems that are governed by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). The EPA created the Safe Drinking Water Act to establish safe drinking water standards. Some people in the U.S. have private well water systems, and those are not governed by the EPA and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The EPA requires that tap water is purified and tested for contaminants in these six categories:

  1. microorganisms - bacteria, viruses, protozoa like giardia
  2. disinfectants - chlorine, chloramine
  3. disinfectant byproducts - bromates, chlorates
  4. inorganic chemicals - arsenic, cadmium, asbestos, fluoride. Drinking fluoride in water does not impact our dental health in the same way as fluoride treatments. Fluoride is not supposed to be swallowed. It disrupts endocrine function, leading to thyroid and adrenal issues.
  5. organic chemicals - lead, mercury, nitrates, nitrites
  6. radionuclides - radium, uranium

Other factors that affect our water quality and resources include:

  1. drought
  2. lead and toxins from pipes or transit system
  3. natural gas fracking / oil drilling / mining / manufacturing
  4. CDC published outbreaks in 150,000 public water systems
  5. people putting things back in
  • antibiotics
  • harsh cleaners
  • pharmaceuticals
  • washing toxic things off body
  • farming runoff: pesticides, herbicides, waste from animals

It is important to drink and bathe in high quality water. Do not use bottled water. Most of the time bottled water is bottled in plastic which has petrochemicals that leach into the water and the bottles create literal tons of waste in the environment. This plastic waste doesn't break down organically and is reaping havoc not only on human health, but on plant and animal life, causing mass extinction for many species.

Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession With Bottled Water by Peter Gleick explains how bottled water has destroyed communities.

Water filtration options:

  1. determine filtration needs by getting a water test from the EPA or other source (check out this easy method you'll be able to do yourself soon)
  2. sources for filters:

Berkey

Premier Research Labs RO Tap Filter / Shower Filter (email to get pricing)

Radiant Life

Brita / Pur - These are not the most recommended systems because they have a lot of plastics involved as well as don't remove all of the toxins that we are hoping to. Might be applicable however depending on what kind of water you have coming from your tap.

Keep in mind, Reverse Osmosis filters strip water of harmful toxins as well as beneficial minerals creating distilled water. We need minerals in our water to make it usable for our bodies. If you use a reverse osmosis filter, please add polar minerals back into your water.

Healthy ways to meet your body’s requirements for your daily water intake:

  • watery foods like whole fruits, celery, cucumber, and lettuces
  • bone broths and stocks in soups and stews
  • herbal teas or tonics (reishi mushroom, fresh ginger, elderberry etc.)
  • lemon/citrus water (rinse often with clean water to ensure the acids of citrus don't break down tooth enamel)
  • fermented beverages like lacto-fermented sodas, beet kvass, water kefir, dairy kefir, kombucha, ginger beer, root beer. check out The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, The Essential Book of Fermentation by Jeff Cox, and Weston A. Price (2) for recipes
  • MamaKai's swamp water (see general recipe below)
  • raw organic coconut water (nature's "gatorade")
  • raw milk (if tolerated)
  • AVOID: pasteurized juices, soda pop, coffee, alcohol, caffeine - These are depleting and hinder homeostasis and are just not good sources for water consumption

 

MamaKai's "Swamp" Water Recipe

Many mornings I make 1 quart of what I call "Swamp" water and drink it throughout the day. This is not the only water/nutrient-dense beverage I'm drinking, but it's a great part of making sure that I'm getting added nutrients into my diet and giving me little bits of those nutrients throughout the day in a very absorbable way. 

I'm not one to recommend loads of supplements, but because many of us are "healing" our bodies we need more components to do that on top of simple maintenance. 

Depending on what's going on with us personally we may adjust what's in our "Swamp" water. This is the recipe that I use daily and is fantastic for any woman who's pregnant or is breastfeeding. 

MamaKai offers these private supplements as a nutrition consultant, please contact me directly to discuss what you might have in your "Swamp" water based on what your overall health goals are and we can get you the right recipe and the supplements ordered so you have them on hand.

  • 1 tsp - Premier Research Labs Greens Powder (chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass...)
  • 1/2 tsp - Premier Research Labs Polar Minerals
  • 1 tsp - Premier Research Labs Liquid Zinc Assay
  • 1 dropper - Premier Research Labs Max B Vitamins
  • 1/8 cup - Premier Research Labs Pomegranate or Black Cherry Elixade
  • 1/2 cup fresh unpasteurized juice or blended fruit of choice (citrus or berries are a great start) - optional

Place all ingredients in the bottom of a clean glass quart sized container (mason jar, reused bottle). Finish filling with filtered water. Place lid on top and shake well. Take with you wherever you go, shake often before sipping on. Finish 1 whole "Swamp" water each day in addition to the remaining water/nutrient-dense beverage consumption you should be intaking based on your weight (1/2 body weight in ounces... example... I am 120 pounds, I drink 60 ounces a day... 1 quart = 32 ounces).

