HappyBaby - Organic Baby Food Stage 2 Veggie Homestyle Meals Ages 6+ Months Carrot, Sweet Potato & Brown Rice Blend - 3.5 oz. (99g)
HappyBaby Organic Baby Food Stage 2 Veggie Homestyle Meals Ages 6+ Months Carrot, Sweet Potato & Brown Rice Blend come together to form this simple, homestyle meal. These smooth blends delight Baby’s tastebuds with veggies and grains. Their Happy Baby Homestyle Meals are simple combinations of organic veggies and grains. These delicious combinations were created for babies ready to move beyond starting solids and will help to develop Baby's budding palate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is pouched food healthier than jarred food, which is also shelf stable?
Yes. Pouched food is cooked at a lower temperature than glass jars, which gives them a higher nutritional value, as well as a better taste!
Why do they add lemon juice concentrate or ascorbic acid (vitamin C)?
Lemon juice concentrate and ascorbic acid are added in very small quantities to their fruit-containing purees for food safety reasons. These ingredients help to lower the pH of the puree to prevent the growth of harmful pathogens and keep their pouches food safe.
Why is the S1 Veggies packaging thicker than the S1 Fruits?
The Veggie pouches are cooked using a retort process, which involves cooking the pouches at high temperatures under high pressure to ensure food safety. As this is a much more rigorous cooking process than the Fruit pouches, the Veggie pouches are made of a slightly thicker pouch material.
Why is there sometimes a darker plug of puree in the spout of the pouch upon opening? Is this a food safety concern?
This is not a food safety issue, but is instead caused by the post-fill heating of the pouch. When the pouch is laying on its side in the hot water bath, the product in the neck of the spout "sees" more heat and can oxidize and occasionally thicken somewhat as well. This is absolutely safe to consume, although a bit of a nuisance as it can occasionally be a different color/texture than the remaining pouch contents.
Why don't Hearty Meals pouches have spouts?
The Hearty Meals pouches were not initially produced with spouts because (1) their thickness and chunkiness would not work well with a spout and (2) the retort process (a process which involves using heat and pressure to cook food) that is used to produce these pouches was not possible to use with a spout and cap.
(Note: There have been improvements in retort technologies and retort pouches are now able to be produced (for example, the retort process is used to produce the S1 Starting Solids Vegetable pouches). The S3 Hearty Meals will be produced with pouches in the future, but dates are still unclear.)
What are the pouches made of?
Their pouches are made of a 7-part laminate. The outer layers are proprietary polypropylene and polyethylene blends designed for durability and printability. The middle layer is a bonded aluminum layer, for moisture and vapor impermeability. The inner layer (the only layer that contacts the food) is bonded, virgin, food-grade polypropylene. The food cannot contact the middle aluminum layer.
Are the pouches recyclable?
Their pouches are BPA and phthalate free, however, at this time, they are not recyclable. Despite the fact the they cannot be recycled, their pouches offer numerous environmental benefits over glass jars and other alternatives. Pouches have a lower overall environmental impact than glass (a 10% lower carbon footprint!), Tetrapak, and PET plastic bottles. They are lighter and more compact for transportation, and therefore cause less emissions; there is also significantly less packaging waste.
In addition to the numerous environmental benefits, their pouches also allow for lower cooking temperatures than glass, giving pouched purees better flavor and better nutrition. Despite these benefits, they are still concerned about the recyclability of Their pouches and are continually working towards alternatives and up-cycle programs to help reduce the waste. The plastic caps are recyclable in most cities, #2.
Is it possible for toddlers to be allergic to Salba chia?
It is possible for infants and toddlers to be allergic to Salba chia, however it is very rare. Individuals with this allergy are also likely to be allergic to mustard seed, as Salba chia and mustard seed are in the same family. Although Salba chia and mustard are not recognized allergens, they include Salba chia only in their products intended for older children, as parents may have some awareness or their child's allergies by this time, but not always. In order to confirm whether or not your child has an allergy, they suggest following up with your pediatrician.
