6 September 2015

Cow & Gate Friends Vegetable Pouches


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. 

11 comments:

  1. Hey hun, I always get so funny about these sorts of things. I get scared about whats in them and much prefer to give Bubs homemade food. Ive not actually given my 2nd a jar or pouch ever however they are fab for emergencies or if your going out. x

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  2. They're a great idea, particularly if your tied to time or as happened me many a time, my baby brain meant I wasn't as organised as I initially thought! Joseph is a little cutie :)
    Nicola

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  3. We used Ellas kitchen pouches when little J was younger. They were a great back up if we were on the go or I was running late and couldn't prepare a meal in time x

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  4. That's really wonderful that the pouches don't have any added ingredients in them. It's convenient to have some handy if there isn't' time to puree something that day. It looks like Joseph really enjoys them too! x

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  5. These sort of products are are great for convenience. I always had one lurking in a changing bag.

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  6. We baby led weaned so didn't do purees, but N still loved the pouches. They're handy for a snack, even when they're older, although I'm not sure he'd want to eat veggie ones now he's older.

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  7. Pouches are so good for convenience aren't they? I used to keep an Ella's Kitchen fruit pouch in my bag at all times when Ayden was a bit younger! I bet these veggie ones are good for mixing with other purees too.

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  8. Pouches are cool, I often prefer them over jars as they're just handier. We still give her top up pouches every day as they're just so handy. I'd love to be fresh cooking for her every day but it just doesnt happen!

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  9. I love pouches for when we are out and about - will be using these when Eliza is bigger. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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  10. These food pouches are a great idea and ever so handy. Would love to buy and give some of these pouches to my baby.

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  11. These look a really good idea. Wish they'd been about when my two were younger

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