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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,529
7/9/13 3:44 P

This all sounds interesting.

Sometimes when my dogs have tummy trouble I buy them baby food so that they can have a bland diet. I never considered consuming it myself.

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7/9/13 3:35 P

I have thought about using baby food, fruit specifically, as snacks. I'll have to try these.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
7/9/13 12:48 P

Now, this wasn't about a diet of primarily baby food. It was about using baby food as a quick snack.

Happy Family (they make the baby food with chia seeds and coconut milk) has a line of pouches geared towards adults. Chick-Fil-A offers Buddy Fruit pouches for kids. And what about GoGo Squeez applesauce pouches? They have a variety they market to adults. More and more adults eat pouch foods. Oh and Buddy Fruit was never intended as a children's product. They have coconut and suerfruit flavors that are designed more for adults as a quick, on the go, healthy snack.

I do like the reusable pouches. Not only can you do simple fruit and veggie purées, but you can use milk and yogurt to make little smoothies in small snack size servings. What's wrong with a small 4 oz smoothie with fruit, veggies, yogurt, and milk and some nuts on the side as a snack?

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/8/13 8:21 A

Lots of interesting conversation.
Haven't eaten baby food since I was in college, and we lived in a dorm, so had no private fridge or freezer for anything. It seemed like an alternative to chips and pop.

I made my own baby food for my son, and froze it in icecube trays.
When traveling, we did however use the pre-packaged types (bottles, because pouches were not heard of then)

I'd bet anyone with jaw surgery and the like would find them a reasonable alternative to putting everything in the blender

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7/8/13 7:00 A

Many many years ago I learned to always keep the tasty brands of veg and fruit baby food on hand. I've used the fruits occasionally as a snack for a long time (one cat was nuts about them, too). Perfect for starting up eating again when sick and really not having the energy to fix anything and needing something easy on the stomach. When I'm sick, I don't even want to use a blender... I wondered why they weren't peddled as snack food for adults, actually. The ones I buy have a lot of fiber - even 5 or 6 grams in a little 4oz jar. The veggies can be heated up a little in the microwave or plopped into a bowl as instant simple soup (better for me than mixtures when I'm ailing or just stressed). I sometimes add some fat such as coconut oil. Sometimes I don't bother heating them- they're really good straight from the jar (at least Beech Nut and Gerber are). The puréed fruits and vegetables really are more easily digestible for me under such circumstances than even applesauce texture. If I get to a more energetic stage in recovery, I can mix them with instant potatoes. If their expiration date is approaching, I'll mix with potatoes or rice sometimes also to use them up. Some of the fruit blends have fruit not easily purchased or prepared. Gerber's has one veg blend that is especially tasty - garden veg which is peas, spinach, and carrots. Not surprising, I always liked spinach in pea soup. I can't get open those new fangled plastic containers without spilling, though, so stick mostly to glass jars.... They also came in very handy when I had to rest a broken tooth before and after the dentist and was in no mood to try to blend everything myself (I ate a lot of hummus...). Eating puréed foods from jars and pouches is no odder than drinking pre-packaged protein drinks or pudding cups.

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7/7/13 11:25 P

ILOVEFOOD590 - people DO tend to underestimate the real value of eating baby food at times. It has been used for some of the people I used to care for when needed - as per Dr's approval. As I mentioned earlier, NZ has pretty strict laws regarding food processed here, and even more when it comes to baby food. It is often a lot more natural and healthier than 'adult' processed foods which makes it often better for a convalescing person.


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7/7/13 10:14 P

I noticed the post regarding growing up and leaving the baby food alone. Well, I am not one to consume baby food, but after being released from the hospital with some digestive issues, the doctor told me to consume baby food and ease back into regular food. While in the hospital I had no food at all, only an IV. Before leaving all of my food was pureed and served in little brown bowls. The food was the consistency of baby food. So... I don't believe it is a matter of growing up, it is just a matter of what we choose to consume, be it for health reasons of just because we enjoy the taste.

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7/7/13 9:16 P

Hey, thanks for the link! It figures that someone else had thought of it before I did, there is nothing new under the sun, lol! The article was very good, but it was about people trying to live mostly off baby food, like a diet. I guess in Hollywood, they are desperate enough to try anything in order to look good.

There have been some great suggestions from everybody in this discussion! I appreciate everyone's input very much.

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7/7/13 8:39 P

I'm sorry, but no.

When my girls were small, I wouldn't feed them ANYTHING I hadn't tried myself... and t hat included baby food.

The baby food I tried (all the veggies, the meats, etc) was AWFUL... I mean gross. It was bland, flavorless and disgusting. I wouldn't even feed it to my dog, much less my kids. I stopped doing so, and made my own (it takes very little time to do so.)

Honestly, the thought of eating it on purpose? Nauseating. It lacks key nutrients (fiber, vitamin D, and calcium) that exists in self-prepared foods.

