Monday, April 24, 2017

Scarlett Says YES to Nurture Life!

As a stay-at-home mom to a two year old, meal times can sometimes be a challenge.  Even though Scarlett is a great eater for the most part, she does have her picky moments which seem to be happening more so lately.  One day she'll love peanut butter crackers and the next she'll refuse them.  She used to love chicken nuggets, now she really doesn't.  Her hot and cold nature with food is frustrating and I'm always trying to find out what she likes best and what she doesn't.  I miss the days where she ate everything given to her.  This is typical two year old behavior but that doesn't mean it's easy!

Nurture Life is a food subscription delivery service that offers fresh organic meals for babies, toddlers, and kids that's ready to eat.  For babies starting at 6 months, fresh pureed baby food like oatmeal, apples, or pears is delivered to your doorstep weekly.  For older babies from 8-10 months the menu changes and such meals as chicken meatballs and pasta or zucchini, yam and farro puree is available.  

Toddlers from 1-3 years old can enjoy offerings like mac and cheese with cauliflower or albacore tuna salad.  Children who are 4-8 years old will love to have teriyaki tofu over brown rice for dinner or even veggie fried rice.  There's a large assortment of food to choose from and the food changes weekly to keep your little one interested.  Once you receive the food, just warm them in the oven and microwave and it's ready to eat.  

Simply provide your child's age and dietary preferences and the Nurture Life culinary team will cook up your weekly menu.  You can go with the chef's choice menu or select meals from a seasonal and favorites menu.  All meals are made-to-order and crafted to fit your child's nutritional needs based on his or her stage of development.  

Nurture Life is fabulous for working moms who are busy and for stay-at-home mom's who'd like a break from cooking.  A subscription service could be a wonderful gift for any mom!

I was interested to try Nurture Life because it offered different options for Scarlett to try that I wouldn't normally think to make.  I generally make the same rotation of food for her with a new recipe every now and again.  In my opinion, giving Scarlett the opportunity to try new foods would be a positive thing and I hoped she would enjoy them.  From a mom's perspective, I was excited about not having to think about what to make her for dinner for five nights!

I selected mac and cheese with cauliflower, quinoa and chili bowl with cornbread crumble, spaghetti and chicken meatballs, spinach stuffed gnocchi, and chicken bites with mashed yams and green beans.  I hoped she would like everything and I tried to select meals for her that seemed up her alley.

The shipment arrived quickly and I was interested to see what Scarlett thought of the food.  I was delighted to be able to open the fridge and pull out a meal for her for dinner instead of actually making something myself.  Moms need a break from time to time! Another added bonus is there are no dishes to wash since your child can eat right from the tray.

For the first meal, Scarlett had the spaghetti and chicken meatballs with cauliflower and broccoli.  I chose not to give her the cheese sauce that came with it because she loves veggies plain and didn't think she needed it.  The portion sizes are a decent size for a toddler although Scarlett tends to sometimes eat a lot!

The food looked fresh and delicious.  I even wanted to try it! Scarlett had no problem digging right in and devoured the spaghetti and chicken meatballs immediately.  I liked that the large meatballs were chicken not beef, as chicken is much healthier for you.  She seemed to enjoy the meal thoroughly and I knew she was having something that was good for her.

Scarlett enjoyed the mashed yams, French green beans and chicken bites for dinner the next night.  When I microwaved the meal, the aroma of the mashed yams was strong and smelled fabulous! I had to sneak a bite and really enjoyed it.  This dinner is a really wonderful pairing of foods that you can feel good about serving your child.  Nothing is processed or artificial.

Since my toddler is a veggie lover, she went right for the green beans and inhaled them.  This meal contained 3 large chicken bites as well as a decent sized portion of green beans too.  I do wish there were more mashed yams since she enjoyed those too.  The chicken looked juicy and flavorful and Scarlett had no problem saying no to it!

For the third day, Scarlett had the mac and cheese with cauliflower for lunch.  She absolutely loves mac and cheese so I knew she'd be excited for her lunch.  What child doesn't though? The macaroni noodles were large and covered with a nice cheese and cauliflower sauce.  Again, the portion size was large and a good size for lunch.  I asked Scarlett if I could have some and she said no! Her passion for mac and cheese is strong and she has no time for sharing, I guess! I'm happy that she was so enthusiastic about her lunch.

It's safe to say that Scarlett has really been enjoying the options sent to her from Nurture Life so far.  I would highly recommend this meal subscription service if it's available in your area.  We'll surely be ordering again in the future!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Nurture Life for providing me with complimentary meals in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

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