Reusable food pouches are an easy switch you can make in your kitchen. If you need a really good reason as to why, besides sustainability, budget, and peace of mind, then I’ll tell you a story.
A few months ago, while scrolling through Facebook, I saw a horrible, disgusting post. It was a friend of mine, and it had been shared hundreds of times. It was photos she had taken of baby food pouches they had recently purchased at the grocery store. They were new, not expired. They had oozed all over inside of the box, so the pouches were covered in a film of spoiled food. To make it worse, I mean MUCH worse, there were maggots that had hatched. On the baby food pouches. Some images you can NOT get out of your head.
Total peace of mind
I had recently switched to reusable food pouches so as disgusting as those photos were, I had total peace of mind for my family. Now I never personally had a bad experience with store bought food pouches, but when I saw those horrific photos, it was enough for me. And let me tell you, reusable food pouches were such a good switch for me.
I was already debating to switching to reusable food pouches, but it was mainly for budget reasons. Those tiny pouches of pureed fruits and veggies are so pricey! Now my children, even my 3 and 5 year old, love those pouches. It’s hard for me to say, “No, those are for the baby” when they’re chock full of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. But when you have multiple children eating them daily, the price adds up fast! One of the reasons I’m sold on these is because after I used them for a week, they totally paid for themselves. I was easily purchasing about 20 pouches a week, which came out to around $70-$80 per month…just on pouches!
Now again, the major selling point for me to justify spending that much money on store bought food pouches were 2 things: The fact that they’re full of all the good things for my children, and secondly, they’re incredibly handy. Especially when you’re rushing out the door to a soccer game or birthday party, or maybe eating breakfast on the go. They’re a favorite after school snack as well. But here was a major problem…I felt that most of them were applesauce based. Even with “spinach” or “broccoli” listed, apples were always the first ingredient, and I wondered, “How much spinach is actually in this packet?”
Insert ALL the veggies!!
Now, I have total control of the ingredients. I do still use applesauce as the base many times, but I now know exactly how many veggies and other fruits are mixed in. I can load them up with spinach, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and peas. I use zucchini, squash, beans, and cauliflower as well. I even have add-ins that I haven’t found in other pouches. I love to sneak chia seeds in, as the health benefits are endless.
Chia seeds are known for being full of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants and minerals. On top of that they have satiating effects- meaning they help you feel full and satisfied because of their gelling nature. They’re also great for regulating your blood sugar and insulin levels. And guess what? They don’t change the flavor or texture, so the kids don’t even know the difference!
Working on a greener household?
So why else are reusable food pouches awesome? They’ve cut way back on our trash. There’s always that level of guilt on how full our trash can is at the end of the week. We are always trying to make changes in our house to go green and play an active role in bettering our planet. After purchasing a few sets of these pouches, I get to take a small step toward decreasing our impact on the earth.
Simple use and simple clean-up
I was initially concerned on the ease of using these pouches. They are open at the base, where you load them up with your pureed food. I usually set them upside down in a cup to free my hands up to squeeze the food in. Then you simply zip it shut and store them in the refrigerator. After the pouch has been emptied, you can wash them with warm soapy water. They have rounded edges, so I’ve never had any issues with food getting stuck, they rinse out very easily. I also like to use a baby bottle brush to clean them out. On top of that they’re dishwasher safe! I also love the fact that if you or your child, or anyone else, accidentally tosses one of the screw on caps into the trash, they’re easily replaceable. Any of the store bought food pouches lids will fit just as snug on this food pouch.
So yeah, if you’re looking for a little piece of mind on what you’re feeding your children, this was one small, easy step for me and my family.
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