And when I hear of adults eating it to lose weight, this is what I think of:

No thanks. I'll pass. If I want to eat liquefied foods (and I don't) I'd rather have a smoothie. At least then it's got the fiber.

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7/7/13 7:07 P

It is a bit weird, but you are not alone. I used to sometimes eat baby-food in my late teens/early twenties. At that time I had no freezer, and only a very small fridge, so like you I needed something shelf-stable and balanced as a back-up for when I came home from work late at night. My favorite was the nestlé toddler lasagna. It was probably the healthiest thing I ate back then.

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7/7/13 6:41 P


"It's an interesting idea, though. I mean, it is just the same food they package in "adult" packaging.... just slightly more finely sieved."

I don't know about your country, but in NZ processed baby food is generally MUCH lower in sodium and less processed sugar.


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7/7/13 4:49 P

Well now, I had never heard of those reusable pouches! You are right, I could cook things that I like, the way that I like them, then blend them down and put them in the pouches. They would have to be frozen, in order to preserve them, but by the time I was ready to consume one, it would be thawed. Much less expensive and more palatable! Would just have to figure the nutrition information for the recipe I used and divide it by the number of servings it made, then it would be easy to track.

There's still no rescuing the texture, but some nuts along with the pouch would give a little bit of crunch anyway. Awesome suggestion! Thank you so much!

(edited to add) And wonder of wonders, on they have some which are plain-looking! No more bunnies!

Edited by: JOYFOCUS at: 7/7/2013 (17:02)
SARAHEGILROY SparkPoints: (13,225)
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7/7/13 4:21 P

I totally get it. I always taste tested my kids food and some of it really isn't bad, although I can't stomach the meat sticks (I don't even eat hot dogs). The pouches are very convenient as well. I am wondering if you have seen the reusable pouches? I believe you can get them on Amazon. That way, if you have the time maybe one day a week, you can make your own purees. That way the veggies could be more appealing.

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7/7/13 4:15 P

When I travel long distances by car, I make a "trail mix" using the junior freeze dried yogurt drops, freeze dried junior fruit bits, bite sized shredded wheat and dry roasted edamame. It works.

Edited by: COCHESE321 at: 7/7/2013 (16:16)
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7/7/13 4:13 P

Brilliant, Graceinaz!!! OMG, I can't believe I hadn't thought of that. Yes, spirulina packs! Thank you for adding another bit to the toolbox!

GRACEINAZ Posts: 2,271
7/7/13 4:05 P

I can see you have really thought this out... and I think as far as fruits & veggies go, it's better than none at all. It does seem a bit expensive and perhaps lacking in fiber but I must say kudos to you for trying and then thinking outside the box!

Oh, have you considered superfood powders that you can just mix in with liquid? (Some are just wheat grass, chlorella & spirulina but many have food & veggie powders added to the mix.) They may be a good alternative for when you can't get fresh fruit & veggies.

Edited by: GRACEINAZ at: 7/7/2013 (16:06)
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7/7/13 3:41 P

Well, as I said, there's not a lot of dignity in it. I absolutely agree that it is less expensive and much, much tastier to fix real meals. It's not a way of life, it's one part of a toolbox for dealing with the question of how to eat in the healthiest way I can within the limitations of life as it is now.

I'm away from home for up to 16 hours at a time, sometimes without access to refrigeration or a way to heat food, and I have to carry anything I'm going to eat with me. Granola bars get really, really old after you've eaten them every day for a while. Dried fruit and nuts are great, but you have to be super-careful with portion sizes. V8 juice isn't too bad at room temperature, but you have to watch the sodium. Fresh fruit and vegetables keep pretty well without refrigeration, and they're valuable enough to be worth giving space in the bag, but that space isn't limitless. An insulated lunch bag is big enough to carry things like cheese sticks, a sandwich, and a carton of yogurt, but what do you do when that is all eaten and you still have 8 hours to go? I can't carry a cooler and a backpack around with me.

I need things which are shelf-stable. I want fruits and vegetables, and meat which is not jerky or the eternal tuna. I don't want to live on chips and crackers or other processed carb stuff. I need light-weight, small, easily carried items with no prep time. Compare the ingredient list of a commercial meal bar and that of a pouch of applesauce or spinach puree or black bean and rice blend; see which one has more of things you want and less of things you don't want, and what the calorie ratio is.

It's not a total solution. I don't think anyone would want to rely on baby food for their entire intake. But they are small, fast little bits that are useful in a pinch. Sometimes, life is all pinch. On other occasions, there is plenty of time to grill a chicken breast and have a nice salad, sit down, and enjoy it. It's one alternative out of many.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
7/7/13 2:00 P

I "get" the convenience/portion size factor, but I can't say it's a practice I envision myself adopting. I wasn't even all that keen on feeding my baby the processed baby-foods! ... I used to boil and puree stuff and freeze it in ice cube trays, and only kept the processed stuff for convenience/"rounding out the diet" with foods I didn't want to or couldn't prepare "baby style" easily on my own (i.e. meat, but, in retrospect i questioned whether he really needed to be eating meat-based foods at all when still too young to chew them). I used to feel bad feeding the baby foods that I wouldn't eat myself, so I used to "taste test" the babyfoods before feeding, and, yuk, no, i don't have any nice memories of Gerbers!

