AUSTIN (KXAN) - Part of the organic food movement has led a lot of parents tostart looking for alternatives to store-bought, jarred babyfoods.
A couple of Austin women have come up with a unique alternativecalled Nurturme, andit just hit store shelves three weeks ago.
Nurturme is dehydrated foods that are prepared by adding water,breast milk or formula at home. The creators said the dehydratingprocess preserves more nutrients
For moms like Sarah Lahmers, she has found the food to be one ofthe only things her 13-month-old son Jett will eat.
"You know, honestly, he's a very picky eater," said Lahmers. "Ilove it because it's 100 percent organic - no sugar, no salt, nopreservatives. It's super easy to make."
And it's unlike anything on the baby food market right now.
"We are the alternative to jarred foods, so a pouch is theequivalent to a jar," said Nurturme co-founder and owner CarolineFreedman.
The Austin mom came up with the idea for dehydrating baby foodwhile she was pregnant with her daughter Audrey. She pitched theidea to friend Lauren McCullough, and Nurturme was born.
"Currently, we have peas, apples, sweet potato and pumpkin,"said Freedman.
"We basically go from Stage 1 all the way up to toddler foods,"said McCullough, also a Nurturme co-founder.
That's possible just by the way you mix it.
"You have the option of mixing it with whatever kind of liquidyou want, either water, breast milk - if you're nursing - orformula," said Freedman.
You can even add in a little rice cereal or mix the powder withother foods like mac anc cheese.
"Most importantly, it's more nutritious because it's dried, andthe drying process preserves all the nutrients," said Freedman.
Not to mention parents on the go find it easy to bringalong.
"You just toss it in your diaper bag, and it's really easy touse on the go," said Freedman.
Nurturme is currently sold at Whole Foods and CentralMarket.
The founders are having a free tasting Tuesday at the Central Market Austin-Westgate at
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