Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Organic Baby food from Baby Zilli-Review

I was thrilled when we were asked to review some Baby Zilli Baby Food, as even though Jack usually eats what we eat now(he's 15 months) sometimes that just isnt practical, and i also like the peace of mind of keeping a pouch of food in the changing bag if were going out for the day. We were sent 4 products to review, Pasta Pomodoro, Cock-a-Leekie, Fruit Medley Pud and Fruit Berry Crumble.

Aldo Zilli comments "All the Baby Zilli dishes are completely organic, free from artificial flavours with absolutely no additives. Its all natural, good stuff that your baby will love."
Each Baby Zilli recipe has no added salt or sugar, no bulking agents, no E-numbers, no preservatives, no artificial additives, no GM foods. They are just 100% organic goodness.
So does this matter?
As a mother of 2, all this does matter. When it came to weaning Eva 3 years ago, there was nothing like this on the market, all the baby foods were processed jars. After looking around i decided i was going to make all her food myself, for 2 reasons, firstly the majority of jarred foods contain additives or preservatives of some kind. And secondly, the bland taste...and the fact that they all tasted the same. I wouldn't eat it, so why should i be feeding it to my baby.(this is/was just my personal opinion).
On having Jack i found a similar product to the Zilli range, which was great, i still cooked as much home cooked as i could, but when we were out and about or going to someones house i could take a pouch of food, that was nearly as good as homemade and feel happy in the knowledge Jack was enjoying the food, but that it was also good for him.
I was a bit dubious how Jack would react to a bowl of "baby food" as he eats what we eat, but was so pleased to how much he enjoyed it, that i will definately be stocking up and recommending Baby Zilli to as many people as will listen.
The recipes used are ones Aldo created for his own children, so you can rest assured your baby is eating the best.
The packaging states "Good enough for Mamma and Papa to eat" but i couldn't tell you if thats true or not, as i didn't get chance to taste it, Jack wolfed it down.

The Range and Prices
Brekkie and Stage 1-89p consists of
  • Zilli Greens(spinach, peas and pear)
  • Tutti Frutti Mix(peach, banana and apricot)
  • Blueberry Blast(blueberry, banana and apple)
  • Aldo's Fruity Punch(pear, apple and banana)
  • Tasty Veggie Blend(sweet potato, butternut squash and broccoli)

  • Aldo's Fruit Brekkie(rice, pear, peach and milk)
  • Banana Cereal(rice, banana, apple and peach)
Stage 2-£1.29 consists of
  • Potato and Lamb Stew(winter vegetable and mint)
  • Chicken and Parsnip(potato, onion, and tarragon)
  • Zilli Fishy Dishy(salmon, mashed potato and peas)
  • Fruit and Veg Puree(broccoli, carrot, sweet potato, and pear)
Stage 3-£1.69 consists of
  • Cock-a-Leekie(chicken, lentils, and leeks)
  • Pasta Pomodoro(pasta, tomatoe and vegetables)
Pud-£1.29 consists of
  • Red Berry Crumble(strawberry, banana and blueberry)
  • Fruit Medley Pud(apple, banana and plums)
Juice-89p consists of
  • Organic Apple
  • Organic Summer Fruits
  • Organic Orange, Mango and Apple
  • Organic Tropical
You can purchase the Zilli range from Waitrose, Tesco, Ocado, Budgens, amazon.com, and several other online outlets.
To see the full list of stockists and more on the Zilli range go to http://www.zillibaby.co.uk/
Definately check it out as they have got an online club and if you register before 2nd september 2011 you can be in with a chance to win a months supply of Baby Zilli food, aswel as a fantastic "latest news section"which is full of helpful tips.

Our Zilli Experience:
Our Zilli Food arrived today(16/8/11), so after eating 3 boiled eggs with Eva, i thought i would open the Pasta Pomodoro(as you can see the pouch is empty in the picture at the top of this post) and give Jack half, being as he's just eaten eggs, so i did, popped it in the microwave for a few seconds and gave it a good stir to make sure there was no hotspots(please note, Baby Zilli say to heat up by popping the pouch, or bowl of food into a bowl of warm water). Gave it to Jack to feed himself, turned round to carry on cooking mine and Daz's tea, and it had been eaten, and Jack was telling me in his own way he wanted more.

So i put the remaining half into his bowl, another few seconds in the microwave, another stir and he polished off the lot.
So then i gave him the Fruit Berry Crumble for pudding, and again he was delighted with it.

(isn't he gorgeous)
And again he ate the lot, and has gone to bed a nice full tummy, a very contented boy.

So just to say again, i am so impressed, Well Done Aldo Zilli and Dean Dunham for creating this fantastic range.
5/5 for us.
Loren x

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