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Are Reusable Snack Pouches Worth the Hype?

It seems like there have been quite a few different types of reusable snack pouches pop up on the market lately.  I'm sure it's because of the crazy popularity of the squeezable snack pouches that toddlers {and even pre-schoolers} just can't seem to get enough of.  That's the way it is in our house anyways!

Homemade Apple Sauce

So… Are the reusable snack pouches really worth the hype?

Reusable Snack Pouch

I think she says Yes… and so do I!

I've compiled a list of reasons why these reusable snack pouches really are worth purchasing AND even how we used our EZ Squeezees to sneak a little veggies in my girls' favorite applesauce flavors!

Making Homemade Applesauce, Fruit and Vegetable Purees, and Smoothies – keep fruit in your kiddos bellies and out of the trash!

Filling Reusable Snack Pouches

Please tell me that I'm not the only one… We go to the market and buy way too much fruit that we can't possibly eat.  I always say that I'm going to go to the store twice a week so our produce stays fresher, but I just can't fit in two trips with two kiddos – usually.  So, what do we do with all the almost overripe fruit? 

Well, it used to go into Moreaya's homemade baby food.  I was actually pretty bummed when she stopped slurping down my homemade purees, but now I have a perfect alternative!  Sophia and I chopped up some pears and apples and even a nectarine to be the base of our applesauce.  We also pureed some blueberries, strawberries and oranges, and a secret ingredient

spinach

When you make your own purees, you can sneak in the good stuff!

If your child is anything like a normal toddler {like mine}, you have to get creative on how to get your toddlers to eat more vegetables.  Making homemade purees has been one way that I'm definitely making sure Sophia has plenty of greens in her diet.  I put in a small amount so the sweet taste is still at the front and we're both happy!

Squeezable Pouches

Reusable EZ Squeezees Pouches save Money!

It's no secret that anything reusable will eventually save you money.  Snack pouches add up quickly.  A typical 4 pack at the grocery store cost right under $4.  A set of 3 EZ Squeezees Refillable Food pouches retail for $9.99.  It doesn't take much to realize that your savings will add up VERY quickly, especially at how fast my girls can slurp these packs down!

Homemade Purees

When you make your own foods and snacks, you know exactly what's inside.

This is so important to me.  When I do choose to buy snack food pouches, I go with brands that I know haven't filled the fruits and purees with tons of sugar and other ingredients that we try to avoid.  BUT they usually do have some extra stuff to help preserve them {sometimes}.  When I make my own Homemade Fruit Purees, I know exactly what's in them and I know that I don't have to add 1 teaspoon of sugar – their yummy with fruit only!

Reusable means – less trash!

This is a no-brainer.  You won't be filling the landfills with anymore disposable packaging!  This is a VERY easy step to be a bit green-er… and a yummy one!

Now that you've seen some ways that Reusable Snack Pouches really do make more sense, I'm going to show you how easy it is to make your own homemade purees {in less than 10 minutes} AND fill your pouches!  I was a little nervous that it might be hard to do, but it's really, really easy.

Homemade Fruit Purees in less than 10 minutes

Homemade Fruit Purees

The easiest way that I know how to puree fruit and vegetables is the same way I did when I made Moreaya's homemade baby food

  1. Slice up your fruit – I used a base of Apples, Pears, and a leftover Nectarine. 
  2. I microwaved the slices in a tiny bit of water for about 7 minutes. 
  3. Once they're good and soft, I put the fruits in my small food processor and blend away!

     

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  4. Gather all of your purees.  {Pictured above is my base Apple/Pear Sauce, pureed Blueberries, Strawberries and Oranges, and Spinach.
  5. Make a yummy blend!


Reusable Snack Pouches

Sophia requested strawberry applesauce and I made a blueberry one for Moreaya.  I stirred all of the purees together and started to fill my pouches.

The EZ Squeezees Refillable Food pouches have 2 openings:  A lid top for eating and a side zipper type pouch for filling.  It opens up really wide so it's super easy to fill, but closes tightly so you don't have to worry about anything escaping.

Reusable Snack Pouches

It also expands to open up more on the non-zippered side.  The gusset allows you to really fit a lot of puree in each pouch.  Then… enjoy!

EZ Squeezees

To say the girls love them is an understatement – to say I love them is one also!  They're easy to use, save me $$, and help me live a big green-er!  Win Win Win!

The EZ Squeezees clean just as easily as they fill.  I simply run water through them with a bit of dish soap and the water comes right out the top spout.  The pouches are also dishwasher safe if you need that extra clean!

EZ Squeezees are available on their website and also on Amazon.  They are sold in packs of 3, but I definitely recommend getting at least 6.  We'll be adding to our stash so we can have more pouches in the fridge ready to go for a healthy, easy snack!

Who would enjoy EZ Squeezees the most in your house AND what would they enjoy in them?

