By Nick Christophers
Over the past 20 years the public has become more conscious about the food they are eating. Many processed foods on the market are filled with sugar, additives and preservatives. There has been an insurgence of nutritionists and bodybuilders coaching their clients that the only way to improve your health is through eating the proper meals.
Zoi Maroudas is neither a nutritionist nor a bodybuilder but a well-educated individual who has seen the same pitfalls in food consumption in America. She is a native of the island of Zakynthos in Greece where she learned at an early age the importance of a well-balanced diet. Her family comes from a farming background where having natural foods is paramount to good health.
Zoi, along with her parents and two brothers embarked to America in 1984 bringing their farming skills with them. Her parents opened a restaurant in Anchorage, Alaska where they promoted good food and healthy eating habits to their customers. Zoi took all that knowledge to heart and excelled in science in school. She would later attend Baylor Medical School and then the University of Washington where her study was in gynecology, oncology, geriatrics and neuroscience.
When she began working at certain hospitals she realized the disconnect with the food element and the patients. Most of the patients dreaded the meals they were being offered. In turn, Zoi proposed a solution to the heads of the hospitals of offering a better alternative. What she offered was a healthy meal option that not only tasted good but had all the nutrients and vitamins necessary to assist in a pateint’s recovery.
This was where the idea of Bambino’s Frozen Foods was born. The name is unique and influenced across many cultures; Italian, Greek and Latin. The product has been well received nationally and is slowly becoming international. It is based solely on high amounts of protein, grains and vegetables. The product is sold in a pouch with five meals consisting of fifteen star shaped cubes.
They are made to be easy for a baby or toddler to eat and digest. The flavors vary from filet mignon, salmon and others and these products have all the proper nutrients and vitamins needed for the body without the need of supplements.
Zoi’s mission is not only to produce and distribute the product but to educate people of the importance of health and wellness. In her time working on Bambino’s Frozen Baby Food she has garnered many awards. In her hometown of Anchorage she was given the Made in Alaska Manufacturing Award and in Texas she was honored with the State of Texas Award for champing nutrition awareness in Texas and across the US. In McLennan County for the State of Texas November 2nd was to be “Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas Day” to symbolize Zoi’s mission to nurture a healthier generation. She also received the honor of such awards as the Top 40 Under 40, the Gold Pan Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence and Manufacturer of the Year. To spread awareness of the product she done public speaking at the American Allergy Foundation, National Institute of Health, Stroke Recovery in Austin Texas, Pediatricians, Alzheimer’s, Gastroparesis, Organic Trade Associations as well as business and entrepreneurial conferences.
“Every award holds value to me. Yet the most important one which was not an award but a breakthrough was when allergists and pediatricians accepted a product I was pushing called the Peanut Nanny. It was made to prevent peanut allergies among children. It was a great feat to have it accepted and utilized in the market.”
Bambino’s Frozen Foods has also branched out to China, Canada and Singapore and is looking to reach other nations. As we mentioned earlier it is not only for infants and toddlers but adults. Bodybuilders are beginning to pick up the product for its heavy amounts of protein. The natural elements are still active and are not depleted which is a plus for anyone in the training zone.
For Zoi the product is not a brand but a family since they work with shelters and do outreach programs. She has done public speaking on the importance of health and wellness all over the United States. Her goal is to bring awareness of better health decisions and better eating habits. A good place to start is with the children so they can adopt the importance of good and healthy food consumption. Zoi has also spread the word on national TV when she appeared on the Today show and Martha Stewart.
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