Friends, sisters, parents, entrepreneurs, advocates, leaders, warriors. This is our SuperTeam.
Our purpose is to feed minds and bodies for greater wellness. To be a part of the change of a broken food system. To make ordinary food extraordinary. To make the daily habit of eating more nourishing, delicious and fun. To create a new category of food for kids. To assume more about a child's palate than what is widely accepted. To listen to, support and be a resource to moms and dads who want help feeding their families. To give back and reduce child hunger in this country. To build a SuperTeam surrounded by a fair, fun, socially responsible, kind environment where everyone is encouraged to participate and be heard.
We are here to empower parents and grow healthy SuperKids.
Super starts here.
When I was younger, my dad handed out plenty of advice for my future in the working world. Always send a hand written thank you note. Look people in the eye and give them a firm handshake. Ask questions and really listen to the answers. Learn what motivates people. Above all, whatever you do, make sure you are happy. Oh, and work so that one day you own the company.
As I grew up, I grew to expect that I would, indeed someday "own the company". But what company? What did I love enough to start from scratch? I needed to find something that would get me up in the morning and keep me motivated all day. I thought about it off and on for years but I knew that I couldn't pretend. I had to find something meaningful. Something I was really passionate about. How does a person find that?
Fast forward to the summer of 2010, when Silvia and I were having a play date with our two sets of one-and-a-half year old twins. We had a mutual love of food and finding ways to get the most nutrition into our children's meals. And our own. Despite my childhood years filled with canned cheese and sugary cereal (yes, I was known to pour honey on frosted corn flakes because they weren't sweet enough) I performed a slow, deliberate overhaul on the food that I put into my body when I was in my mid 20s and really hit full steam ahead after my girls were born. I always loved cooking and baking but felt like I was really getting to know food for the first time during those years.
Chatting with Silvia that day, we easily noted several companies in the baby food space doing an amazing job with high quality food. Yet we were at a loss to name many brands dedicated to the underserved toddler and kids market. Companies that were nutritious but also delicious and above all...fun. That night, as I prepared dinner I got a text from Silvia saying, "do you want to do this?" I turned to my husband and said, "do what?" Before I remember answering, we were meeting at coffee shops and drafting the blue print for MySuperFoods Company.
In the end, it turns out that the company found me.
Growing up, I was a terribly picky eater. I remember my mother pleading with me to please have “just one more spoon” of this or that. My mother went out of her way to sneak vegetables, healthy proteins and fruit into my minimalist diet. This daily struggle went on well into my teenage years.
Luckily, I eventually learned to appreciate good, healthy food and became an avid home cook. Then came my twins and they awoke my fears of having picky eaters just like me and so began the journey of providing them with delicious, healthy, all natural meals and snacks. While I make most of their food at home, I need some healthy on the go options as well for days spent at the park or at grandma’s house, but I struggled to find anything that I felt good about feeding my children. Even the products that claim to be “healthy”, “organic” or “all natural” were either high in sugar or had little nutritional value.
I knew that healthier options were possible, so along with a good friend and equally passionate mom, Katie, we created MySuperFoods, a food company that is committed to providing all natural, healthy, nutrient dense foods for children. As a mother of three young children, I am personally dedicated to ensuring that the products we create for MySuperFoods have the same nutritional value and quality superfood ingredients that I would cook for my little ones.
Growing up, my mother had a mantra: “you can’t say you don’t like it until you try it…and you have to try it once” So, when it was three-year-old me against a Brussels sprout, I did what every other little kid would do: I fed it to my dog and told my mom it was delicious. I thought I was being sneaky…but she just laughed and put another one on my plate: “Good, so have some more!” At this point, there was no way out. Being the youngest of three—with two older brothers—I was never one to back down from a challenge. I remember both of them staring at me, hands to their mouths, waiting to see my reaction. These little green things were a sort of crunchy, kind of salty, and I didn't have to use a fork…they were right up my alley! So, I smiled—and demanded Brussels sprouts for weeks on end. That was my very first memory of falling in love with a particular food.
