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| BABY’S FAVOURITES|
very mum wants to offer their baby fresh and highly nutritious home cooked food. But, as we all know, when you’re out and about, or have simply run out of time, ready meals are an excellent alternative. Some baby and children’s meals are so sophisticated and healthy that you know they will be getting the nutrients they need to grow and ﬂourish. But that doesn’t mean a thing to a little one – all they want is yummy food in their tummy! So we asked an expert, Max Maric, aged one, and his mum, Georgina, to put some well-known brands to the test. Here are their verdicts…
You want the best for your baby, so what can ready-made meals o er your little one and are they tasty enough to be gobbled up (even by mum!)?
tasted that it was sweet, he couldn’t get enough of it. Cost: £2.75
Moroccan Lamb with Cous Cous for six to 24 months
Max’s verdict Thumbs up again. The boy with the sweet tooth cried when it was ﬁnished!
This is made from organic lamb slowly cooked with fresh seasonal vegetables – with a hint of cumin and coriander, and served on a bed of organic cous cous. It’s good enough to be served in a restaurant!
Lizzie Vann started this company in 1992 when she realised that there was nothing on the supermarket shelves for babies that used only natural, organic ingredients. The company, which now has 40 staff, has a No-Junk promise, which means the food is made with only the best-quality organic ingredients ‘with nothing unnecessary added and nothing important taken away’. Organic Wholegrain Banana & Raisin Oat Porridge from seven months
Good stuff Included in this is 20%
of lamb ﬁllet in every pot – three times the amount normally found in certain other baby meals, apparently. Spices are not usually found in baby food, but they do add a certain warmth and ﬂavour to this meal. It contains plenty of essential B vitamins as well.
All So Baby meals are hand cooked using 100% organic ingredients approved by the Soil Association in a kitchen on a farm in Cheshire. These are immediately frozen, with the aim of keeping in the freshness. This process also helps to retain the highest level of nutrients. Meals come in recyclable tubs. Fruity Oat Pot for six to 24 months This looks like porridge and has added apple, apricot and sultanas in it, so it’s a great start to your baby’s ﬁve-a-day.
Good stuff The only ingredients,
which are all organic, are oats, milk and fruit. Can be served hot or cold.
rice and a touch of butter, this little rice pudding dessert looks really creamy and delicious.
MAIN MEAL: Mighty Meals
Organic Creamy Chicken Pasta with Sweetcorn for one- to three-year-olds
Max’s verdict Max made a funny face at ﬁrst, but once he
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Good stuff Contains vitamin B
and is a good pudding alternative to the usual yoghurt or fruit.
New to the range, Mighty Meals are aimed at older children from
WORDS: GEORGINA MARIC | PHOTOGRAPHS: GETTY IMAGES
Cost: £2.49 Max’s verdict Contains small pieces and lumps I had a to help your baby develop facial THE MARKET sneaky taste muscles that aid chewing and FOR INFANT of this and speech development. It can be FOOD IS WORTH I could quite thick or runny, depending on £229 MILLION happily have how much milk you mix with it. A YEAR wolfed the lot, except once Good stuff All organic, from the Max had oat ﬂakes to the raisins – the banana mastered the lumps is made from ﬂakes, but they are – you might have to blend it a bit organic, and there is thiamin (vitamin for smaller babies – he loved it. B1) included as well. One thing he particularly enjoyed was smearing the cous cous all Max’s verdict A big hit. The over his face and squishing it in sweetness of the fruit and the his pudgy hand! consistency all went down well and once again, there were tears PUDDING: Banana Rice Pudding when he’d wolfed down a big bowl and there was no more for six to 24 months Cost: £1.25 left. He does like his food. Made from whole cow’s milk, banana,
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Jo Frost - July 2011
HELLO FROM JO FROST
OUT AND ABOUT
EXTREME PARENTAL GUIDANCE
GETTING ABREAST OF IT
BOTTLE IT UP
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
BABY ON THE MOVE
BREAK THE HABIT
UNDER THE WEATHER
TOP OF YOUR GAME
GET READY FOR SCHOOL
ACTING THEIR AGE
MAKE SCHOOL COOL
ALL GROWN UP?
LOVE YOUR LUNCHBOX
I DO IT MY WAY
THE BIG PICTURE
BACK TO WORK
CAREER WITH KIDS
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF...
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
HELP ME NANNY JO!
AT Home with Jo Frost - July 2011