My daughter Ellie will be 2 this weekend. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. She is our last baby and while I’m slowly learning to savor the final baby moments, she definitely suffers from being the “second child”. What do I mean by this? Well… with our first I made homemade baby food, organic non gmo everything, special meals created out of a baby food book to help meet all of her needs. With Ellie? Pouches. Store bought food, food from the floor, how old is that water bottle, I s’pose dirt is fine… Ellie has come to love her morning routine that consists of two store bought pouches followed by her actual breakfast meal. When she was sick she only ate pouches because her cold irritated her and she couldn’t breathe and chew at the same time. Talk about problems…
We were spending $30-50/month on pouches. Ridiculous. Instead of cutting her off entirely, I decided to finally buy the reusable pouches. This is great for your wallet, your child, and the environment. I bought the Nature’s Little Squeeze pouches. These are the 7oz ones as shown in the picture. I chose these because they are larger for bigger bellies, dishwasher safe, and can be put in the freezer or fridge. The ziplock like seal on the bottom holds up well, even when curious toddler fingers try to open it.
I wanted to share a smoothie I made that even our 5 yr old loved once she got over the “baby food” pouch. I wind up making something fresh every 4-5 days depending on how much Ellie finds she wants. The food can keep for about a week in the fridge. Due to it being winter and there aren’t a lot of quality fresh fruits, I have chosen to buy a large bag of fruit/berries from Costco from the freezer section. I like to hide vegetables in the pouches because Ellie is still turned off by spinach.
In the blender:
2 cups spinach, 1 cup mango, 4 large strawberries, 1 banana, one can coconut milk with the fat, 1 tsp ground flax seed, 1 tsp nutritional yeast
Blend this up and separate it into the pouches. Yum! I had to beg to have a taste. If you find it too thick, add little by little some almond milk (we use unsweetened vanilla)
*If you use something like blackberries or raspberries where the seeds can be hard to take in (myself and my girls are big on texture), try blending then straining the berries to help get out the seeds.