There’s a whole range of new baby foods on the market, and my favourite bit is that they’re not in long-life squeezie pouches on the shelves! 🥳Today’s Chewsday review features a frozen puree option from Nourishing Bubs. You can buy the fruit and vegetable puree cubes at Woolworths. Today I’m reviewing the 100% pure veggies.
🔹Vegetables (100%). There’s either beetroot, zucchini, cauliflower or pumpkin in the frozen cubes.
🔹Common allergens include: none. May be present: milk.
🔹100% vegetables. I like that there are no fillers and that the vegetable options don’t have added fruit like most baby foods. Fruit is nutritious but we want to introduce babies to a range of flavours, not just sweet ones.
🔹Fat, saturated fat and sugar within healthy guidelines.
🔹Very low sodium (salt) content (and none added).
🔹I like the frozen purée options over heat treated purées. It's more likely that many of the nutrients are retained with this form of processing, whilst still having a decent shelf life.
🔹The small size of the cubes makes them convenient for bubs who are new to solids and don't need a lot.
🔹100% Australian vegetables. I also love that they are frozen as individual vegetables because I’m a big fan of exposing babies to the tastes of individual foods and not always having everything mixed together. This also means that once you’ve introduced individual tastes, you can easily mix the flavours together (like a combo of pumpkin and beetroot, or cauliflower and zucchini).
🔹These are reasonably expensive vegetable purees. They cost $9.50 for 16x 25g blocks of purée, which works out to $23/kg. That's much more than a homemade veggie purée. BUT I’d happily pay that myself to not to have to cook and puree my own beetroot version!
🔹There’s not really any iron in these purees, because vegetables generally don’t naturally contain much iron. Remember that iron is the main nutritional reason we start food at 6 months. This is a concern for me if you were only offering your baby vegetable purees for an extended period of time. *Note: this isn’t the intended use of this product, but just something to be aware of.
🔹”No added salt, no added nasties.” Long time readers know how I feel about the ambiguous term ‘nasties’ but I’ll let this one slide because I love that there’s no added salt.
🔹”Snap frozen to lock in nutrients” ✔️
🔹”Pureeing fruit and vegetables is boring, time consuming and the last thing you feel like doing when you’re juggling 75 balls” AMEN!
🔹Nourishing Bubs is founded by an Australian Dietitian, a fact I love!
🔹Homemade baby food is likely to be a much cheaper option, but it involves a lot more faff. If you’re short on time, these are a great vegetable option.
🔹Remember that we want to include an iron rich food at most meals. If you were to mix one of these puree cubes with some Bellamy’s organic iron-fortified spelt pasta, or some pureed tinned lentils then you’d be onto a winner!
🔹I love that these are convenient AND nutritious so they get a thumbs up from me. They’d be a great pasta sauce option too instead of the pre-packaged salty sauces you can buy at the supermarket.
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