It's an interesting idea, though. I mean, it is just the same food they package in "adult" packaging.... just slightly more finely sieved.

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7/7/13 1:50 P

I'm sorry and I apologize ahead of time but I find it sick that grown adults eat baby food.

There are healthy fresh vegetables out there in your grocery store or food market. What makes you avoid them to go to baby food? (May I remind you at this time that you are NOT a baby ... you are an adult.)

It is really not that difficult to prepare fresh vegetables. If you can't find a way to do that then buy canned or frozen veggies and prepare them. It's not that difficult to do.

Dude or Duddette, you are no longer a baby. Grow up and give it up!

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7/7/13 12:41 P

Yeah, there is no doubt that the fruit purees would be the most popular. Humans like sweet tastes, whether they are babies or adults. Of course, that's what gets us into trouble, lol!

The vegetables are more of an acquired taste; I prefer my plants either raw/lightly cooked or highly seasoned with garlic/onion/herbs, and the baby vegetable pouches are neither. I read the Spark Blog entry about "what was on the table on Independence Day" and it said that the colonists considered raw produce unappetizing. Strange how cultural preferences change!

As far as the shelf-stable nature of the food goes, as long as it's preserved with heat canning, I'm okay with it. Chemical preservatives and sodium are on my list of things to try to avoid, which is part of what made me investigate the baby food thing to begin with. I needed a meat product that didn't have to be refrigerated and was sick of tuna, but everything in the preserved meat category seemed to be loaded with them. I was randomly passing through the baby aisle on my way to another part of the store, and spotted the meat sticks. On a whim, I read the label and was really surprised. It's still processed food, though, not meant to be a staple.

Thanks, everyone, for your comments. I was a little hesitant to bring this up, because it still seems a little embarrassing to talk about eating baby food on purpose. But it has been a useful practice, and if it helps someone else, then that is all to the good!

SONICB Posts: 4,381
7/7/13 12:11 P

Sometimes I crave baby food! So it doesn't sound weird to me at all. :)

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
7/7/13 8:05 A

I do eat the fruit and veggie purées sometimes. How is it any different than opening a jar of applesauce? I prefer the toddler pouches- like the ones with Disney characters- but there is a brand that has chia seeds in their pouches.

Now. The shelf-stable toddler yogurt skeeves me out a bit, but that's just me. Same with the meat sticks.

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7/7/13 3:14 A

It isn't uncommon for a sick person to eat foods from the baby section. They are easily digested, soothing on the tummy, low fat and sodium and lack the preservatives, and the quantity isn't off-putting for someone not feeling the best. I actually quite like some of the baby desserts, altho' it is a very long time since I have eaten any. Peach, Apricot and Semolina was my favourite when my son was a baby :-)


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7/7/13 2:13 A

Not all the time, of course, because it is much more pleasurable to eat a real meal with lots of spice and texture! But modern toddler-level food comes in lightweight pouches, is clearly labeled as to ingredients, and has the nutrition information on the label, which makes it very convenient when you have to take your food with you in your bag. The serving sizes are meals for little ones, but for an adult they're a snack; the varieties I like most will range from 40-240 calories depending on what it is. It is an easy way to pick up servings of fruit and vegetables for when you need carbohydrates; toddler meat sticks come in jars and will give you 10 grams of protein for 110 calories.

I wouldn't suggest it as a person's total intake. That would be expensive, because these are convenience foods. They are very plain-tasting, without much seasoning. The pureed texture is off-putting sometimes. It's cooked and canned, not fresh, and there is a little fiber, but not nearly what an adult needs. Read the ingredients and the nutrition information, because just because it is marketed for babies, it doesn't mean it's automatically healthy.

But for what it is, it's very useful. There are blends of fruit, cereal, and yogurt which are delicious. There are combinations I never would have considered, like a pear and spinach blend; I will be cutting up a pear and adding it to my next spinach salad, because that one was very good! A pouch of applesauce and a small handful of walnuts is actually a real pleasure to eat. It's not all mushed peas!

Preparing your own real food costs less, lets you control the ingredients, and has a more satisfying result. But if transport and storage or time is a problem, then baby food can be useful little fuel packs for your body. There's not a lot of dignity in slurping slurry from a foil pack printed with a bunny on the front, but I'm going to do it when I need to. Sometimes, I will even enjoy it, because I know what I'm getting in terms of nutrition and it's better than what there is in the vending machine.

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