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When Once Upon a Farm asked me to do a one week trial and review of their product, I was a little skeptical. I usually make all of Lucy’s food myself so I know exactly what’s in it. It’s surprising to see how much sodium, sugar and crazy additives are in baby food, even the trusted brands we all know and love.
After looking into their products a little bit more, I decided to give it a whirl. I must say I was NOT disappointed! Reading all about their mission and seeing all the partner farms, I was impressed and intrigued. Their products are fresh, organic and additive free, and the packaging is Eco-friendly too!
First of all, they shipped it fast and the packaging was great. Because it’s cold pressured food, it has to be refrigerated, so the packaging it comes in has to keep things cold enough to stay fresh and good. The ice packs were big and effective and the packing kept it all from leaking when it started to thaw. (There’s nothing worse than coming home to a soggy box filled with thawed ice and pools of water.)
The pouch packing was also really great. Made from BPA-free, Phtalate-free, and PVC-free plastic, they’re slim (so easy to transport) and durable, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking in your bag and creating a giant mess. The tops are easy to get off (but not for the little ones) and the design makes it virtually mess free. They have a clear description of each specific recipe, with cute little names for each of them. Then the nutritional information is clearly labeled on the back, so you never have to question what’s in it. And last but not least, the certified labels for organic, non-gmo and cold pressured protected products are stamped visibly right on the front. It’s also all recyclable, so you don’t have to worry about any more pointless waste.
Now to the good stuff: The food! Naturally I had to try each flavor myself first. I was genuinely impressed and excited for Lucy to try each one. They really did taste fresh and delicious, and the flavors were unexpected but truly enjoyable.
We had the opportunity of trying the following flavors in our trial:
- Green Kale & Apples (7+ months)
- Wild Rumpus Avocado (7+ months)
- OhMyMega Veggies (7+ months)
- Mama Bear Blueberry (7+ months)
- Gold-y Mango & the 3 coconuts (9+ months)
- Caroberry Mousse (9+ months)
- Just Right Oats (9+ months)
- Sun-Shiny Strawberry Patch (9+ months)
- Chocolate Ever After (18+ months) – now this one’s actually made for babies a bit older than Lucy (she’s still only 9 months) but she eats like an 18 month old (and has for months now), so I decided to let her try it. Needless to say, she loved it. But who doesn’t love chocolate. (Unless you’re crazy.)
Each and every flavor and recipe was new and exciting. And to think, that’s just the beginning. They have so many more amazing flavors that we can’t wait to try (yes, I said we because I will be trying each one too) and they’re always coming out with new and unique flavors. I really look forward to following them to see what new creations they come up with.
What makes them so different you ask? Well first and most important, you won’t ever find any preservatives, concentrates or processed purees in any of their products. Just fresh, whole and seasonal ingredients chosen from trusted partner farms. What you see is what you get. No surprises. I always like when I can read and understand everything in the ingredients list.
Second, they have super innovated recipes. I was impressed with the unique and well-rounded recipes that they offer. Like their Wild Rumpus Avocado, with all organic pineapple, avocado, banana, and mint. You surely won’t find any recipes like that with any shelf baby food. And the fact that each recipe has been formulated, tested, and approved by moms, expert infant nutritionist Jill Castle, AND board certified pediatrician, Dr. Laura Jana; you know you can trust all of their yummy recipes.
All of their purees are made with a Cold Pressure Process called High Pressure Processing (HPP). It’s the process that allows Once Upon a Farm to produce the freshest tasting fruit and veggie blends on the planet! You can learn more about this process here. It’s a process I can totally trust and get down with.
Then they combine specific ingredients to create optimal absorption of nutrients. Most baby foods avoid these kind of fats, especially high quality ones. But at Once Upon a Farm, each recipe contains an amount healthy fat for stable energy levels, nutrient absorption and optimal brain development, and who doesn’t love that. I also love the fact that they add coconut oil to a lot of their purees which is one of the good fats the pediatrician said to mix in with her food to help her gain more weight, since she’s always been a bit under weight. It’s nice to know that there is a reputable company where I can buy baby food with all the ingredients I use myself when making Lucy’s food. Now when I’m traveling or just running errands and forgot a pouch, I can just pick up a few of these guys and I don’t have to worry about it.
Another plus, traveling with Once Upon a Farm is super easy and convenient too! Since we travel a lot, we’re always worrying about how we’re going to feed Lucy on flights and while at places where I don’t have the means to make our own food. These pouches are good for up to 4 hours out of the fridge, so you can just throw a couple in your diaper bag and be on your way. Otherwise you can put a few in cooler pouch with ice to keep fresh for longer, if you plan on being out all day. You can also freeze the pouches, then leave them out to thaw and enjoy later. (Bonus, you can use the pouches as temporary ice packs in your cooler bag to keep all your other goodies cool and fresh!)
If you’re traveling by plane, you can take some pressure off the stress of traveling with these pouches. Just stash a few in your carry on bags, then just put them in a separate bin for screening during security and you’re good to go. If your kid is anything like my Lucy, as long as she has food to eat, she’s a happy camper, so I always be sure to have at least a few different food options for her when traveling.
Don’t just take my word for it, get your own free trial and let me know what you think! I love hearing from all of you and I’d love to hear what your little one’s favorite recipes are from Once Upon a Farm. Like, comment and share!