My kiddos are 5 and 6 and are completely obsessed with those GoGo Squeez applesauce pouches but after all of the recent recalls regarding contamination and mold, I decided to order some reusable food pouches that I could fill with applesauce or other liquefied foods for their school lunches. I turned to my trusty Amazon and ordered the Nature’s Little Squeeze pouches because they are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, and out of 1,118 customer reviews they had 5 stars across the board. The pouches arrived a few days later and the kiddos and I were eager to try them out right away. We didn’t have any applesauce on hand so I decided to make a batch of homemade smoothies to fill them with. I whipped up a batch of raspberry banana and kale smoothies in my Ninja (recipe below), filled the pouches (using a funnel), and threw them in the freezer.
The next morning I put the frozen pouches in my kiddos’ lunch boxes, which doubled as freezer packs to keep everything else cold (bonus!). When I picked my kids up from school they reported that the smoothies “tasted like ice cream” and were “super yummy!” I love being able to send nutritious smoothies for my kiddos to enjoy at school while also saving money by using the reusable pouches rather than buying GoGo Squeez and similar products at the store.
Raspberry Banana & Kale Smoothie Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup fresh or frozen kale or frozen spinach
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 1/2 cups coconut beverage
- Use frozen fruit in place of ice. Ice delutes the flavor.
- When you have produce that is past it’s prime, put it in the freezer to use for smoothies instead of throwing it away. I do this with bruised bananas, overly ripe strawberries, and bags of spinach and kale that are nearing expiration.
- Do yourself a favor and invest in a quality blender – it will make a world of difference and you will make smoothies more regularly because it’s not such a chore.
- Experiment with different ingredients and don’t be afraid to throw in some veggies.
- Fruits like bananas and dates can act as natural sweeteners but you can also sweeten up your smoothies with a bit of honey.