We’re back with a few more baby food reviews. This time I thought we would sample a few of the new baby food pouches since they seem to be all the rage. I picked four types that combined fruits and vegetables in one mixture. I noticed that although the label often lists a vegetable first, the actual order of ingredients always starts with a fruit.
The Blueberry, Pear and Purple Carrot from Plum Organics was quite tart. Daddy did not like this flavor but Henry even preferred it to his morning toast crust. I think this puree has potential as a homemade popsicle. It was bright purple and would make a very colorful frozen treat.
|Henry slurped down the purple puree.|
Next on our tasting adventure was the Carrots, Apples and Parsnips from Ella’s Kitchen. This orange blend was not a particular stand-out. Henry did pass his spoon back to me for a second scoop, but then he moved on to his roasted vegetables without looking back.
|Henry gave was not as excited about the orange puree.|
Our third food pouch was Pumpkin and Banana from Plum Organics. The smell of banana was overpowering, but the flavor of this yellow puree was not what I expected. Instead of being mild and sweet, this mixture was face-puckering sour. Henry even pulled away from the offer of a second spoonful.
|Henry did not want a second helping of the yellow puree.|
Finally, we tried out Broccoli, Pears and Peas from Ella’s Kitchen. It had a strong broccoli essence with a mild pea finish. Always the dramatic one, Daddy said this green puree looked like mold but might be fit for inmate consumption. Henry took half a bite and did not want to try again.
While food pouches are controversial, especially for older children, I can understand the convenience factor for parents who want to use baby food purees but don’t have time to make their own. Whether you select baby food in a jar or pouch, I would encourage parents to taste test the food you give your child. Double-check the ingredients to be sure you are getting what you expect and then make sure it tastes like real fruits and veggies.