As we have entered the phase in Tomato’s life where we are on the go to school, classes and trips to places like Longwood Gardens and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, I am constantly looking for nutritious and healthy on the go snack options. Little did I know that Tyler Florence had some answers in my search.
In the fall, I had noticed that a new line, called Sprout, had begun to pop up at our local Wegmans. Also, I was able to talk to their representatives at the Natural Products Expo East back in September. You can see Tyler Florence speak about food and health at Expo West here. They recently sent us some samples to try out and see how they work and are appreciated as some “grab out of the pantry and go” snack/meal options.
Sprout was co-founded by Tyler Florence, of Food Network fame, as a way to introduce vegetables to kids at an early age in order to develop a healthy palate into adulthood. In addition to the Sprout Baby Food line, Tyler Florence also recently published a book called, Start Fresh, which introduces families to recipes for healthy eating. Now, it’s no mystery here that Tomato is a vegetable happy toddler. Rutabaga, loves it. Beets, could live off of them daily. But, kale is one that I have yet to figure out how to prepare for her to eat it alone. So, I was happy to see that one of the selections that we were sent was the Vegetable and Barley Stew with Chicken. The secret ingredient was kale and she ate this like it was going out of style. These toddler meals come pacakaged in sealed plastic bins. While recyclable, I was not crazy about having to boil them in water to heat them up. In the future, I would like to see if I could just reheat the contents in a saucepan and serve. Pictured above is the Vegetable Stew (right) and the Sweet Potato and Apple Risotto (left), which was also a major hit and perfect as warm comfort food on our rainy Tuesday this week.
In addition to the toddler meal, Tomato taste tested a variety of the pouches. The Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal was a favorite and we have been able to find the Raspberry SuperFruit Toddler blend at our local Shop Rite. She goes nuts for that one and gets a little bummed when we run out of them for the week. I would definitely say that we have found some great “grab and go” options in the Sprout Baby Food line. I also appreciate that the packaging on the pouches is BPA free and that they have partnered with Terracycle to upcycle them into new products. I will definitely be looking into doing some Terracycle brigades in our neighborhood in order to keep items out of the landfills.
Recently, Sprout announced some new product line like the Peach, Pumpkin Pie & Coconut pictured above. We’ll be doing another review of these newer products in the future. So, be sure to check back here to see how Tyler Florence’s new items line up with the ones mentioned above.
In the meantime, hop on over to the Sprout website and leave a comment below about which products you think your kids would enjoy.
Disclosure: We were provided with products from Sprout for review. All opinions are my own and those of Tomato’s tastebuds. This post also contains affiliate links to help support Crafty Garden Mama.