Lēto Smoothies and lil’gourmets | Supporting Baby's First 1,000 Days
Why are we talking about the first 1,000 days?
The 1,000 days from pregnancy to age two offer a crucial window of opportunity to create the foundation for a healthy and nutritious future. Thousanddays.org explains why these 1,000 days are so precious and why we parents should care.
“The first 1,000 days are a time of tremendous potential and enourmous vulnerability. How well or how poorly mothers and children are nourished and cared for during this time has a profound impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn, and thrive. This is because the first 1,000 days are when a child’s brain begins to grow and develop and when the foundations for their lifelong health are built.”
At Lēto Foods, we are committed to making nutritious and delicious prenatal and postpartum smoothies to support busy parents in taking advantage of this critical period. We also love teaming up with other business as well who hold these same values which led us to partner with lil’gourmets for our June 2022 Giveaway.
Why Lēto teamed up with lil’gourmets
At Lēto, we know the power of delicious clean food and its importance for moms and little ones. That’s why when our founder Amanda saw lil’gourmets founder Shibani Baluja speak at a Naturally Chicago event, there was an immediate shared passion (not to mention, they are fellow Wolverines, Chicago locals, and CPG veterans!)
lil’gourmets is a leading provider of organic veggie-first meals for babies and toddlers. We’re thrilled to partner with this fellow Chicagoland, woman-owned business commited to the principles we both deeply value. Check out our Instagram for an end-of-June giveaway, or shop their array of products online!
All lil’gourmets recipes feature veggies & beans as their first and primary ingredients, delivering more than 1 serving of vegetables or beans per cup. There’s no added salt or sugar in their deliciously authentic global recipes, and their minimal processing and refrigeration allow them to deliver the taste and nutrition of a homemade meal. Why else do we love them?
- They put veggies first: Industry-leading average of 85% veggies or beans per cup ... that's 100% of a baby's daily needs and 50% of a toddlers
- They utilize global recipes: Based on the latest in infant nutrition, their recipes are designed to help kids develop a love of veggies and diverse flavors for life!
- They’re always fresh & organic: Add points on high quality ingredients, Clean Label Purity Winner, and minimally-processed.
- Its meals are served in a cup to encourage spoon feeding: Research shows spoon feeding your child during the early introduction to solids helps develop their motor skills, helps increase the muscles of mastication which have also been seen to help with speech development, and help babies recognize satiety cues.
They imagine a world where kids become curious about Morocco because they love their Moroccan Squash… and one where they request the complex flavor of a vegetable curry more often than mac & cheese!
The Founder Story: Why Shibani Started lil’gourmets
As a fellow woman-owned business, we always love hearing a bit more about the start of the company! lil’gourmets was born out of both Shibani’s life experiences and medical research. Her long struggle with infertility led her to clean up her diet and eliminate all processed foods. She eventually had her son, Jayden (yay!), but then as a busy mom struggled to find food that she felt good feeding him. So, she began cooking all of Jayden’s food, using a variety of vegetables and spices. As a toddler, she discovered Jayden loved both veggies and flavorful foods. It was then that she learned that we have a window of opportunity in infancy and toddlerhood to help our kids develop a love of veggies and diverse flavors, and squash picky eating! This discovery led her to launch lil’gourmets. Hello fresh, nutritious and veggie-licious baby meals!
Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is for educational purposes only, and does not substitute for medical advice. Always consult a medical professional or health care provider related to medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment.
Recently had my first child and wanted to be prepared with a freezer of meals and snacks. These smoothies have been the perfect addition to my supply. Smoothies taste fantastic. Portions are pretty big and very satisfying. I have been very impressed with customer service as well. They worked with me on shipping issue. I never write reviews, but this team deserves to know they are appreciated and smoothies are delicious. Thank you!!
What an incredible thing to offer to pregnant and postpartum moms. It is so important to nourish our bodies during these vital times and Leto has really closed the gap on offering not only delicious smoothies, but organic and well thought out ingredients to help with absorption. They are delicious and my very favorite thing is the 100 mg of added choline to help with baby's brain development!!
