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Fresh Bellies is a line of baby food products designed to get babies and small children accustomed to the savory foods that they will consume later in life. The products are whole foods with no preservatives. They are fruits or vegetables with no added salt and pepper and just lightly seasoned with herb spices. Vegetables are never mixed with fruit sugars which would sweeten the taste. There are 12 products which include 8 different foods.
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One of the primary goals of the company is to deliver food products for babies and small kids which do not mask the actual flavors of vegetables. Most baby food products combine these flavors with fruit sugars. This gets kids used to sweet, sugary foods instead of the natural flavors of foods that they're going to enjoy as adults. These products are not flavored with fruits sugar, or even salt and pepper. There are lightly spiced with herbs or garlic.
This product aims to introduce children to flavors that they're usually not exposed to until much later. The idea is to get their pallets slowly accustomed to savory foods and to different spices. That way they will hopefully become more adventurous eaters. This company feels that there is no other product like this out there and that there was a giant hole in the market.
Most of the products come in a container which has a spoon tucked into the lid. The stated objective of this feature is to encourage the development of fine motor skills in babies and kids.
The Fresh Bellies line contains 12 products total, and they use 8 different fruits and vegetables. These are broccoli, cauliflower, apple, pear, mango, peppers, beets, and blueberry. Two of these are freeze-dried products of mango and pepper flavors.
The recipes that make up this product were apparently specially formulated by a chef with expert knowledge of food and nutrition.
The design of these products is colorful and fun. It's obvious that a lot of thought and work went into this aspect of the line. The company has even come up with a character using the idea of a beet, and it's a character that seems like it would really appeal to children. They are selling t-shirts with this character too. From a marketing perspective, this is really an intelligent move.
The names of the products are really cute and very appealing. They've come up with things like "Apple of my Eye" and "Two to Mango". Naturally, these names are more for the parents than the kids, since the language and idiomatic nature of the names would be lost on small children. However, that's not a disadvantage of the product. The kids don't need the cute names to laugh at - the parents do.
One of the best features of these products is that they get children eating good, healthy food and learning to enjoy it. The truth is, many commercial baby foods do contain too much sugar and aren't necessarily the healthiest they could be. These are well-prepared fruit and vegetable-based baby foods, made by a chef, and that's certainly good for children.
Starting your children on these foods will open up the dialogue in your household about nutrition and child nutrition. Hopefully, that will be an opening that doesn`t close, and this issue continues to be an important family matter.
All of the foods in this product line are completely free of any kind of preservatives and artificial flavors. Again, this offers greater health benefits to children than eating traditional baby food. Many of the regular baby food products do contain preservatives.
Kids often end up overeating because they get used to the taste of sugar very young and they continue to crave it. Getting children used to the more savory and spiced flavors they will eat later in life can ultimately prevent them from being overeaters.
Although the foods are marketed as no preservative, pure foods, it is noted that no ingredient lists of the products are provided on the manufacturer`s website. This may simply be because there really are no added ingredients at all, but we don`t know for sure.
Although the idea of this product is a good one, after all, there aren`t a wide selection of flavors offered here. Vegetables include broccoli, beets, peppers, and cauliflower, for example. That`s not exactly a wide selection of the vegetables - or savory foods - out there. In order to truly reach their goal, they need to expand the line.
Two of these products are freeze-dried; the pepper and mango flavors. It doesn`t seem like a great idea to serve your children freeze-dried foods. These foods lose a lot of nutrients through the process of being freeze-dried. This doesn`t seem much better than serving your babies regular baby food.
Babies and small kids don't have the palate of an adult because they aren't adults yet. It takes time for their taste buds to develop. One of the goals here is to get babies used to the savory flavors they will enjoy later on. However, the likelihood that these babies taste the same thing as adults would taste is very slim.
These products are too expensive for most people to purchase on a continual basis. The majority of individuals would probably try this once or twice, or once in a while, due to the high cost.
It's hard to know for sure, but it seems like kids may not enjoy these savory flavors with spices. Besides the fact that they don't have the taste buds to really enjoy them, they just seem like bland flavors. You may have a hard time getting babies to eat them, but it's hard to know for sure.
There certainly are some baby food companies out there that incorporate healthy foods and practices. Some of them list `no added sugar` as a benefit. Others mix vegetables or other healthy ingredients to make their products.
It`s true that there are no other products on the market that claim to be trying to get small kids accustomed to savory foods. No organizations have as their mission making kids more adventurous eaters.
Another unique feature of this company is that the owner / CEO, Saskia Sorrosa, is the young mother of two children. She has clearly invested a lot of personal thought into this issue and is very dedicated to the company.
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