Comments

  1. Kat Riley says:

    my granddaughter would use these with a lot of yogurt smoothies

  2. i can say i use them for my self for the fruit i havein the hosue i have to get blender to mix it but it would be worth it

  3. Michelle F. says:

    I would use them for my daughter. she would love strawberry and bananas in them.

  4. Michelle F. says:

    I love that they are reusable

  5. Wendy Mastin
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    My grandson would love these (and so would I) . He especially loves fruit.

  6. Judith Martinez
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    I think my 4 yr. old would enjoy using these! I would probably put yogurt and fruit together in them.

  7. Jennifer Johansen says:

    I’d use these for my toddlers when we go to the gym!

  8. What a great concept for kids, so much less waste of plastic!

  9. My daughter would definitely like these the most- she loves her “pouches” and adores applesauce. But in truth, the whole family would probably use these during a day out skiing or hiking!

  10. My toddler. Lots of fruits and veggies.

  11. I would love to try these! My daughter has food issues and I think this would be one of the best ways to get some healthy foods in her.

  12. Stephanie O says:

    I love these. I would like to use these for car trips.. awesome.

  13. Michelle Perez says:

    I’ve used a reusable pouch that has the opening on the top with an attached lid. My daughter would play with the lid and squeeze the fruit everywhere! I love that you fill these through the sides. It is more like the disposable ones in the store. She would really enjoy using these. I like to fill the pouch with frozen fruit that I puree in the food processor.

  14. My dd would enjoy these and she’d love a yogurt smoothies in them!

  15. My two boys (ages 3 and 5) are really picky eaters but I think I could find a good combination that even they would love. The baby (10 months old) just learned how to eat straight out of a pouch and I would definitely use them with her, too (probably for many years to come)

  16. nicole lewis
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    my daughter and nephew would love these pouches!

  17. Dorothy Teel says:

    Neat idea, how easy are they to clean? WOuld use for more liquid like items

    • They are EXTREMELY easy to clean, Dorothy! They are dishwasher safe, but I’ve found they come clean with just water pouring through the open sides, out the top spot. And I use a small squirt of dish soap while I’m doing that!
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  18. Margot C
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    I think they are brilliant though I haven’t used them. I am a little unsure about getting them clean particularly after Alysia would probably leave one under the sifa for a day or so, still!

  19. My daughter *loves* those pouches – so I’ve been looking for a thriftier, reusable option! I didn’t know these existed – awesome!
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  20. It would totally be a tie between my daughter and I. I make myself pouches as well, they’re so easy for while I’m driving and on the go! :)
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  21. Narelle G. says:

    my 9 mo. old and my 3 y.o. would love them…especially with baseball season upon us!

  22. my grandson would love applesauce in his

  23. I need those pouches so badly. I was thinking about using our Popsicle makers, but the pouches would be so much better. We’re on the road so much of the time.

  24. natalie nichols says:

    My son would enjoy them with peaches, bananas, pears.

  25. Sarah Hayes says:

    Also my daughter would be the one to use these and wed put homemade applesauce in them

  26. Sarah Hayes says:

    Id love to be able to have these. I like that they have the part at the top that the kid eats from. i have some pouches that its one the side and theyre so annoying. these look really easy for the kid to use and easy to clean. and they save a ton of money! thanks for the giveaway

  27. Nicole Bear says:

    I am sure my little one will love them when she is old enough, but I think they would be handy for myself as well, especially for healthy snacking on the go.

  28. My little one on the way and my sweet nephews would LOVE these pouches – and our favorites would be strawberries and peaches with some veggies thrown in there!

  29. These look great! And I love how you can add veggies (esp spinach) to the purees too…. I would love to start doing this!

  30. I love that you can easily make these with nothing you’d like in them. What a clever product!
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  31. My boys love these pouches from the grocery store and I like that I can get veggies in on them. What I hate is the price! $1.50 is out of my budget. I didn’t know they made re-usable ones I could stock with my own combinations. Thank you for letting me know.
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  32. Rissa doesn’t like purees as much anymore but I’ll be doing these for baby boy in a few months!
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  33. I wondered about these. My little one loves pouches but she is sensitive to preservatives {even natural ones} so these would be perfect for her!
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  34. I may have to check these out. My son loves these little pouches, I think making them on my own would be a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing, I hadn’t seen these before.
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  35. I’ve never heard of these. I’m sure my kids who are older would get a kick out of them. I could use them for field trips during the summer and school lunches.
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  36. Wow, I hadn’t heard of these. I will definitely be buying some. My 2.5 year old doesn’t eat enough veggies. He would probably likes these.
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  37. That sounds really neat. They didn’t have these when my kids were little but it looks like a great way to sneak in some healthy veggies!
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  38. These look really great. I’ve never heard of them before, but I’m sure our kids would love them!

  39. Ashley S
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    These would be perfect for my toddler!!

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