As a part of his interview series about women in wellness, Dr.Seeds had an exclusive interview with Jennifer Chow of Nurture Life about easy and healthy meals for families. Read on to learn more about it!
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Who is Jennifer Chow?
Jennifer Chow is the co-founder of Nurture Life, a lifelong foodie and the mother of three boys. She’s been passionate about food and providing nutritionally balanced fresh food for families and kids.
She and her partner created Nurture Life to give parents a new way to feed their families and change the way kids eat.
Jennifer Chow says she’s thankful for those who helped her get where she is now, especially her mother, who made sure she was eating well and was fresh. “She taught me many things from her experiences, both through her words and the examples she set, the most memorable ones being 1. Always be overprepared, 2. Have a strong work ethic, 3. Be humble, 4. Be kind to and take care of people, and 5. Do something you’re really passionate about.” says Chow.
Nurture Life provides freshly made, nutritionally balanced, prepared meals made from organic ingredients, whole grains, and antibiotic-free meats, giving parents meals that they can proudly serve to their children.
According to Jennifer Chow, Nurture Life’s mission is “to give families what they deserve: nutrient-dense, well-balanced, delicious meals that are based on nutritional research and appropriately portioned for the development needs of every age group.”
Life Tweaks for Wellbeing
Jennifer Chow shared her top five lifestyle tweaks that she believes can change people’s lives.
Children who are picky eaters usually eat the food that they are familiar with. Therefore parents should introduce new food continually. According to researchers, it can take up to 7 to 15 tries before a child gets to like a particular food, so parents should be consistent with their children.
Keep the meals simple by focusing on a source of protein, carbohydrate, and vegetables. These three components are essential for a nutritious meal.
Focus on Veggies
Try to include veggies wherever they are applicable. If you can mix zucchini into a meatball mix, do it. Keep introducing new vegetables to your children; continued exposure can make it easier for them to like vegetables in the long term.
Make the calories count regardless of what your child is eating. Whether it’s a meal or a snack, try to focus on fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
Real food is what you and your children need. Understand where your food comes from and try to avoid processed foods.
The Focus of Chow’s Work
Jennifer Chow’s focus is on setting the children up with the healthiest eating habits as early as possible. “If we can prevent childhood obesity before it’s a problem, the impact would be monumental,” she says.
According to CHD’s 2017 report, there are 13 million children who are suffering from childhood obesity across the nation.
Nurture Life has joined forces with A Partnership For A Healthier America, another organization that shares the same values as Nurture Life. This partnership aims to have a positive impact on food choices and food availability to young children.
4 Tips For Startups
Jennifer Chow shared 5 tips that she wished someone would have told her before starting her journey. As she made mistakes and learned from them here are 5 tips for startups in Chow’s perspective:
- If you believe in what you’re doing, do everything you can to work through, because what you’re doing and what you’re trying to achieve is worth it.
- Do not expect to hire amazing people all the time. Sometimes it’ll work and sometimes it won’t. When you feel like a person does not fit in what you’re trying to achieve, don’t be afraid to make changes. Your goal, your team deserves better.
- Starting up, you’ll have a flood of ideas coming from all around, which can easily distract you. But your resources and your time is limited. Prioritizing is important, and saying no is essential at such times.
- Flexibility is important for startups. Things change so quickly that you need to be flexible in order to keep up with all the changes and keep evolving your business.
Jennifer Chow strongly believes in collaboration, but she says trying to be too collaborative can cause confusion. Sometimes having one loud voice to make critical decisions is necessary.
With the information given in this article, it is clear that Nurture Life is working for a great cause: making the world a better place, not just for us but also for our children. This cause of changing the world for the better guides the development of all the meals they create for all age groups.