Recently I saw Facebook post my friend made about her grocery store food pouches. She has a 5 year old, a 3 year old and a 1 year old that all love food pouches. She had opened a box to discover that the pouches had leaked all over, and created a kind of sticky film all over the pouches.
To make matters worse, and I mean much worse, tiny maggots were squirming and crawling all over the pouches. I had seen such stories before, but this actually happened to a close friend. And it was horrifying.
Do you see that right above the “Protein” line? Yup, it’s a maggot. She had a video of them crawling around, but I’ll spare you.
The only thing that made this story less horrifying for me, although not for my friend, was that I had already made the switch to reusable food pouches.
So here’s a few reasons why you need these reusable food pouches in your kitchen yesterday.
- I know EXACTLY what’s in my children’s food pouches
Ok, so maggots aside, I had found that most of the baby food pouches had the same first ingredient- apples. Yes, I do use applesauce as a base for many of my baby food pouches, but it seemed that all of them were almost entirely applesauce. Even with other fruits and veggies listed, such as spinach or broccoli, I always wondered, “How much green did they actually pack in here?” Now I don’t have to wonder. I normally start with an applesauce, yogurt, or sweet potato base. (If I just puree spinach, chances are none of my kids would touch it). But now I cram them full of spinach, broccoli, peas, beans, zucchini, carrots, and any other fresh or frozen veggies I have on hand. I even take it a step further to incorporate ingredients you don’t see in grocery store food pouches. One of my favorite add-ins is Chia seeds.
They’re high in antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as fiber. They have a satiating effect, so they make you feel and stay full longer. The best part is they have no flavor so the kids don’t even know they’re in there!
- They’re incredibly easy to use
I was concerned with how time consuming these pouches would be, but they’re totally worth it. I was already making baby food, which basically consists of cooking/steaming fruits and veggies and pureeing them in my Ninja. So loading up these pouches was not a hassle. They have a zipper seal on the bottom, so I simply place them upside down in a cup to pour in the contents, seal them up, and store them in the refrigerator. After they have been eaten, they’re easy to clean. They’re actually dishwasher safe! I normally wash mine by hand, because they have rounded edges, food doesn’t get caught up in them. I rinse them with warm water, then I use a baby bottle brush with warm soapy water to clean them. One of my favorite parts is that the screw on caps are replaceable. More than once we’ve accidently tossed one of the lids in the trash. Any grocery store food pouch lid will fit snugly on these reusable pouches.
- They’re a HUGE money saver
These are saving us lots, not pennies, but dollars, every week. Most of the packets that we were buying, which were organic, run about $1.35 each. Now with 3 kids eating these daily, we were spending around $25-$30 per week, just on food pouches! I invested in a couple packs of these reusable pouches, and I never have to buy those from the grocery again. Seriously, these paid for themselves in a week.
- They aren’t just for babies
All three of my kids enjoy food pouches. I know what you’re thinking, “Why on earth don’t her children eat fruits and vegetables in other ways?” Well, I’m going to be honest with you. My 3 year old son won’t touch a vegetable. He used to love them, and now he goes into convulsions when we present him with a carrot. That’s not a joke, it’s a huge scene. My 1 and 5 year old actually do eat and love their veggies. But these packets are just another source of fruits and veggies for them. They’re incredibly handy, we tote them everywhere, car rides, quick breakfasts, after school snacks…they’re awesome.
- They’re incredibly eco-friendly
Yeah, even more reason these are amazing! I’m no longer throwing away mass amounts of food pouch trash every week! We’re constantly searching for ways to “go green” in our house, but also do so on a budget. Some green steps are pricey, but this one actually saved us money. I love sharing these with my friends because it’s such a practical way to start to make a change on the environmental impact of your own home.
- “Anything goes” recipes work with these
I was making zucchini noodles for dinner the other night and had an extra zucchini, so I chopped it up, steamed it, and threw it in with some applesauce and steamed kale. I often times have leftovers while making a large pot of soup or stew and use those excess veggies in my next batch of food for the pouches. If I have extra fruits or veggies in the refrigerator that I know I won’t be able to use before they spoil, I’ll blend them up and freeze them for the next batch of food pouches.
Consequently, if you’re searching for a way to make a positive change in your home, these pouches are an awesome start.
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