I'm sensing a theme here in my product postings. Fast food that isn't quite "Fast Food." I can only offer the justification that I'm constantly on the move with my older child. My latest discovery is squeezable baby food. Fruit and vegetables pureed and packaged in a pouch! A few years ago, the energy gel in a pouch became popular among athletes. Now there is something of the like for babies.
I was first introduced to the concept a few months ago at a wedding reception in a very remote location. We didn't have access to a refrigerator or a kitchen even though we were staying overnight. For me, that meant feeding Catcher from a jar or scrounging mushy foods from the reception dinner. But another parent was feeding her baby "Mashups" squeezable fruit by Revolution Foods during the ceremony. It was better than a pacifier! And unsweetened! I was instantly intrigued. I'm pretty good about packing food for Catcher when we go out of the house but sometimes it is hard to lug around a lunch box of cut fruits and vegetables. This seemed to be the perfect solution!
And then recently during a diaper run to Babies R Us, I discovered that quite a few companies have jumped into the game.
They too offer pouches with mixtures that are pure organic fruit and vegetables with no sweeteners. I was a little nervous when I handed Catcher a pouch of spinach, peas and pears from Plum Organics, but he sucked the green mush down quickly and was ready for more.
Another company, Ella's Kitchen also sells pouches of fruits and vegetables and offers a great variety of green vegetables. Like some of the other companies, Ella's offers different pouches for a baby's various stages. Among the stage two (7 months and up), Ella's even offers "Fabulously Filling Fish Pie" with salmon, broccoli and peas, among other stuff. The only bummer is that I can't seem to find where I can buy all the different flavors they have. I've already e-mailed to beg them to start selling online!
The downside of course is that the pouches are expensive. I think Catcher gulped down $4 or $5 worth in about two minutes! And I'd always rather feed him fresh fruits and vegetables. But in a pinch, I'll just squeeze!