I breastfeed and make most of Avin's solid foods, however, there are just some things I can't make- like cereal and cereal puffs. In Mid-Missouri our selection of organic baby food is practically non-existent so when I got the chance to review a variety of organic baby foods from Happy Baby Foods I was ecstatic. Helen at Happy Baby Foods sent me a wide variety of foods to review. Happy Baby Foods is unique because they offer a selection of frozen baby foods, much like I make for Avin myself. The selection of frozen foods I received came packed in a cooler packed with dry ice. When I opened the cooler all the products were still frozen solid. I was disappointed to see that the items were packed in a Styrofoam cooler because of its environmental impact but I don't think there are many cost-effective options for shipping frozen foods. The frozen foods are packaged in frozen cubes so there is no heating in plastic, you just pop out what you want, heat, and feed your baby. The shelf stable products I received came in a regular cardboard box the day after I received my frozen foods. We received too many foods to review all of them in one post so I will just highlight Avin's two favorites.
Avin's favorite products were the Organic (Cereal) Puffs and Happy Melts (Organic Yogurt Snacks). I am overly cautious about what I feed Avin so before giving any new food to him I always taste it myself. I have to say that I loved the banana/mango Happy Melts as much as Avin! They were yummy! It was sort of an odd combination because the melt is freeze dried fruit and yogurt so when you pop it in your mouth it is a dry disk but then it immediately melts and tastes just like creamy yogurt. Avin couldn't get enough of them either, they immediately became a snack time and diaper bag staple. He felt the same way about the cereal puffs.
We tried the apple flavor puffs. The taste of those was very subtle but still very tasty. In comparison to other brands of cereal puffs the Organic Puffs were bigger and did not melt as quickly in Avin's mouth. A few times he had difficulty chewing them into smaller pieces but after a couple of time he figured out how to actually chew them. When I compared the ingredients of the Organic Puffs with our other cereal puffs I was very surprised. The list of ingredients in the Organic Puffs was short and all natural or organic. Our other puffs used artificial flavor and non-natural ingredients. The organic puffs also had half the sugar of the other puffs. Sugar is a HUGE concern of mine because diabetes runs in both my family and my husband's family. Happy Baby Foods made my son a very happy baby and made me a happy momma! The foods were nicely packaged in ways that minimized waste. Our puffs container was recyclable as were the boxes for the frozen foods.
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