What mom doesn't want her kids to eat healthy? Most of us do and we try our best. Sometimes, or should I say, most of the time - we don't have the time for a wholesome breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As for me, I will go out of my way not to feed my family processed packaged foods with additives and artificial ingredients. I will take a bland, simple, healthy, homemade meal over a flavorful (MSG?) elaborate, packaged, quick meal any day.
The Nest Collective thought of making something quick and packaged, yet healthy, flavorful, and nutritious to boot! No preservatives, additives, and it is organic! I recently had a chance to test drive some Nest Collective organic food. Currently they have two brands, Plum Organics for babies, and Revolution Foods for kids. Yes they have meals, but most I would consider snacks (that is how kids like to eat after all). I think they are absolutely perfect for road trips, on the go, and for all the in-between moments. Plum Organics: Plum Organics carries baby food pouches and frozen baby food. Plum Organics Tots is for babies 12+ months and has Mish Mash Fruit Snacks and several different finger foods. They have Plum Organics Kids Meals as well that I haven't tried. They are frozen and come in four varieties: bowtie pasta, cheese-filled spinach tortellini, Italian sausage marinara, rainbow pasta shells (all come with a side of veggies).
We received the Banana Plum Tots Fruity Fingerfuls, 2 Plum Tots Mish Mash Fruit Snacks, and Plum Baby Peach/Apricot/Banana. We have only tried the Tots Mish Mash, and it is clearly a winner. I gave her just a little in the evening to try and she obviously kept asking for more. I had to hide it in the fridge from her. I tasted it, hm, could eat it myself by the spoonful! Very yummy! My impression of the packaging for Plum Organics? Sleek and tasteful.
YOU CAN ALSO ENTER THE PLUM ORGANICS BABY FOOD GIVEAWAY ON MY BLOG! See my profile, contest ends at 12:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.
Revolution Foods: First and foremost, this brand is not just about conveniently packaged and lunch box ready snacks. Three percent of the net revenues from all product purchases goes to their School Lunch Program for kids in underserved schools.
We received the Original and Cheesy Organic Pop Alongs, Organic Mashup Squeezable Fruit, Organic Jammy Sammy, and Organic Grammy Sammy. At first it may seem as though the Pop Alongs are just an organic disguise for junk food. But wait a minute, they are not fried, they are popped and have a simple ingredients list (check out the nutritional panels). I just tried the original ones, yummy! They are very light and airy, not at all greasy, and very lightly salted. You must have a drink with these though. They taste very wholesome and come in a kid size pouch. I also gave the Apple Cinnamon Jammy Sammy a try. Good stuff. A little too sweet for my taste, but people say I like things bland. So this is probably just right for the average kid. At least it is not sweetened with processed sugar but with cane juice and agave. It is small, but the right size for a kid dessert in my opinion.
The Mashups are my favorite though. Yes, you can buy organic fruits and pack them up for lunch. But if you are like me, you are not very good with fresh produce, i.e. something always goes bad before you get to eat it. This is where the Mashups come in. No peeling, dicing, or cutting. It is all ready for you and can be kept in the pantry for a few months because it is vacuum sealed! And the ingredients? My Tropical flavor one reads: Organic Fruit Purees (Apple, Banana, Pear, Mango). Yes, that is it, just fruit! ____________________________________________________________________________
My constructive criticism: a bit pricey for the size you get (example: $1.25 for a fruit pouch), especially if you are a part-time working mom like me. At the same time - you get what you pay for! You can pay less and get the HFCS filled junk. I would rather pay a little more and get the good stuff, you can get bulk on Amazon and save a little. I also thought the Revolution Foods packaging looks a little busy, just my opinion.
Ah, to be a time starved mom! Would I grow my own fruits and veggies? Yes, if I could. I would not be growing bananas and mangoes though in New England. Thanks to the Nest Collective for putting healthy and organic in the same sentence with quick a ready-to-eat! Their mission is quite similar to Lunch, "Making the world a little better".
EcoMama Green Factor: +5 Organic? Yes. Responsible company? Yes. Sustainable packaging? You got it. For more info check out their FAQ.