We don't eat much processed or pre-packaged food around here, save -- until recently -- for those genius little organic pureed fruit and veg pouches that can be purchased at pretty much any grocery store nationwide. In fact, every time Kaspar and I go to the grocery store -- until recently, that is -- we make a deal that he keeps his cool while I shop, and, as a reward, he receives a "fruit squeezie" once we hit the baby stuff aisle. I like that these pouches pack a little nutritional punch (fruits, veg and chia seeds? Cool!), so my kid sucks down a dose of nutrients while under the impression he's receiving a treat. I also like that I can easily throw a pouch (or five) into my purse for days out on the town, or even for more far-flung weekend travel. I like that the packages are BPA-free. But I don't like how much they cost, given how little food is actually in them, and I don't like throwing all those packages (by the handful, once emptied -- post-outing -- from my purse) in the trash. As much as we've relied upon 'fruit squeezies' for bribes and mobile snacking, I've also felt that they're economically and environmentally, well, wasteful. And while I get that convenience sometimes leads to compromise, these downsides have kept me from loving the 'squeezies' as much as Kaspar does -- until now.

Enter: the Little Green Pouch, a fillable, pourable, re-usable, freezable, dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, totally awesome make-your-own 'fruit squeezie' solution to our family's little wastefulness problem! This pouch has a leak-proof zipper-type opening at the top into which I can pour all manner of fruit/veg/chia seed creations, and a little capped spout -- just like the throwaway pouches -- through which Kaspar can enjoy his nourishing, now-affordable treats. I've been filling these pouches with fresh, homemade juices, as well as kefir smoothies, and even (lightly cooked, then pureed and cooled) fruit and veg combos like the one pictured below -- that's an apple, spinach and blueberry "squeezie" in the making. The photo at top is Kaspar downing it whilst in the midst of a full-on sinus infection last week... There's no way I'd get a pan-full of spinach anything into sick Kaspar without cloaking it in treat-dom, but he ingested this mix happily, thanks to the pouch, and, needless to say, benefited immensely from the anti-oxident boost.

I have three or four prepared pouches in the fridge at all times, ready to grab and go, and I keep one in the freezer for longer days. As for weekend or week-long travel, we'll probably still rely upon the store-bought stuff when we run out of homemade, but not wasting packaging and cash when we're kicking around home, and Austin, means I don't mind forking it over (and throwing stuff out) quite so much when convenience really does call our names. 
Wanna get in on the 'fruit squeezie' fun? Little Green Pouch has generously offered to gift a four-pack of pouches to a lucky Alt-Mama giveaway winner! It could be you! Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite juice or smoothie ingredients are.  Don't forget to include your email in the required field so I can reach you if you win. (I will never give, sell or lend your email address to anyone.) I'll select -- and announce -- a random winner next Wednesday, January 9. Have fun, and good luck!
 


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Jennifer
01/04/2013 19:32

LOVE THIS IDEA!!! My kid love the squeeze pouches and we mostly get just apple sauce in them and use them when out and about. However we visit a local orchard and get drops and make applesauce which I would love to be able to package in a easy go manor. These would make that possible and I would not feel guilty about letting them have one whenever in the house as it would not be costing anything!

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Susan
01/04/2013 20:21

All of our smoothies have flax, spinach, yogurt and blueberries as a base. I often add kale, beets, and more berries. And after a recent case of pinworms (go ahead and google that) I have been adding lots of pumpkin seeds, too. Smoothies every day!

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Valerya Baker
01/04/2013 20:49

My kiddos love those fruit pouches. My favorite smoothies are made of just fruit and juice, like my orange juice, banana , and frozen strawberry.

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Jennifer Meyer
01/04/2013 21:46

My toddler son LOVES when we make fruit smoothies and we always pack them with his favorite fruits and spinach and avocado. He's always been fond of those pouches as well so this sounds like a great deal!

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Rhiannon
01/04/2013 23:17

We usually like to go with a base of orange juice, plain yogurt, ice, flax seed, and a banana. From there, we get creative! Strawberries, blueberries, and peaches are all favorites. We're definitely fruit eaters here. Those pouches sound like a lifesaver for on the go snacking!

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01/05/2013 02:52

not a momma yet so I won't enter the giveaway, but just wanted to say that these are so cool!!

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01/05/2013 08:00

You are a genius. Love this idea!

