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Meet Tina and Kim, two South-Asian moms planting seeds for healthier childhoods with their brand Tiny Sprouts Foods

These days, we understand the importance of nutrition and the impact our foods have on growing children. However, when Tiny Sprouts Foods founders Tina and Kim were growing up, their parents, like many others, did not know that 90% of our brain was developed by age 5, and that every bite we ate in our first few years of life could impact our health as adults.

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Tiny Sprouts Foods co-founder, Kim. (Photo courtesy of Tiny Sprouts Foods.)

It was only after experiencing health issues as young adults that the two friends developed a passion for nutrition. Food turned into their medicine, and seeds like flax, chia and hemp became staples in their diets.

Then, they each became mothers and their children’s nutrient needs were at the top of their minds. They began including seeds into their children’s diets as seeds are the world’s TINIEST superfood, packed full of all the essential nutrients a child needs to develop and thrive. 

During this time, the women began to wonder why there were no seed products designed for children? Seeds are a perfect, easy addition to any meal after all, with their small size, neutral taste, and versatility. They’re also an excellent way to sneak in some extra nutrition for even the pickiest of eaters. 

So Tina and Kim began brainstorming and finally the foundation of Tiny Sprouts Foods ‘sprouted’ and was ironically born on Mother’s Day 2020, at the height of the global pandemic. 

Uniting their passion for children’s nutrition and functional foods, along with their combined 30 years experience in the consumer goods industry, Kim and Tina bravely left their secure corporate jobs to fully commit to their mission of planting the seeds for healthier childhood development through their business venture. 

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Tiny Sprouts Organic Superseed Boosters, which combine wholesome ingredients and contain a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals. (Photo courtesy of Tiny Sprouts Foods.)

Today, Tiny Sprouts Foods is a minority-female-founded children’s nutrition company focused on producing easy, nutrient-rich products that offer functional health benefits to the developing child. 

Their top products are their Tiny Sprouts Organic Superseed Boosters, which combine wholesome ingredients and contain a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals while boosting your little one’s nutrition and help them meet their daily health needs. 

 

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From sprouting to thriving 

While they have overcome hurdles to get to where they are today, starting a small business at the height of the pandemic was not without its challenges. One challenge was the fact that both women lived in different countries. 

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Tiny Sprouts Foods co-founder, Tina. (Photo courtesy of Tiny Sprouts Foods.)

“We are a team of two South Asian moms who reside in different countries; Kim in the USA and Tina in Canada,” they say. 

However, despite the physical distance, they found their vision and passion for the business keeps them together. 

Another struggle that many entrepreneurs, especially those in the food industry understand, was supplying, manufacturing, and sourcing. Kim and Tina encountered many roadblocks, pushing back their original launch date, but quality and food safety was a top priority so they persevered through these hurdles. 

“From product development, ingredient sourcing, manufacturing through to testing of our final products, quality and safety of our boosters will always be our number one priority. With that, however, comes a ton of extra precautions thus adding costs and always more time!” Tina and Kim share. 

“We have had to change co-packers, deal with suppliers sending us incorrect materials, and ingredients not meeting our high-quality standards. All this combined led to a launch date that was severely delayed and time & money wasted. Surely, the thought of giving up came up endlessly, but we pushed through, got to the finish line and are extremely proud of the products we developed.”

Both Kim and Tina were raised by hard working immigrant parents, so they learned firsthand the value of hard work and determination, which they now apply to their daily work at Tiny Sprouts. 

“We saw the daily struggles and sacrifices that our parents endured to provide for our families.  It has made us more resilient and flexible in a world where minority female entrepreneurs still aren’t the norm.”

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“We pushed through, got to the finish line and are extremely proud of the products we developed.” (Photo courtesy of Tiny Sprouts Foods.)

Tina and Kim are also motivated to succeed and continue to grow their business and push past challenges when they hear feedback and review of how their products have helped parents and families. 

We hear the relief and happiness in their messages knowing that their babies and children are getting adequate nutrition despite ongoing picky eating habits or other mealtime issues. Mealtime stress is real and feeding children can be deflating and frustrating – knowing that we are making this easier and less stressful for fellow moms is the best reward we can get.” 

Knowing that they are not only helping to improve the health trajectory of the next generation, but are also providing parents with the peace of mind they deserve is a great motivator and the best reward. 

“There is no greater motivation than helping fellow parents do the same for their own children.” 

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To other minority women entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners, Kim and Tina offer a few words of advice learned from their own journey. 

“The struggle is real,” they say, “but the reward is unreal. There will be some very tough times, but if you truly believe in your idea, stick with it and the reward will come. It’s a journey.  It takes grit and determination to start a new business from scratch. Always keep the end goal in mind, and always remember your mission. This is what truly got us through the hard times.” 

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Wheatgrass: How you can boost your health while working from home

Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods that provide you with a ton of health benefits in a single serving. Famous superfoods include kale and, of course, the acai berry. But did you know that a superfood exists that you can grow and harvest right in your home? Enter wheatgrass.

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The year 2020 has opened new doors for working culture, and many working adults have had to learn how to adjust to the new normal. Working from home, once seen as a rare privilege, has now become the standard procedure for many businesses. While it does have its benefits— no more commute is one, and reduced chances of getting sick is another— there are still a few challenges that require a bit of creative thinking.

Getting and staying fit is one of those challenges. Heading to the gym right after work no longer possible? Our article on ’10 Easy Office Exercises’ has got you covered. Need to improve your diet but lack the time and motivation? Try doing some research on superfoods.

What is wheatgrass?

 Wheatgrass is the name for the young grass of the common wheat plant Triticum aestivum. Usually harvested when it’s around 4-6 inches in height, wheatgrass is packed with a ton of health benefits that would surprise even the most discerning health buff. Maintaining your own wheatgrass supply is as easy as filling a planter box with seeds, and it grows quickly enough that you’ll have a constant supply throughout the year.

What does wheatgrass do?

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But why choose wheatgrass? It turns out that there are a lot of good reasons for integrating wheatgrass into your diet. Greatist reports that wheatgrass has no less than 10 essential nutrients, maybe even more. These nutrients include iron, vitamins A, C and E, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and amino acids.

Wheatgrass can help improve your immune system and reduce your chances for getting sick. It can also help ease digestive issues, fight infection, help wounds heal faster, balance blood sugar levels, and promote healthy cholesterol. With so many benefits packed into such a small package, it’s no wonder that this unassuming plant has exploded in popularity in recent years.

How can you use wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is generally versatile, and can be integrated into a variety of foodstuffs. Harvested fresh, it can be dried and crushed into powder, or eaten raw as a topping or as part of a salad. According to Mayo Clinic, it’s popularly consumed as a smoothie, although people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities may want to check in with their doctors before consuming.

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If you don’t have the space or time to grow your own wheatgrass plant, there are tons of supplement options available on the market. For example, the wheatgrass supplement by Brightcore is certified organic and GMO-free, and can be consumed either in powder or capsule form for maximum convenience.

Not sure how to integrate wheatgrass into your daily diet? Choc & Juice lists 7 easy recipes for consuming wheatgrass, including as a latte or even as ice cream. Wheatgrass is easy to grow, easy to harvest, easy to procure, and easy to integrate into your daily diet. And if you’re working from home, it’s one of the best ways to boost your overall health without having to buy expensive organic produce, so you can be as fit and productive as possible.