As part of National Nutrition Week, I set out to find a convenient and easy way to get my little one to eat more nutritious food. . . I wanted something simple, easy to use and most importantly, something that allowed me to make food in advance for her. . . Ta Dah. . . naturally it had to be the Baby Bullet which is a baby food making system made by NutriBullet.
One of the moms with no children in the corner said “This is just a marketing gimmick to play on your mommy emotions!”, and the bean counter (aka chartered accountant) said “Why can’t you just use the original NutriBullet to make smaller portions for baby?”
Well I’ll tell you the answer to those questions –
A marketing ploy for sucker moms like me – at first yes, but after actually using it NO.
The most awesome thing is that you can make smaller and once off portions instead of huge portion sizes which often go to waste as your little one changes their pureed food preferences literally overnight. Because you can make such small portions you can literally make fresh food for every meal. However, the whole set does come with brilliant silicone moulds, which you can use for freezing and these super cool little plastic storage containers for fresh food with a lid that has a little twisting thing that you can set the date to remember when you made the food. The containers also have cute little smiley faces printed on them.
For me this little smiley face just reminds me to pursue and keep on trying to feed my little one even when she refuses to eat, or simply throws the hard made puree all over the high chair, the floor and her clothes. Sigh!
Not only does this nifty and small appliance make travelling easier by not having to depend on the hotel’s baby food or grannies revolting mushed cottage pie but it also makes shopping easier.
The Baby Bullet has a smaller motor than the NutriBullet, and instead of just being able to make smoothies, you can make different textured food for your little one based on the weaning stage they are in. Also what is amazing, is that you can put hot foods into the Baby Bullet, so my little girl doesn’t just have to have cold fruit based food, but she can have yummy, warm carrots, broccoli and other healthy veggies! #ForTheWin
The set comes with a shopping guide, which goes through a whole list of starter foods and explains the nutritional benefits, as well as how to select a particular food – who knew that when choosing kale “the leaves should be a deep green colour with a firm sturdy texture”? That is if you even know what kale is!!! (If you don’t, find out as it’s the new buzz word vegetable).
But what if you do want to make more? Sure, you can! The blades and bowls are small enough to make once off portions and big enough to make a week worth of portions too. This little device is super powerful and quick and when it came to making smoothies with whole chunks of ice and fruit it was no challenge. I think that the time saver factor is a huge draw card for me. Creating portions is so quick and doesn’t require hundreds of different bowls and lots of storage space. The batch bowls are carefully designed to be tipped over and emptied into the storage containers and when you place the storage containers in the fridge and freezer they can easily stack on each other, so no having to rent an industrial cold room or buying a chest freezer to accommodate awkwardly shaped containers.
What’s so awesome is that this brilliant system will encourage parents to make fresh, “real” food for babies, knowing what is in it, as opposed to buying baby food from stores that claim the product is “free from preservatives, free from sugar and apparently organic”.
I even went a bit further than using it for little people’s food and used it to mix up a soup and a gravy to accompany my grown up meal.
So there you have it! A really clever little gadget to help you, a mom, feel empowered and have the right tools to do the best for you and your family.
Next month is the launch of an exciting new event: Baby Bullet brings you Elana Afrika’s Baby Brunch – a coming-together of moms and expectant moms, and perfect for those looking for a morning of inspiration, sharing of knowledge, conversations about parenting as well as fun and pampering! www.babybrunch.co.za for more details!
You could stand the chance of winning a Baby Bullet valued at R1 599!!! All you have to do is share your baby food concoctions with us on our Facebook Page HERE! What kind of recipes would you create?!