When I’m on the go I love these pouches because I can simply give it to baby and she can feed herself with relatively little mess. I also love that it helps to teach her how to feed herself in a different way than finger food does. It helps her learn how to hold sippy cups because it requires the same holding position with both her hands. Although I still have trouble getting her to drink by herself from her sippy cup she can feed herself from the food pouches quite successfully.
I don’t use them everyday as I prefer to make natural wholesome food myself but they are a great worry free option when you are out and about.
I love the organic lines. My faves are Sprout Organics, Happy Baby Organics and Gerber Organics. Unfortunately they all still have a fruit as the main ingredient (not necessarily listed as the name on the front). For example if you check the ingredients list on the back of BROCOLI AND APPLE it will have Apple listed first on the list of ingredients. I have found this applies with all of them obviously to appeal to the taste buds of the little ones. I think this is unfortunate for those of us that have babies who love veggies but it’s a growing market so fingers crossed so veggie heavy packets will be released soon. If you want a singular vegetable ‘Plum Organics’ is a good option as they have a line of just one ingredient. For example JUST SWEET POTATO. There are no other ingredients.
Apparently several companies are in R and D on how to take these pouches into other markets such as ‘post workout eating’ or ‘lunch on the run’. While seriously convenient packaging I think the challenge is in making a normal adult meal appealing in pureed form. Pureed turkey sandwich anyone?
Do you have kids? I have a ten-month-old baby girl. If you’re a parent you know giving our kiddies a healthy diet is really important. If your anything like me you find it challenging to keep coming up with different healthy semi mashed foods that they will eat.
We just spent a glorious month in Australia visiting my family and friends. I’m Aussie American. Anyway one night my vegetarian mum made us sweet potato burgers for dinner. They were AMAZING, even my meat-eating dude loved them. Anyway I made a batch yesterday with my daughter in mind and what do you know…she loved them too!
It’s a great transition food for when your little ones are learning to eat finger foods as it’s soft enough to swallow but firm enough to break pieces off for them to hold and feed themselves.
It’s super healthy and has the high protein grain of quinoa in it. Obviously you can omit any flavors options not appropriate for babies.
As with most of my mothers cooking, she just sort of throws things together. So asking her to remember what she did to recreate these was a special kind of challenge, but having made them now I can assure you this recipe is spot on. Enjoy!
SWEET POTATO BURGERS RECIPE (great for the whole family including baby’s transitioning to solids) Created by my mum.
- 3 to 4 medium sweet potatoes (cooked and mashed)
- 1-cup quinoa (cooked)
- ¼ cup finely chopped sun dried tomatoes (you may want to omit these for baby’s)
- 3 sprigs of spring onion (finely chopped)
- 2-3 sprigs fresh coriander (approx 2 tablespoons finely chopped)
- 1 cup Cornflake crumbs (I couldn’t find them here in LA so had to make them from corn flakes)
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. If you like some spice, Red Pepper Flakes go well in these. Also 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley is a nice touch. Mixture should be firm enough to shape into patties.
Then cover with corn flake crumbs and cook in a hot pan with olive oil. Make sure oil and pan are hot before adding burgers. They are fragile so only flip once. Once browned, place on tray lined with parchment paper and put in oven for 10-15 minutes. This is an important step because the oven makes the burgers much more firm.
They are delicious served with a spicy chutney. For baby a la natural is perfect!
It’s been a while since my last post and I’m finally coming up for air after my birth. Ella – Reese is now 3 months old and perfectly delicious. It’s true what they say…. it’s like having your heart taken out and bundled up inside this little creature. It’s terrifying and wonderful all at once. I will post some pics of our little monkey soon. For now I just found a cool shoe site for pregnant women that I wish I knew about earlier. Then maybe I could have worn something other than flip flops for my entire pregnancy. For those of you whose are experiencing swelling feet or feel your high arches aching from carrying the extra weight.. these shoes might help.
My faves are the Sofia.
