Chewsday Review- Baby Bellies Organic Apple Strawberry Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are so trendy right now – even baby food companies are jumping on the bandwagon! Let’s have a look at what Baby Bellies are putting into theirs…

🔹 Ingredients

🔸 Organic Apple (67.5%), Organic Strawberry (28.5%), Organic Oat Flour (3%), Organic Rice Flour (1%)

🔸 Not much to talk about here! A very simple ingredients list with no preservatives or anything artificial!

🔸 Common allergens include: Gluten

🔹 Positives

🔸 Simple ingredients in convenient packaging. This would be great if you were on holiday or on the go with no access to a kitchen.

🔸 No added sugar or salt – just like you would make at home. I wouldn’t expect these to be added in a product designed for babies.

🔸 Saturated fat, total fat and sodium content are within healthy guidelines

🔸 Recyclable and reusable packaging gets a tick from me! This could be why they are so expensive…

🔹 Negatives

🔸 These are basically just fruit puree and not something I would give as a whole meal on its own. Combining this with an iron-rich finger food would be a good idea if you are using this as part of a meal.

🔸 All these ingredients are mixed together, so your baby is missing out on the chance to taste and enjoy each individual flavour. Occasionally, this isn’t a bad thing, but it isn’t something I would serve regularly as it’s best to change up the flavours for your baby in the first few months of solids.

🔸 You are paying for convenience! At $2.25 for 110g, these are pricy! This is about 4-5x the price of buying your own fruit and pureeing it at home.

🔹 Marketing

🔸 ‘No added sugar or salt’ – Tick, but this is expected in a food product for babies.

🔸 ‘Certified organic’ – Remember: this just tells you about how the ingredients were grown, not the nutrient content!

🔸 ‘For interactive spoon feeding’ – Huh? I would hope any kind of mealtimes with your baby are interactive! I do like that these are convenient for spoon feeding rather than being packaged in a pouch.

🔹 Alternatives

🔸 I’m not quite sure how this gets to be considered a ‘smoothie’ bowl- it just seems like a fruit puree to me!

🔸 A homemade puree would be a much cheaper and just as nutritious option!

🔸 If you are wanting a prepared option, the Heinz Apple Puree is a more affordable option that has a simple ingredients list and convenient packaging.


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Dr Kyla Smith and Liz Beaton are paediatric dietitians specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla, Liz and Lauren here

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