Squooshi Food Pouches and Tropical Green Monster Puree Recipe!

squooshiWhen my boys were babies I loved making baby food purees for them.  I controlled what their first foods were and I whipped up amazing little  meals and froze them and I was kinda awesome.  AND THEN I discovered food pouches when Smashie was about 9 months old and the convenience was amazing!  They were so portable and after a few tries he was totally able to figure them out.  They were literally a God-send, my first son was still having a hard time adjusting to being a big brother so I was stretched pretty thin.  But every time I threw one in the garbage I felt so guilty.  There had to be a less wasteful way.  (hint-there is so read on, plus a recipe to get you started)

 photo db63fc5a-6378-43cd-86da-ea6b7a52a0d0_zpsazaxknwz.jpgSo here I am a few years later and my son is 3 years old and we just recently have rediscovered all the pouches geared towards older kids.  Smashie of course thinks they are great but I knew I was not going to give them to him unless we could find a better option with no waste and more control over the food inside.  Cue the ray of light an epiphany is upon us, Squooshi makes a reusable, refillable and totally awesome pouch!  I can just feel all the mommy guilt rolling off me!

 photo c648432d-61a6-453c-a493-7e997768b21e_zpsjdll87uc.jpgShannon Wren Waldis and her father Noel Wren were struggling with the same issues I was, why serve processed food, in a throw away packaging at a higher cost than homemade?  But of course they actually did something about it, whereas all I did was try to just carry around a boatload of guilt.  They created a design which they tested and tested some more until they came up with a resealable bottom with a sturdy zipper closure.  It is really totally a genius idea that I wish I had come up with!

So here is some awesome stuff to know about Squooshi:

  • Squooshi reusable food pouches are BPA-free, Phthalate-free, PVC-free, and Lead-free.
  • Squooshi reusable food pouches provide more flexible and healthy nutrition options: fill with your favourite grain, veggie, legume, dairy, and fruit combos!
  • Squooshi reusable food pouches reduce waste: no more throw away food pouches piling up in landfills and contributing to air pollution!
  • Squooshi reusable food pouches save you money on your food bills: pre-filled pouches cost between 1.50-2.25 each!
  • Squooshi reusable food pouches save energy: empty pouches require a lot less fuel for shipping and most pre-packaged food travels over 1,200 miles before it reaches your table!
  • Squooshi reusable food pouches are easy: in the car, at the park, in your kiddos’s hands, less mess from broken jars, spoons, and trash!

I love how inexpensive the photo f5633211-c16b-40da-be32-5b369dcb3680_zpso96evgsp.jpgy are to fill!  What you fill them with is up to you from organic hand made baby food to store bought large quantity applesauce divided up, you are saving money!  To use the applesauce example I can buy just under a litre of unsweetened applesauce for $2.00 and it will will about 7 pouches.  I’ll save you the math – 29 CENTS a pouch!  At the store that would cost me over $1.00 a pouch for just an applesauce pouch, nothing fancy.  Yeah, I am pretty jazzed about saving almost a $1.00 a pouch.

Then there is the cute factor-no argu photo P1070702_zpsol95t0cq.jpgment the animals are cute and come in 2 sizes for babies and toddlers.  The Starter Kit is a great way to try a little of everything including 2 small pouches, 4 large pouches, four extra caps, 2 soft spouts and 50 labels.  From there you can add on as needed.  I also received the G.O & Sip’n Combo Pack which is 2 large ‘big kid and even mommy on the go’ pouches and 2 soft spouts.

 photo 45052273-beb7-41ec-ab81-bb21f123a232_zpsrxup5e0j.jpgI would recommend using a few of their suggested recipes first to get a feel for a good consistency, you need the food to be able to easily sucked out but it can’t be so runny that it comes out too fast and baby dribbles it everywhere.  And the recipes are really yummy!  We tried a few which my boys both loved!

I have adapted their Little Green Monster just slightly to come up with one we call the Tropical Green Monster at our house.  Also check out My ‘Shamrock Applesauce’ recipe, which has pears and spinach, over on my blog.

 

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Tropical Green Monster Puree Recipe

This recipe works for babies up to older kids. My preschooler loves it in his lunch. Even this mama thinks it is pretty delish.

Yield: 7-8 pouches plus some to taste test

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 banana
1 avocado
2 handful chopped fresh spinach
3-4 heaping tablespoons of yogurt (I used tropical flavoured yogurt but plain Greek or Vanilla would also work)
1 1/2 cup frozen pineapple and/or mango

Directions:

Puree all ingredients together in a food processor or blender. Pour into your favorite Squooshi. Enjoy now or freeze for later.

