There’s been a lot of buzz of all things baby with the birth of Prince George, including premium baby food as discussed in this Forbes article. And it’s about time there were options that consisted of more than sugar-packed snacks or disgusting goop in a jar to feed our precious little bundles. What the Forbes article missed though, is that we have our own Canadian trailblazer in the baby food business. Calgary mom Jennifer Carlson decided to make her own baby food when she wasn’t happy with what she found at grocery stores. That led to her founding Baby Gourmet, which has grown from a farmer’s market stall to a nationally distributed baby food company.
When I was a new mom, I made the decision to make my own baby food because I, too, didn’t love what was available in stores. But, given that I was challenged in the kitchen at the best of times, I had as many hits as misses with my little miss. Thankfully, I discovered Baby Gourmet’s purees, which my daughter loved. They were tasty and healthy so I ended up drizzling it all over the food I had cooked so that I was still, in essence, making her food. It was a win-win.
Even now, with Annabel turning three in the fall, she still loves the purees as a snack. They come in all sorts of creative combos such as Banana Apple Kale and Old Fashioned Apple Crisp. They also have the Squoosh line, which are purees aimed at kids instead of babies with flavours like Banango and Squabbleberry.
Their latest product has become part of my food arsenal when Annabel is being a fusspot, which can be often. I simply have to wave a bag of Mushies at her, which are bite-sized, freeze-dried, melt-in-your-mouth fruit and veggie snacks. She loves them and will eat her other food if the offer of Mushies afterwards is on the table. Plus, they’re a healthy treat so I don’t have to feel guilty about her gobbling them up.
I love when moms share their great ideas, and in the case of Baby Gourmet, I’m especially glad that Jen decided to take her recipes to market. Her food really made my life as a mom easier and Annabel’s menu both healthier and tastier.