POUCH AND ABOUT
We’re deep into weaning, and I’ve been getting by with a little help from my friends… namely, Ella, Annabel and HiPP!
Being a personal chef to my little one (see previous post) has been fun, demanding and rewarding. So on the busier days I’ve been turning to pre-made foods.
There’s mixed publicity – on what’s best. Some say the pre-made stuff contains half the nutrients of homemade food, plus they aren’t cheap. But on the other hand, the quantity and consistency of pouches are perfect… and ever so convenient!
As ever, it’s a personal choice. However I found that you can’t beat Ella’s Kitchen for value and good natural ingredients, while Annabel Karmel’s range has excellent combinations with generous portions. The HiPP Organic range is great value for money and boy do Kiddylicious do some good snacks!
Here’s 10 different foods I put to the test, suitable for under six months…
In no order…
1. Ella’s Kitchen – Carrots, Carrots, Carrots (80p, Ocado)
Take a guess what these include! Unbelievably and perfectly sweet, Ella’s carrots were a real hit and come in perfectly sized little pouches. Full of love and good stuff, I highly recommend.
2. Annabel Karmel, Organic Banana, Pear and Peach (£1, Ocado)
A beautifully sweet combination of natural fruit. The consistency was perfect for my new feeder, who wolfed it down for breakfast. I was especially happy because he hadn’t enjoyed peach and pear when I’d made it for him.
3. HiPP Organic – Plum, Pear & Blackcurrant (£1, Ocado)
One of the nicest combinations of flavours, with a lovely smooth texture. It’s just a shame that it includes Antioxidant Ascorbic Acid, whatever that is!
4. Cow & Gate, Apple & Banana (Pack of four – £1.75, Tesco)
This instantly took me back to my childhood with its pre-packaged ever-so-sickly taste. Portions are generous, but seemed high in sugar and the packaging was basic.
5. Annabel Karmel, Organic Apple, Blueberry & Vanilla (£1, Sainsburys)
A yummy blend of baby-friendly fruits with just the right touch of vanilla. It’s a good healthy dish to start the day off, and of course blueberries are superfoods too.
6. Ella’s Kitchen – Organic Prunes, Prunes, Prunes (80p, Ocado)
This is always on my shopping list as it’s a savior for when baby gets bunged up… and trust me, they do! The little one enjoys every sweet spoonful. Well worth having in your cupboard.
Verdict – 10/10
7. Ella’s Kitchen – Organic Parsnips, Parsnips, Parsnips (80p, Ocado)
I’m not a fan of parsnips, but even I thought these tasted amazing and surprisingly sweet. I wasn’t the only one – Boo lapped up every last spoonful. One of the best I’ve tried, great packaging too.
Verdict – 10/10
8. Cow & Gate, First Taste, Cauliflower (45p, Asda)
The first taste range is great value for money, but only ideal for the first few weeks of weaning as portions are weany. Sadly they don’t use organic veg either. I preferred my homemade version to be honest.
9. Annabel Karmel, Organic Carrot, Apple and Parsnip (£1, Ocado)
Not as sweet as you’d think, with an overwhelming taste of parsnips. I’m a big fan of Annabel Karmel’s range and combinations, but this wasn’t our favourite.
10. HiPP organic – Cheesy Spinach and Potato Bake (85p, Boots)
All the foods we tried had the same texture and consistency, except this one. It was a bit stodgier with a very odd consistency. It also came in a glass jar, which I’m not a big fan of. However it had a very healthy taste and my son really enjoyed it, so overall it was a winner.
And one more we had to include…
11. Kiddylicious, Banana Wafers (£1.15, Waitrose for 10 wafers)
Not strictly a ‘meal’ more of a snack, but I was SO impressed with these, that I had to include them. They were the perfect food for when baby’s teeth were coming through as he could crunch away, but then soften in his mouth. It’s a rice-cracker/wafer hybrid with a mild taste. They come in a great selection of flavours too. An all-round winner and essential buy.
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