Introducing veggies to children can be tricky as it either means boiling up small pans of each veg and blending it down or using jars which aren't always just veg. But now thanks to Cow & Gate's newest range, Friends, babies are in for a veggie treat with these 100% veg pouches.
The Friends range begins with the veggie starter pack, four single vegetable varieties; cauliflower, pea, carrot and broccoli to introduce a variety of tastes at the early stages of weaning. For me, I love that they are 100% veg, no added salt, sugar, additives or preservatives and apart from the veg, use only water for cooking, that's it.
Coming in pouches, these are resealable for use within 24 hours of opening. The pouches are ready to eat, steam cooked, with no mixing or disguising of vegetables with fruit and can be served warm or cold.
As baby begins to enjoy and recognise the single vegetable tastes, the Friends range expands to vegetable varieties with other flavours and meats to try.
Joseph has been weaning for a good 2 month now and loves his food. He loves trying all different flavours and I always try to mix them up a bit each time so he can try different combinations. We were sent the flavours from the Friends starter pack for Joseph to try and when they arrived, he got stuck in eating them and I took his facial expressions and spitting-out-ness to see what he thought of them.
Although Joseph is now on full meals, he did enjoy eating the carrots, broccoli and cauliflower ones on their own and wolfed them down in no time. One pouch being just enough for his little tummy. The peas pouch wasn't one of his favourites as I think it was a little to thick and pea-y for him, he turned his nose up at this one but I did add some to a recipe I was doing for him and he liked it when mixed with other flavours.
I liked how you could actually tell that they were proper, steam cooked, good for you, veg and they smelt like exactly what they were rather than just regular baby food.
I also think that these are great for not only first tastes but for adding to homemade baby foods to bulk out the veg content. I regularly give Joseph what we are eating, just blend it down for him, but sometimes there isn't much veg depending on what we are having, so these would be great as a little added goodness to add to his meals.
All in all, Joseph enjoyed most of the flavours on their own and I can imagine a baby that is just starting on their weaning journey will enjoy these tastes as opposed to fruity ones all the time. I will definitely be getting more of these pouches as not only can I feed him to them straight from the pouch whilst out and about, but I can use them in my own recipes too to give his food the extra veg content that he needs.
You can visit the Cow & Gate website for more information about the Friends vegetable pouches.