What is Salba?
Salba, THE Super Grain, is nature's most nutritious grain. It is the best whole food source of Omega 3's and fiber. Salba is high in protein, fiber and antioxidants. A greatsource of vitamins and minerals, it is also certified Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, and Gluten-Free.
One serving of Salba is equal to:
- 8x more Omega-3's than salmon
- 25% more dietary fiber than flax
- 30% more antioxidents than blueberries
- 15x more magnesium than broccoli
- 7x more antioxidants than an orange
- 6x more calcium than milk
- 3x more iron than spinach
- 1.1x more fiber than all bran
Some of the HAPPYBITES contain soybean oil, but do not list soy as an allergen. Why is that?
While soybean oil is certainly derived from soybeans, as a purified (protein-free) oil, it does not contain the allergenic protein compound, and can be used in products without labeling the soy allergen.
Do you need to refrigerate HAPPYFAMILY products to keep the probiotics viable?
You do not need to refrigerate the probiotics. They become live and active when mixed with liquid. The technology for freeze drying probiotics has improved tremendously over the past 5 years or so. Now, you can buy probiotic supplements that do not have to be refrigerated. Happy Baby has tested HAPPYBELLIES cereal after 9 months shelf life and find hundreds of millions (at least 450M) of live and active cultures per 14 gram serving. They use the same strains that are found naturally in breast milk, only at higher concentrations.
Why aren't their salmon and oats certified organic?
There are currently no organic standards for seafood. The oats are organic but because they are processed in a facility that also handles wheat, they cannot be certified organic.
Is there any mercury in HAPPYBABY salmon?
Just as fruits and vegetables contain traces of nitrates, nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury.
By following these 3 recommendations for selecting and eating fish or shellfish, women and young children will receive the benefits of eating fish and shellfish and be confident that they have reduced their exposure to the harmful effects of mercury.
- Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.
- Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) per week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. 5 of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. Salmon also contains more of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids than any other common fish. These omega-3 fatty acids are important for babies brain and eye development. Another commonly eaten fish, albacore ("white") tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna. The best safe recommendations say that a 25-pound toddler can have about 1/3 can of light tuna per week. Many people and organizations, including the Environmental Working Group and the Natural Resources Defenses Council, recommend against any white (albacore) tuna consumption for young children and pregnant women.
- Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice is available, you should eat up to 6 ounces of fish you catch from local waters (one average meal) per week, but don't consume any other fish during that week.
Why are HAPPYBABY and HAPPYBITES frozen meals good for 1 year when homemade is safe only for 3-4 months?
Freezing is nature's best preservative. It locks in the nutrients that can decline over time with fresh produce, and "fresh" baby food that has been on the shelf for 60+ days.
HAPPYBABY cooking, flash-freezing, and sealing are controlled to guarantee specific temperatures whereas most food prepared at home is not. They also send our batches to a lab for testing to ensure the safest, highest quality food for your baby.
Is it safe to microwave HAPPYBABY fresh, frozen meals in the plastic tray?
HAPPYBABY freezer trays are the safest food grade plastic. They are suitable for microwaving, but it is recommended to pop out the cubes because all heated plastic, even the safest kind, can have some amount of leaching with heat.
Are HAPPYFAMILY products kosher?
HAPPYPUFFS are kosher. Other products are not at the present time, but HappyBaby is looking into getting those kosher certified.
Are all ingredients in HAPPYBABY products organic?
All of the fruits, vegetables, meats, and seasonings in HAPPYFAMILY products are organic, except for the wild, Alaskan salmon in HAPPYBABY Super Salmon and their HAPPYBITES Salmon Stix.
Does HAPPYBABY contain nitrates?
