The SQ1 Buzz

January 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

Check out the cool package we’re raffling off this Thursday at Chicago Family Health Examiner, Jasmine Jafferali‘s Infant Nutrition class this Thursday, January 27th at 7:30pm at Soulistic Studio and Spa. Pre-registration is required.

Jasmine Jafferali, MPH, ACE-CPT is the Program Director for Healthy Results, Ltd, and Program Coordinator for Educational Fitness Solutions, Inc. She has a diverse fitness background with over ten years of fitness and wellness industry experience working in campus recreation, corporate wellness, and a high-end commercial health club setting. She has presented on a wide range of health and fitness topics for the community, at major corporations, and at national and international conferences. Jasmine specializes in Maternal and Child Health and Wellness focusing on pre and postnatal fitness and is a Master Trainer for Healthy Moms® Fitness and Resist-a-ball®.

Jasmine recently wrote a fantastic product review on SQ1 – Check it out below!

Square One® Organics is Making Babies Healthy

When it comes to feeding your baby, there is quite a bit of confusing information about when to start solids, how much, what kind of food is safe for the baby, food allergies — it is all very overwhelming for any new parent. There is value in taking a class that can prepare you for when your baby is ready to start solids and what are the best foods to begin with for your baby.

Ideally, learning to make your own baby food is not only healthy, it does save money in the long run. You can save anywhere from $300-$500 in six months by making your own baby food. And it is not as hard as you think. I do make my own baby food, but there are times when it is nice to have some pre-made baby food on hand when you are short on time or too sick to make anything.

If making your own baby food is not an option or you don’t want to make it all, a local company called Square One Organics makes fresh baby food from scratch and freezes it for your baby. I had the opportunity to sample their baby food on my 7-month-old son last month. Here is what we liked about it:

  • It tastes just as fresh as homemade. Yes, I do sample everything my children put into their mouths, and you should too. If I can handle the taste, then your baby should too. I even sampled my homemade butternut squash next to theirs and could not tell a difference. I highly suggest you taste the difference between Square One Organics butternut squash to a jarred brand. There was no funny jar taste or preservatives.
  • The color looked like real food. Baby food that comes in a jar is discolored and does not look like the real thing.
  • It smells like real food. Have you ever smelled jarred baby food?
  • Convenient when you are short on time or are under the weather. We should not be making homemade baby food when we are sick. I felt great serving this to my baby — no guilt, and he was familiar with the fresh taste.
  • I did purchase more from Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park to have on hand. I like how I can add the pureed mango to his cream of buckwheat cereal. This is ideal for my husband to do, since he is not into making baby food.
  • It is in BPA-free packaging. There are concerns of BPA in the lids of baby food jars and how that is impacting the endocrine system of our rapidly growing babies. We should be concerned about BPA in our food products, and the lids of baby food jars are no exception.
  • I love how the founder, Denise, has organized the foods into four food color charts to distinguish different foods according to their vitamin content. It makes it fun, and I took at it as a learning opportunity for my 3-year-old to learn what foods have Vitamin A, Vitamin C and so on.
  • Love how quinoa is offered as a baby food. This is a rare find, but super healthy.
  • Offers unique recipes that you can do with their foods, such as adding mango puree to pancakes, or adding the spinach puree in a smoothie.
  • Monthly delivery straight to your door. It does not get any more convenient than that!

A couple of things I would like to see:

  • Using fresh herbs in baby foods for 10 months and up. It is a good opportunity to introduce flavors to help expand the baby’s palate. Another idea is to package and freeze fresh herbs to add to our baby’s diet or our own recipes.
  • Offering lentils and other legumes for babies 10 months and up. Babies are ready for vegetarian sources of protein by this age.

Overall, I was pleased with Square One Organics and will be recommending them to other new parents.

For more information on introducing solids for your baby, join me on Thursday, January 27th at 7:30pm at Soulistic Studio and Spa for Infant Nutrition 101 where I will raffle off a sampler set. Pre-registration is required.


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