Friday, April 5, 2013

Stuff I Love: Freshfoods Cook-n-Blend Babyfood Maker

I may have a new favorite product. 

As you all know, I've been on a path to healthier eating lately. Due to a sudden discovery of a TON of food sensitivities, I've been forced to start eating a much fresher, more paleo-inspired diet. But not only that, it's opened my eyes to just how fake and processed the food we're accustomed to eating is.  I don't want to put that stuff in my body and I certainly don't want to feed it to my kids.  (I will confess to an occasional McDonalds cop-out, but it's hardly the norm). 

The problem?  While not picky in the sense that most kids are, my kids are pretty set in their dietary ways.  Try new fruits and veggies?  No way!!  I have to get pretty sneaky to fill them up with all the nutritious produce I want them to be eating.

Thank goodness Moms Meet offered me the opportunity to review the Freshfoods Cook-n-Blend Babyfood Maker.  Clearly, I don't have any babies in my family anymore (can you believe baby girl is 2 and a half!?) - but that's what's so amazing about this product.  Sure, it can make healthy, tasty baby food - but it's a super useful tool even if your babies are all grown up.

Not only does this machine steam your fruits and veggies to lock in nutrients, but you can steam multiple foods at once.  You can make smooth or chunky purees, and it even comes with a smoothie blade!  Now I don't have to haul out my heavy blender each time I want to whip up a healthy breakfast smoothie or toss together a batch of apple-pear sauce for the kids.  

I'm a big fan of the 'hide pureed foods in meatloaf' trend - get my kids to eat better by sticking healthy stuff in the dishes they love.  But grated veggies are too chunky (and therefore easily detected) and I never have the energy to cook up a big batch of veggies, run them through the food processor, stick them in little containers to freeze for later.  Too much work, too many dishes.  This little tool does all that work for you, cleans up in a breeze, and makes just enough for one meal (for 3 kids).  

Ordinarily this babyfood maker retails for $99 (still a pretty great deal), but my lucky readers can save $20 off retail price by using this coupon!  There's also a $1 coupon to use on any of the great Freshfoods accessories - such as the Mash & Serve Bowl, Food Mill, Freezer Tray, Stackable Cubes or Fill & Freeze Pops.

I can't wait to try out all the recipes in the included cookbook, but since we just moved and we were low on produce, I stuck to my kids' all-time-favorite - applesauce!

 All of the pieces that came in the box
 Chop the apple into cubes
 Put cubes in strainer basket (here is where you can use the divider for 2 different foods)
 Put basket in container
 Add water
 Plug it in and steam (my outlets are finicky so I had to use a power-strip)
 All cooked!
 Blend it up
Mmmm - Mommy that's good!

It took me literally 1 minute to wash the bowl and put the product neatly back on my shelf and my kids had a fast, healthy, delicious snack.  Next  up - sneaking veggie puree into our pizza!

Want to learn more?  Check out Nuk/Freshfoods on Facebook!

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May
Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinions on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

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