In today’s edition of Rachel Reviews Baby Food, we have two apple-based fruit mushes.
First up, Apple, Berry & Black Bean. Man, this company really likes shoving beans into potentially weird combinations.
This tastes quite a bit better than the Apple & Red Bean and is also slightly less grainy. Less protein, though. Three and three-quarters stars.
Next, Apple & Aronia Berry. What the hell is an Aronia berry? (Apparently, they are black berries that look a bit like cherries, and they are also called chokeberries, which is a way more badass but way less marketable name.)
This flavor is amazeballs. Tangy, delicious tastes of apple and mixed berries. Seriously, I would eat this stuff all day. Five stars.
This afternoon on Rachel Reviews Baby Food, we are sampling two fruit-based spoon meats.
First up, Apple & Red Bean. Although beans are usually my arch-nemesis, they’re typically fine when pureed, and these are pretty thoroughly pureed.
Looks , smells, and tastes just like applesauce, but has an indescribable and subtly grainy texture, like someone snuck some chalk into my applesauce while I wasn’t looking. High in protein, though, so three stars.
Next, Pear & Black Cherry, which is surprisingly just as tasty as it sounds.
Weirdly watery, though. It’s like eating fruit soup. Four stars.
Today on Rachel Reviews Baby Food, we have two delightful varieties of disturbing soylent veggie.
First up: Pear, Raspberry & Asparagus. Yes, asparagus. Why asparagus? Who thought, “Hey, you know what would make raspberries and pears taste better? Asparagus.” Who’s idea was this? Who the fuck knows. But I hate them.
It smells like feet and tastes like pear-flavored water with the vague aftertaste of feet. One and three-quarters stars.
Next: Mango, Carrot, Strawberry & Chia.
Whoa, guys. Slow down. That is a lot of things in one jar.
This one smells quite pleasantly of mangoes, but it looks like vomit. Once you get past the whole eating vomit thing, though, it’s pretty tasty. Three and a half stars.
When my stomach revolts (due to my gastroparesis), I have to avoid solid foods throughout my work day, because let me tell you, crippling stomach cramps make it hard to concentrate on anything besides crippling stomach cramps. I do try to find pureed soups, but a lot of those contain heavy cream, which my stomach also isn’t always happy about.
News flash: my stomach is an asshole.
So my solution? Baby food. Baby food is relatively cheap, it contains the fruits and vegetables that I am often unable to eat in solid form, it is easily portable, and it is specifically formulated to be easy to digest.
Unfortunately, it also often tastes awful.
Allow me to guide you through the world of baby food.
Here we have Beechnut Just Pineapple, Kale, Apple, and Carrot, an organic slurry of fruits and veggies. Looks and smells like applesauce pooped in by a pineapple.
Tastes like watery applesauce, which is high praise for baby food. Three and a half stars.