I consider myself to be a somewhat crunchy mom. I baby-wear, cloth diaper, breastfed, and cooked homemade purees. I say somewhat though because we do use disposables at night, she has been vaccinated and my cupboards are also stocked with store bought baby/toddler food and I’m sure there is more to list.
As much as I would like to be able to always feed my daughter homemade food, it just isn’t realistic when I’m constantly on the go. Making big batches of food for her and freezing it takes time, especially since she enjoys variety. So when I am in a rush, and haven’t had a chance to restock our freezer supply, I rely on the next best thing. Store bought, Organic baby food – full of nothing but whole ingredients – no salt, sugar or preservatives. I prefer organic because babies and toddlers eat so much more vegetables and fruit that I am afraid of the concentration of harmful things in regular produce in her little body. That, and I find the organic lines generally just have better quality ingredients included. The first thing I look at, by the way, is the ingredients, and if they contain anything I wouldn’t use when cooking for her, it goes straight back to the shelf.
I was happy to note during my last stock up on food and snacks for Keira that Heinz actually has a full range of 100% certified Organic food including cereal, baby and toddler food, juice and snacks. Heinz is a household name when it comes to baby and toddler food products, my own mother fed Heinz purees to us as babies even!
I picked up a few items from the Organic line to try and was pleased right from the get-go when I read over the ingredients. Take the Organic Vegetables, Beef & Spaghetti Casserole for example. It is meant for 8 months and up and similar to something I make Keira homemade. What’s in it? Water, Organic carrots, Organic beef, Organic Zucchini, Organic Tomato Paste, Organic Yellow Split Peas, Organic Pasta, Organic Lentils, Organic Concentrated Pear Juice, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Spice. Nothing but goodness, and it makes for a balanced meal. Keira also gobbled it up as fast as she does my homemade food so she must have thought it was pretty tasty!
I also noticed Organic Rice Snacks for the Toddler stage in both regular and honey flavours. Both are made with whole grain brown rice and the honey flavour also contains organic honey and organic cane sugar. I picked up one of each as I wasn’t sure which she would prefer. I was really happy to see these snacks as most of the toddler snacks I see are heavy in sugars, oils and stuff I don’t really want to feed my not yet 2 year old child. Still, it is nice to have little snacks on hand for her when we go on outings and a banana isn’t going to cut it. She ended up loving both flavours judging by all the begging that went on for “more”.
For those times when convenience is a must Heinz Organic line will definitely remain in our cupboards.