Category Archives: Demeter/Biodynamic

A Holle Weaning Harvest Festival

The nights are drawing in; the heating is back on, and what better way to feed our next generation than on a harvest feast of gluten free pumpkin and plums! Holle prides itself of making meals for babies which are easy and convenient for the parents, and nutritious and organic for the little ones.

Holle Organic holle-organic-pumpkin-with-rice-baby-foodPumpkin and Rice is an ideal combination of vegetable and a gluten free grain. The Holle Organic Pumpkin and Rice is ideal if, as can sometimes happen, your baby has developed a tendency to constipation after introducing root vegetables like carrots – switching to pumpkin as a weaning vegetable for your baby is usually recommended. http://www.ulula.co.uk/holle-organic-pumpkin-with-rice-baby-food.html

Holle Organic Pumpkin and Chicken – is a mild tasting chicken meal that appeals to babies during the later weaning stage one. Using chicken holle-organic-pumpkin-with-chicken-baby-foodfrom a new initiative in Germany which raises the male chicken to Demeter certified organic standards, this mild tasting Chicken meal is perfect for weaning. http://www.ulula.co.uk/holle-organic-pumpkin-potatoes-and-chicken-baby-food.html

Holle’s NEW organic baby porridge is a real gluten free treat for babies. Finely puréed pumpkiholle-organic-vegetable-porridge-pumpkin-rightn provides it with a delicious pumpkin aroma that, combined with maize and rice, creates a delicious meal. Easy to prepare using either breast milk, baby formula or just water for a delicious and wholesome porridge for your baby. http://www.ulula.co.uk/holle-organic-vegetable-porridge-pumpkin-maize-rice.html

Holle Organic Apple and Plum Baby Food is a smooth and fruity pudding for your bholle-organic-apple-and-plum-baby-foodaby, made with 81% biodynamically and organically grown fruit. Ideal for use in your baby’s porridges, on its own in the afternoon or as a snack when your baby feels hungry.   http://www.ulula.co.uk/holle-organic-apple-and-plum-baby-food.html

 

Holle Organic Baby Food Pouches

Premium Organic Baby Food Pouches  – Now Available in Thirteen Delicious Flavours to the Highest Organic Quality

Holle started planning their organic baby food pouches a while ago now and it’s been interesting watching their development. As with everything else they produce, the Holle nutritionist team were determined to develop a range of baby food pouches second to none in terms of quality and flavour. And everyone here at Ulula thinks they’ve managed just that.

Holle organic baby food pouches

Thirteen Baby Food Pouches to Choose From

The Holle Organic Baby Food Pouches are certified organic as well as all being Demeter certified – they’re made with the highest quality biodynamically grown fruits and vegetables. And, they taste absolutely delicious. The baby food pouches contains fruit and vegetable puree specially chosen to blend well together and to be suitable from the earliest of weaning ages. Here’s a quick rundown of the available varieties and their recommended ‘from’ ages:

Every organic baby food pouch is, just as you would expect from Holle, guaranteed to be free from added sugars, artificial flavourings, preservatives, colourings and thickening agents. And, of course, all pouches are guaranteed free from genetically modified ingredients.

Baby Food on the Go

Being in a pouch, rather than the usual Holle jars, means taking your baby’s food out with you is now easier than ever. The Ulula taste testers told us that they preferred to take the baby food pouches when out shopping or visiting friends and relatives and to use the jars, especially the meat or vegetable varieties, when feeding baby at home. They told us how the baby food pouches were not just more convenient but saved them time.

Taste Tester Feedback

As well as loving the portability and convenience it’s fair to say that every Ulula taste tester that we asked to try them were bowled over by these Holle organic baby food pouches. They loved the large number of varieties available, their taste and texture as well as praising their quality in the highest terms. Here’s just a couple of comments:

My little one loved these baby food pouches so much that I can’t wait to be able to place an order. His big sister is also a fan so I better make sure I order plenty!

These pouches taste soooo good!!! The fruits taste really fresh and they go well together in every pouch. It’s great to be able to get such baby food in this high a quality – every variety is even Demeter certified. Keep up the good work Holle!

Different Multi-packs for Different Needs

The Holle organic baby food pouches can be given when first starting to wean your baby and beyond. For early weaners the pure Pear or Carrot pouches are ideal, then there are varieties suitable from six months and pouches from 8 months onwards. To make it easy to buy the pouches for the right weaning stages we’ve put together several age-based multi-packs – the Weaning Stage One multi-pack, the 6 Months plus multi-pack and the 8 months plus multi-pack. For those that want to truly mix and match as your baby gets older there’s a six pouch variety pack with a variety of flavours.

