It’s time to start your Mini on solids, so now what? You essentially have two options— head to the grocery store and start tossing little jars and pouches in your cart or make your own homemade baby food. The latter may sound a little intimidating, but we assure you, whipping up tasty, organic purees for your littles has never been easier.
Enter Raised Real.
This homemade baby food system delivers organically-sourced, prepped and pre-portioned meals to your doorstep every two weeks. The meals are raw, diced, and made from plant-based ingredients that you can blend into purees or steam and serve as finger food. Shipped on a bed of dry ice, each is flash frozen at the peak of freshness to lock in all of the nutrients until they reach your little one’s spoon— or fingers. It’s like your favorite grown-up meal delivery service, but Mini sized!
Your Raised Real package also comes complete with an all-in-one machine that steams and blends those little pre-portioned pouches into delicious, organic treats. It’s one machine, one container and like music to a parent’s ears, much less to clean.
Each Raised Real recipe is developed by Dr. Michelle Davenport, the brand’s co-founder and registered dietitian, and we sat down to get her take on changing the baby food game.
How is Raised Real changing the game for parents?
Currently, the baby food industry is confined to shelf-stable and processed baby food which is low in nutrition, but high in sugar and empty calories. Babies need real food, and Raised Real delivers that to parents in pre-portioned, PhD-designed meals with no added preservatives. Our vision is to make farm-fresh food easily available to all children and fundamentally change how busy parents feed their kids.
Parents are often lauded for being able to “do it all” and provide for their children, while at the same time feeling pressure from full-time careers, continued education, stay-at-home parenting and more. A recent University of Michigan study shows that 6 out of 10 mothers experience “mom shaming,” or unwelcome criticism on the way they parent, especially when it comes to how they feed their children. Raised Real’s system redefines what it means to be homemade, making high-quality, organic ingredients accessible for parents with busy lifestyles. The brand de-stigmatizes parents struggling to feed their children homemade food, while also empowering conscious consumers to feel good about the health-minded ingredients. Raised Real makes the intimate parent-child connection part of your everyday life. Providing for your child is a personal experience, and we want you to feel like you’re giving your child everything he or she needs.
What do you do once Raised Real arrives at your door?
Meant to seamlessly fit into lives of busy parents, meal prep is as easy as tearing open a meal pack, pouring the contents into and steaming in our own Meal Maker machine (an all-in-one machine that steams and blends meals), then blending to desired consistency. Most are done under 20 minutes! Each meal can also be served up to three ways, perfect for a child at any stage of early development.
Which superfoods/ingredients are included?
I curate each recipe to integrate fruits, vegetables, and micronutrients that are most beneficial during a child’s pivotal early developmental stages. We test everything from dice size to cooking temperature to ensure each meal can be homemade safely, easily, and deliver the most vital nutrients possible. Ingredients in each recipe are sourced from organically-certified farms and are flash frozen 2-3 hours directly following harvest in order to retain the most nutrients. Flash freezing causes minimal cell damage, so all of the nutrients are locked in until your child turns them into fuel. Each meal provides a perfect balance of healthy fats, protein, and superfood ingredients. Here are some of our favorite meals:
Organic Butternut Squash
Organic Coconut Butter
104 Calories, 2.8g Fat, 5g sugar, 2.6g protein
Supports: Brain, Eye and Muscle Development
Organic Sweet Potato
Organic Coconut Milk
Organic Lucuma Powder
Organic Chia Seed
96 Calories, 3.1g Fat, 4.2g Sugar, 1.6g protein
Supports: Eye Development, Immunity and Digestion
127 Calories, 5.2g Fat, 2.7g Sugar, 6g protein
Supports: Anti-inflammation, Brain and Bone Development
Why are these baby food ingredients so important?
For the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents. The rapid rise in childhood obesity could shorten life spans by as much as five years. Studies have shown that commercial baby food, with its high sugar and empty calories, are setting the stage for this problem in the first year. All Raised Real meals are plant-based and have been carefully curated to optimize nutrients that aid with key developmental building blocks for healthy brains, eyes, bones, immunities and digestion.
Trust us, this is as easy (and yummy!) as homemade organic baby food gets and Raised Real officially has the Mini Stamp of Approval!