Tyler Florence’s Sprout Organic Kids’ Foods

by Becky Elmuccio on March 14, 2013

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Tyler FlorenceAs we have entered the phase in Tomato’s life where we are on the go to school, classes and trips to places like Longwood Gardens and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, I am constantly looking for nutritious and healthy on the go snack options. Little did I know that Tyler Florence had some answers in my search.

In the fall, I had noticed that a new line, called Sprout, had begun to pop up at our local Wegmans. Also, I was able to talk to their representatives at the Natural Products Expo East back in September. You can see Tyler Florence speak about food and health at Expo West here. They recently sent us some samples to try out and see how they work and are appreciated as some “grab out of the pantry and go” snack/meal options.

Tyler Florence

Sprout was co-founded by Tyler Florence, of Food Network fame, as a way to introduce vegetables to kids at an early age in order to develop a healthy palate into adulthood. In addition to the Sprout Baby Food line, Tyler Florence also recently published a book called, Start Fresh, which introduces families to recipes for healthy eating. Now, it’s no mystery here that Tomato is a vegetable happy toddler. Rutabaga, loves it. Beets, could live off of them daily. But, kale is one that I have yet to figure out how to prepare for her to eat it alone. So, I was happy to see that one of the selections that we were sent was the Vegetable and Barley Stew with Chicken. The secret ingredient was kale and she ate this like it was going out of style. These toddler meals come pacakaged in sealed plastic bins. While recyclable, I was not crazy about having to boil them in water to heat them up. In the future, I would like to see if I could just reheat the contents in a saucepan and serve. Pictured above is the Vegetable Stew (right) and the Sweet Potato and Apple Risotto (left), which was also a major hit and perfect as warm comfort food on our rainy Tuesday this week.

In addition to the toddler meal, Tomato taste tested a variety of the pouches. The Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal was a favorite and we have been able to find the Raspberry SuperFruit Toddler blend at our local Shop Rite. She goes nuts for that one and gets a little bummed when we run out of them for the week. I would definitely say that we have found some great “grab and go” options in the Sprout Baby Food line. I also appreciate that the packaging on the pouches is BPA free and that they have partnered with Terracycle to upcycle them into new products. I will definitely be looking into doing some Terracycle brigades in our neighborhood in order to keep items out of the landfills.

Tyler Florence

Recently, Sprout announced some new product line like the Peach, Pumpkin Pie & Coconut pictured above. We’ll be doing another review of these newer products in the future. So, be sure to check back here to see how Tyler Florence’s new items line up with the ones mentioned above.

In the meantime, hop on over to the Sprout website and leave a comment below about which products you think your kids would enjoy.

Disclosure: We were provided with products from Sprout for review. All opinions are my own and those of Tomato’s tastebuds. This post also contains affiliate links to help support Crafty Garden Mama.

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Musings on Motherhood and Mid-Life March 14, 2013 at 6:06 am

We’re way past that toddler age, but I will recommend the products to some of my friends who have kids the right age.
Estelle

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Becky Elmuccio March 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Thanks, Estelle! It’s nice to have organic foods to make in a moment.

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Lindsay March 14, 2013 at 6:19 am

We like the pouches but haven’t tried the meals, yet. Maybe I’ll pick some up!
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Becky Elmuccio March 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Lindsay, they were great to have on hand for lunchtime.

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Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen March 14, 2013 at 10:26 am

I love that they’re partnering with Terracycle. I need to investigate Terracycle for my school. When I’m at lunch duty, I can’t believe how many kids come in with Capri Suns instead of water in a thermos, or even juice in a thermos.
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Becky Elmuccio March 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I definitely want to check out Terracycle for our schools down the line. The founder was at Princeton when my sister and I were. I’d love to take a tour of their facilities in Trenton.

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Carrie March 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

That looks amazing. My son still loves fruit purees in a pouch and it’s such a fantastic way to get nutrients on the run!
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Becky Elmuccio March 16, 2013 at 1:50 pm

These are a good find. I love that they have some kale in them. Greens are the hardest things for me to get right, but it’s nice to find a way to work them in.

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Jeannette March 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I’ve tried a couple of the Sprout pouches because I LOVE Tyler’s recipes. He’s the reason I started using a cast iron skillet.
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Becky Elmuccio March 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Cast iron is on my kitchen list of things to get and start using. Do you find it difficult to upkeep?

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Lauryn March 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

H does love Sprout foods! He is now at the point where he is mostly on all solids, but I always have a few extra pouches on hand in case he needs a bit more nutrition.
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Becky Elmuccio March 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

They are perfect to pop in the diaper bag so that you always have something in a pinch.

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ClassyMommy March 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Love all the organic options for kids. We loved Sprout when mine were younger but now there are so many more products in the line – and in general.
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Becky Elmuccio March 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

It’s nice to see an influx of these on the go snacks. It certainly makes it easier to have safe and healthty options when you are out and about.

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Jessica @FoundtheMarbles March 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I wish this line were around when my kids were little. It sounds amazing.

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Becky Elmuccio March 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I definitely want to grab the cookbook down the line in order to make some healthy, full family meals.

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