When it came time to feed the first of her three children, Amanda Nesis wasn’t too impressed with the options, so she began making her own. After much trial and error, she started making larger batches of fresh fruit and vegetable purees, which she sold at local farmers markets. She soon discovered babies weren’t the only ones eating her products. Adults were, too.
Once people got past the idea of “baby food,” they embraced the concept. Everything Nesis makes is fresh, organic and delicious. In August 2015 she took her products to the next level and opened a store in Huntington Village called Spoonfed. Nesis and her partner, Jaime Koumoulis, make all the food from scratch on premises. Products include nondairy fruit and vegetable purees, homemade yogurts and smoothies and jarred plain yogurt. Two new lines have been added: raw/vegan porridge made with oats soaked in coconut milk to which maple syrup and cinnamon are added; and raw/vegan protein bites made from oats, dark chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds and almond butter. Raw foods can retain nutrients that may otherwise be lost in the cooking process.
What makes the products even more interesting is that many of them are served in BPA-free, food-grade-quality pouches that are completely recyclable. They are transparent, so you can actually see what you’re feeding yourself and your kids. Unlike other baby foods, Spoonfed products are not heat treated to sit on a shelf. The products are non-GMO; nothing artificial is used and nothing processed. Everything is made fresh and can go right into the refrigerator or freezer where the food maintains its flavor, vibrancy and nutritional value.
Spoonfed is family friendly, and for those wanting something more, Spoonfed has a small eat-in menu where you can order avocado toast made on whole wheat toast with housemade hummus, baby spinach, avocado and lemon olive oil drizzle. Other options are seasonal salads, seasonal quinoa bowls, an almond butter snack and grab-and-go salsa and hummus.
Amanda Nesis has a strong sense of community. She believes it’s important to give back and to teach children to do the same, so she has started “Pay it Forward” events at Spoonfed. During the holidays, kids came in and made coloring books that were given to pediatric patients at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Twenty children took part in the project. Nesis is thinking of new ideas for the spring and summer.
Spoonfed recently started catering children’s birthday parties, and the kids absolutely love eating from the fun pouches while enjoying other healthy foods. Along with running Spoonfed, Amanda Nesis is a physician’s assistant in women’s health care; she believes her products go hand in hand with her career.
For those who can’t make it to the store, this spring Spoonfed products ship direct and can now be bought online.