Chewsday Review- Baby Bellies Organic Veggie Bowl- Pea and Carrot.
I’m back in the baby aisle this week, but it’s not a squeezie pouch. Novel hey? Baby Bellies have just released a range of fruit-free ‘goodie bowls’ to offer your baby on a spoon. Let’s see how they stack up in today’s Chewsday Review.
🔹Organic Vegetables (Peas (33%), Carrot (30%)), Water
🔹That means this bowl is 63% veggies and 37% water.
🔹Commercial baby foods aren’t my favourites for every day use, mostly because their texture and taste don’t change and babies can find it hard to break away from them. Having said that, there are always times when you need a convenient back up option!
🔹Common allergen: none
🔹 I love that this is veggie only. It’s tricky to find a fruit-free puree on the shelves these days. Most baby foods are sweetened with fruit to increase the palatability (and the chance you’ll buy it again!) There’s nothing wrong with fruit, but we want to teach our babies to enjoy a wide variety of flavours, not just sweet ones.
🔹Low sodium and sugar (neither of these have been added)
🔹Good source of fibre for little tummies.
🔹The bowls are reusable and recyclable (and you don’t have to take them to the soft plastics section of the supermarket like you do with pouches).
🔹At $2.25 they’re not super cheap, but equivalent to a pouch. You’re definitely paying for convenience though, because for 72g of veggies (without the water), this works out to $31/kg. I don’t love that 1/3 of this bowl is water.
🔹After 6 months of age, babies need a source of iron at every meal. Unfortunately, there’s no iron in this puree.
🔹“For interactive spoon feeding.” I much prefer a bowl and spoon to a squeezie pouch, for interactive reasons and skill development. You can always be led by your baby when using a spoon but if you’re heading down a finger food only path, these could be spread on toast strips or dissolvable crackers.
🔹“A fruit-free puree for future veg lovers” As I said earlier, I love that this range has fruit-free options so babies can learn to enjoy savoury flavours too.
🔹“No added sugar or salt” True, but this applies to most baby purees.
🔹 This veggie tub is a reasonable option to have in your cupboard or bag as a back up for bub. I’d recommend mixing it with a high iron food (like meat puree, tinned lentils or fish) to increase the iron content.
🔹Nourishing Bubs have a frozen range of vegetable only puree with no added water, which are more cost effective. Rafferty’s Garden have a veggie and chickpea option (albeit in a pouch) as an alternative (most of their ranges contains fruit).
🔹Homemade is always a preference, or there are a range of fabulous baby food home delivery options now like Tiny Turtle in Perth.
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