We’ve also included a five pouch gluten-free multi-pack for those parents that want or need to avoid gluten in their baby’s diet.

Because these pouches mix so well with the Holle baby porridges you can be very flexible in how you approach those first tentative weaning steps with your baby. Try mixing and matching with different porridge varieties for an all round nutritional approach.

So, the Holle organic baby food pouch are ideal from when starting to wean your baby and well beyond. Our taste testers certainly reported back how well received the pouches were also by their baby’s older siblings and, it has to be said, by the parents themselves! As your baby becomes a toddler they can, of course, still enjoy the benefits of top quality organic fruits with the Mogli smoothies for kids.

Save Money with Holle Organic Baby Food Pouches

Each Holle Organic Baby Food Pouch variety comes in 90g packs for £1.29 for a single pouch or as packs of three pouches for £3.55 – save 32 pence. Alternatively, every six pack is priced at £7.14 (or £1.19 per pouch), giving you a saving of 60 pence with every pack.

Since launching the Holle Organic Baby Food Pouches earlier this year they have become instant bestsellers here at Ulula – parents appreciate the variety, the tastes and the quality. Let us know which pouches are your baby’s favourites.

Gluten Free Baby Porridges from Holle – an Update

Gluten free baby porridges are an important choice for many parents starting to wean their baby. Holle baby food has always had a long history of producing an extensive range of porridges for babies, including a number of gluten free baby porridges for little ones of all ages. The Ulula Holle Weaning Starter Kit and Ulula’s Baby Weaning Starter Porridge Pack are lovely examples for babies and parents just starting out on their weaning journey together.

Gluten free baby porridges from Holle

Gluten free baby porridges from Holle

As you’d expect, Holle’s gluten free baby porridges are all certified organic and produced to the very highest standard. Wherever possible, the grains for the gluten free porridges, along with the rest of the Holle range, are grown to biodynamic farming standards and are Demeter certified.

Holle’s Gluten Free Baby Porridges- Some Temporary Changes

Natural, organically grown products are always subject to variations in the weather. In more difficult years, in which there is a lot of rain or it is extremely dry, the result can be that insufficient quantities of grain are available at the very highest quality standard demanded by Holle. As a result of the extremely poor harvest in 2013 Holle cannot presently offer millet gluten free baby porridge in its usual certified Demeter biodynamic quality, in addition to being organically certified. This is because there are ony limited quantities of the raw grain available due to the increased humidity that Holle’s farmers in the growing areas of Austria and Hungary faced during 2013.

In order to maintain a consistently available supply of gluten free baby porridges for your baby, Holle have decided to temporarily switch over to organically certified millet that is not also Demeter certified. They will also mix the former single grain gluten free baby porridges Millet and Millet Apple & Pear with a small proportion of organic wholegrain rice. See further below for more details.

A Comprehensive Range of Gluten Free Baby Porridges

As a result of these temporary changes Holle are still able to offer a comprehensive assortment of gluten free baby porridges in top quality organic standard. Of course, the labelling, packaging and product descriptions on the Ulula website for all the Holle gluten free baby porridges reflect these changes. We will also keep you informed as soon as future harvests allow for a sufficient quantity of biodynamically grown grains and the gluten free porridges are back as being Demeter certified, in addition to organic.

Gluten Free Baby Porridges – Holle’s Current Organic Range

The following provides a summary of the changes made to the current Holle organic gluten free baby porridge range. See individual product descriptions for more details.

Holle Organic Rice Baby Porridge

  • Certified organic. Temporarily no longer Demeter certified.

Holle Organic Millet Baby Porridge

  • Certified organic. Temporarily no longer Demeter certified;
  • Mixed with 25% organic wholegrain rice.

Holle Organic Millet Baby Porridge with Apple & Pear

  • Certified organic. Temporarily no longer Demeter certified;
  • Mixed with 22.5 % organic wholegrain rice.

Holle Organic Three Grain Baby Porridge

  • Certified organic. Temporarily no longer Demeter certified.

Please note that the rest of the Holle organic baby porridge range remains unchanged. The alternative milk cereal range also remains unchanged.

Holle Organic Baby Weaning Oil – Replacing Lost Nutrients at a Vital Time in a Baby’s Development

Holle organic baby weaning oil

Holle organic baby weaning oil

Every now and then there comes along a baby weaning idea that makes you ask, “why on earth hasn’t this been done before?” The new Holle Organic Baby Weaning Oil is one such idea. Read on to find out why this unique weaning supplement will change how you think about weaning your baby.

