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Review: Quinola Mothergrain Baby Food

I was recently asked by Quinola Mothergrain if I wanted to try some baby food with Logan and after looking at their website I jumped at the chance.

Quinola Molthergrain is an organic baby food, which is vegan and gluten free. It is also high in protein, ideal for growing babies. The fact that it was gluten free was very important to me as during my pregnancy I became gluten intolerant and continue to follow a gluten free diet where possible. This is when I first discovered quinoa and it continues to be an everyday essential for me.

We received 2 flavours; carrot, red lentils and quinoa, and sweet potato, beetroot and quinoa. Both of these are from the 6 month + range.

Quinola Mothergrain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We tried the sweet potato mix first as this sounded the nicest to me. They were really quick and easy to heat, taking either 30 secs in the microwave or 1 min in boiling water. It took Logan a few mouthfuls to get used to it and then he gobbled it down with lots of lip-smacking and yummy noises.

We tried the carrot mix the next day and again he loved it. I even had to give him his own spoon as I couldn’t feed him quick enough. Curiosity got the better of me and I did try some and enjoyed both flavours.

Quinola Mothergrain Baby Food

 

The pouches hold a good amount of food, allowing for 2 good sized portions, especially at 6 months. I would have liked if they were resealable for when you are out and about.

I really like the fact that this is a thick and textured baby food. It means that he gets used to different textures and when he tries to feed himself it stays on the spoon, making less mess. I am waiting for a dipping set to arrive and will be testing them together to see how he gets on.

You can find more information on Quinola Mothergrain on their website quinolababy.com, or follow them on Twitter @QuinolaUK and Facebook . They have other flavours available and ranges for 8 months and 10 months, and the website has links to a list of stockists. I will certainly be placing an order for some more of these soon.

Naomi

Review: Heinz Pouches

When I weaned BG we started with purees. I boiled, steamed and whizzed up food for her and to start with she lapped it up. Then she got fussy and I found myself using pouches and jars with her.  I decided to do Baby Led Weaning with Little Miss which missed out the puree stage all together and went straight to fingers foods and it has been a huge success. When I was offered the chance to try some of the new Heinz Pouches I was interested to see how I could fit them into BLW.

Little Miss was sent a selection of Heinz Pouches including fruit purees, vegetable purees and then three meals of sweet potato and beef casserole, tomato & mozzarella pasta shapes and creamy fish pie.

Heinz Pouches

We started with the fruit pouches which we used as a snack, pudding and we added them to her morning porridge.

Blueberry and Banana Heinz Pouch

Once open they have to be used within 24 hours which is fine we used half one day and half the next. I did this a lot when BG was a baby as well; it’s a great way to add some sweetness and extra fruit into breakfast. You can also add to plain yogurt. As Little Miss is BLW I just squeeze it on the spoon and she feeds herself.

I used the 7+ month pouches for lunch. The first taste was the creamy fish pie which she loved.  She had half a pouch and then some fresh fruit afterwards. I froze the other half for another day. Her favourite was the Sweet Potato and Beef Casserole, I warmed it up for her and she scoffed the lot.

Heinz Pouches Creamy fish Pie

The vegetable pouches were a bit runny for us to use as they were so I used them a sauce for pasta and rice. Another easy way to add vegetables without the hassle of having to puree it yourself. Little Miss had these when BG had pesto pasta which is a little too salty for her.

Overall we had a good experience with the pouches I would but the fruit ones myself to add to her breakfast and yogurt and possible the vegetables ones as sauces. That doesn’t mean that the others are bad just not quite right for us with the BLW. However if these were around when I weaned BG I would have bought from the whole range. Pouches are fantastic when you are out and out as you can just squeeze straight in the spoon and there is little mess.

The fruit pouches contain 60% of baby’s daily vitamin C, the savoury pouches are enriched with iron and all pouches contain at least 1 of their 5 a day.

The 4+ range come in 100g pouches and cost 89p and the 7+ month savoury pouches are 130g and cost £1.19

They can be bought in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and Boots

You can find the whole range here.

Boots Baby Organic Chicken Stock Cubes

Boots Baby Organic Chicken Stock Cubes

Price: £1.55

Available from: Boots

Initial Reaction: Perfect for making low salt meals for baby as well as being organic. Continue reading

Ella’s Kitchen The Orange One

Ella’s Kitchen The Orange One 

Price: £0.69

Available from: Sainsburys

Initial Reaction: Sounds very yummy, in a perfect pouch small enough to pop in my bag to take with me out. Continue reading

Ella’s Kitchen Pouches

Ella’s Kitchen Pouches

Price: Around 69p

Available from:  Most Supermarkets

Suitable from:  4 months

Initial Reaction:  Nice handy little sachet. Continue reading

Boots Weaning Equipment

 

Price:   £5.99, 60p, £1.05, £2.54 each, £2.85
Available from: Boots

Suitable from: 4 Months
Initial Reaction:   I was pleased to receive this lovely bundle. The colours were lovely and bright and I loved the designs.