I recently went shopping at the local Babies-R-Us. It was one of those typical shopping trips where you go in for diapers, blink twice and end up coughing up $100 at the cash register.
Once inside, I realized that I needed more baby food. I have always heard that you should expose babies to as many different types of baby foods as possible - early on – so that they’re more open to exploring foods when they’re older. But how do you accomplish that when the options are so vanilla?!
I walked to the baby food aisle ready to load my basket with the norm – peas, carrots, green beans.
That was when I nearly dropped my basket.
I am embarrassed to admit that I was actually excited to discover Earth’s Best new Organic Gourmet meals, with variations like “Chicken Mango Risotto,” “Creamy Chicken Apple Compote,” and “Tender Beef Spinach.” They’re not cheap ($0.99/jar), but I let the emotional side of me take over and justified the price for the “gourmet” and varietal appeal.
Of course, I couldn’t resist trying each of the baby foods to see if they’re worth the extra cash.
Tender Beef Spinach.
The taste of this baby food met my expectations – as “delicious” as baby food can be. My daughter, on the other hand, scowled when she tried this jar and most of the tender beef spinach ended up down the disposal (after two separate tries).
Chicken Mango Risotto.
Although these three ingredients sound fantastic to me and usually are, I found this variety absolutely unfathomable. In fact, I had to immediately cleanse my palate to remove the taste from my mouth. My daughter, on the other hand, gobbled up the entire jar.
Since I’m not convinced that adding these gourmet meals to my daughter’s diet further developed her taste buds (or mine for that matter), I will probably skip these meals next time and go for the plain old carrots.