Magazine article Working Mother

Meals for Munchkins

Magazine article Working Mother

Meals for Munchkins

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Nurture Life

Serves: Ships to 22,000 cities, including Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas.

Ages: 6-montholds to teens.

Cost: Plans for babies range from $45 to $89 for eight or 14 meals a week, while plans for toddlers and up range from $47 to $119 for five or 10 meals a week ($5.63 to $12.40 per meal). Shipping is an additional $6 to $12 per week.

About: Nurture Life's pediatric dietitian and team of chefs create balanced pre-made meals, without preservatives, refined sugars or the most common Each package allergens. They offer three stages of purees and finger foods for babies, and meals for toddlers and kids based on the USDA's MyPlate guidelines. The meals arrive cold (but not frozen) and can be reheated in the microwave or oven. All packaging is recyclable and BPA-free.

"Each package clearly identified the ingredients as well as preparation instructions. Teriyaki salmon with brown rice and veggies, and chicken meatballs with spaghetti were both huge hits with my 12-year-old son and 7-year-olddaughter, but my kids didn't love the mac and cheese or salmon cake. Overall, the food was delicious, and the portion sizes were spot-on." -Celissa Kunder, Coral Springs, FL, Director of Behavioral Health Management

Little Spoon

Serves: The East Coast.

Ages: 6 months and up.

Cost: Parents can choose from three plans: one meal a day at $4.99 per meal, two meals a day at $4.49 each, or three meals a day at $3.99 each. Shipping is free.

About: Born out of the frustrations of a new working mom, Little Spoon gets you biweekly shipments of nutritious purees that are USDA Organic Certified and non- GMO Project Verified. The lineup consists of single-ingredient purees, multi-ingredient blends, and chunkier combinations made with superfoods and grains. Each one is individually packaged with a small spoon for easy snacking. You can tailor a meal plan to your little one's age and favorite flavors, and you can pause, change or cancel your delivery at any time.

"The meals arrived at our house on time, in cute packaging and, most important, fresh. The portions seemed large for my 6-month-old, so we got to enjoy each one a few times. Fresh mango was our favorite, with apple a close second. It's more expensive than cooking everything myself, but the prices feel fair, and the flexible subscription options make me want to order more." -Frances Hayes, Boston, Director of Sales

Once Upon a Farm

Serves: The subscription is available nationally through the brand's website.

Ages: Recipes cater to four nutritional stages: 5-plus months, 7-plus months, 9-plus months, and 18 months and older. …

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