As new parents you’re busy enough and the first things to go are the things that take up too much time. I come across so many awesome products as part of writing this blog but the very best of them are always products that make my life easier in some way. I love products that are designed with the end user in mind, ones that are simply better ways of doing things you already do, making the time consuming processes undertaken in every day life so much easier to deal with.
I was recently sent the Philips AVENT Combined Steamer and Blender to review; it’s one of those products that I really wish I’d thought to buy when Dexter was young. I made a lot of food for him at home; I’d chop veggies, steam them on the hob and then mash it all up in a bowl before transferring it to cubes and freezing. It was a messy process that was really only made easier by the fact that hubby did all the dishes.
Dexter’s a bit old for purees now but I do like to keep a couple of mixed fruit/veggie purees in the freezer to add to food that might not be that healthy otherwise – tinned spaghetti gets a cube of veggie puree mixed through it before serving and even pancakes get a cube of hidden fruit, every little helps, right?
The Combined Steamer and Blender would have made my life so much easier when he was younger – it’s an absolute dream to use, you simply steam, flip, blend and serve. It’s that easy – you pop in whatever vegies, fruit, meat, fish or pulses you want to feed your baby into the combined steamer and blender and steam it up, when it’s done you don’t need to transfer it to another bowl you just flip the jar over and blend, just one thing to wash, how easy is that?
I’ve got a freezer full of purees from the last time I did a big batch but the weather is warming up so I decided to make up some berry (with hidden greens) ice blocks for Dexter. I chucked in some berries, bananas and spinach, steamed it up, blended it and added a little apple juice, honey and lemon juice before pouring into ice block moulds. They were awesome, healthy and chock full of goodness without any additives or preservatives, yum.
I really can’t get over how easy the Philips AVENT Combined Steamer and Blender is to use and it’s also super compact which is so important with the clutter we tend to have on our kitchen benches these days. Plus, it’s small enough for you to take away with you on holidays, allowing you to make baby’s food wherever you are.
It doesn’t look like we’ll be lucky enough to have another child but this has definitely gone onto my must-buy list of new mama gifts and thanks to the fantastic team at Philips I have a Combined Steamer and Blender, valued at $239.95 to give away. For your chance to win simply comment here to let me know your top tips for getting kids to try new food.
This giveaway ended on 6th November 2012.