Plum Organics - Organic Baby Food Training Meals 8+ Months Red Lentil Veggie - 4 oz. (113g)
Created by a mom - Plum Organics believes the joy of eating starts with the very first spoonful. Introduce your baby to a wide range of delicious foods that offer the best building blocks for a lifetime of good eating with Plum Organics Organic Baby Food Training Meals 8+ Months Red Lentil Veggie. Plum Organics Organic Baby Food Training Meals 8+ Months contains real organic food, providing only the very best for your baby - yum! Plum Organics Organic Baby Food Training Meals is culinary inspired, providing delightful combinations for a budding palate. The third step in palate development, these whole grain & protein rich meals offer baby a mix of unique, culinary-inspired flavor combinations. Packaged in portable pouches, these convenient meals are gently cooked preserving the nutritious flavors and hearty textures your little one will love! Plum Organics Organic Baby Food Training Meals comes in a convenient portable pouch that you can just pack and go! Plum Organics Training Meals Organic Baby Food provides heartier blends and thicker textures than Plum Organics Stage 1 and 2 Organic Baby Food.
The Plum Promise
Plum Organics makes only the most nutritious foods that inspire a joy of eating.
Why is it important to introduce my baby to tastes and textures of real food early?
Plum Organics believes that introducing babies to real food with delightful tastes and pure ingredients as early as possible, can create a foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating. Plum Organics' foods are cooked just the right amount as compared to other processing methods used by conventional jarred baby food that expose foods to high temperatures and lengthy cooking times.
Overcooking food results in less texture and flavor which is evident in its appearance. The natural nutrients are also lost through this process. Research has shown that eating a variety of healthy foods and minimizing the intake of processed foods with additives and preservatives can help avoid health concerns later in life such as allergies, obesity and early onset diabetes.
Baby Food & Snacks
When is my little one ready for Super Puffs or Little Cremes?
Your baby may be ready for Super Puffs or Little Cremes if he or she:
- Crawls with stomach off the floor
- Eats thicker, chunkier food purees
- Picks up small foods between thumb & first finger
- Uses jaw to mash food.
As always, this product should only be fed to seated, supervised children who are accustomed to chewing solid foods.
Why are vitamins and minerals important to my baby?
Each vitamin and mineral has different nutritional benefits for a developing child and most are obtainable through a healthy balanced diet. Vitamins and minerals at the proper levels of intake daily provide babies with the building blocks for organ, skeletal, muscle, cardiovascular and central nervous system development. Nutrients ingested through food are the most simple and natural for a growing child's system to digest, absorb and convert for growth and energy. This is why we have created our recipes with the highest quality organic ingredients to maximize the natural nutrients found in nature.
What if my baby won't eat something should I keep giving it to him/her?
Pushing food away or spitting it out is natural part of baby's exploration of food. Continue trying the food in daily intervals so long as it is not causing your child to be unwell or have an allergic reaction. In most cases your child will adapt to the taste and texture within this period and accept the food. It can sometimes take several weeks for a baby to accept a food. Research has shown that introducing as many different foods to your baby as early as possible, makes for less picky eaters later in life.
How much should my baby eat each day?
Every baby's needs are different and will depend primarily on their size and appetite. Developmental stages may also affect their appetite. For example, a growth spurt may mean they will want to eat greater quantities more often while teething may cause them to eat less and be pickier with food. Follow your baby's lead on how much and when they want to eat.
Which meals are best to serve Plum Organics baby food?
Their fruits & vegetable flavors are suitable for any time of day. Peach, Apricot & Banana is perfect for breakfast or dessert. Meals such as Sweet Potato, Corn & Apple, and Spinach Peas & Pear are great for lunch and dinner. As your baby develops, consider mixing the single fruit varieties or using the contents as building blocks to bigger meals like Pumpkin Banana in your favorite pancake recipe! Their re-sealable child-safe caps are perfect for travel, so just use what you want save the rest for later. No more double-dipping fears or shattering glass jars!
When is my baby ready for Plum Organics?
The typical timeframe for starting babies on solid foods is around 4- 6 months of age. Signs that a child is ready to experiment with solid foods are sitting up on their own and showing an interest in food. Please consult with your pediatrician beforehand to ensure that your baby is ready.
What does it mean to be USDA Certified Organic?
