Head’s up! It’s a giveaway!
Hey, you. Yes, you, the one up to her elbows in organic sweet potato puree with the salt-free, homemade chicken stock simmering away on the stove. Good for you. There are a whole bunch of reasons making your own baby food is great. It’s cheaper and fresher and you know exactly what’s in it, for starters. You also get to control portion sizes and play around with adding flavours and ingredients.
Strange, then, that I wasn’t able to remember any of those reasons when I was scrambling to get three kids fed and dressed and out the door in time to catch the school bus. When Mary was starting on solids last year, it was all I could do to run the dishwasher every day and find any food to put on the table, let alone prepare special batches of purees for my freezer.
Instead, I relied on a mix of organic, store-bought baby food (which is totally fine and healthy, cut yourself some slack) and putting steamed veggies from our meals through the baby food mill or mashing them with a fork on the fly. Most babies are really only on the pureed stuff for a couple months anyway and will be putting away soft finger foods before you know it.
And then, when Mary was 7 or 8 months old, I discovered Baby Gourmet and the clouds parted and angels started singing. Not exactly, but it was pretty great. First of all, the packaging is genius. The food is all organic and comes in little squeezable pouches so you can squeeze it right onto the spoon without contaminating the rest of the package with saliva. Screw the cap back on and save the rest for later. It’s the ideal baby food for when you’re out and about.
They’ve also just added six new flavours to their line up: 1. Banana, Apple, Fig, Oatmeal and Greek Yogurt, 2. Banana, Apple and Beetberry, 3. Banana, Apple and Kale Blend, 4. Minty Pears, Apples and Peas, 5. Cherry Apple Blossom and 6. Fruity Carrot and Greek Yogurt Smoothie. I don’t have an infant anymore so the three kids and I cracked these open to sample ourselves. They were all delicious. They were so good, in fact, that my four-year old keeps sneaking the left overs out of the fridge to eat as a snack. I even promised her some for dessert one day!
Win some and see for yourself. I’m giving away a prize pack of all six new flavours. Contest closes Friday, March 29 at 11:59pm. Canada and US.