When you’re a mom, you go to great lengths to make sure that your kids are growing up healthy and happy. In one woman’s case, that means creating new foods to nourish their picky palates! Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi created her own nut and seed butter to help her son get the nutrition he needed to survive.
The Birth of NuttZo
Dietz-LiVolsi had no intentions of creating a business and becoming her own #girlboss in the beginning. Her priority was nourishing her new son, whom she adopted from the Ukraine. Because he’d grown up eating mushy foods, and so little of it, he was malnourished and had a hard time swallowing solids like meats and vegetables. As a result, he wasn’t getting the nutrients his body needed. (Cue: inevitable mom panic.) By turning a sense of hopelessness into determination, this supermom hit the drawing board and came up with the idea of starting her son on homemade nut and seed butters. By doing this, she could incorporate whole proteins into a soft food that he could swallow. Lo and behold, it did the trick. The best part? He loved the stuff! Along with her well-deserved proud mom moment, Dietz-LiVolsi had an A-HA moment: Why not make this butter available to the masses? After all, the nut and seed butters on store shelves only incorporated one nut or seed each. Why not kick things up a few notches and incorporate *seven* of them? Helloooo superfood!
Thus, NuttZo was born.
So, What’s in NuttZo?
NuttZo is a wholesome nut and seed butter made up of a variety of organic nuts and seeds and is sold at Whole Foods, Sprouts, and more. Blends vary; some incorporate chia seeds while others incorporate pumpkin seeds. The thing that Dietz-LiVolsi prides herself on is the fact that that’s all her butter contains — a medley of seven different nuts and seeds, plus a few other organic components. There are no hydrogenated or palm oils added. In fact, directions on each package tell you how to properly handle and store the butter as the natural oils separate. Certified kosher, GF, and non-GMO, this mompreneur is extremely proud to bring her concoctions to store shelves so that *everyone* can fuel up and feel good with something that is healthful, invigorating and, of course, TASTY.
Project Left Behind
Being the nurturing person that she is, Dietz-LiVolsi decided she couldn’t stop there. As far as malnourished children go, there’s still a lot of work to be done and she’s eager to play a part in putting an end to it. In order to put her goals into action, she founded Project Left Behind, which is a non-profit organization supported by each and every NuttZo purchase. The project hosts an annual “voluntour” to Cusco, Peru, where participants have the opportunity to work in orphanages and help make a difference.
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