 

Sacred Foods: The Basics on Fats & Essential Fats For Our Health

Angie Needels

Healthy fats are an important part of our daily diet.

A rule of thumb: Eat fats and oils from animals and plants that you would naturally eat.

Healthy animal fats include:

butter and ghee

beef tallow

pork lard

lamb suet

chicken schmaltz

duck fat

 

Healthy plant fats include cold-pressed:

olive oil

coconut oil

avocado oil

other nut and seed oils


Refined vegetable oils such as rapeseed, canola, and cottonseed oils are processed using high temperatures, high pressure, bleaching, deodorizers, colorants, and sometimes are hydrogenated to make them solid fats at room temperature, like margarine and shortening. These processes denature the molecules, strip out micronutrients and fat-soluble vitamins, and can create trans fats. These are not healthy fats for our bodies. Eating whole foods for our dietary fat needs helps with absorption and is preferable to taking oil supplements.

Dr. Weston A. Price observed that indigenous cultures around the world have favored eating fat-rich foods like raw milk and cream, eggs, fish, roe, fowl, game, and organ meats. These fats are nutrient-dense fertility foods and fed to couples during preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum.

Each fat is composed of its own ratio of saturated and unsaturated fats. We tend to think of saturated fats as being solid at room temperature and unsaturated fats as being liquid. No fat is 100% saturated or 100% unsaturated, but is a mixture of both. Fats are made of triglycerides which are three fatty acids attached to a glycerol. Fatty acids are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen molecules. A saturated fat has its carbon molecules fully saturated by hydrogen, which makes it more stable and less susceptible to oxidation and rancidity. An unsaturated fat has openings for other molecules to attach to it, which makes it more volatile and more susceptible to oxidation and rancidity. Monounsaturated fats have one opening, and polyunsaturated fats have multiple openings. Saturated fats are safer to cook with since they can be heated to higher temperatures without it changing their molecular structure. Saturated fats include butter, coconut oil, and rendered animal fats. Unsaturated fats are best used in cold preparations, such as salad dressing and mayonnaise. Unsaturated fats include olive oil and nut and seed oils.

The foods we eat contain both micronutrients and macronutrients; fat is a macronutrient that contains micronutrients. Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, trace elements, phytochemicals, coenzymes, and antioxidants. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble, as are the carotenoids: alpha and beta carotene, lutein, lycopene. Fat-soluble means we need fat to absorb these nutrients and make them available for our body to use. Macronutrients are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Carbohydrates and proteins have four calories per gram, and fats have nine calories per gram. Calories measure the energy that we can produce from foods. Since fats provide more calories per gram, they provide longer lasting energy than carbohydrates or protein and keep us satiated for longer periods of time. For people with blood sugar regulation issues, such as those with diabetes, eating fats with carbohydrates slows digestion as fat envelops glucose and slows absorption of glucose. This is less-taxing on the digestive system and on the pancreas for the production of insulin. When we use fat as the primary source of energy in our cells, we are in a ketogenic state. When we use glucose from carbohydrates as the primary source of energy, we are in a glucogenic state. A ketogenic diet has anti-cancer properties because cancer cells can not use ketones, the energy from fat; they can only use glucose.

Fats do many functions in our bodies. They create the outside membranes of our cells; the quality of the fats we eat affects the quality of the cell membranes in terms of strength, suppleness, and permeability---the ability for nutrients to flow into the cell and for waste products to flow out of the cell. Our skin cells are constantly regenerating, and healthy fats in our diets help keep our skin supple and prevent wrinkles. Our brains are made of 60% fat molecules. Fat provides body insulation and warmth which is essential for living in colder climates. Fat protects our organs, holds them in place, and keep them warm. In Chinese medicine fats are yin and provide a sense of groundedness, security, warmth, and safety.

Fats and cholesterol tend to be controversial topics. Cholesterol is linked to heart disease as it can be seen during surgery blocking arteries. Therefore doctors recommend limiting cholesterol intake as a preventative measure. However a primary purpose of cholesterol is to respond to inflammation in the body and to try to patch up cells. People who have heart disease tend to have high cholesterol and high levels of inflammation in their body. This inflammation may be due to eating processed foods, toxin exposures, or autoimmune disease. A low-cholesterol diet may not lower our cholesterol levels much because cholesterol comes both from foods we eat and is made in our liver. Our bodies will create the cholesterol we need to deal with inflammation. Eating healthy fats brings in cholesterol more easily, so there is less pressure on the liver to produce it, and the liver can devote itself to other functions. Cholesterol is also vital for the formation and processing of hormones; healthy hormone levels help us manage our emotions and stress.

