New at Baby Gourmet
Berry Coconut and Tropical Green Smoothies
The smoothies are fruit and veggie-dense. The Berry Coconut Smoothie features cherry, strawberry and beet. And Tropical Green Smoothie contains spinach, pineapple and avocado. Yum!
Coconut cream adds a smooth texture and some fat to the smoothies. Did you know babies need more fat in their diet than adults to support brain growth?
And the addition of pea protein makes these smoothies more of a nutritionally balanced. Pea protein, adds both fibre and protein slows down the absorption of sugars from the fruit.
How to serve: Try squeezing a small amount into a cup and let your baby practice drinking from an open cup or sucking from a straw. This will help strengthen the muscles of their lips and mouth.
Apple Sweet Potato and Blueberry Spinach Acai Rusks
What I love most about these rusks is that they are rice free! So many baby products are primarily rice-based. This is not very nutrient-dense and there’s a concern of babies getting too much arsenic from eating so many rice products.
Instead of rice, these rusks are made with red lentil and chickpea flour. Plus the addition of some pea fibre adds a bit of protein and fibre to the rusks, which is unique for a product like this. The rusks are also dairy and gluten-free for those with allergies.
The rusks are meltable and can be especially useful for babies who are slower to learn to chew and swallow finger foods.
How to serve: As-is, or add a thin layer of peanut butter, hummus or mashed avocado on the top for extra fat and nutrients.
Sweet Pea Rings
The sweet pea rings are also rice-free and made with red lentil, chickpea and peas. They contain 10% of your baby’s daily iron needs, which is a crucial nutrient at this age for growth and development.
My favourite thing about the Sweet Pea Rings is that they contain one billion probiotics per serving. The specific probiotic strain used is called Bacillus Coagulans. Research has shown it to improve protein absorption, digestive and immune health.
How to serve: As-is or offer to baby to dip into purees or plain yogurt.