I have grand aspirations of making homemade baby food from fresh, local organic produce purchased at my local farmers market. I have similar aspirations for my own meals, and my recipe folder is overflowing. But sometimes life gets in the way of grand aspirations.
If you don’t have the time or the inclination to make your own baby food, you can find healthy and organic options at your local grocery store or even online.
Earth’s Best has a wide variety of organic baby food. And even big companies like Gerber now have an organic option, which is great if you’re a coupon clipper like me.
If your budget will allow it, there are even some gourmet options. I recently had the chance to sample Petite Palate, a line of premium organic baby food that has taken the New York area by storm. Petite Palate was started by two professionally-trained chefs who started making homemade baby food for their own children.
The Petite Palate line includes six mouth-watering recipes made with the finest fruits, vegetables and grains. Your little one can feast on Spinach Potato Puree, Apple Pear Blend, Puree of Yams, Banana Peach Blend, Lentil Trio and Split Pea Stew. In addition to the unique flavor combinations, Petite Palate differentiates itself from other organic baby food companies with its flash-freezing process. The food is immediately frozen after preparation to preserve taste and texture as well as nutrients. Flash frozen baby food is nutritionally superior as it does not go through the jarring process, which oftentimes heats food to extreme temperatures or manipulates the food in other ways to create a shelf-stable product.
Petite Palate is available at online at Amazon as well as at select Zabar’s, Grace’s Marketplace, Whole Foods and Giant Foods in New York and Connecticut. You can get a 24 pack shipped free from Amazon for $58.82, which works out to a little under $2.50 per servi