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Kid Fresh: Healthy Frozen Meals for Kids

12/13/2011 at 03:00 PM ET
Courtesy Kid Fresh

When you think of frozen meals, the last thing that comes to mind is healthy.

Especially the ones geared towards kids, which are usually packed with sugar and trans fat.

Kid Fresh is here to change that perception.

Not only are they created by a top N.Y.C. chef and pediatric nutritionist, but the company’s freshly frozen meals are free of artificial ingredients, flavors, colors or preservatives.

The best part: Each yummy dish is loaded with hidden vegetables so your tots will get the nutrients they need.

For example, the Easy Cheesy Ravioli (left) also contains carrots and butternut squash.

They’re also packaged in recyclable, BPA-free containers.

Currently, Kid Fresh is only available on the East Coast and some Southern states. To find shops in your area, go to kidfresh.com.

Courtesy Kid Fresh

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ClaireSamsmom on

I am a big fan of freezer cooking, but I actually make my own. I try to buy fresh, natural and organic ingredients as much as possible, and spend some time on the weekend preparing several of our meals and freezing them. In fact, today I made 18 individual breakfast burritos, made with organic eggs, cheese and veggies and froze them for our breakfasts….if making cassoroles, many times I will make 2 and freeze one. Anyway…these look like good choices for those times when you need a healthy fast alternative for kids meals.

Keis on

But where are the visible vegetables? This sneaky stuff is ridiculous.

JM on

yeah i’m not a fan at all of hiding vegetables. i want my kid to look at different fruit and veg and be able to tell me the names of the food. by hiding it you are only perpetuating the idea that they are something the child SHOULDN’T want. why not view them as treats, delicious things, something we are LUCKY to have.

with my kids i always try to be positive about fruit and veg and make them fun. examples:

‘if you’re really good you can have some strawberries when we get home’, ‘who wants to pick the vegetables for tonight’s stirfry?’ (from my already pre-picked selection of course), ‘let’s name the veggies as we put them in the pan’, ‘who can tell me where apples come from?’

all 5 of my kids really get into it and they love their fruit and veg.

treat this kind of food as a normal and GOOD part of life and your kids will not know otherwise….

Heather on

I’m all for sneaking extra vegetables IF there’s visible ones in there as well. And I’d much rather make my own freezer meals than spend twice as much on stuff like this. It’s so easy. I dunno, maybe I just got lucky with my good eaters but I see no reason not to teach your children about what they eat and where their food comes from instead of deceiving and tricking them.

Shannon on

I don’t believe in hiding veggies from children. Why not encourage acceptance of healthy foods at an early age?

megan on

They’re all basically pasta and cheese / pasta and sauce / cheese quesadillas. I could sneak veggies into made at home dishes without buying it at the store.

alicejane on

It’s easy to say that if parents encourage fruits and vegetables, and eat them themselves, then their children will too, but that’s not always the case. I realize that there are a lot of kids who see their parents eat healthy, and so they will eat the same foods without any problems, but there are also kids who veer off that path.

My nephew is 3 and his parents are very health-conscious (with the allowance of treats too). They exercise a lot and are probably some of the best, healthiest eaters I know, and as a baby my nephew was exposed to and ate lots of fruits/veggies and loved them. Then he hit about two and it was World War 3 trying to get him to eat anything other than bread, pasta, and processed foods.

I don’t know why he suddenly decided that, but that went on for a long time. We eventually did have to resort to sneaking in vegetables because he was so stubborn. Then he turned 3 and all of a sudden raw broccoli is his favorite food and he has more eclectic taste than even myself (and I am willing to try anything once!).

To make my long story short, I think that things like this – especially something like ravioli, which could be considered a treat, are great for times when you’re in a rush or have a child who is being stubborn about veggies. Though like others have said, I also think it’s great to make things like this ahead of time and freeze them.

KLH on

I can’t believe some of you moms would COMPLAIN about a food that contains extra vegetables!! Why would you be opposed to a product that offers healthy meals for kids? I don’t get it! Guess what?? Someday your kid is going to want to eat something other than raw vegetables. Why wouldn’t you want to give them something like mac & cheese that has added nutrients rather than simply empty calories?? Who says you have to deceive you child?? You can tell them exactly what they are eating. This is what makes this product unique! Good luck telling your kids what the ingredients are in the chicken nuggets you are going to feed them someday.

This is a great option for parents…. especially ones who are busy, smart and REALISTIC!

Kait on

For those of you opposed to hiding vegtables in food, and those whose kids all enjoy vegtables etc. – Good for you, but you need to realize that it isn’t “ridiculous” or becuase parents don’t eat healthy.

My parents are healthy eaters and showed me and my sisters that we should be too. But as a child (and still now at 24) I hated veggies, didn’t eat alot of fruit, and preferred bread and pasta. And if my mother hadn’t “hidden” my veggies I would never have gotten them. I just didn’t eat anything if that was the choice.

Think about this – hiding veggies and your active 3 year old eating, or giving her a balanced meal and her simply not eating for 3 days? It happens, it’s not ridiculous or my parents fault, it’s just who I am.

JM on

bottom line: kids won’t starve themselves (unless there are much more serious underlying psychological issues).

if my kids don’t eat their dinner, they don’t get into trouble, i don’t make a huge deal out of it, but i also don’t offer them anything else. i make one meal for the family (or my husband does) and that’s what they can have. going without dinner one night is not going to kill them and you can bet that by the next day they will be willing to eat whatever you give them.

and no, they don’t have to eat everything on their plate. if they make a good dent, and then they’re full fair enough. i just don’t want to cook a separate meal for a fussy eater.

ClaireSamsmom on

I agree with not making a big deal out of not eating dinner. If my kids chose not to eat what I’ve made them….well, fine. But, the kitchen is closed till the morning. They can have water any which way they like…..but, that is it. And they will not starve. Kids get what they need…we just need to feed them healthy balanced diets…and also be good role models when it comes to eating,too.

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