One thing that makes my daughter a bit odd is the fact that she, unlike most other toddlers, does not generally care for fruit. At all. Unless it's hidden in ice cream, of course! Ever since she started her venture into the wonderful world of solids, Sophie has put up a fight when it comes to eating fruits. She MUCH prefers veggies for some reason. I guess I shouldn't complain, but I want her to get all of the antioxidants and vitamins found in fruit, since eating only veggies just isn't going to cut it with this mama!
I have tried to find creative ways to sneak fruit to my picky daughter. I have mixed applesauce in a number of dishes, added banana to some of her meals, all mushed up and unrecognizable, and I have even started incorporating fruit into more savory dishes in order to fool her. (By the way, chicken breasts grilled with a blackberry balsamic glaze and topped with a simple blackberry compote is FANTASTIC!)
That's why I was so excited to get the opportunity to review Buddy Fruits. I have seen these and other to-go fruit pouches in the store before, but have always been a little skeptical about whether or not Sophie would enjoy them. I have reviewed similar pouches from another company, and had success with a couple of the flavor combinations. With Sophie, it's really hit or miss. She KNOWS what she likes! Luckily, Xander is now 6 months old and eating solids now, too. He isn't nearly as picky as his older sister, and will happily inhale anything I give him.
Buddy Fruits offers a wide variety of the highest quality fruit products on the market. The company is fully committed to delivering to the consumer a nutritious alternative to unhealthy foods. Buddy Fruits products are made of 100% REAL fruit...No added sugars or preservatives in sight! Why mess with perfection, right?
With Buddy Fruits' wholesome choice of all natural ingredients, it is an easy way to outsmart temptation! Buddy Fruits is a low calorie taste experience. Recipes are always made with the highest quality of fruits... it's time to satisfy your hunger! These fruit goodies are great for babies, toddlers, kids, and even adults who want a tasty and nutritious snack on the go!
The Buddy Fruits Promise:
100% Fruits, 100% Tasty and 100% Pleasure!
So when my Buddy Fruits assortment arrived, I couldn't wait to try them out on my babies! I knew Xander would like Buddy Fruits, because at 6 months old, he seems to like everything. He's probably the best beginning eater I have ever seen! Minimal mess, minimal fighting, and he opens his mouth and swallows his food beautifully. So it's no surprise that Xander loved his Buddy Fruits fruit pouches!
Now my real challenge was Sophie...She is very picky....I gave her Buddy Fruits one night with her dinner. She looked at it curiously, put it into her mouth, smiled when she tasted the apple cinnamon flavor, and proceeded to squirt the entire contents of the package into her bowl. And then she began "painting" with it! This is no surprise, as my daughter loves to play with her food and make things as messy as she possibly can. But as she played in her fruit, I noticed that some was actually making its way to her mouth. She liked it! Yay! After her artistic energy was exhausted and her tray was a mess, she finally decided to use a utensil to eat more of her Buddy Fruits! I have since given here other flavors to try, and to my amazement, she seems to like them! She's even figured out how to suck the fruit out of the pouches, and seems to like the independence she feels by doing so. My little girl ALWAYS has to feed herself and gets angry if you try and help her. With Buddy Fruits, she can feed herself easily! She also LOVES the Buddy Fruits Pure Fruit Bites. These are awesome little fruit snacks that can be eaten as finger food. Think of lunch box fruit snacks, but actually made from 100% REAL FRUIT! These snacks are also highly portable and make a nutritious addition to your lunches, diaper bags, and even your purse for a quick snack!
Here's a video of Sophie eating...or should I say playing with....her Buddy Fruits!
Overall, we love Buddy Fruits! These fruit snacks and pouches are so convenient, ultra-portable, and perfect for busy families who care about what they're putting into their children's bodies. It's so easy nowadays to feel the temptation to grab sugar and preservative laden convenience foods while out and about with children. With Buddy Fruits, you have the ease of such foods WITHOUT all of the added junk. Just tasty, juicy, 100% real honest to goodness fruit! What's not to love about that?! I can't wait to try their new line of products, their Blended Fruit And Milk Smoothies! Yum!
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One very lucky follower will receive a Buddy Fruits Assortment in a cute little display box, like the one I received for my review. In this assortment will come a variety of juicy Buddy Fruits Pure Fruit Bites as well as a variety of Buddy Fruits Pouches! How cool is that?!
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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