When Bennett was a baby, I was passionately committed to making all homemade baby food for him. I had baby food specific cookbooks, the Beaba babycook, and all sorts of freezable baby food containers. It was so fun, and I felt so good knowing that he was eating fresh, organic, homemade food.
Then sweet Graham was born. He was so content only nursing that he was past six months before he had his first solids. I started by mashing up bananas, avocados, and sweet potatoes for him, but he had a huge appetite and I soon found it challenging to find the time to make him homemade food for every meal. I started supplementing with store-bought organic baby food pouches (which were new on the scene at the time). This also coincided with the time that my older son Bennett became picky about his food, and sadly he was mostly adverse to anything green, UNLESS it was in one of the cool baby food pouches. The novelty of the packaging somehow made him not realize he was eating broccoli.
We started using more and more store-bought pouches and feeding them to both boys – to Graham for his meal, and to Bennett for a snack/green food consumption. We easily went through 3-4 pouches a day, and I soon found it to be an expensive habit, especially when making the same food costs a fraction of the price. This was also the time we were living in uber-green Northern California and I became more aware of our trash output. These store-bought pouches are a busy parent’s dream come true – they are convenient, healthy, clean, you name it – I am a huge fan. But also? They are expensive, and they generate so much trash. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve wondered aloud, “why don’t they make reusable pouches”?
Well guess what? They do! Little Green Pouch, started by two moms (you know how much I love parent inspired companies) just generously gave me the chance to try them for the boys, and I have to say that these ladies really hit the mark with their design.
For our first Little Green Pouch trial, I blended up a big handful of raw kale, half a banana, half-cup of frozen mango, and about 16 oz of coconut water until it was smooth, thick, and creamy. I poured it in directly from my blender into the cleverly designed zip top opening, but a spoon or small funnel would work well, too. I like that you can fill them with 7oz of puree (more capacity than the store-bought ones). Start to finish, it took about 4 minutes. The longest time was spent chopping the kale for my sad little low-speed blender.
After filling them up, I handed them over to the boys. Bennett likes to open his own (such a big guy), and he noticed that these pouches have a side spout instead of a top spout. I noticed they were easy to roll up towards the end to get out the last drops of puree. I quickly rinsed them out by hand and set them upside down on the drying rack when they were finished so the kale bits didn’t stick. The instructions say the pouches are top-rack dishwasher safe, too. Out of habit, I almost discarded the caps – but they are key to the reusability factor, so don’t throw them away! Just in case you do though, replacement caps and other accessories are found on their website. The pouches are expected to last several months, so a box of four should last me quite a while.
Slurpin’ away, not even noticing the earthy hint of kale.
Little Green Pouch generously provided me with the pouches to write this review (please know the opinions expressed here are sincere and all mine) and in sum, these are a fantastic product. Little Green Pouches are simple to use, easy to clean, mess-free, and sustainable. They will make a great addition to your healthy living kitchen, perfect for lunch boxes, and a fantastic shower gift.
Want to try them out and form your own opinion? Well, guess what? The generous and kind folks at Little Green Pouch are giving away a box of four reusable pouches to one lucky Luxe reader, too! To enter, leave a blog post comment below letting me know your favorite baby food puree recipe.
Good luck! xo