Have you pinned these pouches on Pinterest yet? I’ve been buying a similar non-reusable product at Costco filled with sweetened applesauce (apple juice concentrate is used as a form of sugar to make it sweeter than plain applesauce would be), and once I got it into my head that I could save them and somehow use a funnel to refill them. Fail. I’m guessing the same thought must have crossed the minds of Maggie and Melissa because they created this nifty little product called Little Green Pouches. Little Green Pouches are plastic reusable pouches with a spout on the side and a zipper on the top.
One of the reasons I so badly wanted to fill my own pouches is that I’d really like to feed T1 applesauce and yogurt when we are running errands and he wants a snack, but it’s tough (impossible?) to find things that aren’t sweetened in some way. The yogurt I buy is full-fat and plain, and the stuff they make for kids is usually low-fat and sugar-sweetened (because once you remove the fat no one wants to eat the yogurt). Now I have the freedom to choose whatever yogurt brand/flavor I like, and I can browse the shelves looking for the smallest amount of sugar per portion size in the applesauce jars.
Cleaning them out is a breeze. I open the zipper top, remove the cap, and do a quick rinse of the bag. Then I place it in the dishwasher with the spout stuck on the tongs on the top shelf.
We did baby led weaning with T1 and plan on doing the same with T2, and that’s when these pouches are really going to be indispensable. I can make purees and feed our little one vegetables on the go, and I’m thinking about buying several boxes of Little Green Pouches and creating a freezer stash that I can pull from each night so that there’s something to easily grab during the day.
I have a confession: I like using these pouches even more than T1 does! It’s really convenient to keep applesauce and yogurt stocked in the fridge in a grab-n-go container that I can take with me as we run errands or when I’m running late in the morning. My favorite snack is yogurt in the Little Green Pouch accompanied by these date-sweetened squares that you can find in the bulk section at Whole Foods.
I’ve only had one setback so far with these pouches… I sent one with T1 to his school and the teachers threw it away because they had never seen one before! I explained to them that it was reusable and asked that they please not do that again. If you’re going to be using these around other people be sure to clarify that you would like to have it back. Once the pouches become more common (as they should) I don’t think that will happen as often. I posted the photo above on Instagram and one of the commenters said that her pouches came apart at the zippered top. I’ve had mine for a few weeks and put them through the dishwasher several times and this hasn’t happened to me. I’m thinking she got a bad batch and if this happened to me I would use the Contact Us link at Little Green Pouches as my guess is that every so often there are issues with the production line. They need to know so they can make sure that doesn’t keep happening!
Now that I’m down to just three pouches, instead of the four that come in each box, I think I’m going to have to put in an order for another. Thank you to Little Green Pouches for sending me this complimentary box. You can follow them on Facebook where they frequently host giveaways. I guarantee you’ll see these pouches popping up every so often in my Instagram feed from now on as they’re a normal part of our every-day routine!