Tasting Notes: What I Think of the Foods I’m Asking My Kid to Eat


We started solids approximately eight months ago, and for me it was a whole new world of worry, along with a bunch of new rules

I’m sure I’m not alone in actually trying the food I’m feeding to my kid—mostly in front of her and to convince her to try it too. 

But was I really tasting it? Well, recently I did, and I jotted down some “tasting notes” on a few (nine) jars of food.

Turkey, Quinoa, Sweet Potato
Color: Dijon Mustard
Aroma: Carbtastic (but that might be because I’ve been low-carbing it this month).
Body: Subtle grains, well-blended texture.
Taste: No single thing stands out, but I did get more turkey flavor the farther back I put it on my tongue.
Overall: I can see why my kid doesn’t hate it.


Garden Veggies (Peas, Green Beans, Carrots, Potato)
Color: Pea green (duh)
Aroma: Yep, there’s peas in there.
Body: Not unlike watered-down, mushy peas.
Taste: I’ll give you one guess.
Overall: I guess it’s a good way to sneak in other veggies if your kid really likes peas.


Mixed Veggies (Carrots, Green Beans, Peas…hmm)
Color: Carrot orange (I’m seeing a trend)
Aroma: The peas must have overwhelmed my palate because I still smell them.
Body: Similar to garden veggies, but not as thick.
Taste: Sweeter than garden veggies at the front, but more bitter towards the back. It might be the lack of potatoes.
Overall: A nice alternative to garden veggies if you want a different color.


Pineapple, Pear, Avocado
Color: Favors pear’s dull coloring instead of pineapple’s vibrant yellow
Aroma: Well-balanced between pineapple and pear. It’s super sweet—no wonder my kid loves it.
Body: It’s mashed pears. I’m surprised it’s not thicker because of the avocado.
Taste: Even though pineapple is listed first, this jar is all about the pears.
Overall: A good way to sneak in avocado if you aren’t a native San Antonian and it wasn’t already one of your kid’s first foods.


Beets, Pear, Pomegranate
Color: “Did I cut myself on the lid?” red
Aroma: Beets! I’m not sure I want to taste this one.
Body: I can’t. I taste nothing but beets.
Taste: Beets
Overall: I kind of feel bad I ever gave this to my kid. At least she seemed to like it.


Apple, Mango, Kiwi
Color: Dijon Mustard
Aroma: Apple forward with a hint of mango.
Body: Smoother than apple sauce. Almost silky with a richness to it.
Taste: When I focus on the richness I get more mango than apple, which is good because I loathe applesauce.
Overall: Feeling bad for the kiwi. Its a fun fruit that I am just not finding here.


Corn and Sweet Potato
Color: Pretty much exactly what you’d expect when combining corn and sweet potato, but more yellow
Aroma: Buttery corn. I suddenly want movie theater popcorn.
Body: Light, airy, almost like a soufflé. Surprising!
Taste: It’s not movie theater popcorn. But that’s a good thing, right? Really evenly balanced. I feel like I’m looking at the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter and I need it to tell me what it wants to be.
Overall: I’d eat a jar in a pinch.


Apple, Cinnamon, Granola
Color: All of the things
Aroma: Dessert, specifically apple pie.
Body: Like applesauce but with a consistency I can stomach.
Taste: I could heat this up and put it on ice cream for dessert.
Overall: I haven’t even given this one to my kid yet and I’m glad because it would ruin all other things for her.



Garden Vegetable and Beef
I accidentally ate dessert (Apple, Cinnamon, Granola).
This just didn’t appeal to me. At. All.




What do you think of my observations? Do you have a secret favorite baby food that you feed/fed your kiddo? Share with us in the comments!

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2 Responses to Tasting Notes: What I Think of the Foods I’m Asking My Kid to Eat

  1. The Decent Mom February 11, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    I love this and did the same thing when my kids were tiny but I love the way you even broke it down into color and texture. I was laughing so hard. I tried making my own baby food which had mixed results too. Some gastric surgery patients eat baby food during their puree’ stage and would love this article.

    • Ariana
      Ariana February 15, 2017 at 7:11 am #

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I tried to follow the format of wine tasting notes and found it had me paying attention to things I wouldn’t have otherwise. I hadn’t considered that baby food would be part of the diet for gastric bypass patients, but that totally makes sense! Whatever makes getting through that easier, right?! Thanks so much for your comments! I hope it gives more mom’s a chuckle, and maybe helps someone out along the way!