So We Have A Picky Eater
This post was sponsored by Once Upon a Farm. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Ok, let’s talk mealtime. When I get asked what stresses me out the most about motherhood, the first thought that comes to mind is Winter’s picky eating habits. I have cried, lost sleep and put a lot of blame on myself because my child will literally eat ten things despite all of our efforts.
We did baby led weaning, and in the beginning, Winter would eat anything we put in front of her from avocado to sweet potato, roasted chicken and more. Right when she was around 15 months, she became almost impossible to feed and so picky. We’ve tried hiding food like squash in her quesadillas, pea puree in her mac and cheese and making smoothies and popsicles. Though the pea puree with her noodles has been a success, with all other attempts she always detects our trickery and then the entire meal goes out the window. If you are a parent of a picky eater, then you know how frustrating mealtime can be.
I recently discovered Once Upon a Farm at my local Sprouts store, which specializes in organic, cold-pressed baby food blends. I am so thankful that Winter loves these delicious blends as much as I love what’s inside each pouch, so I am really excited to partner with this new company (how cute is that name?) to keep my picky eater satisfied.
How is Once Upon a Farm different? These pouches are not-shelf stable, they are cold-pressed, meaning they need to be refrigerated. What I like about refrigeration, is that you know that their ingredients are close to homemade as it gets, without making it yourself (like who has time for that?!). And they last up to three months in your fridge from the time you purchase. Oh, and the one thing I was skeptical about was that because they need to be refrigerated, I was worried that I couldn’t pack them on the go. But you can have them at room temperature for 4 hours or so before they need to be eaten, or refrigerated. So you can certainly take them with you for your little outings.
These pouches are so sophisticated, meaning I feel like I hit the nutritional jackpot when Winter eats one. Her favorite flavor is Mama Bear Blueberry which has organic apple, organic sweet potato, organic blueberry and organic extra virgin coconut oil. You don’t even see many blue topped pouches in the photos because Winter literally devoured them all!
You guys, their website is so well done. For each pouch they explain why the ingredients that are in them are good for your little ones. I have learned a lot about nutrition just by reading their website. For example, did you know that coconut oil has some of the same fatty acids as breast milk? Who knew!? These acids help deepen the vitamin intake and keep the immune system nice and strong. Plus, each pouch is blended with ingredients like chia seeds & coconut milk. Did I mention how good I feel about feeding her these?
If you get a chance you should read up on the farms they use to grow the produce you find in the pouches. Every ingredient is sustainably grown, certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and can be traced right back to the source.
I feel like I can breathe a little more comfortable with these pouches in the house because I know Winter is getting introduced to new foods and getting the nutrition that she needs to keep growing up healthy and active. Once Upon a Farm has many different pouch options including cold-pressed baby food (stages 1, 2 & 3), toddler blends, applesauce and smoothies. Their products can be found at retailers like Sprouts nationwide or online. Check out the store location on their website to find where Once Upon a Farm is sold near you.
Photography by Brittany Renee