Essential fatty acids can not be manufactured in our bodies; we need to eat foods containing them in our diet. The two essential fatty acids are linoleic acid, an omega-6, and alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3. Omega-3s and omega-6s are precursors to eicosanoids like prostaglandins which control inflammation in our bodies. A 1:1 ratio of omega-3s and omega-6s helps balance inflammation. Omega-3s create prostaglandins which are anti-inflammatory, and omega-6s create prostaglandins which are inflammatory. People tend to eat more omega-6s today, so there is higher incidence of inflammatory diseases. Omega-6s are found primarily in plant fats such as hemp, chia, flax seeds, and any plant-based oils. Omega-3s are found primarily in animal fats such as egg yolks, seafood, and meats. DHA, an omega-3, is found in fish and some sea vegetables, and is important for healthy neurological function starting from conception to continuing to old age. Lauric acid is another fatty acid important for brain development and is found in high concentrations in coconut oil and breast milk. Breast milk is 50-80% fat and is recognized as the perfect food for babies.

A great book for more information on fats is Know Your Fats by Mary Enig.

Vital Choice is a reputable source of seafood and fish oil supplements


Sunday Class (11/10)... Are Vaccines Safe & Effective?

Angie Needels

Sunday, November 10th, 201310:15am - 12:30pm More Mojo Chiropractic / 1347 Church Street @ Clipper, SF RSVP: 415-821-6656 $15/person

This is not a MamaKai sponsored class... just yet that is! I'll be there and will look to add this lecture to the roster of classes that MamaKai members can attend for FREE coming in 2014!

Dr. Kristine Hicks & Dr. Colin Phipps from More Mojo Chiropractic will be answering the following questions regarding the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations.

  1. What is current vaccine science? Who is funding it? Who is doing the research?
  2. How does the immune system work in children? How do vaccines work? Have they and are they doing what we're being told they do?
  3. What role do vaccine ingredients play when injected into infants and children?
  4. Do vaccines contribute to the development of chronic illnesses in children (asthma, allergies, autism spectrum disorders etc.)?
  5. How do children get into schools if they are not vaccinated?

 

 

MamaKai's Own "Support YOUR Community" Fall Fundraiser

Angie Needels

MamaKai is now proud as can be to be fiscally sponsored by Green Branch Library! With this fiscal sponsorship we aim to serve our community by creating robust FREE classes all around the Bay Area for parents from preconception/fertility through having toddlers. Check out the class roster HERE that we plan to roll out beginning in January, 2014.

Help us reach our $50K "Support YOUR Community" Fall Fundraising Goal to kick things off right!

To ensure MamaKai can viably offer more FREE education and support to as many families as possible. Be a part of changing how our little ones grow up; healthy, happy, strong and ready to contribute to a better tomorrow.

Donate TODAY and become a MamaKai member! Every penny REALLY does count.

Even if you aren't pregnant, or don't foresee that in your future, let's face it, we are all in it together. We all know someone with children and we often see them struggle. When parents feel supported they have less stress and more time and energy to spend in their community - with us! Children of parents, who are more supported, end up being healthier and happier and more productive citizens as they grow up.

With immense gratitude and in great health!

Love, Angie

Support Niroga

Angie Needels

The Niroga Yoga Studio and Center for Well Being is operated by the Niroga Institute, a non profit organization bringing yoga out into the community for at risk youth and underserved populations. They are having a fundraiser this weekend and we should all be there to support their great work. On September 18-19, Niroga will be participating in the Richmond Community Foundation's WeGive2013 event! This is a 2-day online fundraising event. They want to raise $20,000 that will allow them to implement Transformative Life Skills (TLS) in 2 Richmond Schools. Watch this video that highlights their TLS program at Oakland Technical High School.

Thanks for your support friends!

Community Might Be More Important Than We Think...

Angie Needels

I love documentaries. I'm a very visual learner and documentaries allow me to see so many different perspectives on topics from food and nutrition; nature, our planet and our universe; historical people, places and events; religion and spirituality; scientific study; justice and politics; and the list goes on. This is amazing for perspective. I have a lot of appreciation for the film makers and teams that dare to bring their vantage point to life and share it with the world.

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NATURE: Animal Odd Couples (available on Netflix) shows how so many creatures have core components of collaboration and deep connections with one another even within cross species relationships. From that documentary...

In "Getting By With a Little Help From Their Friends: 5 Things Monkeys Are Teaching us About Friendship", Postdoc associate at Duke University’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Lauren Brent, has been studying "friendships" in a large community of Rhesus monkeys in Puerto Rico for the past 7 years. She's been tracking behaviors in community structure and is uncovering so much in how they prioritize cooperation and support over individuality and competition. View Lauren's TED talk HERE.

"Friends can help you live a longer, healthier life. When comparing individual monkeys, the ones with the strongest friendships live the longest and have the most babies, indicating that friendship helps both monkeys and humans survive and reproduce."

We humans are no different. We crave company and have the capacity to make deep bonds with another human. For those of you who've already had a baby, I'm guessing your heart exploded with love when you first held your child, am I right?

So why is it that we as humans have deviated from this innate part of who we are? What would our world look like if we prioritized lifting our community up when they need it most. There really is NO better time to band together, than when a child is being brought into a community. Those new parents need lots of support to ensure they stay healthy and that their children grow into healthy contributors of society.