Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Little Green Pouch Review

I am not quite sure how I came across Little Green Pouches but I am so happy that I did!  When I found Little Green Pouches, they were still in the beginning phase and were not selling them yet.  I put my name on the mailing list so that I would be notified when they did start selling them because I LOVED the idea.  By the time I got that e-mail, I had grown this little blog a bit and so I decided to see if they would be willing to send me some pouches to try and then review here.  They were so responsive to the idea and I was sent a 4 pack of Little Green Pouches to try out and I can honestly say that we LOVE them!

Little Green Pouches are a reusable version of the food puree pouches that you can find in most grocery stores.  My kids both love those single use pouches and would eat them multiple times a day if they could.  I love that I can just throw a couple in my purse for quick, and most importantly healthy snacks for my kids on the go.  The thing that I don't like about the single use ones, is the cost.  At $1+ a piece and with 2 kids eating them, it can get pricey to have them eat them as often as they would like.  

When Levi was little, I used to make food for him all the time.  He loved my purees and I loved knowing exactly what he was eating and how cheap it was to make it.  As he started to eat more solid food, I stopped making purees.  It was around that same time that I found the single use pouches.  We used those mostly for outings and for when he wouldn't eat anything else.  They quickly became one of his favorite snacks and now at 2 and a half, he requests them at least once a day.  

When Lily started eating food, we went straight for the pouches because of their ease.  Lily learned how to feed herself with the pouches and we never even really needed a bib for her because it all went in her mouth.  It made life so much easier and cleaner!  My wallet, on the other hand, was not liking the fact that we were going through them so quickly.  Just a little math for you... 2 kids, 2 pouches a day each, 7 days a week = 28 pouches a week and at $1+ a pouch, we were spending $28 a week minimum just on pouches!!  Think about how many fruits and veggies you can buy with that amount of money.

Enter Little Green Pouches...

Little Green Pouches are reusable and have a zipper top for easy filling.  The zipper is strong enough that I do not have to worry about my kids getting them open and making a mess.  They are dish washer safe and the caps can be interchanged with the single use ones, which is nice if you happen to loose one (you can also buy replacement caps here).  We still had some single use pouches around so we saved the caps from them so that we would have back-ups.  The single use caps are all different colors so I am planning on picking a couple of colors for each child so that I know which pouch belongs to which child.

The minute I opened up the box, my son started asking for food in them, so while the kids were eating lunch I made a quick batch of applesauce, just apples and water.  

They were easy to fill with the assistance of a small funnel and I was able to hang them in my fridge between the shelf and the inside wall.  My son could not wait to get his hands on one but first he had to wait for it to cool. His patience paid off though and he devoured the pouch in no time!  It was definitely a win in his book.  My 11 month old loved them too!  You can find other recipe ideas on the Little Green Pouch website (here).   I am looking forward to trying the Mainer Breakfast since I am a Mainer myself!

I will probably be buying another box of pouches because with 2 kids, I don't think 4 is going to be enough.  They are $14.99 for a box of 4, which considering what I was paying for the single use ones, is a great price!  I would not hesitate to recommend these to any of my mommy friends!  Even if you don't have kids, they can be used by athletes for a quick pick-me-up mid run, hike or bike without taking up a lot of space...think homemade energy gels! I can not say one bad thing about these pouches or the service I received!

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I received a 4-pack of Little Green Pouches free of charge to review for this post but as always, all opinions are my own.
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