Saturday, November 20, 2010

  • OSK BabyCarrots Program:

 On a national level it has been recorded that there is an increase of babies that are born either early or sick.  A large population of those babies are from low income families.  Low income families lose out on eating fresh, organic and/or at least pesticide free, clean food. Much of what they feed a growing baby with is highly processed foods and produce from farms that use fertilizers and pesticides, these foods lack the nutrients that are needed to be healthy. Our vision is to provide low income pregnant mothers and mothers who are breastfeeding with healthy, clean, pesticide free, local produce. Our program will support sustainable, organic, healthy babies before they are born.  Along with serving these women with nutrient rich food, we will be educating them on ways to eat healthy and how to prepare the food we give them.  We will also be running a research study on the difference our program makes with promoting healthy babies and therefore a healthy community. It will involve data collection from the start of our service to at least four months after birth. 

This program target low income families, but is in no mean limited to low income. We promote eating Organic, and that is what we serve to you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Novy Ranches Donated >20lbs of beef!

Novy Ranches donated over 20lbs of grassfed, grass finished beef for Baby Carrots! Thank you Novy Ranches!  Most pregnant women suffer from low Iron levels.  Eating red meat raises Iron levels that cannot be found in vitamins and supplements. Novy Ranches provides beef that is high in Iron, and is free of hormones and antibiotics. What more could you ask for?!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Nutrient Rich...

Sprouted Grain: Benefits

Sprouted grain differs from whole grain in three fundamental aspects: 1) sprouting activates food enzymes; 2) sprouting increases vitamin content, and 3) sprouting neutralizes antinutrients like phytic acid which bind up minerals preventing your ability to fully absorb them.  When examining the nutrient density of sprouted wheat to unsprouted wheat on a calorie-per-calorie basis, you’ll find that sprouted wheat contains four times the amount of niacin and nearly twice the amount of vitamin B6 and folate as unsprouted wheat; moreover, it contains more protein and fewer starches than non-sprouted grain and as a further boon, it is lower on the glycemic index making it more suitable for those suffering from blood sugar issues.
Furthermore, sprouted grain and sprouted flours – having been effectively “pre-soaked” do not need to undergo further soaking or souring and are therefore suitable for quick breads, cookies and cakes in a way that sourdoughs and soaked flours are not.  (Learn more about soaking grains, beans and legumes.) For those who do not wish to take the time or effort to sprout grain or mill flour at home, you can always purchase sprouted grain flour online (see sources).


BabyCarrots is now organically growing in the caring hands of Santa Barbara's Organic Soup Kitchen