I remember the last time I wore heels. It was for a friends birthday party and I was about 3 months along. When I put on my fave black pumps they felt okay and it wasn’t until an hour or so later that I started to feel the discomfort. As a result I spent a lot of the night sitting down or doing a seriously dodgy version of tree pose to relieve one foot at a time. I had to take them off as soon as we left the bar and walk to the car barefoot like I did in my carefree teens. We couldn’t believe it when, on closer inspection, they looked like raw bratwurst sausages swollen: red and purple. Where did my delicate little size 6’s go. Never again.
Robin and Todd are expecting twins, Robin is due about a month after me. We had a blast and had lots to talk about comparing notes on our pregnancy experiences. They were really easy to shoot with because they’re gorgeous and very natural in front of the camera. However they’re both tall and so I did a lot of climbing onto chairs and such to get high enough. I’m due with my first baby girl on Valentines Day so this will be my last shoot for a while since I’m not exactly agile anymore. Here is just a sampling of the shoot.
The answer…if you have family to visit then Los Angeles is a great getaway.
I’ve worked with Keri before on a newborn shoot when they had their adorable baby Cameron. This time around Keri’s family was visiting from Hawaii. The day of the shoot was one of the few cold days we’ve had this winter, although most people in the world would still consider it a lovely day, Keri’s family were all freezing. Clearly not used to the cooler weather.
I’m around 8 months months pregnant at this stage and as is common with pregnancy I’ve been consistently hot throughout. Even I was a bit chilly so it must have been very cold for them. We all had fun regardless. They are clearly a close family which is always lovely to be around. Baby Cameron of course was the center of attention. I mean seriously look at that face, how could you not want to look at it all the time. Cameron on the other hand was very interested in his aunties knee.
Pregnant in Heels- the title alone points to the fact that it’s yet another one of Bravos ‘so called’ reality shows focused on a particularly shallow, inept and fame hungry group of New York women. Unlike the ‘’Housewives’ series this delightful snapshot of the pregnant and crazy centers around ‘Pregnancy Concierge’ Rosie Pope. An attractive blonde mother of one, ex –model with the oddest English accent I’ve ever heard. Being a half English and half Australian living in America I’m familiar with this type of blended accent but Rosie’s is like no blend I’ve ever heard. I’m chalking it up to some sort of lisp. I’d love to hear if anyone has figured out what’s going on there. She reminds me of an Australian friend back in High School who came back from 2 months abroad in England with a completely different posh accent that made no sense whatsoever.
The life that prepared her to be an expert on all things pregnancy and baby is a career of modeling with a brief stint as a neuroscience major. Then having a child and running a dress store for pregnant women.
Rosie likes to start each meeting with her new clients with the same ‘mommy IQ test’. Really? The test varies each time but involves such pearls as the baby shower party game, what kind of poop is this in the diapers and having to know what kind of poop comes first. After guiding mothers through birth and helping them with their newborns for over 10 years now, I believe I can safely say that the world will not end if you don’t know what Meconium is.
In the first episode her clients were Sarah and Jon, a modern couple pregnant with their first. They hired Rosie to design a modern baby room that didn’t have any stuffed animals or learning toys that would ruin their minimalist aesthetic. Rosie did a walk through their New York loft and was mortified that the couple hadn’t baby proofed anything. When did baby proofing become necessary before the baby is even born? In my experience most parents don’t baby proof until well you know the child can actually crawl or walk. Unless they are planning on having a baby with telekinesis I think the mocking that followed was a bit over the top.
Then Rosie had the audacity to bring in a therapist to help the couple come to terms with their lack of enthusiasm about the baby they were about to welcome into the world of clean lines and modern living. Of course Rosie is the hero in this show so in the end they have an epiphany after their half hour with the miracle-working therapist and are grateful to Rosie for showing them the error of their oh so selfish ways.
The thing that I don’t understand is how they will continue to get victims for the show, given that in all the interviews of Rosie alone talking about her clients all she talks about is how unprepared or stupid they are. Surely people will watch this and it’ll be a deterrent for any possible guest clients. I guess some people just want to be on TV no matter what the cost to their dignity. I’m fine with that because as much as I hate to admit it I have it on a season record. So more to come…