Saturday, January 29, 2011

Baby Gourmet


When I was first introducing solid food to Little One, I was paranoid about her consuming ingredients that were unhealthy. I decided that I would make all of her baby food. I made batches of veggie and fruit purees. Then I started making mixed foods (meats, potatoes, pasta, rice, veggies) and pureed those too. I put them in ice cube trays and froze them for future use. It was so convenient and so easy to do.

Contrary to common belief, making homemade baby food was not in the least bit time consuming or difficult. At our house, we eat lots of healthy produce (loads of fresh vegetables and fruit), so whatever we were eating, I'd put some aside for Little One and puree it for her. She ate what we ate, and to this day she still eats whatever we're eating.

The kid loves okra, spinach, eggplant, bok choy, cucumber, seaweed, broccoli, and other vegetables I never thought she'd like!
Some say we got lucky that we don't have a picky eater and that our toddler loves her vegetables. I'd like to think it's because she sees us eating and enjoying all those delicious veggies and knows that this is just what we eat in our household.

When I was asked to review a new organic baby food, I was really excited. I only wish I had this brand of baby food when Little One was eating baby food! All of their products have 100% Organic Ingredients, No Thickeners or Fillers, No Added Sugar or Salt, and BPA-free packaging.

"Baby Gourmet, an organic baby food company, is aiming to change the way parents view packaged baby foods. While many of the standard options lining grocery store shelves are bland and full of fillers, addtivies and preservatives, Baby Gourmet food is 100% organic, free of thickeners and fillers and best of all, tastes delicious, even to discerning adults. The company consistently asks, "Why feed it to your baby if you wouldn't eat it yourself?"
Beginning with the first stage of simple purees such as Juicy Pear and Garden Greens and graduating to the final stage of tasty textures including Vanilla, Banana, Berry Risotto, Baby Gourmet changes the perception that baby food can't taste good in a natural state, free of sugar and salt."
We tested the Baby Gourmet products as soon as the box was delivered to our house! We were sent the full line of products - one of each flavour.
The All Stage Sampler box contains:
  • 1 pouch of Stage 1 Orchard Apple, Carrot & Prune
  • 1 pouch of Stage 1 Juicy Pear & Garden Greens
  • 1 pouch of Stage 1 Harvest Pear, Pumpkin & Banana
  • 1 pouch of Stage 2 Baby’s Sweet Potato Pie
  • 1 pouch of Stage 2 Apple Sweet Potato Berry Swirl
  • 1 pouch of Stage 2 Roasted Squash & Fruit Medley
  • 1 pouch of Stage 3 Vanilla Banana berry Risotto
  • 1 pouch of Stage 3 Tropical Banana Bliss
  • 1 pouch of Stage 3 Old Fashioned Apple Crisp
 The first thing I noticed about the product was the packaging. It didn't come in the standard glass containers that most baby food come in. The packaging was very attractive and in a pouch format. The packaging is BPA-free and very portable! You can toss it in your diaper bag or food bag and you don't have to worry about leakage or glass containers breaking. There's also a cap that you use to seal the package when you're not using it. You simply squeeze the amount you need and then screw the cap back on. No mess. No hassle. No waste!

The next thing I noticed was the variety of flavours. There are so many delicious combos to choose from. Of course, me being the foodie that I am, I used to make a variety of combos for Little One when she was a baby too. I was curious as to whether Baby Gourmet lived up to my homemade baby food recipes! Of course, I tried it! I wouldn't give my child anything unless I've tried it first! It was delicious.

When I turned the packaging over to read the ingredients for the Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto, I was happy to see that the first ingredient was Organic Banana. It was followed by Organic Apple, Organic Brown Rice, Water, Organic Blueberry, Pure Organic Vanilla Extract, Ascorbic Acid, and Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate. Yes, I was very happy indeed!


Since Little One turned two years old in November, she isn't exactly a baby anymore and hasn't eaten baby food in AGES. I asked my friend to come over with her baby (who has just started eating solids recently) so we could taste test some of the products for my review. With the help of my friend's 6 month old, we had a blast with the Sweet Potato Pie (since she's already been introduced to sweet potato).
The result?

Baby Sunday loved Baby Gourmet! She sampled the Baby Sweet Potato Pie and couldn't get enough!

Little One, not wanting to be left out of the action, tried some too. She saw the Baby Gourmet packages on the table and swiped one off the table, yelling "Juice! Juice! Juice!"
After taking a sip (Yes, I let her do it. I was curious to see her reaction!), she quickly realized it wasn't juice and said, "Smoothie?"


My toddler taste tested the Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto and the Apple Sweet Potato Berry Swirl, and loved them. She's not a baby anymore, but since I have the products, I was thinking of adding some of the Baby Gourmet into her oatmeal in the morning for some added fruits and veggies. I've given my friend the stage 1 and state 2 products for Baby Sunday to enjoy. 


As a Mom who is concerned with what my child eats and with what goes into her little body, I would highly recommend Baby Gourmet. I made Little One's baby food, but would have been so thankful to have these products around when Little One was starting solid food! Delicious, wholesome, natural, and healthy, Baby Gourmet is also a very convenient alternative to "homemade by Mom" baby food.

 GREAT NEWS!!! Baby Gourmet is now available at your local Walmart stores!

*Disclosure- I was given The All Stage Sampler Box from Baby Gourmet for reviewing purposes. The opinions on this blog are my own.

5 comments:

Janet said...

Wow, those look awesome! I'd really like to try them for Zoe. Do you know if they're expensive? Are they available at Walmart stores in Canada, or just in the states? Do you have the ingredient listings? I suppose I could just look on their website, eh?

C said...

Janet:
You're in luck! They're CANADIAN! Walmart stores across Canada now carry Baby Gourmet. They're not that expensive either. All the ingredients are organic and there are no fillers, thickeners, added salt, added sugar or artificial ingredients!!! It's just PURE organic fruits and veggies! The website has ingredient lists for each product. Just click on the photo of the back of the package and you can see the list.

Chantal said...

OMG! Thank you so much for posting this! I have been looking for a good organic baby food for my son! Going to check if they have them at my Walmart today!

Anonymous said...

Neat packaging and the flavours are really different! Sounds so good! Old fashioned apple crisp sounds like it'll be a hit with my DS!

Thanks for sharing!

Jenn

C said...

You guys are all in luck! Baby Gourmet is offering an All Stage Box of Baby Gourmet Organic Baby Food to one of my readers!!! Contest is up now, so check the giveaways section on my sidebar :)

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