Implemented in 2002, the USDA Organics certification system went through over a decade of development. For packaged foods, only products that contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients (the other 5% must come from an approved National Organic Program list) can use the seal on its packaging and must be made in facilities that are certified to meet strict USDA Organic guidelines. Certified by an independent third-party, all USDA products must show documentation that allows full traceability from the retailer shelves to the field where the organic ingredients were grown.
What does organic mean and why is it important for my baby's health?
Organic produce is grown without the use of pesticides and minimizes the use of off-farm inputs. In general, Organic produce is also greater in nutrients because the plants are allowed to grow fully and the soil has time to regenerate - according to nature's timeframe. In many cases, organic produce had 2 to 3 times more vitamins and antioxidants than non-organic samples.
Pesticides, hormones and antibiotics can affect a baby's under-developed immune and digestive system and has been linked to developmental problems. Organic agricultural practices seek to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.
Not only is Organic safer for baby, but organic foods have been found to taste better too. Why not start your baby on the best tasting, most nutritious, safest food available?
Are any of your products kosher?
They are working towards certifying all of their products. According to the OU, The following Plum Organic products are certified kosher ONLY when bearing the OU symbol.
- Organic Baby Apple Broccoli
- Organic Baby Apple Carrot
- Organic Baby Blueberry Pear Purple Carrot
- Organic Baby Peach Apricot Banana
- Organic Baby Pear Mango
- Organic Baby Pumpkin Banana
- Organic Baby Spinach Pea Pear
- Organic Baby Sweet Potato Corn Apple
- Organic Baby Zucchini, Banana & Amaranth
- Organic Baby Apple, Raisin & Quinoa
- Organic Baby Plum, Berry & Barley
- Organic Baby Sweet Potato, Mango & Millet
- Organic Baby Cherry, Sweet Corn & Greek Yogurt
- Organic Baby Raspberry, Spinach & Greek Yogurt
- Organic Baby Green Bean, Pear & Greek Yogurt
- Organic JUST Apples
- Organic JUST Bananas
- Organic JUST Mangos
- Organic JUST Peaches
- Organic JUST Pears
- Organic JUST Prunes
- Organic Mish Mash Apple Cinnamon Oats Quinoa
- Organic Mish Mash Banana
- Organic Mish Mash Banana Rice Quinoa
- Organic Mish Mash Blueberry Oats Quinoa
- Organic Mish Mash Peach
- Organic Mish Mash Strawberry
- Organic Yogurt Mish Mash Apple Spinach
- Organic Yogurt Mish Mash Berry, Banana Beet
- Organic Yogurt Mish Mash Purple Roots & Fruits
- Organic Super Puffs (all varieties)
It is important to note that not all of their packaging is up to date, and does not yet reflect the OU symbol, so it is your call as to whether or not these products are acceptable.
Ingredients, Cooking, & Allergies
Why should additives and preservative be avoided?
Additives and preservatives are not easy to digest or ingest and can cause problems for a baby's developing system. They are not a necessary part of a child's nutritional needs and should be avoided.
Are purees pasteurized?
All pouch contents have been lightly pasteurized. Though food is minimally processed and cooked at lower temperatures than jarred varieties, it is still pasteurized to ensure product safety.
What is the ratio of fruit to vegetables in your Second Blends?
Ratio of fruits to veggies varies depending on flavor. They can be anywhere from a half to full serving per pouch. Plum Organics recommends consuming a variety of pouches for a good range of color, nutrients and tastes. And they always recommend incorporating local, seasonal varieties of veggies and fruit as soon as baby moves onto more textured meals or whenever your lifestyle permits.
Are blueberries okay to feed my baby before 12 Months?
Blueberries are not a common allergen and as of 2008 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) no longer recommends delaying the introduction of any foods beyond 4 to 6 months old as a means to prevent eczema, asthma, or food allergies. In fact, introducing foods between 6 and 12 months may decrease the odds of allergies. Blueberries may be introduced to babies at 6-8 months of age. There still exists some confusion, as many people have been advised not to offer their little ones berries until after 12 months of age. However, this "rule" did not include blueberries. The blueberry is not related to the strawberry, which can be a mild-to-highly allergenic food. As always, if you are concerned about when and if to introduce blueberries, please consult with your pediatrician.
Do Plum's Infant Cereals contain soy?
Their baby cereals do not contain soy ingredients.
Do Plum Infant Cereals contain dairy?
Their baby cereals are completely dairy-free.
Why does Plum use organic lemon juice in some recipes?