When a young baby is fed exclusively on either breast milk or a baby milk formula, concerned mums and dads can be assured their precious baby is getting all the nutrients necessary to thrive. But when weaning starts and the amount of nutrients taken in through milk decreases, there can be a period when your baby’s body doesn’t get all the energy and other vital nutrients needed for optimum growth and development. This is where the Holle organic weaning oil comes in. With this unique oil you can supplement your baby’s diet through the transition to family meals and replace some of the very specific nutritional benefits of breast milk and baby milks lost during this process.

Providing Your Baby with a Balanced Weaning Diet

Other supplements start from the premise of isolating and then artificially producing specific nutrients found in a given food. These artificial nutrients are then added by some manufacturers to their baby foods – giving you no real choice. Holle, on the other hand, takes a more natural and holistic approach. Holle rightly recognises that individual nutrient chemicals cannot simply be removed from the foods in which they occur and still retain the same overall nutritional effects. The baby weaning oil concept, therefore, provides a special blend of organic oils, an actual foodstuff, which allows you to supplement your baby’s diet with much needed nutrients while still using the full nutritional value of their sources – three very nutritionally valuable plant oils. And you remain in control of your baby’s diet.

From the age when your baby is ready for solid foods, organic baby weaning oil becomes an important part of a balanced diet. It is an excellent source of energy; the essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6; and other nutrients. This is why Holle recommends adding 1-2 teaspoons of baby weaning oil to milk-free meals such vegetable, potato and meat based meals as well as porridges made with water. Holle also recommends adding the weaning oil to its porridges and jars.

A Uniquely Natural Blend to Help Your Baby Thrive

The mixture of high quality rape and sunflower oils in the Holle baby weaning oil results in an ideal ratio for infants of the essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6. Essential fats, and the other fats they are converted to in the body, have a wide range of functions in humans. They are vital for the structure of cell membranes making them flexible and able to allow nutrients into, and toxins out of, cells so body processes can function correctly. They also play a role in cardiovascular health, immunity, and nervous – system functions. The omega oils are especially important for a developing baby’s brain and nervous system.

As well as rape and sunflower, the weaning oil also contains 5% hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is not only rich in polyunsaturates, it is almost unique in nature in that it contains a special fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid. One of the few other foods in which gamma linolenic acid is also to be found is breast milk and it is especially important for the skin, providing your baby with an effective protective barrier. Gamma linolenic acid also has an anti-inflammatory effect and it is especially helpful for children with eczema as they don’t have the necessary enzyme that changes other fatty acids into gamma linolenic acid.

Pure, Organic and Cold Pressed – A Recipe for Success

Here are a few more details about each of the oils used by Holle, and why they were specifically chosen for their baby weaning oil:

Rapeseed Oil (Certified biodynamic/Demeter)

Rapeseed oil is produced by pressing rape seeds. Over 90% of rapeseed oil is made up of polyunsaturates and therefore contains more than most other oils. Additionally, rapeseed oil contains lots of vitamin E and carotenoids. Nutritionally, rapeseed is a very valuable oil.

Sunflower Oil (Certified biodynamic/Demeter)

This vegetable oil, with its light yellow colour and its mild taste, is made from pressing the seeds of the sunflower and is very suitable for a developing child’s diet. Sunflower oil contains lots of vitamin E and is specially selected for the weaning oil as it produces an ideal, baby friendly ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids when combined with rapeseed oil.

Hemp Oil (Certified biodynamic/Demeter)

Because of the gentle cold pressing process used in producing the Holle baby weaning oil, all the precious, essential fatty acids and the naturally nutty taste of the oil are preserved. One special component of hemp oil is the rare gamma linolenic acid, making it unique amongst edible oils. Hemp oil, which is made from the pressing of hemp seeds, is guaranteed to be free from the potentially intoxicating effects present in chemicals found elsewhere in the seed’s structure and poses no health risk, in fact just the reverse.

By the way, it is extremely unusual to get all three of these oils in certified biodynamic, or Demeter, quality. Biodynamic produce is the highest form of organic and it is partly because Holle have insisted its weaning oil is of such high quality that it has taken over two years to research, develop and bring it on to the market.

