I want to raise a well-rounded child, and that includes her taste buds. So when I heard about the Nurture Life baby food delivery service, I knew it was something I needed to try.
Nurture Life makes organic, fresh foods for babies, toddlers, and kids up to 8 years old. It feels like Blue Apron without the hassle of having to do prep work and cook. The meals are delivered weekly.
The company accommodates all sorts of dietary restrictions, and you can select your own meals or leave it to the chef to choose. I picked my own.
I wasn’t sure Baby Bird was ready for Nurture Life — some of the flavors offered are more sophisticated than she’s used to, and she generally survives on a diet of breast milk, Gerber stage 2/3 foods, and yogurt. Still, I thought it was time to challenge her, and trying Nurture Life seemed like the best way to do that.
Here’s how Little One handled her new nom noms:
Plantain and Anjou Pear Puree: Baby Bird devoured this. She’s not really a huge eater (still mostly breastfeeding), but she sucked this down like I would a burgerless cheeseburger.
I taste everything she eats, because she seems more willing to try things when she’s seen me do it, and I understand why this was so enjoyable. The puree had a nice grittiness that reminded you that you were eating pears, and there was just the right amount of sweetness from the plantains.
This, with a side of breast milk, made the perfect breakfast for her.
Pear, Apple, Quinoa, and Cinnamon Puree: It took Little One some time to warm up to this one, and I think the issue was the texture, not the taste. (I’d never had quinoa and was initially thrown by the mouthfeel, so I could understand how a baby might be, too.)
The first spoonful made her gag — which was terrifying — but after she realized she needed to chew before swallowing, she opened her mouth for more. Then she opened it again. And again.
When all was said and done, she’d finished half the container.
Not bad for a meal that nearly made her puke.
The puree was appropriately sweet, and it had just the right amount of cinnamon. I’d been concerned that the spice would add some heat, but that wasn’t the case.
Because of the quinoa, this would be a great option for breakfast or lunch.
The last two meals … well, I can’t offer a baby’s-mouth review of the last two meals.
Baby Bird took one spoonful from the Pink Lentils and the Salmon, Carrot, and Butternut Squash Puree, then she refused to eat anymore.
I wasn’t surprised. It seems she’s trying to be a fruitarian, specifically a mango-orange-banana-pear-ian. (That’s part of the reason for this purchase. I need her to grow past the sweet stuff.)
I enjoyed the lentils and salmon. Neither was really seasoned — which is to be expected in baby food — but the taste was authentic.
What does that mean and why does it matter? Well, I’ve eaten a lot of baby food in the past few months, and some stuff just tastes artificial, even when it says it’s just apples and water.
Nurture Life’s food tasted like what it was. I appreciated and enjoyed that, and I think a child willing to eat more than fruit would, too.
So what’s my bottom line on Nurture Life? Will I place another order?
Yes, but not until Baby Bird is ready for different flavors and textures (salmon and quinoa aren’t for everyone). I think it could be a great way to expose her to things I wouldn’t normally cook.
I want your Little Ones to try Nurture Life, too. So I asked the company to give you a discount … and they said yes!
You’ll receive $30 off if you use the code MESSYMOMMY on an order placed on or before June 30. Feel free to share the code with your friends and family, or send them to this post to get it. (Please, send them to the blog!)
Let us all know what you think in the comments below.
Dig in, Little Ones!
***This is not a sponsored post. I paid for a Nurture Life subscription, and I was not compensated in any way for my review. All the opinions are mine.***