4 Ways To Feed Your Baby An All Organic Diet—Without Spending Hours In The Kitchen

Organic food pouches and so much more.

January 17, 2018
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It used to be that if you wanted your baby to eat organic, you had to spend several hours in the kitchen making your own baby food. But according to a new report from Allied Market Research, the organic baby food market is projected to more than double in the next few years, from nearly $6 billion in 2016 to more than $11 billion in 2023.

In other words, busy parents who care about what their kids eat have more than enough options—the only question is which one to choose. Here are 4 great options to consider.

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Baby Food Pouches

Probably the easiest way to feed your baby organic is with organic baby food pouches: this trend has been hitting shelves all over the country, with more than enough options to choose from.

With the growth in this market, one thing we’ve especially loved seeing is pouches that use cold-pressed HPP technology, such as those from Once Upon a Farm (a startup that has attracted the attention of former Annie’s CEO John Foraker as well as star and mom Jennifer Garner). Unlike shelf-stable pouches, which are heated to very high temperatures in order to preserve them, these pouches retain all of the essential nutrients present in their organic ingredients. With tons of great flavor combos developed with help from a pediatrician, these delicious pouches are one of the best options out there.

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Meal Kits for Babies

The popularity of meal kit services for grown-ups, from Blue Apron to Purple Carrot, has taken the country by storm in the past few years. But did you know that the same concept exists for baby food? Companies like Raised Real ship nutrient-rich prepped ingredients to your door that you can easily finish preparing at home: a sample meal may include sweet potato, mango, chia, coconut milk, and lucuma powder; just steam with sweet potato and combine with the other ingredients. These blends are particularly great for parents whose kids are transitioning from purees to solids: Raised Real prides itself on its ability to create blends that taste great whether they’re pureéd or served as finger foods.

Thistle Baby is another great option for preparing organic baby food in a snap. Specializing in plant-based meals (though they do have omnivore options), Thistle Baby delivers flash-frozen combos of organic ingredients that parents can just steam, puree to the appropriate texture, and serve. The company includes spices alongside the pouches, so parents can add as much (or as little) as their kids like.

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Delivery for Tots

We get how busy you can be—sometimes doing any prep feels like work. For these parents, the best option may be to get your youngsters’ food delivered right to your door.

Companies like Yumi produce beautiful, balanced, nutrient-rich baby food jars with combos like mango, coconut, and buckwheat or carrots, spinach, and millett. The different meals can be mixed and matched with options for 6, 10, or 12 different meals per week, delivered pre-portioned and chilled: ready to be reheated or stored for the rest of the week.

Little Spoon is another great option that tailor-creates meals to suit your baby’s nutritional needs based on a range of factors including age. With a variety of blends from simple mango or apple to more adventurous combos like black bean, mango, corn, lime, and cilantro, these meals are perfect for accompanying your baby as he or she grows into a toddler and making sure that he or she gets all the right nutrients.

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Once babies are ready for solid food, even more choices present themselves. Companies like Nurturie or RealEats deliver prepared meals right to your door with balanced meals of solid foods that are kid-tested for flavor. “We're constantly brainstorming and developing new recipes,” explains Nurturie founder Regina Reale. “The whole intent is to keep exposing your child to new flavors and new dishes.”

While ultra-local Nurturie (currently based in New York) targets kids only, RealEats’ meal plans are designed with the whole family in mind. CEO and founder Dan Wise got the idea as a divorced dad trying to find a fast, healthy solution to the constant question of “What’s for dinner?”

“I didn’t want to compromise my family’s health just because I didn’t have the time to cook,” says Wise. “And unless you make dinner from scratch, it’s usually not really clear what’s in the food.”

RealEats meals are chef-designed and prepared, and they’re a great way to introduce your kids to new foods.

“I like to think that real food is for everyone,” says Wise. “We shouldn’t be raising our kids on processed junky foods that have little nutritional value. The sooner we expose our children to great tasting real food, the healthier they’ll be.”

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Make Homemade Fun

If you’re still married to the idea of homemade organic baby food, there is a way to make this happen and remain sane: by working with other moms and dads! (Here are budget-friendly tips for making your own baby food.)

Consider starting a group of like-minded parents and meeting once a week for a baby-food-making party. Designate two or three parents to watch the kids (or rotate) while the rest of you work in the kitchen. Choose one recipe, like a simple carrot and sweet potato puree, and make a batch large enough to feed everyone’s child for a week.

You can either can the food using a canner, or you can store it in eco-friendly refillable pouches: the BPA-free ones from Squooshi are easy to fill, thanks to a bottom zipper, and they’re also easy to wash and use again.

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