Hi. I’m Tapp, a nutrition counselor and mom to two very energetic and busy boys. In the fast-paced world we live in, I understand the appeal and convenience of pre-packaged foods. I mean, who has time to make dinner? But when I looked at what the food industry is passing off as “food,” the more distressed I became. As a culture, we have become so accustomed to plastic-wrapped, preservative- stuffed food that we have lost track of what real food is.
So, I created Tapp’s Tips as a resource for healthy meals that a real mom or dad can make – quickly! Tapp’s Tips is not for foodies (although everything is delicious). It’s is for working parents who want to give their families the most wholesome meals possible. It’s for moms who need to fill bellies in between soccer, swimming and a conference call. It’s for dads who are looking for easy ways to swap out gluten without causing a meltdown.
In a world obsessed with transformations and overhauls and expensive “solutions,” there is no substitute for simple, time-tested advice and healthy principles. My mission isn’t to tell parents how to feed their kids every day – it’s to give them tools and resources they need to make the best choices they can in an ever confusing world.
When my first son was ready for solid foods, I went to the grocery store to buy baby food and found that not only were the pre-packaged foods packed with sugars and preservatives, but they tasted awful! I mean, why would you want to feed your perfect little baby something that you wouldn’t want to eat yourself? I started doing some research on kids’ nutritional needs and decided to make my own. I found out that by simply mashing steamed veggies, whole-grains and fruit with a spoon, I could easily create baby food where I knew that 100% of the ingredients were real. The best baby foods on-the-go were bananas and avocados. They are 100% real food and they come in their own convenient natural packaging. I had them in my diaper bag at all times when my kids were younger.
As my sons grew older, the nutritional options out there were even worse. When we were in the supermarket or out to eat, the food targeted at kids replaced real nutrients with starch, sugar and salt, and was marketed by colorful cartoon characters. The more I learned about kids’ nutrition, the more I saw the correlation between what kids eat and the affect it would have on their future health. If I wanted my kids to have strong immune systems, I knew that they had to eat a good diet including lots of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, whole-grains and organic meats instead of the junk being passed as kids’ food.
Tapp’s Tips is my start at creating a resource for healthy, straightforward recipes and useful tips for parents looking for simple, realistic ways to keep their children and themselves healthy in a complex, profit-driven world.