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01/05/2013 08:29

Haha, thanks Lauren, but I'm no genius -- the people at Little Green Pouch definitely are though! This idea was a long time coming. So glad someone finally did it. :-)

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Amy
01/05/2013 08:40

Oohh.. I would love to win this- what a good idea. honestly I shy away from getting these now from the store for the reasons you've listed( so little food, wasteful), but my kids do love them!

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01/05/2013 11:40

Blueberries. Blueberries, blueberries, blueberries. Because the older daughter would live on them if she was allowed. And I throw in some yogurt and some spinach and even some oatmeal if I'm feeling particularly daring. These things look like a great idea!

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01/06/2013 05:18

Why did I not know these existed?! When my kid wasn't gaining weight two years ago, he LIVED on "squeezie fruits". In fact, he still gets one every morning while he's still in bed to "wake up" his tummy and get him ready for breakfast. We also use them as treats at the grocery store.

I think I need about 7 of them in my house right now. What a fantastic idea!

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Karen
01/06/2013 12:03

Our favorite is frozen banana, frozen blueberries, spinach, and homemade yogurt. Delicious!!!

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Katie Haflund
01/06/2013 12:07

Fav smoothie of the moment is peanut butter, banana, plain yogurt, spinach and flax seed. Yum!!!

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Christina L
01/06/2013 12:07

We love yogurt and berry smoothies with flax, protein and spinach. The kids love them!

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Andrea
01/06/2013 12:07

These are AMAZING! My 1 year old loves her morning yogurt smoothie--a few scoop of organic yogurt, a few scoops of pear (or any fruit) puree. She loves it and enjoys feeding herself with it too.

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Tracie
01/06/2013 12:47

I have yet to make my own but my daughter LOVES the squeezie pouches! The down side for me is she has a genetic disorder called PKU and is on a very strict low protein diet and I have to weigh and measure everything she eats and not having the exact weight of every ingredient in the pouches makes it hard for me to count them properly into her daily protein allowance. Being able to weigh everything and make my own would be awesome!

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Anne
01/06/2013 12:58

My favorite ingredient for smoothies is strawberries. Yum!

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Mary
01/06/2013 14:14

We vary it a lot, but it always has yogurt, a green like spinach or kale, flax or a seed mix, and sometimes an organic protein powder. These pouches look great!

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Brandi
01/06/2013 14:36

Our base is orange juice, apple, banana, and orange. From there we add spinach, blueberries, etc. Our 2.5 year old has a smothie every single morning! These pouches are awesome!!!

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Joyce
01/06/2013 16:06

My little one will only eat apples right now so I sneak in other fruits and veggies with the apples when I can.

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brandy
01/06/2013 17:50

I love yogurt (homemade, crockpot yogurt) and bananas (especially frozen ones in my smoothies). After that, I just use whatever I have on hand.

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Tara Kram
01/06/2013 18:18

We usually use vanilla yogurt and some combination of strawberries, bananas, apple juice, and pineapple.

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Marthalynn
01/06/2013 20:56

Yay! Just ordered a set! My favorite is Kimberly Snyder's glowing green smoothie! I bet if I put it in this pouch my son would eat it. He'll eat anything in a pouch! Marthalynn16 at gmail

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Leslie Hawk
01/07/2013 07:16

This is brilliant! My kids love squeezies. Our favorite smoothie combos is orange banana strawberry yogurt with protein powder and maybe some oatmeal or rice cereal. Vitamin plus Little Green Pouches = healthy money-saver!

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Sarah Rogers
01/07/2013 07:47

My little guys loves anything with pear, we usually add peas and spinach.

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01/07/2013 10:45

I think *I* would like to have these for me. My kids would steal them anyway, though. My favorite is anything with berries in it. I usually buy the frozen mixed berries at Trader Joes and throw them into smoothies.

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Sarah
01/07/2013 11:09

We're definitely late to the pouch craze. My little guy would love these!

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Kimmie
01/07/2013 12:03

I have this powder that I use for smoothies. It's pomegranate, acai and gojiberries. Yummmm!!

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Janell Poenitske
01/07/2013 12:05

I LOVE this. My kids are "simple" juice drinkers: apple and orange are a big hit. They don't usually go for the mixed flavors. That being said, when I make Strawberry banana yogert smothies (with hidden spinach) they are gone as fast as I can get them out of the blender. :)

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Amber Lindo
01/07/2013 12:17

Banana & Strawberry or Banana & Blueberry! :)

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Bethany Adams
01/07/2013 12:26

My daughter loves all kinds of combinations, even ones like "apple and broccoli." I would love to get a set of these pouches. My daughter is growing out of pouches, but I'm expecting another baby. I'd love to be able to make my own for him or her!

