I am persuaded that kids can eat anything if you trained them early to expand their taste buds. Several of my friends succeeded with their infants. My husband never ate the kid menu at the restaurant. He was ordering snails when he was 4 years old.
Different continent, different eating habits
In Europe, kids are used to eat more aliments at a younger age. At least, it was true in the past where they did not rely on fast food as we do in North America. In Italy, eggplants with chocolate is a children treat.
Even though, you cannot find Menus Bébé outside France, I think there are good lessons to be learned. I presented this brand on my blog because it conveys the stylish living message I am aiming for. This baby food brand is about variety, fresh products and developing taste at the youngest possible age.
Menus Bébé was founded by Jenny Careno, a French mother of Swedish origin. Like many small businesses, the adventure started when Jenny gave birth to her little girl Maya.
April 12th, 2008 Update: Unimpressed by the baby food on the shelf at the grocery store, Jenny learned how to make baby food at home. She asked advices to her pediatric doctor and from Alina, a woman Chef who serves an impressive infant menu in her restaurant. Later on, Jenny founded Menus Bébé.
A Practical solution
Menus Bébé delivers frozen home style baby food. The packaging looks great. The freshest of the ingredients is well highlighted. The design feels European with lots of white spaces. Does it shows that I went to a breakfast talk this morning about retail packaging and the added value of design?
The great news for parents is that is save them time, lots of precious time. Parents can now serve superior home style meals to their babies in less than 3 minutes. The texture of Menus Bébé is not as smooth as the processed baby food. It is important since texture plays a role in experiencing food. The main ingredients are more diverse. The list is impressive in length.
What is the difference?
The quality of the end results is superior because:
- 90% of the pot is the main aliments versus less than 50% in mass produced baby food
- The meal comes in 2 pots: the main dish and the side. The idea is to develop the taste of the baby
- The food is also tastier and contains no additives
- The conservation process is quick-freezing instead of sterilization
- Quick-freezing preserves the colors of the food so there is no need for artificial colorants
- The natural vitamins are preserved as much as possible
Need for diversion
Medical researches proved that the best prevention against diseases is a diversified alimentation. There is no miracle food. Each food has its own function and they enhance each other. Babies, children and adults must eat a vast array of aliments to stay healthy. Think about it!
Eating delicious healthy food improves our quality of life at all ages. Being a gourmet is a part of stylish living. Menus Bébé becomes one element that helps families to live in style and stay healthy. I hope that it is the start of a trend that will cross the Atlantic pretty soon.
Learn more: Menus Bébe
Top Row Photo credits: Jean-Claude Amiel for Elle à Table No 57
sk-rt.comApril 11, 2008 at 19:32
I am persuaded that kids can eat anything if you trained them early to expand their taste buds. I presented you the story behind a French baby food brand. Their message is about variety, fresh products and developing taste at the youngest possible age.
Nicole from: For the Love of FooApril 12, 2008 at 09:19
I think you really hit the nail on this one. I made my son’s food all from scratch and froze it myself. I used to make 1 large batch on the weekend and freeze it and it would last for 1 week. It definitely tastes better than the food in a jar. To me that food always has a metallic flavor.
I have to say, as opposed to many colleagues of mine who fed their children processed baby food out of a jar, my son is 14 months old and eats sushi, pesto spaghetti, sweet potatoes, salad, roasted asparagus, fish, papaya, sour kraut – I could go on forever.
I’d like to think I can take credit for his love of divers foods.
Menus Bébé sounds decent. If I were a really busy working mom, I would consider it.
MavenApril 12, 2008 at 19:42
Wandered over from Tastespotting:
I do wish these were available in the States. My two oldest boys suffer from a lack of adventurousness in their eating even though I and their father are adventurous eaters. I blame my reliance on commercial baby food and following the whole “baby food must be bland” mentality of my pediatrician. I resolve to do better by my youngest boy.
At Home with Kim ValleeMay 5, 2008 at 23:51
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