It took my father a while to convince me that a college education was the first step into culinary school—and as much as I knew his statement was false, I thought his intentions were spot on. For four years, I attended Rutgers University-Newark, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Going to classes was always rewarding, and it was an honor to have been taught by such distinguished professors. After graduating in 2011, I became a copywriter and maintained a steady client base as a private English tutor. But, something was missing; I wanted to make a dent in the universe, and I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. So, I searched high and low for a start-up company that could utilize my personality, skills, and passions. With a bit of patience, I have officially I hit the jackpot!
MySuperFoods Company has combined two of my favorite things: learning and snacking. I began by performing their product demonstrations and I guess you can say the rest is history! I have the privilege of helping create a lifestyle brand that children will recognize, parents will appreciate—and, as a team, we will work hard to contribute to a greater mission: ending child hunger in the US. I’m here because I believe that kids who are exposed will learn and we’re living in an era that truly needs tasty, nourishing, on-the-go food for children.
I've always been into learning. When I was 6 I wanted to be an archaeologist. Most pictures of me from childhood include an open book, propped open in one of my hands. If I don't know how to make it, I will learn. My sister, Co-Founder Katie Jesionowski, likes to joke that if she doesn't have time to research something she will just call and ask me. She knows I can't stand not to know.
When my oldest daughter was born in 2005, it probably didn't surprise most people to know that I made all of her food from scratch. Although this is a deeply polarizing topic, my reasoning was pure economics. Making her food was less expensive than buying it in a package. It wasn't about organic or conventional. It made the best sense for our family budget.
After daughter number two arrived, I began experiencing endless food allergies and sensitivities. The more I was forced to move to a mostly vegetarian, clean food diet, the more I learned about what was going in and on our food. I dove head first into the research. At the same time, I was teaching AP Psychology and AP Environmental Science. I began noticing the behavior patterns of my students and how environmental science impacts societal behavior. How people (myself included) encourage change.
I began practicing organic gardening and canning/freezing to further maximize our family budget. By the time baby number three arrived, I was changing my family's eating habits. These changes came slowly, but deliberately. First, remove food coloring. Second, remove corn/syrups. Third, remove non organic wheat. Ultimately, this meant less packaged and fast food and two full time working parents prepping and cooking at home. Surprisingly, despite what most people on the other side of the clean food argument make, it means less money on food for my family. Seriously. I spend less money on real, organic, Non GMO food now than I did five years ago when I wasn't so specific.
I love being a part of an industry that invites change. That seeks more information. It's right up my alley.
Megan is the founder of Empower Nutrition & Health Coaching, LLC, where she serves as a certified Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach. She received her health coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and holds credentialing as a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the State University of New York, the American Academy of Drugless Practitioners, and the International Association of Health Coaches. Megan graduated from Boston College, where she studied business, psychology, and education.
Megan educates & empowers children and adults of all ages to learn the true ins-and-outs of healthy eating and living habits. She specializes in enhancing the lives of busy families & professionals by following the mantra created for her clients: “Feed your brain with knowledge about the best foods, products, and habits for the body, mind, and soul.”
When not health coaching her own clients, she is also a busy, work-from-home mom and health coach & advisor for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In addition, she serves as a nutrition & health coaching consultant and weekly blog author to MySuperFoods.
Despite always having a passion for learning about nutrition and being “healthy”, Megan faced for own trials and tribulations dealing with health issues ranging from stress-induced ulcers to a failing thyroid, coupled with dabbling in failed diets and yo-yo energy levels. She finally balanced out her own life with simple whole-food nutrition, proper vitamin and nutrient supplementation, and healthy lifestyle choices. Megan has always been an active athlete, swimming competitively throughout her school years and rowing in college. She continues her emphasis on exercise with running, boot-camp workouts, Spinning, and yoga.
Please feel free to contact Megan if you have any questions and/or if you are interested in working with her! Be sure to like her Facebook page to stay in-the-loop with the most up-to-date information and tips on staying healthy!