We're so excited to announce that we have partnered with the National WIC Association (NWA). Our magazine, ChopChop Sprout, is our improved version of our WIC edition of ChopChop. NWA is the non-profit education arm and advocacy voice of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC).
Since we started publishing ChopChop’s eight special WIC editions in 2015, we received great feedback from WIC offices around the country. As a result, we have made several updates to the magazine and have renamed it. ChopChop Sprout is tailored to low-income pregnant and post-partum women and their children up to five years old. Each 24-page volume guides recipients in understanding what to make from their WIC food packages —and how-to get the most out of them. Sprout is published in both English and Spanish.
As our goal is to best serve the WIC community, NWA is providing technical review to ensure that the latest and most accurate WIC client-centered nutrition information is presented in Sprout. As our founder, Sally Sampson, says, "We know it can be challenging to cook healthy meals on a budget, especially for mothers with young children. We are thrilled to be collaborating with NWA to provide WIC families the recipes and tips they need to establish healthy eating habits for life.”
Over the past two years, ChopChop has collected feedback from state and local WIC offices around the country to enhance or WIC editions. And we have made several improvements before launching ChopChop Sprout. Each of the four volumes now include step-by-step recipes and essential “How-To’s”, such as “how to build a pantry on a budget” and “how-to gather essential kitchen equipment”.
Sprout is distributed through many local and tribal WIC offices and clinics throughout the United States. Are you a WIC center? Give your WIC clients the life skills and recipes to prepare healthful and inexpensive meals for their families. Order 100 individual copies for only $100 (including shipping and handling).
Try this applesauce recipe from the latest issue:
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Potato masher or fork
4 Granny Smith or other tart apples, peeled (if you like), and diced
1⁄3 cup water
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.
1. Put the apples, water, and maple syrup in the pot, cover and put on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-low and cook until the apples are tender, about 30 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes to make sure the apples aren’t sticking. Set aside to cool a bit, about 10 minutes.
2. Mash the apples using a potato masher or fork, and set aside to cool until just warm.
3. Serve right away, or put it in the container and refrigerate until cold. The applesauce will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 4 days.