Premium Quality Organic oils –
Because Only the Best Is Good Enough for Your Baby

Holle recommends adding only cold pressed and non-refined oils to your baby’s meals, for several very good reasons:

  • In the warm pressing process, seeds are heated up before they are pressed, so as to extract as much oil as possible from them. This heat however, destroys valuable nutrients.
  • With conventionally grown, that is, non-organic seeds, refining is necessary to clean the oil. This way any residues of pesticides or solvents are largely eliminated – but so too are many vital nutrients.

Cold pressing on the other hand, is a much more gentle process with less oil yield but with a far higher oil quality. Important nutrients are preserved by cold pressing the seeds. Only oils that are cold pressed and without further refinement can be declared as cold pressed on a food’s label.

With the Holle organic baby weaning oil, the risk of pesticide residues that are found in other, non-organic, oils are fully eliminated. This is guaranteed through organically farming the raw seeds and the consequent strict pollutant controls that are in place.

The use of cold pressed and non-refined oils for preparing your baby’s food is, therefore, completely safe. In fact, through cold pressing, more vitamins and other nutrients, natural colours and the natural taste of the oils are preserved.

How to Use the Holle Baby Weaning Oil

I have written in some detail about the weaning oil and I hope you will see why I think this is such an exciting development in how we think about weaning our little babies. Part of the beauty of the oil is that it doesn’t require you to greatly change what you are doing now or have done before when introducing solids to your baby.

Simply stir one to two teaspoonfuls of the oil into your baby’s existing meals and you are already helping to give him or her that extra nutritional boost during this time of enormous change and development. And all completely naturally.

To ensure your baby gets the optimum nutrients Holle recommends the following amounts to be added to each 200g of food:

  • Vegetable or vegetable and meat based meals: 2 tsp;
  • Fruit based meals: 1 tsp;
  • Milk-free porridge meals: 1 tsp.

The weaning oil can, of course, be used with your own homemade weaning recipes as well as with Holle’s own ranges of milk free baby porridges and their fruit jars, vegetable jars and meat based jars. And if you are just starting out on the weaning journey with your baby and are preparing much smaller amounts, simply adjust the amount of oil you stir in proportionately. Experience shows me that one bottle of 250ml goes a long way.

Premium Quality at Everyday Prices

Holle has managed to keep the price of its weaning oil down at a very low level, meaning we can sell it for just £4.50 per bottle. I find this especially surprising in view of the lower yield involved in cold pressing the seeds and the oil’s unique biodynamic quality. When I asked Holle, they were clear about their reasoning to keep the oil at such a low price level. Because this supplement is for use at a time when most babies are vulnerable to missing out on vital nutrients, Holle took the decision not to make their oil an exclusive product. By pricing the weaning oil low, all babies are able to benefit from its nutritional qualities.

So, as your precious baby begins the transition from an all milk diet to joining in with your family meals, make sure he or she doesn’t miss out nutritionally. The Holle organic baby weaning oil is a natural supplement that will ensure your baby gets all the energy and other vital nutrients needed for optimum growth and development. Your baby will positively thrive.

How is Demeter Baby Food Different?

Demeter quality symbol

Demeter quality assurance symbol

Ulula only stocks baby foods and foods for growing children and their families that are certified organic. Without exception. The organic certification guarantees certain minimum levels of standards in food production, such as high animal welfare standards and not allowing ‘chemical nasties’ to be used.

Many of our baby foods also carry the Demeter label (much of the Holle organic baby food range does so, for example) which is an additional certification that guarantees even higher quality levels in growing and processing foods. Only products which meet the stringent and far reaching quality of certified biodynamic farming, can carry the Demeter label.

You Can’t Get More Organic Than Biodynamic/Demeter

Biodynamic agriculture is a comprehensive approach to farming established in the 1920s by Dr Rudolf Steiner. Demeter standards not only exclude the use of synthetic fertilisers and other chemicals in food production and artificial additives during processing, but also require very specific measures such as applying herbal preparations to the land to strengthen the life processes in soil and food.

The Demeter farmer makes allowances for the specific peculiarities and needs of individual plant types and animal species. Biodynamic agriculture views a farm as a living organism with its own natural cycle – a consequence of this is that each biodynamic farm will only raise the number of animals that the farm land can naturally support. There is no intensive farming in biodynamic agriculture and there is a high degree of traceability in biodynamic farming that cannot be equalled.

Couple this with gentle food processing methods that respect and work with the raw ingredients and the result is a baby food that not only has the best possible pedigree but tastes simply delicious. It is quite simply the best possible start for your baby.

Let us know what you think? Is buying Demeter/biodynamic baby food important to you, and if so why? Can you taste the difference?