Plum products may use less than 2% organic lemon juice concentrate added to ingredients that are not naturally acidic foods. Pathogens cannot live in food with a Ph of 4.6 or lower. The additional acid is used to lower Ph to ensure the safety of the product without the use of artificial preservatives or high-heat pasteurization. From a culinary perspective, the overall volume is just low enough to create the perfect balanced taste. Their recipes include organic lemon juice wherever possible to enhance the flavor freshness, and to keep our food tasting bright and fresh. The small amount of added lemon juice is a benefit, not a concern for allergies or digestion.
How should I serve & store the baby food pouches?
The baby food pouches can be served at room temperature, slightly chilled, or warmed in a bowl of hot water. DO NOT microwave pouch. To serve, simply twist off the cap, squeeze into a bowl or directly onto a spoon for your little one to enjoy! The pouches can be stored in your cupboard until ready for use. Refrigeration is required upon opening and they recommend meal should be consumed within 24 hours for best quality and taste.
Are pouches safe for air travel?
The products are indeed safe for air travel. In fact, one of the things that customers love so much about their pouches is that they're so convenient and easy to travel with. If you're still concerned, it won't hurt to put the pouches in a zip-lock bag.
How long are products good for after opening?
There is no need to discard open pouches after 24 hours. Refrigerated food will still be safe to consume within 2-3 days. Their 24-hour recommendation is based on optimal freshness and taste quality.
What is the shelf life of your pouches?
There is a 12-month shelf life on all un-opened pouches. They don't guarantee the product's freshness past the "best by" date.
Is packaging recyclable?
Unfortunately, the pouch is currently not recyclable because of the multi-layer of foil. However, their pouch is still considered an industry wide eco-alternative because of its lightweight and size, all of which contributes to less breakage, food waste and lighter freight. Additionally, the resealable cap is a #2 plastic so that is indeed highly recyclable and they encourage that at the very least.
What is the pouch made of?
Their pouches are made from safe materials. They are a mix of 100% BPA & phthalate free plastic and foil - a special blend that helps to naturally preserve the nutrients and retain the vibrant color & taste. The inner lining is made from a food grade polyethylene.
Plum Organics' Values
They believe all babies deserve the good life. Just because those taste-buds are tiny, doesn't mean they can't detect a fresh note of basil or a hint of mint. The best way to raise a "foodie" is to set her up with the tastiest variety of foods right from the start. Plum Organics is here to deliver the goodness and giggles of great tasting food, one yum-filled bite at a time. Each of their recipes combine unique, flavorful, and wholesome ingredients that are perfectly balanced to deliver a nutritious and delicious bite. With minimal processing and the purest ingredients they can find, Plum products retain the highest nutrition and all the natural yumminess your little foodie deserves. So enjoy, baby…Plum's got your back.
There is nothing more pure & precious than a newborn. They come into this world bright, fresh & un-jaded by the stresses of life… and frankly, they'd like to keep them that way! Plum Organics believes that the future of healthy eating begins with the very first bite so they use only the purest, freshest organic ingredients, put together with care so babies & kids can enjoy culinary delights free of pesky hormones and freakishly over engineered ingredients. Let's celebrate real food and leave the science to the scientists.
Plum Organics is no stranger to the challenges of parenting today, and a modern world calls for modern solutions. They believe every problem deserves a creative, thoughtful solve. Not to mention, design is in the fabric of our beings. Have you ever just starred into a nautilus shell? If a simple little sea creature gets the luxury of such a beautifully designed home then why shouldn't we all be surrounded by just as much genius in our everyday lives. It's this passion for simple beauty that's drives us to make every experience of parenting stylish, smart & most importantly easy!
Plum Organics believes that there is always a better way. Glass jars & plastic baggies be gone! They aim to bring the convenience of portable packaging that is not only easy for parents to use, but safe for even the smallest of eaters. Their products are perfect for on-the-go, so you can get about the adventures in life with your little jet setter and know that you've got always got healthy food onboard.
They strive to have a baby-sized footprint on the earth. It is Plum Organics' ultimate goal to do business in the most sustainable manner, and they are always seeking out ways to do it better. They know that with creative thinking, thoughtful planning and a little help from our friends (like B Corp), they can continue to evolve the way business is conducted and products are created. They also have a passion for the well-being of children everywhere. When they say Yum For All, they mean it - so they are ever on the look out for opportunities to get their products in the hands of little ones in need of better nutrition.