Nitrates are a naturally occurring form of nitrogen found in soil and water. As such, a certain level of nitrates is to be expected in foods and is not a concern with regard to health. To make sure the levels aren't too high and to ensure safety for our little customers, all HAPPYBABY meals undergo a rigorous testing process during production. So, you can rest assured that HAPPYBABY meals do not present a risk to your baby.
Is HAPPYBABY food tested?
Every batch of each of baby food lines (HAPPYBABY, HAPPYBELLIES, HAPPYMELTS, HAPPYPUFFS, HAPPYBITES, and HAPPYTOTS) is tested by an independent lab to ensure it is 100% safe for Baby.
Is HAPPYBABY food hot when the trays are filled?
HAPPYBABY "cold fills" their products into the trays to prevent any possible leaching from the plastic which can occur from hot fill. Other baby food companies are known to hot fill their plastic containers.
Why is wild salmon better than farmed salmon?
Farmed salmon generally contains higher levels of mercury. Farmed salmon also contains about 2 to10 times the levels of PCBs, DDT, dioxins, pesticides, and other suspected carcinogens than wild caught salmon.
What kind of plastics are the HAPPYBABY trays made of?
The plastic containers that HAPPYBABY uses are the safest food grade plastic and are certified for use in infant and baby food products.
Concerns about using plastic containers with food are mostly related to a compound known as phthalates. These containers do not have any known risks and do not contain any phthalates, PBB's, PBDE's or bisphenol-A (BPA). They are made from 100% virgin polypropylene, which is manufactured without the use of chlorine, thus eliminating the hazards of deadly dioxin releases during manufacture and incineration that occur with some other plastics.
Is HAPPYBABY packaging recyclable?
The HAPPYBABY trays are recyclable #5. The outer boxes of both HAPPYBABY and HAPPYBITES are recyclable. The HAPPYPUFFS containers are recyclable. The HAPPYBELLIES cereal canister is made from 50% post-consumer recyclable materials, and the plastic top is recyclable.
Their newest line of pouches (HAPPYBABY 1, 2, and 3; HAPPYTOT 4) are BPA free and have a lower carbon footprint than traditional glass-jarred baby food.
How much iron should my baby intake every day?
A 7-12 month old baby needs 11 milligrams of iron per day.
HAPPYBELLIES organic multi-grain cereal contains 6.6 milligrams of iron per serving (each serving is 4 tablespoons.) So, if your baby eats 6 tablespoons of HAPPYBELLIES organic multi-grain cereal per day, she is getting about 10 milligrams of iron from the cereal. This is below Baby's necessary iron intake, but there is such a thing as too much iron for your baby, so make sure you check other food labels to make sure that Baby is not eating large servings of many heavily iron-fortified foods each day. The safe upper limit of iron intake for most children is 40 milligrams.
Where are HAPPYBABY meals produced?
HAPPYBABY meals are produced in U.S. facilities in the west and mid-west.
Does heating HAPPYBELLIES cereal kill the probiotics in it?
Warm water, breast milk, or formula will not kill the probiotics in HAPPYBELLIES cereals. In order to kill the probiotics, the temperature would have to be at least 165 degrees farenheit (which is pretty darn hot) for the probiotics to be compromised. This would be way too hot for feeding.
How should I heat up HAPPYBABY fresh, frozen organic meals?
HAPPYBABY fresh, frozen organic meals for baby can be defrosted in a number of ways. You can leave it at room temperature, place a container of cubes in a bowl of hot water, or heat it on the stove or in a microwave.
How long will HAPPYBABY fresh, frozen organic meals keep in the freezer?
As long as the plastic film is sealed, HAPPYBABY fresh, frozen organic meals for baby will keep for up to 1 year in the freezer.
Where does HAPPYBABY get its ingredients?
Ingredients in HAPPYBABY and HAPPYBELLIES products come from organic farmers, primarily in California, Oregon, and Washington. Tropical fruits--bananas and mangoes--are sourced from an organic farmer in Mexico. Quinoa comes from organic farms in Bolivia or Peru; and amaranth comes from organic farms in Argentina or Turkey.
