Monday, July 30, 2012

The Freshfoods Line From NUK -- Makes Serving Homemade Baby Food a Breeze (Review)




Nurture your baby with Freshfoods, a complete line of products to help you easily and quickly make real, homemade baby food. Freshfoods was developed in conjunction with Annabel Karmel, a leading expert in child nutrition and leading children’s cookbook author. With Freshfoods, you’ll have the confidence to make and store homemade baby food, getting your baby off to the healthiest start in life.


Now that Arabella is 8 months old, we have begun introducing more foods to her.  What I learned from having Savannah and dealing with her picky eating habits, is that you need to introduce a variety of flavors into your child's diet once they begin to eat baby foods.  So, that being said, I made a point to cook foods that everyone, including Arabella can enjoy.  Just last night, I made homemade chicken soup with an assortment of veggies we picked up at our weekly CSA food share at the local farm.  I love not only letting Savannah see where the food on the table comes from, but she has been enjoying picking beans and other veggies from the fields.  As I prepared the meal, I kept reminding Savannah that these were the veggies she helped pick.  And, when it came time to enjoy the meal, everyone was able to sample this bounty, including Arabella.


A couple of weeks ago, I received the Freshfoods Mash & Serve Bowl and freezer tray, along with Gerber feeding spoons try out, thanks to the folks at NUK.  Here is more about the samples I reviewed to try with Arabella:


Freshfoods Freezer Tray

Preparing fresh food for your baby can be healthy and cost effective. The new Fresh Foods line helps make feeding easier with the ability to mash, store and freeze your own baby food. Use the Freezer Tray to freeze and store the perfect portions of your homemade baby food. Healthy and nutritious is now quick and easy, too!

Freshfoods Mash & Serve Bowl

Preparing fresh food for your baby can be healthy and cost effective. The new Freshfoods™ line helps make feeding easier with the ability to mash, store and freeze your own baby food. Use the Mash & Serve Bowl to mash up fruits and steamed veggies with ease. Healthy and nutritious is now quick and easy, too!

Soft-Bite Infant Spoons

Feed your infant with Soft-Bite Infant Spoons. Their soft, silicone tip is gentle on your baby's teeth and gums. And the long, slim handle makes feeding baby easier.

Before being introduced to the Freshfoods line, I was mashing food in small bowls -- usually unsuccessfully, or would have to dig out the food processor, blend, and then spent 10-15 cleaning it up.  But, thanks to the Freshfoods product line, I am able to mash up the table food we are all enjoying and share with Arabella in a matter of minutes.  If there are leftovers, I love how I can store some in the refrigerator for my husband to take to work, and then use the Mash & Serve Bowl to mash up the remaining leftovers, to pour into the Freshfoods Freezer Tray and freeze.  Then, when I am in a pinch, or prepare a meal that Arabella can't eat with us, I can simply pop 1-2 cubes into a bowl and microwave to defrost.  I love knowing that she is getting a wholesome meal, without all the added preservatives and additives you would find in jarred baby foods.

Even though I have only been using the Freshfoods Mash & Serve Bowl and Freezer Tray, along with a sampling of Gerber's feeding spoons, I know I will not be going back to trying to mash in my old bowls, or pulling out the food processor, only to spend more time cleaning it than using it.  Instead, I keep these two products right on my counter, so I can grab it whenever I want.  I estimated that I saved over $10 on baby food last week, thanks in part of the Freshfoods products.  Instead of giving Arabella jarred bananas or peaches when Savannah was having them as a snack, I simply added a small serving size into the bowl and mashed away.  Monkey see, monkey do --- Arabella is picking up on feeding cues and wanting to eat what Savannah is.  This is great, as she will hopefully be more open to trying new foods as she gets older.  And, when I go out to eat, the Mash & Serve Bowl is so compact that I can toss in the diaper bag and bring with me.  Then, while we are eating, I can mash up the table food and share with Arabella.  Knowing that she is getting fresh, home cooked meals is a great feeling, as I don't have to worry about unnecessary preservatives, additives or other add ins that she would consume from other baby foods I bought in stores.

If you have a young baby or toddler who is beginning to advance beyond baby oatmeal and pureed foods, you must pick up the Freshfoods Mash & Serve Bowl.  It really is a time saver, and so easy to use - and, clean up is a breeze.  Don't forge to also purchase a set of Gerber feeding spoons.  I found that Arabella took to these spoons (which were also sent to review), and didn't spill as often, trying to get all the food on the spoon in her mouth.  

These products would also make for great baby shower gifts, or gifts for a new mom.  I have come to trust NUK and Gerber, and will not hesitate in suggesting these products to other moms I know. I am so glad I had the opportunity to try out products from the Freshfoods line, and plan to pick up the Freshfoods Cook-n-Blend Baby Food Maker next to try.


Click here to visit the NUK website, where you can learn more about the Freshfoods product line, as well as other NUK products.  Then, where you know which items you are interested in purchasing, head to your favorite retailer to buyYou can also use the NUK online store locator to find retailers near you who carry their products --

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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