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Bethany Adams
01/07/2013 12:27

Forgot my email: bethj.adams at gmail dot com

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Shannon PRker
01/07/2013 12:27

We love smoothies with banana, spinach, blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, wheat germ, flax seed, and a little ice blended in to make it icy. Yummy anD so healthy!

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Monica S
01/07/2013 12:34

Thanks for the giveaway! We love strawberry, banana, and spinach in our smoothies-!

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Betty
01/07/2013 12:48

This would be soooo handy!!!! Would love to win! My fav combo for my lil guy is blue berries banana Greek yogurt and sunflower sprouts! Mmmm he loves it full of antioxidants and nutritious!
Hope to win!

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Haley Ragland
01/07/2013 12:54

I would LOVE to have a set of these! My 4 year old lives smoothies and her sister is getting to the age for them too so this set would be well used. We typically start with yogurt and orange juice and add other fruits to the mix.

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Lentil
01/07/2013 13:15

My favorite smoothies always have strawberries in them. Love the idea of this product. My daughter will happily suck down an "apple crusher" but regular applesause in her lunch goes uneaten.

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Brie
01/07/2013 13:16

We love those in our house too, though its usually my hubby that gives in and buys them. I love to make smoothies at home, usually fruits like mango and raspberries with yogurt but also spinach and carrot juice too. I would love to have some reusable pouches to put them in because we usual end up with a mess when I make them.

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Jamie
01/07/2013 13:16

We love all natural fruits with greek yogurt.

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Lindsey
01/07/2013 13:26

Love this idea. I'll definitely be doing this when my little one gets bigger. I lovepomegranate in juice and strawberry in smoothies

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Heidi
01/07/2013 13:33

My little guy loves sweet potatoes mixed with carrots and apples with a little bit of cinnamon!

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Stormy Chamberlain
01/07/2013 13:59

We do "pumpkin pie" using pumpkin or butternut squash, cinnamon, applesauce, and a bit of evaporated milk.

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Gwen
01/07/2013 14:40

My fruit smoothies are just fruit & juice & my kids love them! This would be great

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Allyson
01/07/2013 16:12

My little one will down just about anything I put in his smoothies. He loves romaine with banana, sweet potato, blueberries, apple, and pomegranate.

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Mary Scott
01/07/2013 17:44

I have been hoping something like this would come on the market. My kids love "squeezies". They will eat pretty much any fruit/veggie blend but pumpkin/banana is one that is always a hit!

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Katy Smith
01/07/2013 19:38

Love this! My daughter loves the pouches and smoothies. Our favorite ingredients are berries and yogurt, but I'd love to get a little more adventurous to add more nutrition.

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Erika
01/07/2013 20:00

Love these! Our favorite smoothie ingredients are berries, spinach and yogurt.

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Lisa
01/08/2013 09:11

Love this! We like mixing protein powder, bananas, milk and some hemp seeds in ours. I may or may not be guilty of adding a splash of choco syrup. Don't judge :-P

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Janina Cornelius
01/08/2013 11:50

Favorite smoothie is apples, peaches, kale, and spinach.

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Beth in the D
01/08/2013 12:55

Smoothies?! I love any kind of fruit in them--strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc. etc. etc!!!! Just recently my husband read about the benefits of flax seeds in smoothies. We haven't tried flax seed yet, but we will soon!! :)

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Becca
01/08/2013 15:35

We love spinach and apple smoothies in our family (plus whatever else we have handy, but those are the staples). The pouches sound great since I actually like making stuff like that for my kids.

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01/08/2013 18:29

We really love spinach, blueberries and pears! Little man is a bit anemic so we try to add in leafy greens whenever we can to get that extra iron!

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01/08/2013 18:58

Mango and pineapple

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Michelle Dulin
01/08/2013 19:26

We love mangoes, bananas, and pineapples in our smoothies!

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Adriana
01/08/2013 21:19

Mango, strawberry and bannaners! :)

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01/09/2013 15:51

Wow, so great ideas for smoothies and juices! I can't wait to try these. As for our winner, let's all give a big, enthusiastic hand to Christina L! You won! YEAH! I'll email you to get your address and you'll have your four pack of pouches in no time. :-)

Thanks for commenting, y'all -- come back soon for more fun giveaway action here on Alt-Mama.com. :-D

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04/03/2014 09:25

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