I’ve decided to introduce a weekly feature on this blog called “Searching for Super Products”, in which I’ll seek out and try new baby/kid products. As a mom of three, I’ve been around the block a few times and know what I like, and what I don’t. Like? Pampers Diapers. Don’t like? Pampers Wipes. All of my favorite finds have been word of mouth through fellow mom friends, so I thought I’d share what I (and my fellow mom friends) are into right now.
This week I tried Happy Tot Toddler Meal Bowls. I’ve always been a fan of Happy Baby products. When I lived in Atlanta, I drove 15 miles away to the nearest Whole Foods so that I could buy their frozen meals for C. Thankfully they are much more widely available these days, so now I buy their products at Target and HEB. My girls (even my 5 year old) eat the Happy Baby pouches on a daily basis, so I was pretty excited to try the Toddler Meal Bowls on my 15 month old.
I bought the Chicken, Veggies, and Quinoa bowl. Here’s the ingredient list:
CHICKEN, VEGETABLES & QUINOA INGREDIENTS
sauce (water, organic ground chicken, organic onions, organic zucchini, organic corn starch, organic parmesan cheese (organic parmesan cheese [pasteurized organic milk, salt, culture, enzyme], sodium phosphate), organic carrot juice concentrate, organic chicken stock, organic unsalted, cultured butter (organic butter, lactic acid), organic garlic powder, sea salt, organic oregano), organic ground chicken, organic carrots, organic zucchini, organic potatoes, organic peas, organic celery, organic tomatoes, organic onions, organic quinoa.
— Contains wheat
— No soy
— Contains dairy
— No added sugar
— Contains egg
Pretty good, right? And super simple – just poke a hole in the lid and microwave for 30 seconds. It’s like the Gerber Graduates meals, but with better quality ingredients (in my opinion).
Here’s what it looks like fresh from the microwave:
Honestly, it’s not really what I expected. I thought that since it was marketed for toddlers that it would be more self-feeding friendly, which it clearly is not.
But we still gave it a try:
A actually LOVED it. She rarely lets me spoon feed her these days, but she gobbled this up. I took a quick taste and found that it wasn’t completely abhorrent like most baby food. It was bland, but actually tasted like real food.
And of course, A couldn’t resist the urge to feed herself. It’s much faster that way:
And then she had to drop a handful onto the dog’s head:
He also enjoyed it.
A cleaned the tray in about eight minutes flat. It was probably our fastest lunch ever.
And then she threw the remains at Emmitt.
He was pretty happy.
Overall? A liked it, and it was a quick and easy way to give her a healthy lunch, but it was incredibly messy. I’m pretty sure that the five minutes I saved in food prep I made up for in clean up. I’ll probably buy it again to keep on hand for when my hubby is on meal duty, but I doubt that I’ll use it regularly.
And that’s this week’s Super Product review!