I don’t know what it is about bananas and pears but they turn bad within a day or two of coming home with me. The best way to get my kids to eat them is to drink them so it’s time to pull out our Magic Bullet and make smoothies.
Recipe & Directions: We always start with a base of Stoneyfield organic yogurt (we used Vanilla Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt) and then add in our ingredients. This week we added one banana and one pear cut into cubes to our mixture. We also added a splash of milk (almond for my daughter and regular milk for my son) and a tablespoon of local honey. Blend until smooth and enjoy.
Instead of serving our banana & pear smoothie in a cup we tested out our new reusable food pouches by Squooshi.
My kids love to suck down those fruit pouches that you can find at the grocery store and it can be a strain on my wallet (and the environment). I was so excited when the Squooshi team contacted me about their brand new refillable pouches. Here are some important facts about Squooshi:
- They are refillable!
- They come in 2 sizes (2.5 oz and 4.5 oz).
- They are BPA-free.
- They are Phthalate free.
- They are PVC free.
- They are made from a food grade nylon.
- They are fun and easy to use!
For starters they are safe and eco-friendly! You don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals leaching into your child’s food. I love that they come in two sizes. I can give my toddler the smaller size and keep the larger one for my oldest son. They have a ziplock type closure on the bottom and reusable caps to close them. I was really worried that they seal on the bottom might leak or pop open but so far they have held up to my kids abuse.
Q: How well do they clean up?
A: Surprisingly they are very easy to clean. While they can be washed in your machine I chose to hand wash them. I try to wash them as soon as possible after use so that the food doesn’t get sticky and dried up. I didn’t have any problems getting the food out of the corners or from the lid and spout. Squooshi does suggest using a bottle brush if needed.
Q: How easy are they to fill?
A: The entire bottom opens up for easy filling. I have used both a spoon and a measuring cup with easy pour spout. Tip: Be sure to only fill Squooshi about 3/4 full to avoid overfilling when you close your pouch.
Q: Are they spill proof?
A: NO! If your child sets it down it may leak out depending on the consistency. It’s very similar to the disposable pouches so it’s not really an issue with us. My kids don’t typically set them down before they are empty.
Q: How strong is the ziplock feature at the bottom?
A: My toddler has used them for a week now and they haven’t popped open at home or school.
Q: Will feeding spoons attach for baby food?
A: Great question. Join us Tuesday night for our #GreenGifts Twitter Party (Tuesday 11/13 @ 9pm EDT) and let’s ask the Squooshi team. To RSVP for the party and for a chance to win a set of Squooshi sign up here.
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Disclosure: The Squooshi company sent us a set of pouches for review. They are also a sponsor of the #GreenGifts party.