Before my twin girls were born, I spent my pregnancy reading up on how to make my own baby food. Cut to the reality of life with two babies: My husband and I, who both work, used a combo of homemade veggie and fruit pur茅es with store-bought pouches when it was time for solid foods. My twins are toddlers now, and I鈥檓 always brainstorming ways to add more veggies and fruits to their meals while also involving Chloe and Claire in the kitchen to cook聽with me. While there are plenty of meal delivery services for adults that can be life-changing for working parents, when I heard about Nurture Life, a readymade meal service geared toward babies, toddlers, and teens, I jumped at the chance to try it out.

Before the Meals Arrived

One of my twins, Claire, has a peanut allergy, and the team at Nurture Life assured me that the facility where the meals are made are peanut-, tree nut-, and shellfish-free. Phew! None of the meals use artificial ingredients, trans fat, or high fructose corn syrup, and a team of chefs and pediatric dietitians create a healthy menu that offers a wide variety of produce, proteins, and grains. Each week, the Nurture Life menu has 12 classic kid favorites like Mac & Cheese With Cauliflower or Chicken Bites and Mashed Yams & French Green Beans, along with four seasonal meals that change each week. Since I don鈥檛 feed meat or fish to my daughters, we opted for the veggie meal plan.

When I logged into Nurture Life, I could see what meals were coming, check out the ingredients, and swap out any meals that I thought my girls might not like. Easy peasy.

While my girls are adventurous eaters who devour asparagus with glee, they鈥檙e still toddlers. They鈥檒l willfully look in my eyes, say 鈥淚 don鈥檛 like it,鈥 then five minutes later, ask for more stir-fry tofu. In the morning, they might turn their noses up at a green smoothie, then at lunch, slurp it down like it鈥檚 a milkshake. Toddlers don鈥檛 care if you spent two hours cooking a carefully crafted organic meal for them when you鈥檇 rather marathon-watch Top Chef. They would eat popcorn for dinner if they had their way. So if the readymade service could save me two hours a night, I was ready to give up my mom guilt of not making their meals from scratch.

For their first week, I picked out:

MealTime Test Drive

When the meals arrived, I loved that the entire packaging, including the plastic seal, were recyclable. Every meal arrives chilled so I could toss it in the fridge and then warm it up via microwave, stovetop, or oven when it was time to eat. Considering that my hangry toddlers have the patience of a gnat when it comes to eating (who am I kidding? So do I), these ready-to-go dinners were a godsend.

Chloe and Claire were absolutely crazy about the Mac & Cheese With Cauliflower, Veggie Bolognese Over Spinach Stuffed Gnocchi, and Miso Tofu. In fact, they asked for more after they gobbled two meals鈥 worth of these entr茅es. The other two meals, Quinoa & Chili Bowl and White Bean Tetrazzini, weren鈥檛 big hits. I loved that the meals were easy to heat up 鈥 less than a minute in the microwave 鈥 and that they were toddler-sized portions. (For babies, there are different stages of fruit, veggie, and meat or bean pur茅es. For older kids, there are larger portions of the toddler meals.)

My husband and I were big fans of not having to spend tons of time in the kitchen prepping the next day鈥檚 meals. We prepped some fruit or a green smoothie to serve with the Nurture Life meals, but it kept our weeknights way more open.

One Mom鈥檚 Honest Feedback

After two weeks of using the Nurture Life service, I saw the benefit of the extra help. I enjoyed reading the ingredient list and seeing how many vegetables were in the Vegetable Bolognese sauce (at least seven!), and taking a quick bite of some of the dishes, I appreciated that they actually tasted yummy. Weeknights were much easier with the readymade meals; it was like a mini vacay from our usual routine of toddler meal prep. I do wish that there were more vegan options because I felt like the service relied too much on dairy in the veggie meal plan. My husband and I have discussed keeping the Nurture Life meal subscription service to help when we hit busy work weeks or simply need a little break. We鈥檒l take all the help we can get!

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