I mean the jarred stuff people shovel into their babies.
I know, I know. It's not raw, optimal, etc. etc. and I can't imagine getting sufficient calories for a full meal from god-only-knows how old mashed fruit + preservatives. But I was on the go and had run out of my fruit supply. The only available fruit in the area were unripe and/or less than appetizing and by this time I was starving, so I had the bright idea to buy babyfood to hold me over for a few hours. I got 4 jars of banana-blackberry baby goo. The ingredients read: fully ripened bananas (yeah, right), blackberries, ascorbic acid. (I should add that label inspection is a must...i saw they add fish fluids to a lot of the fruity ones while some brands also add juice). It was ...ok. No weird reactions.
I'm wondering two things here:
1. Does anyone else resort to baby food when in a pinch?
2. Is baby food generally "healthier" than something like pasteurized OJ/bottled smoothie?
Your thoughts, please...!
Interesting... i have no info on this but what a fun story :)
Well, I have tasted it many years before. A lot of the fruit varieties are not bad actually.
No, I have not resorted to this during my fruit famines, but this might be a good idea to keep in mind as long as it is low fat vegan. Keep in mind that some baby food products have animal products in them:(
I am not sure about an answer to your number 2. Baby food is still a processed item and should only be used in emergencies such as the one you just shared with us.
My solution for dealing with these situations is thinking ahead and having a box of dates in my handbag at all times. I take my usual amount of food to work with me, but the nature of my job keeps me moving from one part of London to another- and sometimes there are no shops around and i'm out longer than expected.
Never tried eating baby food. But- i'm sharing a flat with my best friend and her baby and since she's on a standard SAD I was trying to learn as much as possible about 'Gerber' baby food to convince her to feed the baby fresh fruit instead- I found loads of obvious info why it's not optimal, but there was one thing that made my friend switch to fresh fruit- the time between the production and consumer buying the product in the shop, is at times over 3 years! Imagine putting a banana into a jar and eating it 3 years later.
So yeah-I suggest a box of emergency dates as a permanent fixture in your bag!
all the best
THREE YEARS?! worse than i imagined. Thanks for the info, and yes i had plenty of food for the duration of time i thought i was going to be away from home, but an emergency box is in order!
Not even dates? I plain on stocking up on dried fruit for emergencies like that. Maybe a case of these http://lydiasorganics.com/bar_tropicalmango.html
Sounds like we have to make DR ante up on those wonka bars for situations like these.
the dates in the shop were hard as rocks..bleh!
Although, possibly better than 3 year old mystery mash. yeah, i need backup dates/bars. just hate carrying more than i need to but better over-prepared than under!
My daughter keeps baby food sweet potatoes in her purse for when she is in a pinch. She is not a raw foodist.
My sister in law bought her 1 year old a HappyBaby organic baby food (banana, beets and blueberries), no GMO, BPA free, I tasted it and it was very good, he drank it and wanted more. I was so happy she was giving him that instead of milk, a huge plus for him. And funny you mentioned this, because right away I though, "hmm...this is an ok option if i need a snack and I don't have anything." But, I've been carrying a box of dates in my car and it has kept from starving or eating something not so good.
is this a supermarket brand? or specialty item?
on the go too, Mark? I have a mini-size portable blender but it's so small that i'd rather just eat the way nature intended, than have to make 5 batches of and carry extra stuff. Guess I should travel with a little red wagon these days :P