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The blender is a bit too loud! 🙂

Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own. Special thanks to Rachel Florio-Urso,  Celebrity Baby Trend Expert for providing the product sample! 

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26 responses to “Squooshi Food Pouches and Tropical Green Monster Puree Recipe!”

  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen — February 25, 2015 @ 8:52 pm (#)

    what adorable pouches, I love the designs and I’m sure that these pouches save a whole lot of spils and messes 🙂

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  2. Laurie P — February 26, 2015 @ 6:04 am (#)

    Pouches have always worked well for us and my girl always enjoyed using them! And the possibilities are endless with what you can put in them….definitely a money saver!

    Love the recipe above….mmm avocado!

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  3. Anna W — February 26, 2015 @ 8:30 am (#)

    My children love the pouches, they get so expensive and I hate that the pouches are one and done. I need to buy the reusable pouches and I will try out the recipes for them.

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  4. kristen visser — February 26, 2015 @ 1:41 pm (#)

    wow what an awesome idea! my daughter loves her pouches but such a great idea to be able to create your own!

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  5. Victoria Ess — February 26, 2015 @ 4:14 pm (#)

    These look delicious! I love this idea!

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  6. kathy downey — February 27, 2015 @ 6:08 am (#)

    The Monkey pouch is so cute,I like that they are mess free

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  7. Melinda — February 27, 2015 @ 7:53 am (#)

    Very cute pouch designs. Definitely nice how handy they are too.

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  8. heidi c. — February 27, 2015 @ 10:17 am (#)

    These are so cute and a fun way to get extra greens into our kids!

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  9. Jenn — February 27, 2015 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    Oh wow that is so great.

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  10. Elva Roberts — February 27, 2015 @ 1:05 pm (#)

    I love the design of the reusable pouches. I love the fact that Mommy can make her own pureed foods and thus cut down on the expense and waste. I think this is a wonderfully frugal and delicious idea.

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  11. Stephanie LaPlante — March 1, 2015 @ 8:18 am (#)

    These are the cutest snack pouches I’ve ever seen!

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  12. Rick F — March 3, 2015 @ 1:06 pm (#)

    Aww, are they ever cute.

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  13. kathy downey — March 6, 2015 @ 5:33 am (#)

    I love these for the kids in the car they are mess free

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  14. Theresa Hover — March 7, 2015 @ 6:42 am (#)

    These look like so much fun! I’m wondering how hard they are to clean?

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    • Tennille — March 7th, 2015 @ 9:10 am

      They are top rack dishwasher safe! I just unzip the bottom and place the pouch over two if the tines in my dishwasher. I have a mesh basket that I pop the kids in and they are good to go!

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  15. Treen Goodwin — March 8, 2015 @ 9:03 am (#)

    wow awesome i will pass the recipe on to my Daughter in-law thanks for sharing 🙂

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  16. Anne Taylor — March 10, 2015 @ 8:24 am (#)

    Thanks for this recipe! With a new baby in the house it will come in handy in a short while!

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  17. kathy downey — March 10, 2015 @ 10:01 am (#)

    My daughter bought some like this before Christmas online and she think they are the best thing ever

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  18. kathy downey — May 22, 2015 @ 2:02 pm (#)

    I’ll definitely try this recipe!Yummy

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  19. loriag — August 13, 2015 @ 5:12 am (#)

    Love that these pouches help save our environment, also love the name of the recipe- Tropical Green Monster, what kid wouldn’t love that name.

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  20. kathy downey — October 30, 2015 @ 2:31 pm (#)

    Thanks we are enjoying the recipe

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  21. kathy downey — November 6, 2015 @ 12:30 pm (#)

    My granddaughter cries for her reusable pouch…

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  22. kathy downey — December 6, 2015 @ 8:18 am (#)

    Thanks this recipe has been used many time in our home

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  23. Darlene W — June 16, 2016 @ 2:16 pm (#)

    Hmm, I’m going to pass the post onto my nieces

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  24. kathy downey — July 20, 2016 @ 6:56 am (#)

    I love these mess-free containers

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  25. Elizabeth Matthiesen — February 1, 2018 @ 1:08 pm (#)

    “I have a mesh basket that I pop the kids in” I had a good laugh at this, saves giving them a bath I guess. 🙂

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