Once HAPPYBABY frozen meals have been defrosted, how long is it safe to eat?
Once defrosted, our HAPPYBABY fresh, frozen organic baby meals are good for 1-3 days when stored in the refrigerator, or up to 3 hours at room temperature.
How long does it take for HAPPYBABY frozen meals to defrost?
It takes frozen baby food about 1.5 - 2 hours to defrost.
Who creates the HAPPYBABY recipes?
These recipes are developed using many people's input. Parents often make suggestions, and then the recipes themselves are developed by food industry professionals, healthcare professionals who advise HAPPYBABY (including Dr. Sears and Amy Marlow, RD MPH CDN), and the socially responsible businesswomen who run the company.
Why should I choose organic foods for my child?
Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Organic packaged foods, like HAPPYBABY meals, are made with organic ingredients and are packaged in facilities that are certified to meet strict USDA organic standards.
Are HAPPYBABY products procuced in a nut-free facility?
All HAPPYFAMILY products are produced in nut-free facilities except for the HAPPYBITES line.
Why should I use frozen baby foods for my baby?
As you've surely noticed by looking at HAPPYBABY foods, freezing preserves the components in fruits and vegetables that provide their vibrant color. What you can't see is that freezing preserves the nutrients, too.
What is DHA and where does it come from?
DHA is the acronym for decosahexanoic acid, an essential omega-3 fat that is crucial for vision and brain development in babies.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are "friendly bacteria" that live in our intestines and help the immune system by discouraging the growth of harmful disease-causing bacteria.
What are prebiotics and what do they do?
Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that remain in the digestive tract and help help good bacteria grow and flourish. Prebiotics keep beneficial bacteria healthy. Prebiotics mostly come from carbohydrate fibers called oligosaccharides. You don't digest them, so the oligosaccharides remain in the digestive tract and stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria. Sources of oligosaccharides include fruits, legumes, and whole grains.
Is HAPPYFAMILY packaging safe and earth-friendly?
All HAPPYBABY packaging is BPA-free and phthalate-free.
What is Project Peanut Butter?
Project Peanut Butter is run by Dr. Mark Manary, professor of pediatrics at Washington University's School of Medicine. He developed a revolutionary treatment called Plumpy Nut that is the most successful in treating malnourished children. PPB works with families in Malawi and Sierra Leone, among the world's poorest countries with the highest rates of childhood mortality.
In addition, PPB is extremely well run so that over 95% of the money raised goes to fulfilling its mission. That is why The World Food Programme and UNICEF assist PPB.
What temperature are HAPPYBABY meals cooked at?
HAPPYBABY fresh frozen meals are cooked to similar temperatures that you would cook a meal at home. The vegetables and fruits are steamed to 160 degrees for a few minutes until soft and easy to digest. The black beans are soaked and cooked until tender, and the rice and quinoa are cooked until soft.
Launched on Mother's Day 2006, and owned and operated by moms, Happy Family is the leading premium organic food brand delivering optimal nutrition for the entire family. Happy Family products are consistently recognized for superior taste and nutrition. In 2011, founder and CEO Shazi Visram earned the title of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for New York. Happy Family has been named as one of the fastest growing organic food companies in the nation by Inc. magazine for two years running, and was named "Rockstar of the New Economy" by Fast Company in 2012.
After watching a friend struggle to find healthy food options for her baby (that didn't involve hours of slaving away in the kitchen), Shazi came up with the idea for Happy Family. What began as Happy Baby - a minimally processed frozen, organic alternative to baby food in a jar - has since grown into a comprehensive line of products for the whole family. Today, Happy Family provides organic foods for babies, toddlers, kids, and even adults! It's delicious, convenient and made with a mother's touch for all ages, all stages. What could be happier than that?