Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Ella's Kitchen Review

I was recently sent this handy cooler bag chock-a-block full of Ella's Kitchen goodies to review - Baby Girl and I couldn't wait to get stuck in!


Ella's Kitchen was set up by Ella's dad, Paul Lindley, who passionately believes that little ones should be given the opportunity to discover that eating healthfully can be tasty, cool and fun.  Well, amen to that!  This company takes simple, natural ingredients full of goodness to create baby food that appeals to all the senses through flavours, colours, textures and names - and judging by Baby Girl's reaction, I'd say they're doing a pretty good job. 

As a mom, this is what I like most about Ella's Kitchen products:
  • It's 100% organic;
  • It contains no added sugar or salt;
  • It contains no additives or thickeners;
  • It contains no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) (yay!!);
  • It comes in a convenient, resealable package from which older babies and toddlers can self-feed; and
  • It can be kept in the fridge for up to 48 hours after opening.


All this is well and good, you say, but do kids actually like it?  I'm happy to report that Baby Girl loves it!  Her absolute favourite is the smoothie fruits, which comes in four different flavours/colours that are suitable for babies 6 months and older: The Red One, The Yellow One, The Green One and the Purple One.  She loves them all and will easily polish a complete pouch in one go - success!  

  
The Purple One, which we tried as part of this review, is made up of 53% organic bananas, 29% organic apples, 12% organic blackcurrants, 6% organic blueberries and a dash of organic lemon juice concentrate.  I tasted some too and I can understand why Baby Girl loves it - delicious!

Baby Girl also loves the Stage 1 fruit and veg combos - we tried the Apples & Bananas flavour for this review and she literally gobbled it up.  This flavour is made up of 61% organic bananas, 39% organic apples and a dash of organic lemon juice - nothing else.  Yum.


Some of Baby Girl's least favourite options that we tried for this review are the Mango Baby Brekkie and the Chick-Chick Chicken Casserole with Rice.  Will agrees with Baby Girl and says that he's not a fan of the Mango Baby Brekkie, but I, on the other hand, quite liked it.  It's quite sweet and has a condensed milk-like texture and taste - I guess it is just a matter of personal taste?

In all fairness I think that Baby Girl is a bit too old for the Chick-Chick Chicken Casserole with Rice - she's 17 months old now and prefers solid foods and a variety of textures.  I'll definitely try it again when Brother Bear (due December 2013) is old enough for solids - I think that that will give me a much more accurate indication of this flavour's performance in the baby taste test.

All in all I'm a huge fan of Ella's Kitchen products (now available at the following stores in South Africa: Toys R Us, Baby Boom, Clicks, SPAR and Baby City).  It is a bit pricey (retailing from R15-99 upwards), but its quality and goodness sets my mommy-mind at ease, and the fact that Baby Girl adores it is a huge bonus.  Now if only she'll save some for me too! 

*I was provided free samples by Ella's Kitchen for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.  

3 comments:

  1. I wonder if this is available in the States? It sounds great!

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    1. Not sure... It's originally a UK product, but definitely worth keeping an eye out for!

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    2. My contact with Ella's just confirmed that Ella's Kitchen is indeed available in the US - yay!

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