One of NKOTB’s new skills in the last month is the ability to suck from a straw. This has made my going-out life a whole lot easier because that means she’ll now suck baby food (though generally only the sweet stuff) from sachets so that I can concentrate on my own meal or the conversation at hand.

I’m quite fussy about the food that I feed NKOTB, especially prepackaged food (I’ve written about Only Organic and Rafferty’s Garden before) as I don’t like anything with added salt, sugar, preservatives or chemical names I don’t recognise. So I was quite excited to be given some sample packs of organic baby food from Ella’s Kitchen.

Ella’s Kitchen is a UK brand which has just launched in Australia with a selection of their food pouches sold exclusively in Coles Supermarkets (for the moment).  While the pouches are predominantly baby food for babies ($1.99 each), the fruit smoothie pouches ($1.49) made from real organic fruit would still be suitable for kids lunchboxes at kinder or school. Better than a bruised banana!

For breakfast NKOTB sucked down the banana baby brekkie (organic banana puree, organic yoghurt, organic brown rice porridge)  followed closely by the Green One smoothie fruit pouch (apple, banana, pear, kiwi) in about 5 minutes. Over the course of the week she also enjoyed the creamy chicken and sweetcorn mash and spinach apples and swedes puree without complaint plus the three other smoothie fruit flavours (she does like her fruit!). For added protein and texture I mixed some of the pouches up with organic chia seeds.

Giveaway! Thanks to Ella’s Kitchen I have 2 x gift packs to give away each containing two smoothie fruits pouches (suitable from 6 months) + one savoury food pouch (suitable from 7 months) inside an insulated lunch bag made from recycled pouches. To enter all you have to do is leave a comment and the two winners will drawn on Wednesday 18 April. Sorry metro Melbourne entries only, as the prizes are bulky to post. Good luck!

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