I have been having the worst 'morning sickness' that lasts 24/7. These smoothies not only taste delicious, but are they only thing keeping my stomach happy. Plus they are so healthy for me and baby #2. Customer service is great too. Thanks for everything. I am a loyal customer forever!!
I am 8 weeks pregnant, cannot keep anything down and a good friend of mine brought over some of her ginger smoothies for me to try. They are absolutely amazing, and I am obsessed with all of the good ways to get vitamins in with these. I am so happy she shared them with me. It was an instant purchase and I cannot wait to try more
I absolutely love these smoothies. The ingredients are super clean & filling, and they're incredibly easy to make. Plus, you can add in your own protein powder to make it heartier if needed. I'm not pregnant but I would recommend them to anyone - pregnant or not!
YUM! You don't have to be a preggers or a mama to enjoy these smoothies. Was intrigued by the ingredients and ease but totally sold on the taste. Click add to cart!
These smoothies make it so easy to get the nutrition you need when pregnant. I love that I can just pull out a pack and blend it and have a great healthy breakfast or snack in minutes. No one wants to fuss with food prep when they’re pregnant! The peanut butter is my favorite but the greens is a close second. And did I say how easy it was?! Totally worth it!
When I was pregnant and I got hungry, I did NOT want to scrounge around looking for ingredients to make myself something healthy. So I usually just ate junk to get the calories in before I passed out. With everything prepped and portioned, Leto's smoothies solve this problem perfectly. Smoothies always feel like a treat but these are so easy and amazingly so nutritious. And with a bunch of different flavors it doesn't have to get boring to keep making smoothies.
Such a special treat! So many nutritious and energizing ingredients plus superior taste, what's more can you ask for? You've got to try for yourself!
You know that feeling when you are hungry and running late and not feeling great and wanting to eat healthy but also not having any fresh fruits and veggies in your fridge? That is me, almost every day and Leto smoothies have been a god send. I blend one in the morning to kick start my day.
Alright y'all, not only are these smoothies swoon worthy, but they taste delicious! I love that these smoothies are fortified with vitamins and nutrients relevant to my health needs. The greens smoothie reinvigorated my existence today. It's amazing how you can taste the quality of the ingredients and feel a difference.
It's so hard to find a frozen smoothie product that fulfills my daily nutrition needs, is great for everyone in the family, and has a taste that keeps me coming back. Leto Foods "Greens" checks all of these boxes and makes it easy for me and my family to stay healthy and sharp during the week! Love this brand!
I'm not pregnant, nor do I have kids, but these are literally the best make at home smoothies. The Greens Smoothie is so delicious and I can still taste all the healthy whole foods and greens in the smoothie. It revilatizes me, and it's the perfect thing to start off my day with nutrition and peace of mind!
Wow- these smoothies are not only delicious, but they're so good for you!!! It makes me feel so good knowing that they're nutritionist approved and shown to improve the health for pregnancy and postpartum life. A lot of smoothies claim to be healthy but are loaded with sugars-- not LETO foods!! They are honest, good for you, delicious, and enjoyable whether you're pregnant or not! I highly highly recommend.
I was gifted these smoothies from a friend as soon as she found out I was pregnant and let me tell you -- THESE ARE A GAME CHANGER. I had a relatively smooth first trimester compared to some of my girlfriends, but my food aversions/nausea were next level. Tough break for a foodie. I felt like I was barely getting any nutrients to my little fetus (just bagels). I had one of these smoothies every single day and just placed an order for 14 more. Also -- the CHOLINE!! I learned before I was pregnant the importance of choline (commonly found in eggs), but when you can't eat eggs what do you do? I was thrilled to find out I was getting enough Choline each day. HUGE in the first trimester!! Seriously love love love these smoothies. Truly helped me feel at ease about getting one nutrient dense meal per day. Also a plus -- they are easy on your tummy!! If you are pregnant BUY THESE and if you know someone who is pregnant this is the best gift you can give them. 10 stars!!!!!