As I have mentioned several times before, my two-year-old son, Ethan is both an incredibly picky eater and significantly underweight for his age, so mealtimes in my house are several steps beyond frustrating. So, whenever I hear of a great new baby food, I jump at the chance to try it out. In this case, I emailed the lovely people at Ella's Kitchen and told them my sad story of my non-eater son and my about-to-start solid foods baby, and they sent me some samples of their products.
Ella's Kitchen is a company that was started by a dad (Ella's dad!) because he felt that it was important to give kids food that is both good for them, and that is fun, tasty and cool. Go here to read more about the story behind these foods. The Ella's Kitchen foods are made from 100% organic fruits and vegetables, with NOTHING else added (not even water!). In addition to being organic, the foods are gluten, wheat, dairy and egg-free. They come packaged in handy pouches with recloseable tops, so you can either just pour what you need into a bowl, or your older kid can drink from it like a straw.
Ella's Kitchen has a good variety of combinations of foods available now. In the Stage 1 foods (for 4 months of age and up: carrot, apple, parsnip; broccoli, pears and peas; sweet potato, apple, pumpkin and blueberry; peaches and bananas; strawberries and apples; and apples and bananas. For the older kids, Ella's kitchen makes smoothies called "The Yellow One" (made of bananas, mangoes, apricots and apples, and "The Red One", made from strawberries, raspberries, apples and bananas.
We tested out a bunch of these foods over the last few days with Ethan, and most of them were a hit! He loved the smoothies and kept begging for more long after the pouches were empty. I also fed him the stage 1 foods- even though he's 2, he's such a poor eater that I often still give him baby food just to get vegetables in him somehow. He really liked the sweet potato/apple/pumpkin/blueberry combo and the carrot/apple/parsnip combo. The broccoli one didn't go over as well, but he doesn't eat a lot of broccoli in general, so it's not a familiar taste to him. I'm saving the more simple blends for Vivian- she just had her first rice cereal last night, so we'll be introducing her to fruits and veggies very soon!
I love the convenience of the pouches- we were out a lot this weekend and I would just tuck a couple in my bag and open them when I wanted to feed Ethan. Then he would eat what he wanted and I'd put the cap back on when he was done and put it back in my bag.
Here's a link to all the other questions you might have about these products including why organic?, questions about the pouches, taking the pouches on the airplane, and shelf life, to name a few.
Ella's Kitchen products are now available for us to buy in the US, at both Babies R Us and Toys R Us. We will be making a trip there soon to stock up on more pouches!
Taking a break from playing with his trains to eat
And making Daddy hold the pouch so he can eat/play simultaneously :)
Disclaimer: I was provided samples of Ella's Kitchen baby foods so that my family could test them for ourselves for this review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions here are mine and mine alone.